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Light Armored Vehicle - Air Defense





First Produced/Service Dates: 1990 (First Prototype) -1998 (Last Production)
Manufactured by: Chassis: General Dynamics Land Systems of Canada (Was GM of Canada); Turret: General Electric Company
Crew:  4
Armament: Turret: (2) Quadruple Stinger Anti-Aircraft Missile Launchers & (1) GAU-12 25mm Gatling Gun*.
Miscellaneous Info: The LAV-AD is the Air Defense variant in the United States Marine Corps family of Light Armored Vehicles (LAV).  Although based on the same LAV design, it was fielded many years after the initial procurement of vehicles in the early 1980's. During the initial planning phase of the project, both General Electric (GE) and Food Machinery Corporation (FMC) were contacted to build prototype turrets.  Besides differing in design from the GE "Blazer" turret (which was ultimately selected), the FMC turret was armed with an M242 25mm cannon.  Although 125 vehicles were slated to be produced, only a small number (17) of these variants were built before production ceased.

*The original U.S. military requirement required the vehicle to also be armed with a 70mm Hydra Unguided Rocket Pod Launcher. However, this was later dropped due to the ineffectiveness of the weapon system.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
LAV-AD Photos  US Army Air Defense Artillery Museum
LAV-AD Photos  (With Unknown Prototype/Test Turret) US Department of Defense
   LAV-AD Photo  US Marine Corps

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
LAV-AD Information and Photos Federation of American Scientists
LAV-AD Information and Photos Global Security.Org

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
For products useable with all LAV variants, see the LAV Series Index      
LAV-AD Light Air Defense Vehicle Kit (72406) Ace Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
LAV-ADV Model Kit (274) Italeri 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
LAV-AD Model Kit (6274) Italeri 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Re-release of kit #274
LAV-AD Kit (00393) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
LAV-AD Detail Set (36074)  Eduard  1/35 Photo Etched Brass; For Trumpeter Kit

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
LAV-AD Model Photos & Modifications Sheet (1/35 Italeri) Matthew Malogorski - Columbus, Ohio USA

For More Information go to our LAV Series Index