Alvis Salamander


The Alvis Salamander is a six-wheel drive airport crash tender with off-road capabilities, developed in 1956.[1]

Alvis Salamander
Alvis Mk6 Salamander.jpg
Salamander crash tender
Also calledFV651
Body and chassis
LayoutRear engine, Six-wheel drive
RelatedAlvis Saladin
Engine6,515 cc (397.6 cu in) Rolls-Royce B81 I8
Wheelbase120 in (3,050 mm)
Length216 in (5,490 mm)
Width99 in (2,510 mm)
Height102 in (2,590 mm)

It shares the same common Alvis six-wheel-drive chassis and other components with the FV 601 Saladin armoured car and FV 603 Saracen armoured personnel carrier. In turn it led to the FV 620 Stalwart load carrier which was derived from the Salamander.

The vehicle is powered by a 6,515-cubic-centimetre (397.6 cu in) Rolls-Royce B81 straight-eight engine producing 211 brake horsepower (157 kW) at 4000 RPM and 340 pound-feet (461 N⋅m) of torque at 2500 RPM.[2]

Fire fighting equipment was provided by The Pyrene Company Limited. It could produce 7,500 gallons of foam per minute and carried a crew of 6.

125 Salamanders were built and used in the Royal Air Force (as the Alvis Salamander/Pyrene Mark 6)[3] and the Royal Canadian Air Force. From the late 1970s on they were replaced by vehicles like the Thornycroft Nubian Pyrene Mark 7.


  1. ^ "Alvis FV-651 / FV-652 Salamander (Military vehicles) - Trucksplanet".
  2. ^ "The Alvis Salamander Fire Crash Tender Chassis". Coventry: Alvis Limited. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Pyrene crash tenders". Flight. 2 September 1960. p. 84.