The Canadian-produced LAV-25 (Light Armored Vehicle) eight-wheeled armored vehicle is a mainstay of U.S. Marines land force elements. Moreover, it’s classified as an amphibious armored reconnaissance vehicle built by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada based on the Swiss MOWAG Piranha I 8×8 family of armored fighting vehicles. First seeing combat during the Invasion of Panama in 1989, it has continued service during the Gulf War, Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan.
With over 12 variations or derivatives adapted variants, the LAV platform provides the Corps with an incredible mix of flexibility and low cost long term maintenance with a platform that is planned to remain in service with the Marine Corps until 2035. In this video, U.S. Marines with a Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion conduct a live-fire assault exercise in the country of Georgia during exercise Agile Spirit 16. A true staple of the Corps.