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Coyote Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: Canada
First Produced/Service Dates: 1996
Manufactured by: General Dynamics Land Systems -Canada
Crew: 4

Turret: 25mm M242 Bushmaster Chain Gun; Co-Axial: 7.62mm Machine Gun; Tertiary/Gunner: 7.62mm general purpose machine gun. 

Engine: 6 Cylinder Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The Coyote is an armored reconnaissance variant in the Canadian Light Armor Vehicle (LAV) Series Although similar to the Bison APC and also based upon the MOWAG Piranha 2 chassis, the Coyote is not a variant of the APC, nor is it amphibious.

The Coyote was produced in three (3) separate configurations, two (2) of which are fitted with extensive sensor/surveillance systems.  The first version is equipped with the "Brigade Surveillance Suite" (BSS) which utilizes a 10 meter telescoping mast to mount its sensors.  The second version is equipped with the "Battle Group Surveillance Suite" (BGSS) which utilizes 2 deployable tripods to mount its sensors up to 200 meters away from the vehicle.  The third version is named the Direct Fire Support Vehicle (DFSV), and although fitted to mount the sensors, the vehicles do not have them.

The advanced sensors and systems available in the BSS and BGSS are identical and consist of the Racal Man-Portable Surveillance & Target Acquisition Radar (MSTAR) System, thermal-imaging system, visible spectrum camera (with continuous zoom) and a laser rangefinder.  Other sensors available include the Ferret 3D passive acoustic small-arms fire detection system and a NBC detection & monitoring system.  Finally, all configurations, including the DFSV, are also fitted with a laser warning receiver and an advanced navigation system with GPS and digital compass. 
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
Photo Above JK "Ken" LeClair - Victoria, British Columbia Canada
Coyote Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle Photos Anthony Sewards - Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Coyote Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle Photos (With Brigade Surveillance Suite) Anthony Sewards

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Coyote Armored Recon Vehicle Information and Photos Army Guide.Com website
Coyote Armored Recon Vehicle Information and Photos General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada Website
Coyote Armored Recon Vehicle Information and Photos Military Today. Com website
Coyote Armored Recon Vehicle Photos 1 via Dan Hay Prime Portal website
Coyote Armored Recon Vehicle Photos 2 via Dan Hay Prime Portal website


Reference Author
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
Canadian LAV III/Coyote/Bison Series AFV's Photo Reference CD-ROM JK "Ken" LeClair (available directly from author via e-mail)
Canadian Wheeled Project: Coyote DVD Anthony Sewards
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher F. Foss
LAV-25: The Marine Corps' Light Armored Vehicle (Osprey Publishing: New Vanguard #185)

Patrick Keenan's Review at the AMPS Website
James D'Angina
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
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
ASLAV-25 Recon Vehicle Model Kit (392) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
LAV Coyote Conversion Set (RMA 35143) Real Model 1/35 Multi-Media Conversion Kit.  Should be used with Trumpeter ASLAV Model kit, shown above.
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