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Eglin AFB in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle

 
 
XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
1. XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle Marker
Inscription.
In reaction to the poor showing by the M114 Armored Command and Reconnaissance Vehicle, it was decided to design a new vehicle. Beginning in 1966, a requirement began to evolve for a 3-man vehicle weighing about 7 tons and armed with a 20mm cannon for reconnaissance — and by 1971 several companies had submitted designs for such a vehicle.

Chrysler, FMC (Food Machinery Company), and Teledyne-Continental submitted designs for a tracked version, while CONDEC, Ford, and Lockheed submitted designs for a wheeled version. In May of 1972, contracts were awarded for development of one wheeled and one tracked design (XM-800W and XM-800T). The XM-800W (wheeled) was developed by Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. The XM-800T (tracked) was developed by FMC.

As the year closed, both contractors had their first vehicle in operation and being tested. Testing was based on two major points: one, was it survivable; and two, did it have an adequate crew size. Testing between the two vehicles occurred in 1974, the results were that the new vehicles were not any better than the current M113 — ultimately neither vehicle was to go into production. The FMC Company did get a contract but it was with the MICV or as it is now called — The Bradley Fighting Machine.

This XM-800W ARSV Is one of two in existence
XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
2. XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle & Marker
and was donated to the Museum by the Eglin AFB EOD School.

Specifications
Manufacturer Lockheed Missile and Space Company
Powerplant General Motors 6V53T Diesel engine rated at 300 hp
Transmission Allison MT650 (5 speed forward, 2 speed reverse)
Roll Articulated
Body Aluminum alloy armor hull w/cast aluminum and steel turret
Weight 16,972 lbs Empty
Road Speed 65 mph Max
Water Speed 5 mph using an Aerojet waterjet propulsion system
Range 450 miles on its 90 gallon of diesel fuel capacity
Armament M139 Hispano-Suiza 20mm gun with post mounted M60 7.62 mm Light Machine gun
This vehicle is part of the USAF Heritage Program collection
 
Location. 30° 27.867′ N, 86° 33.672′ W. Marker is in Eglin AFB, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Pinchot Road (State Road 189) and Museum Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the Air Force Armament Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin AFB FL 32542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. AGM-28 Houndog Missile (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); B-52 Stratofortress (about 400 feet away); MQM-105 Aquila
XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
3. XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle
(about 500 feet away); MIG-21 Fishbed (about 500 feet away); B-47 Stratojet (about 500 feet away); O-2 Skymaster (about 500 feet away); F-4 Phantom II (about 500 feet away); F-104 Starfighter (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eglin AFB.
 
Also see . . .
1. Air Force Armament Museum. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. XM800 Armored Reconnaissance Scout Vehicle on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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