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Husky 6x6 Armored Recovery Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: Canada
First Produced/Service Dates: 1979
Manufactured by: General Motors of Canada (now General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada)

(1) 7.62mm Machine Gun

Engine: 6 Cylinder Turbo Diesel
Miscellaneous Info:

The Armored Vehicle General Purpose Group (AVGP) series is based on the MOWAG 6x6 Piranha 1 APC platform and was initially developed only as a less expensive training option (vs. tracked vehicles) by the Canadian military. Ultimately, the AVGP did see extensive operational service and performed well.

The AVGP family consists of three vehicle types, the Husky being the Recovery/Maintenance variant. The Husky is fitted with a myriad of repair and recovery equipment, most notably a roof-mounted hydraulic crane (capacity 4.5 tons) and a winch (8 ton capacity).

The other two AVGP types are the Cougar Fire Support Vehicle and Grizzly Armored Personnel Carrier. Although only fielded by Canada, the USMC trialed the AVGP series in 1981, but did not accept them for service.  Following the adoption of the Bison and LAV III families of vehicles, the AVGP series was retired from service.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
Husky 6x6 ARV Photos Don Allen - Ottawa, Canada
Husky 6x6 ARV Photos Patrick Keenan - Editor
Husky 6x6 ARV Interior Photos Don Allen

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
AVGP Husky ARV Information and Photos Canadian-American Strategic Review
AVGP Husky ARV Information and Photos Military Today.Com
AVGP Husky ARV Photos via Mark Minnis Prime Portal


Reference Author
Canadian Wheeled Project: AVGP Series DVD Anthony Sewards
LAV & Piranha: The Extended Family (Concord Mini-Color Series) Gordon Arthur & Steve Hearn
MOWAG Piranha: Wheeled Armour for the Modern Battlefield (Tankograd Publishing) Stefan Marx
UNITAF In Somalia: Vehicles of Restore Hope Forces (Concord Publications) Barry Beldam

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Husky AVGP Maintenance/Recovery Vehicle Model Kit (72410) ACE Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
Husky 6x6 AVGP Model Kit (35060) Best Value Models (Affiliated with ADV/Azimut) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic, resin and Photo Etch Details.
Canadian 6x6 "Cougar" Maintenance-Repair Vehicle (Husky) Model Kit (HFN45) 1/35 Multi-Media.
AVGP Husky (Early) Model Kit (01503) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
AVGP Husky (Late) Model Kit (01508) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
6x6 AVGP Front Spare Wheel Holder (35389) Azimut 1/35 Multi-Media; For Trumpeter Series of AVGP Kits
6x6 AVGP Early Wheel Set (35386) Azimut 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Series of AVGP Kits
6x6 AVGP Late (XML) Wheel Set (35387) Azimut 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Series of AVGP Kits

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider