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Light Armored Vehicle - Mortar Carrier



First Produced/Service Dates: 1986 to Present
Crew: 5
Armament: Primary Weapon: M252 81mm Mortar; Commander: M240B 7.62mm Machine Gun
Miscellaenous Info: The LAV-M is the Mortar Carrier in the United States Marine Corps family of Light Armored Vehicles (LAV). The LAV-M was one of the initial six (6) variants procured by the USMC.  The vehicle carries (90) 81mm mortar rounds inside the hull. The LAV-M was originally to be fitted with either the 81mm or 107mm Mortar, but the larger mortar was never used.  Also, fairly recently the 120mm Dragon Fire Mortar was tested successfully on the LAV-M as part of the USMC's Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS), but final funding was never approved. 
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
     LAV-M Photos (and Above) General Motors -Canada via Dave Haugh
    LAV-M Photos United States Marine Corps
   LAV-M Photo United States Navy
  LAV-Mortar Carrier Company Sales Brochure (1988) General Motors - Canada

References Available


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

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information

LAV-M Model Kit (72407)

Ace Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
LAV-M  Model Kit (378) Italeri 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic. Older kit.
LAV-M Model Kit (391) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
For products useable with all LAV variants, see the LAV Family Series Index      
LAV-M Detail Set (36100)  Eduard  1/35 Photo Etched Brass; For Trumpeter Kit
LAV-M Storage Box (TP099)  Eduard  1/35 Photo Etched Brass; For Trumpeter Kit

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider


For More Information about the US Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Series go to our

WarWheels.Net LAV Index