The Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) is an eight wheel drive (8x8) vehicle that has been modified to deal with Australia's harsh conditions.
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.
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. Other enhancements include run flat tyres, small arms resistant armour, internal spall protection, a counter improvised explosive device suite and a fire suppression system. These features 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.
The ASLAV will soon be replaced in Australian service by the 8x8 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle — a wheeled, eight wheel drive (8x8) combat vehicle that has been optimised to meet current and future threats and harsh environments.
|Crew||3 crew and up to 6 passengers|
|Power plant||Detroit Diesel Corporation 6V 53T|
|Speed||Up to 100 kilometres per hour on land
10 kilometres per hour on water
|Smoke grenade system||76mm launcher grenade|
|Armament||25 millimetre M242 Bushmaster chain gun
2 x 7.62 millimetre MAG58 machine gun