The Light Armored Vehicle family is an 8x8 wheel, diesel-powered, lightly-armored vehicle platform that combines speed, mobility and firepower to fulfill a variety of missions for the U.S. Marine Corps. These vehicles are all-terrain, all-weather vehicles with night capabilities. They are air transportable via C-130, C-141, C-5 and CH-53E. The vehicles are fully amphibious with a maximum of 3 minutes preparation.
The LAV-AT provides mobile, armored, accurate and destructive fire against heavily armored targets and fixed fortifications. With its mobility, it can keep pace with its applicable assigned military unit to provide highly mobile, protected anti-armor fire support to light infantry and reconnaissance forces, and to provide a capability to defeat heavy, armored targets at long ranges. The vehicle can be used in both the defensive and offensive roles.