An armoured fighting vehicle is a combat vehicle, protected by strong armour and generally armed with weapons, which combines operational mobility, tactical offensive, and defensive capabilities. AFVs can be wheeled or tracked. It is not uncommon for AFVs to be simply referred to as "armour".
Nikolay Lebedenko was a Russian military engineer known as the main developer of the largest armored vehicle in history, constructed in 1916–1917.
Modern armoured fighting vehicles are the realization of an ancient concept,that of providing troops with mobile protection and suppressive firepower.War machines with rudimentary armour have been used in battle for millennia. These designs historically struggled between the paradox of exposed-mobility, effective-firepower and cumbersome-protection.