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Timoney 6x6 Armoured Car
Timoney 6x6 ARV
fitted with a GIAT FL-12 Turret/105 mm Gun
Copyright Timoney technology Ltd.
Background
This 6x6 design dates from 1981 and was intended to be built in two versions, one with a 200 bhp engine and armed with a 90 mm turret. The second was to be powered by 320 hp engine and armed with a 105 mm FL-12 turret, similar to that fitted to the AMX 13 light tank and Panhard EBR.

The design compares well to contempoary vehicles, such as the AMX-10C, VBC 90 or the Sagaie and was far more modern than the EBR, although, whether the retention of so much glass, on the frontal arc, of a front line combat vehicle, was possible, is open to debate..

It is not known if either of the 6x6 ARVs were ever built, however, it appears, that it would have been a good buy, for the Irish Army, during a high risk period, and would also have given a capability still not available today. A side benefit for the country would have been the  much needed boost in employment, approx. 40/50 highly skilled jobs, at a time when jobs were few and far between.
Vehicle Specification - All Estimated
Crew 3 Driver, Commander and Gunner
Armament 90 mm or 105 mm Typical Turret: GIAT FL-12
Unladen Weight .Kgs .
Combat Weight 14,670Kg .
Length 5,500mm .
Width 2,500mm .
Height mm Hull
Max. Speed 120 kph Open road
Max. Speed in Water 8 kph Propellar Driven
Cruise Speed . kph .
Range 500 Km Open road
Max. Vertical Step 1,000mm .
Max. Trench 2,000mm .
Armour . .
Ballistic Protection 7.62 mm AP All Round
Ballistic Protection 12.7 mm AP Fontal Arc also All Round Up Armour Option
Ballistic Protection 9 Kg TNT Anywhere under the Vehicle
Engine Chrysler or Detroit Diesel 200 bhp/320 bhp
Transmission Allison Speed Automatic
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