The FV603 Saracen was a six-wheeled armoured personnel carrier built by Alvis and used by the British army that became a recognisable vehicle as a result of its part in the policing of Northern Ireland.
Besides the driver and commander, a squad of 8 soldiers plus a troop commander could be carried. Saracens were initially equipped with an L3A4 (Browning .30 Cal) machine gun in the turret, and a .303 Bren gun for the gun-ring at the rear of the vehicle. Later Marks carried the LMG, and L7 GPMG.
The Saracen was in turn used as an armoured personnel Carrier, armoured command vehicle and ambulance. The FV 603 model saw many variants in detail, including radio or command fitments and specialist equipment for Artillery or Signals use.
Saracen was produced before Saladin because of the urgent need for a personnel carrier to serve in the Malayan Emergency, entering production in 1952.
UK, General Service 1954 to 1991
Brunei, Royal Brunei Armed Forces 1973
Hong Kong, Royal Hong Kong Police Force
Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Army
South African Army
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 08 July, 2006.