Australian Light Armoured Vehicle

An Australian Army ASLAV (Australian Light Armoured Vehicle) arrives at the evacuation handling centre set up at Cowley Beach, North Queensland, with 'evacuees' onboard during Exercise Sea Raider.

The Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) is a wheeled, eight wheel drive (8x8) vehicle that has been modified to deal with Australia's harsh conditions.

Australian Light Armoured Vehicle
An Australian Light-Armoured Vehicle from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment on patrol in Mt Bundey training area,during Exercise Eagle's Run.

Modifications include the addition of air conditioning and the widest wheels and tyres available. The ASLAV is an effective capability due to its reliability, low maintenance costs and ability to travel quickly over long distances. For these reasons the ASLAV is particularly suited to long-range battlefield surveillance operations.


The ASLAVs are fitted with an electric turret, enhanced drive train, improved thermal optics, and integrated laser range finder. Selected vehicles are also fitted with remote weapon stations and multi-system surveillance suites. These enhancements, together with run flat tyres, small arms resistant armour, internal spall protection, a counter improvised explosive device suite and a fire suppression system, provide a battle-ready platform which optimises crew and passenger survivability.


The versatility of the ASLAV has been further increased by the use of non-permanent mission role installation kits. The kits allow the generation of several variants from a single ASLAV hull design. This is a unique Australian Defence Force (ADF) capability, with much of the design and development work undertaken in Australia.

The current variants of the ASLAV include the reconnaissance, personnel carrier, command, surveillance, ambulance, fitter and recovery vehicles.

The ASLAV capability is being supplemented with nine advanced gunnery simulators known as crew procedural trainers. The simulators significantly reduce the cost of training ASLAV crews and maintaining their combat readiness.

General characteristics
Weight: 13,450 kilograms
Length: 6.57 metres
Width: 2.77 metres
Height: 2.43 metres
Crew: three - with up to six passengers

Overall performance
Power plant: Detroit Diesel Corporation 6V 53T
Speed: Up to 100 kilometres per hour, 10 kilomentres per hour on water
Operational range: 600 kilometres
Smoke Grenade System: 76 millimetre Launcher Grendade
Armament: 25 millimetre M242 Bushmaster Chain Gun, 2 x 7.62 millimetre MAG58 Machine Gun

Purchasing and support

The ASLAV was purchased and is supported by the Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group to ensure that effective maintenance and logistics support is provided throughout the life of the vehicle.