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Saracen (FV604)

Armored Command Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1958
Manufactured by: Alvis, Ltd.
Crew: 1+7
Armament: (1) .303 or 7.62mm Machine Gun.  Some Royal Artillery Vehicles were fitted with the original APC turret.
Engine: 8 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous: The Saracen Armored Command Vehicle was derived from the Armored Personnel Carrier (FV603), but was fitted with additional communications,  power generating equipment and storage bins for command and control operations.  This variant is similar to the Saracen Armored Command Post FV610(A), but obviously differs in function and appearance.  A distinguishing characteristic of the ACV are the roof "wings" that were fitted to mount a rear canvas extension that expanded the space for the staff to operate.    
Data Sheet Available: None Available


Reference Source/Provider
FV604 Saracen ACV Photo (Above) David Green -Oxfordshire, UK
FV604 Saracen ACV Photos (Taken at The Imperial War Museum - Duxford, UK) Chuck Aleshire - Shorewood, Illinois USA
  FV604 Saracen ACV Photo (F Sqn 3RTR SBA -Cyprus 1986-88) Lt. Col. Dick Taylor (RTR) - Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK
FV604 Saracen ACV Photos (Taken at The Tank Museum - Bovington, UK) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
  FV604 Saracen ACV Photo Ian Young - Great Britain

References Available


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Reference Author
Alvis Saracen Family Bill Munro
  "A Saracen for All Reasons" (July 2020 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) David Fletcher
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Jane's AFV Recognition Handbook (2nd Edition) Christopher F. Foss
"Saracen Buying" (January 2002 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) James Redmen

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Saracen Armored Command Vehicle Model Kit Atlantis Alliance, The 1/76  
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Model Photos

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