Cadillac Gage V-150S Commando 'Stretched' Chassis "Longer.. and Faster"

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V-150S 25mm Bushmaster HCAC
V-150S with 25mm Bushmaster turret, Source - Hunnicutt’s Armored Car


Introduction

Hello all,

This is the third in a series of suggestions regarding the Cadillac Gage V-150 armored Car chassis.

Today I would like to suggest the addition of vehicles based on the ‘Stretched’ Chassis Version of the Cadillac Gage V-150 Commando 4x4 amphibious armored car aka the V-150S, which was introduced in 1981.

As you will see in the history section, two Drive-train’s were used with this version of the chassis. The initial version came with the same Cummins V8-210 8.3L Diesel engine and 4-speed automatic transmission combo as the late model ‘Standard’ V-150. However, in 1993 the V-150S was upgraded with a Turbo-Charged Cummins Inline 6 Diesel engine, which put out up to ~276hp Gross (250-260hp Net) and became the V-150ST. These drive train combos will be discussed in more detail in later suggestions of this series.

As you may have seen in the general suggestion for the V-150 series of armored car chassis, there are many armament options for this vehicle chassis, which means it could be set up to fill many roles in the game.


V-150S 90mm Cockerill Mk3 HCAC
V-150S with 90mm Cockerill Mk3, Source - Hunnicutt’s Armored Car


History

If you would like to know the full history of the V-150 chassis, please visit the thread listed in the related suggestions section of this post.

In 1981, a new version of the V-150 was introduced and tested, designated the V-150S. The V-150S completely replaced regular V-150 hull production in 1985. This version had a stretched hull, with an 18-inch longer body and wheelbase. It retained the 202hp Cummins V8-210 8.3L used in the later-produced V-150’s. Other improvements in this version included stronger suspension, an improved transfer case, and an improved hydraulic brake system.

In 1993, the V-150S was upgraded with the Cummins 6CTA 8.3 6cyl turbo-charged Diesel engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission, this version was designated the V-150ST.

Just like the other versions of the V-150 Chassis, it was used by many countries, including the US military.


V-150S with 40mm Grenade launcher turret - old.weaponsystems.net
V-150S with 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher turret, Source - old.weaponsystems.net


Specifications

Click to view Chassis Specifications
General information
Chassis Version V-150S
Year of Introduction 1981
Crew to Operate 3-4 depending on Weapon configuration
Gross Vehicle Weight Varies up to ~ 24,000lb (10,886kg)
Dimensions
Height (turret) Varies by Weapon Config
Height(over hull) 78in (1,98m)
Width 89in (2.26m)
Length 247in (6.27m)
Wheelbase 123in (3.12m)
Clearance Hull 25.5in (65cm)
Clearance Differential 15in (38.1cm)
Armor
Armor Construction Cadloy High Hardness Steel Armor - Welded
Turret
Front Varies by Config ~9.5mm
Sides Varies by Config ~6.4mm
Rear Varies by Config ~6.4mm
Top Varies by Config ~6.4mm
Hull
Upper Front 9.5mm @ 30°
Middle Front 6.4mm @ 75°
Lower Front 6.4mm @ 35°
Upper Sides 6.4mm @ 30°
Lower Sides 6.4mm @ 20°
Upper Rear (Air intake vent) 6.4mm @ 30° (37°)
Lower Rear 6.4mm @ 37°
Roof 6.4mm @ 90°
Floor 6.4mm @ 90°
Automotive Performance
Max Speed Land Up to 62mph (99.8kph)
Max Speed Water 3mph (4.83kph)
Max Gradient Climb 60.00%
Max Side Gradient 30.00%
Max Vertical Obstacle 24in (61cm)
Operating Range Road 500miles (805km)
Operating Range CC 400miles (644km)
HP/Metric Ton Up to ~22.96hp/ton
Engine
Model Cummins V8-210 8.3L / Cummins 6CTA 8.3L C260
Fuel type Diesel
Type V8 / Inline 6 - Turbo-Charged
Horse Power, Gross Up to ~252hp
Torque, Gross Up to 650ft-lbs
Transmission
Type Automatic
Gears Varies by Drive-Train
Transfer Case Varies by Drive-Train
Wheel Drive 4x4
Suspension
Solid axle - Front & Rear Semi elliptical Leaf spring - direct Shock absorber per wheel
Axles
Beam Type - Double Reduction - locking differentials
Brakes
4 wheel Hydraulic - Internal Expanding
Steering
Front Wheel - Rack and Pinion - Power Assist
Fuel System
2 tanks
80gal total
Tires
14.5in x 21in
Commando Special - Run Flat tires
Available Armament
2 x .30cal M37 MG(turret)
1 x .30cal M37 & 1x .50cal M2HB(turret)
2 x 7.62mm M73 MG (turret)
1 x 7.62mm General Electric Minigun(turret)
20mm Oerlikon 204GK AutoCannon (turret)
20mm VADS Turret
TOW Missile Carrier
Dragon Missile Carrier(turret)
90mm MECAR Gun(turret)
90mm Cockerill Mk3 Gun(turret)
25mm Bushmaster(turret)
76mm RO L23A1 (Scorpion Turret)

V-150S with TOW launcher - old.weaponsystems.net
V-150S with TOW launcher, Source - old.weaponsystems.net


The ‘Stretched’ Chassis place in game

Just like vehicles built on other versions of this series of chassis, vehicles based off the stretched chassis could fill many roles. And, they could fit in at mid to higher ranks than those built with the earlier standard version of the chassis. Due to its slightly higher speed and longer hull, it’d have a bit more survivability and maneuverability.

As previously stated in the base suggestion, given the number of nations that have used versions of the V-150 chassis, it would be an easy way to introduce very minor nation vehicles to the game.


V-150S with 20mm VADS turret - old.weaponsystems.net
V-150S with 20mm VADS turret, Source - old.weaponsystems.net


Related Suggestions

The Cadillac Gage V-150/LAV-150 armored car chassis series “A Cadillac of armored Cars”

Cadillac Gage V-150 ‘Standard’ Chassis “Amphibious 4x4 Speed”


References

Click to view References used for this suggestion

Books:

“Armored Car, A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles” By R.P. Hunnicutt, Published by Presidio Press, ISBN: 0-89141-777-X

“Profile, AFV, Weapons #62 - Commando, Twister, and High Mobility Vehicles”, by Christopher F. Foss
https://www.worldhistory.biz/download567/ProfileAFV-WeaponsProfiles62-Commando,TwisterandHighMobilityVehicles.pdf

Documents:

ADA282834 Front End Analysis of Armored Fighting Vehicle Alternatives for the Chemical and Biologically Protected Shelter, June 1994
https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/pdfs/ADA282834.pdf

Manuals:

Manual No 114101, Maintenance Manual For Commando Model V-150 Diesel/Automatic, by Cadillac Gage Company

Websites: Additional information and pictures can be found here

https://old.weaponsystems.net/weaponsystem/CC01%20-%20Commando.html
https://military-history.fandom.com/wiki/Cadillac_Gage_Commando
https://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/US/Cadillac_Gage_Commando_M706.php
https://www.fdi.us.com/static/files/pdf/Cadillac%20Gage%20Flyer%20and%20Descriptions.pdf
http://warwheels.net/LAV150index.html
https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/lav-150.htm
http://afvdb.50megs.com/usa/m706.html

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Completely Revamped the chassis specs table, and updated the intro section. Let me know if there is any information you’d like me to add, or formatting that I could improve. Also added sourcing to the images.

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I need that VADs