|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Armor||12.7 mm max|
|Two Swingfire ATGM launchers
2 ATGM in launchers with 12 more missile stored inside. Launchers could be reloaded inside the Vehicle.
|7.62 mm L7 GPMG, smoke dischargers|
|Engine||Rolls-Royce K60 multi-fuel|
|Suspension||torsion-bar, 5 road wheel|
It had two firing bins and could carry fourteen missiles, which could be reloaded from inside the vehicle. Instead of using the mounted guidance system a control unit could be deployed and the missiles aimed and fired from up to 100 metres away, allowing the vehicle to remain completely hidden from the enemy; the Swingfire missile was capable of making a ninety-degree turn immediately after firing.
When it first came into use in the 1970s, the FV438s were operated by specialised anti-tank units of the [British Infantry and Royal Armoured Corp). The role was transferred to the Royal Artillery in the mid 1980s, and the FV438s were taken into service as guided-weapon troops of armoured regiments, nine vehicles to a regiment.
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