Tracked and wheeled infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) were for years little more than protected battle taxis, transporting troops to and from combat zones with basic protection. IFVs were typically armed with light or heavy machine guns—the Browning 12.7 mm. being the Western standard, and the Russian KPV 14.5 mm. its counterpart during the Cold War. Armored carriers, however, have evolved into combat vehicles that operate with or alongside troops on the battlefield. IFVs provide support ...

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