Civilian truck is secretly transporting UK Spartan APCs to Ukraine

KYIV, UKRAINE — Supplying weapons to Ukraine is a challenge. Both for Ukraine and for the countries that agreed to supply their weapons platforms. In wartime, when satellites are constantly monitoring, keeping a delivery secret is an extremely important and strategic decision.

Civilian truck is secretly transporting UK Spartan APCs to Ukraine
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Russian intelligence satellites constantly monitor what is happening around the Ukrainian road infrastructure. Ukraine cannot afford to put on display the route of the arriving transport equipment. Very often the night is used as cover. But if the situation calls for immediate delivery, a solution must be found during the day to ensure the smooth arrival of the cargo at its final destination.

This is exactly what Ukrainian soldiers recorded on video – the delivery of a heavily armored platform with a civilian truck. It is about the delivery of a British armored sportsman Spartan. Loaded in a civilian truck, Spartan entered Ukraine from a neighboring country and moved smoothly along the civilian road infrastructure. Under the guise of ordinary, everyday, and customary delivery, Spartan successfully arrives at his final destination.

The truck recorded in the video is a tractor-trailer type. Attached to it is a trailer that, according to the perspective of the video report, can hold not one, but two Spartan APCs. This is exactly what is seen in the video footage. At the end of the video, after the first Spartan is loaded onto a lift platform, the camera shifts focus to show the core of the trailer. A second British Spartan is seen inside.

The video was shared on social networks. According to the tweeter who shared the video, such a practice is common in Ukraine. In this way, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense hides from “Russian eyes” the resistance platforms arriving from the west.

About Spartan APC

FV103 Spartan is a tracked armored personnel carrier. It was in service with the British Army until 1995. There are countries other than Ukraine that currently continue to rely on Spartan. These are Botswana, Iraq, Jordan, Latvia, Nigeria, and Oman.

The Spartan APC is a late 1970s design. According to official public data, 967 units were produced from it. A Spartan APC weighs 10.50 long tons. The original version was armed with one 7.62 mm General Purpose Machine Gun.

Civilian truck is secretly transporting UK Spartan APCs to Ukraine
Photo by Nathan Lawrence

Initially, the vehicle was powered by a Jaguar J60 4.2 liter DOHC inline six-cylinder petrol engine 252 lbs/ft at 3,000 rpm. This engine was later replaced by a single Cummins 5.9 turbo diesel engine. The power of the Spartan APC is 190 horsepower.

The maximum speed of the vehicle is 96 km/h. With a full tank of fuel, the Spartan APC can cover a distance of 510 km.

Spartan APC has been supplied to Ukraine since almost the beginning of the war – April 2022. The supplier is Great Britain. Initially, Ukraine was promised 120 Spartan APCs, but at the end of 2022, another 50 units were promised to be delivered from London to Kyiv.

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