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    Saxon


    SaxonSaxon is a 4×4 armored personnel carrier developed by British company GNK Defence in early 80-xx as a relatively low cost basic armored infantry carrier. It is based on a revised Bedford M series 4x4 truck chassis and other commercially available components such as the engine and transmission. The Saxon is thus basically an armored truck with limited cross country mobility but still capable of operating in forward areas. Such vehicles were finally retired from the British army in 2008. In December 2014 Ministry of Defence of Ukraine bought 75 refurbished APCs for circa $ 3.8 million due to ongoing War in Donbass and lack of armored vehicles required by armed forces.

    The truck chassis defines the layout of the vehicle: driver sits front right while seating is provided in the rear for up to ten troops. Troops sit on benches in the rear and disembark through side doors in both the rear and sides. There is external storage bins for equipment. The engine is sunk lower in the hull and the commander has a roof cupola, which in Ukrainian version is fitted with a 12.7 machinegun. The hull is of welded steel construction. Vehicle provides all-round protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. The hull has v V-shaped under-chassis plate to deflect mine detonations.

    Saxons have not been yet reported to be used in the frontline as they just have been delivered to Ukraine in the beginning of the year. However, at least one of the vehicles was crashed in the road accident in March 2015.


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