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|Timoney Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle
|Timoney ARV Mk1
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|The ARV 4x4 Mk 1, is a reconnaissance vehicle utilising the drive components of the APC, but powered by a Perkins engine. The power is taken from the transmission, via a Timoney single stage transfer box, to the front and rear differentials. Like the APC, the differentials incorporate oil-cooled disc brakes. The independent suspension from the APC was also used.
The Mk1 had Trelleborg tyres with a run-flat system.
Timoney designed, built and tested two prototype of the Mk 1 in Ireland. The vehicle subsequently went into production in Tanzania, under a technology transfer agreement, for their armed forces. During the transfer phase, a number of Tanzanian engineers were brought to Ireland for training.
The Mk 1, as built for Tanzania, was fitted with the two-man turret from the Alvis Scorpion CVR(T), in use by both the Irish and Tanzanian armed forces, and fitted with a 76 mm gun. The commander is on the left and the gunner right. Traverse is manual but may be fitted with an electric drive, evaluation is from -10 deg. to +35 deg. The 76 mm gun can fire HESH, HE, Smoke and Illumination, and has a maximum range of 2,200 m (HESH and HE). A 7.62 mm MG is mounted coaxially.