Australian Light Armoured vehicle (ASLAV), is a highly mobile, amphibious
eight wheeled armoured vehicle that is ideally suited to conduct
reconnaissance and surveillance operations.
In 1990, a year long evaluation was conducted on 15 light armoured
vehicles purchased from the United States Marine Corps. This was to see
how wheeled vehicles would handle Australia conditions and what
modifications would need to be made.
under Phase 2 of the ASLAV Program, the Army acquired 111 of the
Australian version of the Canadian manufactured LAV. By 1997 the 2nd
Cavalry Regiment was fully equipped with the ASLAV.
Phase 3 of
the ASLAV acquisition was approved with the follow on purchase of 144
vehicles with increased levels of local content including the fabrication
and assembly of LAV-25 turrets by General Motors Defence Australia.
vehicles will be issued to training units and the
Cavalry Regiment. The
Phase 2 vehicles will be upgraded and the bulk issued to the
Light Horse Regiment (QMI)
in Brisbane. This will equip the Army's two armoured reconnaissance units
has an eight wheeled configuration (selecting either four or eight wheeled
drive), is amphibious and has a range of 600km with a top road speed of
has excellent battlefield mobility, as all wheels are equipped with a
solid-core secondary tyre next to the hub, allowing the vehicle to
function even with eight flat tyres.
improvements include a laser range finder, the latest generation thermal
imager, 28V DC electric drive for the turret and improved suspension for
The heat of
northern Australia poses special problems for armoured vehicle crews with
interior temperatures reaching 55 degrees centigrade.
The ASLAV is
fitted with air-conditioning that reduces temperatures at the crew
positions to outside levels. Increasing the versatility of the ASLAV even
more is the use of non-permanent Mission Role Installation Kits (MRIKs) to
generate several variants from a single hull design.
This is a
unique Australian modification and much of the design and development work
was done in Australia.
these MRIKs and the three different hull types of the ASLAV the Australian
Army has at their disposal, the following variants have been developed:
A three man reconnaissance vehicle armed with an M242 dual-feed 25mm
Bushmaster cannon and two 7.62mm MAG58 machine guns.
- A two man vehicle armed with a .50 calibre machine gun and capable
of carrying 7 scout troops.
ASLAV-C (Command) - A vehicle
equipped with enhanced radio installation and radio masts, mapboard,
stowage compartments, appropriate seating and annex.
- A specialised surveillance vehicle equipped with thermal imager,
laser range finder and day television camera.
- Equipped with medical equipment and litter stations this ASLAV can
carry three lying patients or six sitting patients.
- Maintenance support vehicle crewed by soldiers of the Royal
Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) for the repair
and maintenance of ASLAV vehicles.
- Maintenance support vehicle, also crewed by RAEME soldiers for
recovering damaged or bogged vehicles.
Differs according to
Radius of Action
Seating (PC variant)
7 fully equipped