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Whatever happened to the Saxon APC?

#1
Hello infantry forum.

Was sorting through my old phots circa. 1987 when I found a picture of me and some mates sat on top of a Saxon at a TA recruiting stall at a county fair. IIRC it was a big, cumbersome thing designed for urban warfare or something. I think it was meant to have a minigun in it, ours just had a GMPG mount.

I vaguely remember some news stories of the Saxon being unsafe and there being accidents in the Balkans when it was deployed there to light inf. role. After that I never heard of this singularly ugly bit of kit.

So, what happened to the Saxon? Is anybody still using one? Do they fall over when cornering?

Simply curious before somebody asks if I'm a journo (which I manifestly am not). Will I be able to buy a surplus one soon for Mrs. Veg to take the Veglet to nursery?

V!
 
#3
V,

They're currently used in Kabul. Mainly to ferry troops between the APOD and the camp.

Nothing else to tell - well not on the subject matter, anyway.

Bat
 
#4
Ahh, the armoured bread-van.

Excellent for doing what it was designed for, ie transporting troops to the front with a modicum of protection. Big as a house and it carried your bergan, saving a walk with a heavy bag. Not good for taking into the assault / manoeuvre platform as one article in the Infantryman once suggested.
 
#6
Someone was flogging a war stock surplus for £10 000 which considering mod paid £100 000 for each one .Its truly a hideous vechicle
but guess its better than a truck or walking .
 
#8
In the early 90's we'd been told we'd (8(Y)LI) that'd we'd be getting them but then at SDR heard a rumour we'd (EWRR) get a warrior troop to provide familiarisation and drivers ...... far too logical idea !!
 
#9
our Bn used them as part of 24 Inf bde in the late '80s. Beats the fcuk out of shanks pony, or Heli-bedfords which we converted to.
 
#10
Currently being used in the Public Order role in Northern Ireland.
 
#11
I don't know why we didn't go for a variant of the Mowag - it's more expensive than the Saxon but cheaper than the Warrior, carries more troops, has shed loads of variants, has better off road handling than a Warrior, gets across snow better, and can be fitted with a similar turret.

The Yanks, Canadians, Irish, in fact most decent armies seem to have a version!

Apart from the home of the SA80!
 
#13
Rifle-Green-Sex-Machine said:
I don't know why we didn't go for a variant of the Mowag - it's more expensive than the Saxon but cheaper than the Warrior, carries more troops, has shed loads of variants, has better off road handling than a Warrior, gets across snow better, and can be fitted with a similar turret.
That's why you're getting FMRAV.... you hope...
 

LARD

War Hero
#14
Veg.

Witham Specialist Vehicles, Colsterworth near Grantham have Saxons for sale. Along with FV432's, Centurian BARV and various
CVRT's. They are also the disposal company for most Mod Vehs.

Actually got a sale on on Friday - could be your lucky day
 
#15
#16
I saw one converted to ambulance role with the alphabet regiment (RGBW) mid 1990's in the Balkans. T'was as much use as tits on a kipper, no room inside to work on the casualty and bumpier than a 432 with snapped torsion bars.
 
#17
though with a big spolier on the back and a chavastic paint job would be great for intimidating eubank and any other twat who thinks hummers are cool :twisted:
quote i heard at a milan concentration well they keep your kit dry :evil:
 
#18
Sure I saw some at the end of Telic 1 start of Telic 2 one night, I'm sure I did, can anyone confirm that or am I talking b*****ks ??????????? Think i was stunned to see them there, passed us on the road, or I could of been to long in the sun.
 
#19
there were some in basra palace on telic 3 dont think i ever saw them go out but they must have at some point even took a 432 out on patrol once .
 

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