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Light Armored Vehicle (LAV)

Bison Armored Personnel Carrier



Country of Origin/Used by: Canada
First Produced/Service Dates: 1990
Manufactured by: General Motors of Canada (now General Dynamics Land Systems -Canada)
Crew: 2+8

.50 cal HMG and a 7.62mm general purpose machine gun. 

Engine: 6 Cylinder Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The Bison is the armored personnel carrier variant of the Canadian Light Armor Vehicle (LAV) Series. The Bison's hull is also called a Generation 2 - Type 2 hull and it's based on the MOWAG Piranha 2 chassis.  According to MOWAG the Generation 2 hull should be 290 mm (approximately 1 foot) longer than the Generation 1 hull, on which the USMC's LAV 25 and early (Phase 1) Australian ASLAV's are based upon.

The original Bison vehicles were produced in 4 variants including Infantry Section Carrier (APC), Command Post, Mortar Carrier (Wolf) and Maintenance & Repair (Buffalo). Although similar and also based upon the Piranha 2 hull, the Coyote LAV-25 Recon Vehicle is not a variant of the Bison.  Soon after the Canadian's adoption of the LAV III, the Bison APC's were converted to specialty variants including Ambulances, Command Posts, Electronic Warfare Vehicles, Mobile Repair Team Vehicles, NBC Reconnaissance Vehicles, Recovery Vehicles and Remote Re-broadcast Vehicle. 
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
    Bison APC Photos Canadian Army
  Bison APC Photo Department of National Defence & the Canadian Armed Forces
Bison APC Photos Steve Hearn - Southampton, Ontario Canada
  Bison Ambulance Photo Canadian Army
      Bison Armored Recovery Vehicle Photos Don Allen - Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Bison Command Vehicle Photo JK "Ken" LeClair - Victoria, British Columbia Canada
  Bison Command Vehicle Photo Canadian Army
      Bison Electronic Warfare Vehicle Photos Don Allen
  Bison Mobile Repair Team Vehicle Photo Steve Hearn
  Buffalo Maintenance and Repair Vehicle Photo JK "Ken" LeClair

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Bison APC Information and Photos Military Today. Com website
Bison Command Vehicle Photos via Dan Hay Prime Portal Website
Buffalo Maintenance and Repair Vehicle Photos (1) via Scott Tremblay Prime Portal Website
Buffalo Maintenance and Repair Vehicle Photos (2) via Scott Tremblay Prime Portal Website
Buffalo Maintenance and Repair Vehicle Photos (3) via Scott Tremblay Prime Portal Website


Reference Author
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
Blue Helmets Under Fire, The (Concord Publications) Samuel Katz & Yves Debay
Canadian LAV III/Coyote/Bison Series AFV's Photo Reference CD-ROM JK "Ken" LeClair (available directly from author via e-mail)
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher F. Foss
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
Vehicules Blindes de Combat Roues (Wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicles) 8x8 (Histoire & Collections) Youri Obraztsov

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
LAV Stowage Set (RMA 35140) Real Model 1/35 Resin; Looks like it can be used on any LAV ore even on most modern vehicles.

LAV Lense and Tail Light Set (SKP128)

SKP Model


Resin and Photo Etch Brass; For Trumpeter Kits.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
1/72 Bison APC Model Photos (Converted ACE Model Kit) James Kellett - North Vancouver, B.C. Canada