Light Strike Vehicle

Marines with Weapons Platoon, Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare for convoy operations with the company’s light strike vehicles, Feb. 11. The platoon practiced working with the unit’s light strike vehicles, or LSVs, during the unit’s sustainment training in Djibouti, designed to increase unit cohesion, practice the fundamentals of their trades and take advantage of a unique opportunity to train in a foreign country. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John Robbart III/Released)

The Light Strike Vehicle (LSV) is an improved version of the Desert Patrol Vehicle (DPV) it replaced. Although the conventional US military replaced its DPVs with Humvees, special operation groups adopted the LSV for its small size and high mobility. It is part of the family of Internally Transportable Light Tactical Vehicles (IT-LTV). It is used for fast hit-and-run style raids (as its name suggests), scouting missions, special forces support, and low intensity guerrilla warfare.

Weight 960 kilograms
Length 4.08 m
Width 2.11 m
Height 2.01 m
Crew 1 driver and 1 gunner + 2 passengers
1X 12.7 mm M2 .50 caliber HMG, 1 x 5.56 mm M249 SAW LMG, 1 x 7.62 mm M60 or M240 series GPMG
2 x AT4 light Anti-Tank Weapons, or 1 x TOW
Engine Diesel
Power/weight  Redacted
Suspension  Redacted
500 km
Speed 130 km/h on-road; 110 km/h off-road.


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