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The fv432 APC
The FV432 is the armoured personnel carrier variant of the British Army’s FV430 series of armoured fighting vehicles. Since its introduction in the 1960s, it has been the most common variant, being used for transporting infantry on the battlefield. In the 1980s, almost 2,500 vehicles were in use, with around 1,500 now remaining in operation – mostly in supporting arms rather than front-line infantry service.
When in service, the FV432 is armoured with a 7.62 mm L7 GPMG. As they are used as troop carriers, they are generally lightly armoured and armed, preferring speed and mobility over punch.
In the British army, the FV432 is designated an Armoured Personnel Carrier. The definition of ‘tank’ is very broad and highly subjective. By NATO convention (1990 Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe), the FV432 is an APC. However, the same treaty makes no definition for ‘tank’, only for that of ‘battle tank’. Conversely, a ‘tank’ is broadly defined (By Webster & Oxford) as any ‘armoured and tracked vehicle.
The FV432 is often confused with the similar M113 from the USA. The M113 is a fully tracked armored personnel carrier (APC) that was developed by Food Machinery Corp (FMC). The vehicle was first fielded by the United States Army’s mechanized infantry units in Vietnam in April 1962. The M113 was generally more heavily armoured than the FV432.