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|Timoney Mk6 Armoured Personnel Carrier|
|Timoney MkVI APC
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|Timoney MkIV & MkVI APCs
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|The Mk VI APC is a much improved version of the MkIV APC, incorporating a turbo diesel engine and a redesigned hull. It was also more heavily armed and armoured than it's predecessor.
The MkVI was the definite production variant of the APC, but again, only 5 were ordered for the Defence Forces and these could not be considered anything more than a pre-production run. Although they suffered some minor teething problems, these were corrected early on and they remained in service with the Defence Forces for 20 years. By all accounts the MkVIs were popular with their crews, and it was reported that maintenance costs, were actually lower on them than on the Panhard M3.
The MkVI was fitted with a 90mm Giat Lynx Turret for evaluation purposes, but depite the trials being successful no orders were forthcomming for the Fire Support Version of the APC.
The MkVIs served with the No. 1 Tank Squadron as tracked APCs were not purchased. Late in their career, at least one MkVI was painted in the new DPM colour scheme as were the Scorpion CVRTs which they served alongside.
Like all Timoney vehicles, the MkVI had excellent mine protection and could withstand a 9 Kg blast anywhere under the hull (reportedly better than the Piranha III recently entering service).