Australian Light Armored Vehicle (ASLAV)
Australian defence is expecting to complete the A$35M
Australian Light Armored Vehicle (ASLAV) program next week, delivering
the last two upgraded vehicles to the Australian troops. 59 of the 62
ASLAVs deployed since 2005 to the Middle East have been fitted with the
Protector Remote Weapon Stations from Kongsberg, mounting the 12.7mm
heavy machine gun. Australia bought 59 Protectors for A$17.9 million.
The vehicles received improved protection, fitted with "bar" (slat)
armor and internal spall liners to better withstand blast, small-arms
hits and fragmentation. In operational service the ASLAV fleet has
achieved availability rates of greater than 90%.
The next modernization will be Phase 4 mid-life upgrade, which is
expected to cost up to A$250 million which is currently in approval
process. This phase will enhance the survivability and situational
awareness capabilities of the ASLAV fleet with improved mine protection,
spall liners and ballistic protection, introduction of battlefield
management systems, and signature management. A surveillance version of
the ASLAV will use the mast-mounted Multi-Spectral Surveillance System (MSSS)
from DRS. ASLAV-S is currently in development and is expected to be
fielded by 2008.
The DRS Multi-Spectral Surveillance System (MSSS) is a reconnaissance
and surveillance package consisting of a laser rangefinder, thermal
imager, and ground surveillance radar integrated with a stabilized
common gimbal (SCG-100) and soldier machine interface provided by DRS.
The MSSS will be capable of three modes of operation: mounted on the
vehicle, connected to the vehicle by a cable, and completely dismounted.
The MSSS package will be designed as a kit for installation on the ASLAV-S
by the Australian Defence Forces.