Alvis Stormer

The Alvis Stormer is a modern military armoured vehicle manufactured by the British company Alvis Vickers, now BAE Systems Land & Armaments. The Stormer is a development of the CVR(T) family of vehicles (Scorpion, Scimitar, Spartan etc.), essentially a larger, modernised version with an extra road-wheel on each side.

Alvis Stormer
Stormer Combat Vehicles from 9 Bty 12 Regiment of the Royal Artillery, serving with 1 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (1RRF) on Exercise MedMan
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Specifications
Mass12.7 tonnes
Length5.27 m
Width2.76 m
Height2.49 m
Crew2 + 12

EnginePerkins 6-litre, 6-cylinder diesel
250 hp (186 kW)
Power/weight21 hp/tonne
TransmissionDavid Brown TN15D
SuspensionTorsion bar
Operational
range
400 miles, 650 km
Speed50 mph, 80 km/h

Variants

Like most modern AFVs, Stormer can be produced in several different configurations for different battlefield roles. It is marketed by BAE as being fitted with many combinations, such as a two-person turret armed with a 25 mm cannon; air defence (with guns or missiles); engineer vehicle; recovery vehicle; ambulance; mine layer; 81 mm or 120 mm mortar carrier; command and control vehicle; bridge layer; and a logistics vehicle. Optional equipment includes a nuclear-biological-chemical protection system, an amphibious kit, passive night-vision equipment, and an air-conditioning system.

Specific types are:

Stormer HVM

The British Army use Stormer equipped with the Starstreak HVM for short range air defence. Under Army 2020, Stormer HVM will equip three regular and two reserve artillery batteries.[1]

Flat bed Stormer

A transport version of the Stormer with a flat load bed is used to carry the Shielder minelaying system.

Stormer 30

Stormer 30 is a development of the Stormer chassis to give a tracked reconnaissance vehicle. It is a turreted version of the Stormer. Armed with a 30 mm Bushmaster II automatic cannon, and with the option of a TOW missile launcher that can be fitted to either turret side. The cannon and turret can traverse through 360° and the elevation is from -45° to +60°. The rate of fire of the cannon is from single shot to a maximum of 200 rounds per minute. The cannon has a double selection ammunition feed system with 180 rounds of ammunition ready to fire.

The vehicle remains in the prototype stage and it is unclear when it will enter service. The vehicle will be fully air transportable by C-130 Hercules used by the Royal Air Force aircraft as well as large CH-53 currently in service with NATO allies and other nations across the world.

Stormer Air Defence

The Stormer Air Defence was a prototype air defence vehicle built in the late 80s. This variant was to mount a dual stinger launcher, as well as either a GAU-12/U 25mm or GAU-13/A 30mm Cannon. [2]

Specifications

  • Crew: 3 + 8
  • Armament: 1 x 7.62 mm machine gun standard but depends upon version
  • Engine: Perkins T6.3544 six-cylinder diesel
  • Length: 5.27 m (17 ft 3 in)
  • Width: 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 2.27 m (7 ft 5 in)
  • Max speed: 80 km/h
  • Range: 650 km [3]

Operators

Current operators

  • A flat bed Stormer was used by Lucasfilm to serve as the basis for the fictional TX-225 GAVw "Occupier" combat assault tank seen in the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Notes

  1. "Force Troops Command Overview". Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. "The Eighties". Think Defence. Archived from the original on 11 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  3. "Stormer". Jane's Information Group Light Armoured Vehicles. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
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