Chenowth Advanced Light Strike Vehicle

Advanced Light Strike Vehicle
Type Special Attack Vehicle
Place of origin United States
Service history
Used by  United States
Wars Operation Desert Storm
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Production history
Manufacturer Chenowth
Weight 3,500 pounds (1,600 kg)
Length 161 inches (4.1 m)
Width 83 inches (2.1 m)
Height 79 inches (2.0 m)
Crew 2/ 3/ 4

1 × 12.7 mm M2 machine gun or 1 × 40 mm Mk 19 grenade launcher
Engine Diesel/ Petrol
160 hp

The Chenowth Advanced Light Strike Vehicle (ALSV) is an all-terrain light military vehicle developed by the United States. It is the successor to the Chenowth Light Strike Vehicle, and features improved performance and armament.[1] The vehicle is relatively small, and can be carried in a transport aircraft. Although it is mainly used by the US Navy SEALs and Marine Corps, several other countries have procured it.



Chenowth Racing Products revealed in October 1996 that they had developed a "third-generation high-performance surveillance, light strike and reconnaissance vehicle", which they named the Advanced Light Strike Vehicle (ALSV). Based on its predecessor, the Chenowth Light Strike Vehicle (LSV), the ALSV could carry two, three or four personnel. An all-terrain vehicle, the ALSV is powered by a 160 horsepower diesel engine produced by Porsche, and is equipped with four-wheel drive functionality as well as power steering. A version powered by a petrol engine has also been produced.[2][3][4]

An ALSV can be transported in a CH-47 Chinook or CH-53 Sea Stallion transport helicopter. Three can be carried in a C-130 Hercules transport, while two can be carried for para-dropping. The crew are covered only by an upper frame of tubular bars, although light armor can be added.[3] The ALSV weighs 3,500 pounds (1,600 kg), and has a length of 161 inches (4.1 m) and a width of 83 inches (2.1 m). It is 79 inches (2.0 m) in height, and has a ride height of 16 inches (0.41 m). The ALSV can accelerate from 0 to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) in 4 seconds, and is capable of negotiating up to 75% gradients and 50% side slopes.[2]


The main weapons station, which is positioned to the rear of the vehicle, is capable of traversing 360 degrees and can accommodate either a M2 Browning machine gun or a Mk 19 grenade launcher. Light machine guns and portable anti-tank weapons may be carried as secondary armament. The weapons platforms can be remote controlled and feature gun stabilizing, allowing accurate fire while on the move.[2][5]


The ALSV has been used by the United States Navy SEALs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to this, both the SEALs and the United States Marine Corps had used the vehicle during Operation Desert Storm. ALSVs have also been procured by Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. According to Chenowth, they are also used by several Central American and Middle Eastern countries, as well as some member countries of NATO.[3]


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