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M1117 Guardian/M1200 Armored Knight/

Armored Security Vehicle/

Commando Advanced Armored Vehicle

M1117 Guardian


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: USA (and others including Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Colombia & Iraq)
First Produced/Service Dates: M1117 = 1999
M1200 = 2006
Commando Advanced Vehicle = 2012
Manufactured by: Textron Marine & Land Systems (Originally Cadillac-Gage Co.)
Crew: M1117 = 1+3
M1200 = 3
Commando Advanced ASV = Up to 1+4
Commando Advanced APC = Up to 1+9
Commando Advanced Recon Vehicle = Up to 1+6
Armament: M1117/Commando Advanced ASV: Turret = (1) 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun and (1) 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher; or Weapons Mount Cupola with one of the above weapons (and probably the 7.62mm M240 Machine Gun as well).
M1200: A weapons mount with one (1) 12.7mm HMG (others shown above, probably can be fitted)
Commando Advanced APC/Recon Vehicle: Can be fitted with Remote Weapons System (RWS) or Objective Gunner Protection Kit (OGPK) Turret mounting one of the weapons above.
Engine: 6-Cylinder Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: This family of vehicles are reportedly based on the Verne Dragoon ASV 150, although it looks very similar to the Vietnam Era Cadillac-Gage V100 (M706) Commando Series. The M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) was the first variant produced and is used for convoy protection and general security duties.  The M1200 Armored Knight variant was fielded next and is used in the Fire Control/Target Acquisition role.  It's equipped with the M707 Knight Mission Equipment Package (MEP), which utilizes the Fire Support Sensor System (FS3). The FS3 is also fitted on some HMMWV's and the M1131 Stryker FSV.

In 2012, Textron rebranded the ASV/FSV as the Commando Advanced Armored Vehicle, due to upgrades/improvements and with the additon of new variants.  The two (2) new variants were the Commando Advanced Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) and the Reconnaissance Vehicle.  The most notable difference of the base APC/Recon Vehicle is a longer hull than the M1117/M1200/ASV.  The easiest way to identify these variants is by the addition of a second vision port on each side of the vehicles. Finally, as part of Textron's rebranding, the M1117 Guardian was renamed the Commando Advanced ASV and remained relatively unchanged in appearance from the original vehicle.  Other related vehicles in Textron's extensive Commando Armored Vehicle Family, are the Commando Select and Commando Elite lines.
Info Sheet(s) Available: M1117 Guardian via Minnesota Army National Guard.
Data Sheet Available:   Commando Advanced Family Vehicle Sales Brochure (Textron Marine & Land Systems)

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  Commando Advanced APC Photo  Texton Marine & Land Systems
      Commando Advanced ASV Photos  Texton Marine & Land Systems
M1117 Guardian ASV Photos Don Allen - Ottawa, Ontario Canada
M1117 Guardian ASV Photos John Charvat - Yukon, Oklahoma USA
M1117 Guardian ASV Photos Larry Lawler - West Palm Beach, Florida USA
M1117 Guardian ASV Photos Sean Lynch - Lockport, Illinois USA
M1117 Guardian ASV Photos (Illinois National Guard Vehicle) Mike Oberholtzer - Oak Park, Illinois USA
    M1117 Guardian ASV Photos Marius van Aardt - South Africa
M1200 Armored Knight ASV Photos John Charvat - Yukon, Oklahoma USA
M1200 Armored Knight ASV Photos Brent Sauer - Editor of HMMWV In Scale
  M1200 Armored Knight ASV Photo  Texton Marine & Land Systems

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Commando Armored Vehicle Family Information & Photos Textron Marine & Land Systems
M1117 Guardian Information and Photos Federation of American Scientists
M1117 Guardian Information and Photos Global Security.Org
M1117 Guardian Photos Prime Portal
M1200 Armored Knight Information Global Security.Org
M1200 Armored Knight Information and Photos DRS Technology
"New US Armored Car- Maybe?" (Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal -Issue #17) James Loop

Printed

Reference Author
Encyclopedia of Modern U.S. Military Tactical Vehicles (Tankograd Publications) Carl Schulze
"Commando Force" (M1117 ASV and later developments) in the February 2013 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine Shaun Connors
Guardian In Detail (G026) Wings & Wheels Publications
Iraq Insurgency: US Army Armored Vehicles In Action: Part 1 (Concord Publications) Carl Schulze
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (Fourth Edition) Christopher F. Foss
MRAP Walkaround Photo Reference CD-ROM: Part I Robert Skipper (available directly from author via e-mail)
U.S. Army and Marine Corps MRAPs (Osprey Publishing) Mike Guardia

U.S. MRAPís: In Action (Squadron-Signal Publications)

John Adams-Graf

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M1117 Guardian ASV Model Kit (01541) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
M1117 Guardian ASV Model Kit (07131) Trumpeter 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
       
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M1117 Guardian Interior Accessory Set (T35177) Black Dog 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Kit
M1117 Guardian Wheel Set (T35179) Black Dog 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Kit
M1117 Guardian Interior Accessory and Wheel Set (T35178) Black Dog 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Kit
US M1117 Guardian Sagged Wheels Set with Control Air Pressure (BL35155K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Kit
US M1117 Guardian Update Set (BL35158K) Blast Models 1/35 Multi-Media; For Trumpeter Kit
"81st BCT M1117s in Iraq" Decal Set (D356103) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals
"124th Cavalry & 42nd Brigade M1117 ASV Guardians in Iraq" (D356123)" Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals
"1-221st Cavalry 11th ACR "DAK" M1117 ASV Guardian in Iraq" (D356164) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals
Bulgarian M1117 ASV Guardians In Afghanistan Decal Set (D356115) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals
M1117 ASV Guardian Window Mask (D356107) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 For Trumpeter Model Kit
M1117 ASV Guardian Mirrors (M357142) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 For Trumpeter Model Kit; "Peel and Stick" Series.
Rhino Anti IED Device for M1117 ASV (LF12A8) Eduard 1/35 For Trumpeter Model Kit
M1117 Guardian Weighted Wheel Set (R35-003) E.T. Models 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Kit
M1117 Guardian Detail Set (35038) E.T. Models 1/35 Multi-Media; For Trumpeter Kit
M1117/M1200 Wheel Set (NWM-AC001) New World Miniatures 1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Kit
M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicle Lenses and Tailights (SKP 124)

SKP Model

1/35

Multi-Media; For Trumpeter Model Kit.

M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicle Wheel Set (SKP 149)

SKP Model

1/35

Resin; For Trumpeter Model Kit

M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicle Rhino Anti IED Device set (PEA225)

Voyager Models

1/35

Multi-Media;  For Trumpeter Model's Kit #01541.

USMC Rhino Anti IED Devices  -2 sets (PEA240)

Voyager Models

1/35

Multi-Media; There are two sets included and it looks like one would be applciable for any Humvee kit the other would work for the M1117/M1200 ASV kits.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider