Lav III Armoured Vehicle - Fort McMurray, Alberta
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bon Echo
N 56° 41.940 W 111° 20.270
12V E 479312 N 6283930
Quick Description: Retired LAV III honoring Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served in Afghanistan.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 9/24/2018 5:17:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ7VM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member WanderingAus
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Long Description:
Located in front of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 in Fort McMurray Alberta is a LAV III armored vehicle. It now serves as a memorial to Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served in Afghanistan.
The LAV III and monument were unveiled in October of 2017.

About the LAV III:
The LAV III, originally named the Kodiak by the Canadian Army, is the third generation of the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) family of Infantry fighting vehicle built by General Dynamics Land Systems first entering service in 1999. It was developed in Canada and is the primary mechanized infantry vehicle of the Canadian Army and the New Zealand Army. It also forms the basis of the Stryker vehicle used by the US Army and other operators.

The LAV III is powered by a Caterpillar 3126 diesel engine developing 350 horsepower (260 kW) when chip locked to protect the driveline from damage, but over 400 hp (300 kW) if unlocked for wartime. If unlocked it requires full-time 8x8 to avoid damaging the T-case and differentials, and can reach speeds above 100 kilometres per hour. The vehicle is fitted with 8x8 drive and also equipped with a central tire inflation system, which allows it to adjust to different terrain, including off-road. The LAV III is fitted with a modern anti-locking brake system (ABS) and a traction control system (TCS). Unlike earlier versions of the LAV, the LAV III does not have amphibious capabilities.

The LAV III is fitted with a two-man turret, armed with the M242 Bushmaster 25 mm caliber chain gun and a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. One more 5.56 mm or 7.62 mm machine guns is positioned on top of the turret. The LAV III also has eight 76-mm grenade launchers in two clusters of four launchers positioned on each side of the turret.

The majority of Canadian casualties in Afghanistan have occurred during a patrol aboard a LAV III. This can be explained by the fact that the LAV III is the most commonly used Canadian armoured personnel carrier in theatre, and simply represents a normal association between use and likelihood to encounter a mine or improvised explosive device. The LAV III offers comparable or better protection than most other infantry carriers used in Afghanistan.

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