Alvis Stormer IFV (Helio FVT 925-T)

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                   Stormer IFV (Helio FVT 925-T)

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Vehicle Design History:

In an attempt to generate possible sales for the improved CVR(T) derivative the Stormer, multiple turret configurations were offered. One such option was provided by Helio, with their FVT 925 turret system. They had initially envisioned the turret being mounted on the Stomer platform as its basic carrier, with later options to be provided by client requirement for example the M113 platform.

The 925-T turret possessed a single Tow Launching tube, which could be reloaded whilst under armour, along with either an Oerlikon KBA or Hughes M242 bushmaster as required. The launcher rested at a 55-degree elevation but could be aimed up 20 degrees and down 7 degrees from this position as necessary. The 25mm cannon could be elevated +55 degrees and down to -7 degrees allowing it to engage both ground targets and possible enemy aircraft such as helicopters.

The turret also possessed day/night sights for the main gun, and only normal sights for the TOW launcher. The vehicle also had the potential to be fitted with thermals as by the clients request. A 7.62mm GPMG was also fitted coax to the 25mm cannon. In order to prove the viability of the turret system, Helio had it fitted to the Stormer platform, to create a proof of concept, but there was little interest in the Stormer derivative of this platform. Ultimately the turret would eventually see service though, as it attracted the interest of the Philipines armed forces for the use on their Simba IFV vehicles.

Vehicle specification:

Mass 12.7 tonnes

Length 5.27 m

Width 2.76 m

Height 2.49 m

Crew 2

Main armament: 25mm M242 Bushmaster chaingun or Oerlikon KBA 25mm cannon

Secondary armament: 1 x TOW Launcher
1 x 7.62 GPMG
8 x smoke dischargers

Engine Perkins 6-litre, 6-cylinder diesel 250 hp (186 kW)

Power/weight 21 hp/tonne

Transmission David Brown T300

Suspension Torsion bar

Operational range 400 miles, 650 km

Maximum speed 50 mph, 80 km/h

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How many TOWs does this bugger have any how?

The TOW launcher really sells this for me. Not generally a big fan of vehicles only equipped with a small autocannon, but this guy will punch above his weight for sure thanks to the TOW.

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I love this! I really think this would be fun to play. +1

If its anything like the other Stormer IFVs it will be around 6 to 8, as they take up the right seating for the crew comartment as an ammo rack.

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