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Saracen (FV 603)

Armored Personnel Carrier


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1952
Manufactured by: Alvis Ltd.
Crew: 2+10
Armament: Turret: (1) 7.62mm Machine Gun; Rear Ring Mount: (1) 7.62mm MG.
Engine: 8 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The Saracen Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) Family shares many common parts with the Saladin (FV601) Armored Car.  The Saracen was also built in a few other variants including the FV604 Armored Command Vehicle, FV610(A) Armored (Artillery) Command Post and FV611 Ambulance.
Data Sheet Available: None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
FV603 Saracen APC Photos Lt. Col. Dick Taylor (RTR) - Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK
FV603 Saracen APC Interior Photo (Taken at the Muse'e des blinde's, Saumur, France) Jacques Dujardin - France
  FV603 Saracen APC with Reverse Flow Cooling Configuration Photo (Aden: Circa 1960's) Dave Haugh - Content Editor
Saracen "88" Diesel Powered Prototype APC Photos [Taken at the South African Ditsong National Museum of  Military History - Johannesburg, S.A. (2007)] Marius van Aardt - South Africa
Saracen Mark 5 "Uparmored" APC Photos Keith Paget - Northampton, UK
Saracen Mark 6 "Uparmored" APC  Photos (Taken at the 2005 Military Vehicle Show - Kemble, UK) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
Saracen Mark 6 "Uparmored" APC  Photos (Taken at the 2005 War & Peace Show - Beltring, UK) Dennis Trowbridge
Saracen Mark 6 "Uparmored" APC Photos (Taken at the 2005 Military Vehicle Show - Kemble, UK) David Green - Oxfordshire, UK
Photos of Various Versions/Modifications of the Saracen APC (Including the Ambulance, "Kremlin" version, Special Water Dispensers and "88" Prototype) Ian Young - Great Britain

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
"British Wheeled Armor on Cyprus"  By Stelios Markides Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #32)
"The FV 603 Saracen" by David Haugh Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #14)

Printed

Reference Author
Alvis Saracen Family Bill Munro
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Jane's AFV Recognition Handbook (2nd Edition) Christopher F. Foss
"Mother of Invention" (April 2009 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) James Lyle
"On Patrol: Part 2" (April 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Geoff Fletcher
"Saracen Buying" (January 2002 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) James Redmen
Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles In Service B.T. White

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Saracen 6x6 Mark 1 APC (FV603a) Model Kit (K191) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media
Saracen 6x6 Mark 2 APC (FV603b/c) Model Kit (K192) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media
Saracen 6x6 Armored Ambulance (FV611) Model Kit (K190) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media
Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier Mk 1/2 Model Kit Atlantis Alliance, The 1/76  
FV603 Saracen APC Model Kit (3577) Dragon Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic. 
Saracen Armored Personnel Carrier Mk 2 Model Kit Firing Line/Dartmoor Models 1/35 Multi-Media
Saracen Mk 5/6 APC Model Kit Kit Form Services 1/24 Multi-Media
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider