This armored personnel carrier – the Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle or TAPV - was developed privately by Textron, Inc. The vehicle is basically a heavier version of one of the more well-known, combat-proven security vehicles – the M1117 Guardian which is used by the U.S. Army. This armored vehicle is designed for asymmetric warfare. The Canadian Army placed an order for 500 of the TAPV with a scheduled delivery of 2014.
The TAPV has a high degree of tactical mobility, along with a very high degree of protection for its troops from both landmines and IEDs. Along with its V-shaped hull and additional ground clearance, the belly armor on the TAPV is specially equipped to absorb blasts. Seating for each crew member and passenger is also ‘blast-protected’. Enhanced by special composite armor, this vehicle can withstand up to 10 kg from an explosive device anywhere under its hull. The TAPV is not amphibious.
The TAPV is armed with a remote controlled, dual-weapon station, which is generally armed with a 40mm automatic grenade launcher or a 14.7mm heavy machine gun. Next to either of these weapons is a 7.62mm machine gun.
The TAPV can carry up to three crew members - commander, driver and gunner - and up to seven troops. (The Reconnaissance TAPV holds a fourth crew member - an operator.) Roof hatches and side doors allow entrance and exit to the vehicle. The diesel engine, a Cummins QSL turbocharged, is located at the back of the TAPV. Outside of its basic role as an armored personnel carrier, the versatile design of the TAPV allows it to also be utilized as an armored ambulance, command and control vehicle, mortar and/or cargo carrier or recovery vehicle.
The Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle -TAPV, as with all modern day military equipment and vehicles, is made to address a full spectrum of operations and is equipped with leading edge technology all in an effort to maintain a higher level of survivability and to further enhance the vehicles response, its deployability and its mobility.