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==Design==
 
==Design==
The Saxon was intended to act as a cheap but efficient "battle-taxi" for units that would have to make long journeys from the UK to reinforce the [[BAOR]]. It was made as a relatively low cost armoured personnel carrier based on a revised [[Bedford M series]] 4x4 truck chassis and other commercially available components.<ref name="MT">{{cite web|archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/6DbwMiKM0|url=http://www.military-today.com/apc/saxon.htm|archivedate=2013-01-13|title=Saxon|publisher=Military Today}}</ref> As a lightly armoured wheeled vehicle it is much faster - especially on roads - and easier to maintain than a [[tracked vehicle]]. Indeed, it shares many parts with commercial trucks, reducing the operating cost. It is armoured against small-arms fire and shell splinters, but is not intended to stand up to any anti-vehicle weaponry. The vehicle has a single machine gun for local air defence, and can carry up to ten men.
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The Saxon was intended to act as a cheap but efficient "battle-taxi" for units that would have to make long journeys from the UK to reinforce the [[BAOR]]. It was made as a relatively low cost armored personnel carrier based on a revised Bedford M series 4x4 truck chassis and other commercially available components.<ref name="MT">{{cite web|archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/6DbwMiKM0|url=http://www.military-today.com/apc/saxon.htm|archivedate=2013-01-13|title=Saxon|publisher=Military Today}}</ref> As a lightly armoured wheeled vehicle it is much faster - especially on roads - and easier to maintain than a tracked vehicle. Indeed, it shares many parts with commercial trucks, reducing the operating cost. It is armoured against small-arms fire and shell splinters, but is not intended to stand up to any anti-vehicle weaponry. The vehicle has a single machine gun for local air defence, and can carry up to ten men.
   
 
The Saxon's hull is welded steel with V-shaped under-chassis plate to deflect mine detonations with seating provided in the rear for up to ten troops, although eight is a more comfortable load if all their equipment is included.<ref name="MT"/> There is an equipment stowage area on the hull roof.<ref name="MT"/>
 
The Saxon's hull is welded steel with V-shaped under-chassis plate to deflect mine detonations with seating provided in the rear for up to ten troops, although eight is a more comfortable load if all their equipment is included.<ref name="MT"/> There is an equipment stowage area on the hull roof.<ref name="MT"/>
   
Some Saxon IS, or Saxon Patrol, vehicles were acquired for service in [[Northern Ireland]], serving both as troop carriers and used in riots with extendible wings to be used as protective shields as well as being used as ambulances. These have various minor modifications compared to the normal version, such as [[searchlight]]s and [[wire cutter]]s, intended for internal security operations.
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Some Saxon IS, or Saxon Patrol, vehicles were acquired for service in Northern Ireland, serving both as troop carriers and used in riots with extendible wings to be used as protective shields as well as being used as ambulances. These have various minor modifications compared to the normal version, such as searchlights and wire cutters, intended for internal security operations.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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