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Amphibious Assault Vehicle

ASALV-4 "Beluga"

Producer: Wolf Armament Industries

Operators: Masurbia (17), Taiouan (12)

Cost: $3.2 million with upgrades

Length: 7.94 m

Width: 3.27 m

Weight: 29.1 tons

Height: 3.26 m

Engine: Diesel VT903 500 kW

Personnel: 21+4 crew

Suspension: Torsion-bar-in-tube

Range: 480km land; 20NM water

Speed: 72 km/h land; 13.2 km/h water

Armor: EAAK armor panels

Dismount: 3 top hatches; 1 back ramp

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The Western Islands is a region full of islands, so naturally an amphibious landing vehicle would be essential for large scale invasions or stealthy troop insertions. In 1978, the Defense Board of Masurbia put out a contract for an armored surface assault landing vehicle to level Masurbia with other nation's military's. Wolf Armament Industries pounced on the offer and drew up the plans for the Amphibious Surface Assault Landing Vehicle. Research and Development took six years with the first delivery in 1984.

The ASALV is designed to assault the shoreline of any land area in order to bring troops and supplies to the objective. Nicknamed the Beluga for it's large statute and water capabilities, it can also double as a bulk refueler and ambulance. Operations aside from coastal assault include escorting, check point manning, and mechanized patrol. It's a step up from a standard infantry carrier with it's large carrying capacity of 25 troops.

Masurbia maintains 13 ASALV-4P, 2 ASALV-4C and 2 ASALV-4F Beluga's and launches them out of the MMS Iriquois, Masurbia's logistic and landing dock ship. An amphibious assault vehicle requires some sort of Landing Platform Dock, usually in the form of large helicopter carriers, or a base/outpost to launch them in short distance. The military uses them for training, patrols and special operations.


By 2007 the military realized it would need to either develop a new amphibious vehicle or revamp the old ones to keep the ASALV in ready condition and extend its machine life. In 2009, W.A.I released the following upgrades:

  • Improved instrument panel

  • Night vision device

  • new ventilation system

  • Enhanced applique armor kits*

  • New VT903 Engine

  • New Suspension with rotary dampers and upgraded torsion bars

  • Increased supplies to be able to operate for three days

*Armor upgrade replaced previous with a bonded spall liner, ceramic armor panels, protected external fuel tanks and added a 5.7 cm thick underbody armor for blast protection.


Main armament of the Beluga is a belt-fed, blowback, fully automatic Mk 19 40 mm grenade launcher. Maximum distance is 2,212 meters and can be fired from a mounted tripod on the ground or on a vehicle mount. Effective distance for combat is 1,500 meters. At a direct hit, the Mk 19 can puncture through most military APC's and light tanks. It has a kill blast radius of five meters and injured blast radius of 15 meters The Beluga holds 96 ready rounds and 768 stowed.

Secondary armament is a heavy .50-caliber machine gun. Rate of fire is between 450-600 rounds/min with an effective range of 1,830 meters and a maximum range of 2,000 meters. It can be belt fed from the left or the right and used on a ground tripod or vehicle mount. Methods of firing can be changed from single shot, 5-7 round bursts and fully automatic.


ASALV-4P (Personnel) - Standard amphibious vehicle. Carriers both armaments, four crew radios and intercom system with 21 troops and 4 crew (driver, commander, gunner, rear crewman).

ASALV-4C (Command) - Features zero of the armaments and instead is outfitted with various communication equipment. Radios include SATCOM, VHF, HF and two crew radios. A crew of 3, 5 radio operators, 3 staff and 2 commanders control the ASALV-4C.

ASALV-4F (Fixer) - Features no armament and instead has a crane and numerous different tools and equipment for field repairs. Operated by 3 crewmen and 1-2 repairmen.