The Army’s new Australian Light Armoured Vehicle. (photo : Army News, Finmeccanica)
29.03.2014 Defense Studies
After rigorous testing, the new Australian Light Armoured Vehicle surveillance variant, ALSAV-S, has been shown to significantly improve Army’s Cavalry operations.
The new vehicles tested during Exercise Kosta River in late March 2014, conducted at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
Commanding Officer of 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) Lieutenant Colonel Ash Collingburn said the vehicles were yet another tool in the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance toolbox.
“The new vehicles are a game changer; the new capability they provide changes the way we think about Cavalry operations,” Lieutenant Colonel Collingburn said.
Exercise Kosta River, was a training opportunity for surveillance troops, providing the chance to put the new vehicles through their paces.
“We’re learning as we go,” Lieutenant Colonel Collingburn said.
“We have some very smart junior Non Comissioned Officers and soldiers in the surveillance troop and they are quickly learning about the limitations and realising the full potential of the capability.”
Equipped with the Multispectral Surveillance Suite of equipment including a ground surveillance radar, thermal camera and day camera, the vehicles are capable of laser designating targets and can penetrate the tree canopy thanks to its raiseable mast.
This equipment now allows the surveillance troops to screen over greater distances than they have previously been able to with traditional Cavalry vehicles.
Crew Commander Corporal Daniel Cameron leads one of the vehicles and said the first time he saw the system in his training he thought it was amazing.
“You could see everything,” he said. “It makes you think harder now as a crew commander on where to position the vehicle to get the full potential out of the system.”
Corporal Cameron said the field trial had been going well. “Like anything there are always some teething issues with new equipment but the training we’re doing here is good in order to test it properly,” he said.