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operations will have
more eyes and ears
with the delivery
of 14 ASLAV surveillance
variants (ASLAV-S) scheduled
The vehicles will be fitted with
the Multi-Spectral Surveillance
Suite (MSSS) and comprise
surveillance, navigation, targeting
and communications subsystems that
will provide the ground manoeuvre
commander with better situational
Combat development officer
Lt-Col Ash Collingburn said the
combination of sensor array and data
fusion had proved to be a uniquely
Australian Army requirement.
"Attempts to obtain an ASLAV
surveillance capability between
1997 and 2005 were unsuccessful,"
"None of the capabilities under
consideration were assessed to be
viable, mature technological solutions
and therefore they carried significant
The MSSS can accept a
wide variety of modern sensors
tailored to the warfighter's specific
The sensors are mounted on
a heavy-duty stabilised support
on a telescopic mast. It can also be
mounted on a tripod if required.
The multiple sensors that make up
the MSSS include day/night electro-
optic, laser and RF/radar-based
systems with integral "slew-to-cue"
target hand-off functionality.
These sensors combine to enable
the commander to locate and track
threats at extended ranges, under
any condition and provide the means
necessary for timely and effective
targeting by direct and indirect fire
Lt-Col Collingburn said the
primary mission of the ASLAV-S
was to provide the reconnaissance
commander with a surveillance
"The commander may use the
surveillance information to move
other reconnaissance force assets
towards enemy targets," he said.
"A secondary mission of ASLAV-S
is to call, observe and correct indirect
fire support onto enemy targets."
This new capability could be
deployed as part of a reconnaissance
squadron conducting screening or
covering force operations in support
of a larger land force.
"The reconnaissance commander
would likely deploy his surveillance
assets in a line to provide early
detection and warning of enemy
activity," Lt-Col Collingburn said.
"The ASLAV-S capability will
perform surveillance operations while
stationary and they will usually be
employed in pairs."
Each multi-role combat brigade
under Plan Beersheba will be
structured with an armoured cavalry
regiment equipped with a surveillance
troop comprising two ASLAV 25s,
four ASLAV surveillance variants and
20 trained surveillance operators.
Training for instructors, opera
and maintainers will be run by
DMO at the relevant training
establishments and cavalry
regiments are scheduled to take
delivery of the new capability
from November next year.
Bird's eye view
for ASLAV crews
A new surveillance suite has been tailored to warfighters'
requirements, enhancing targeting, navigation and communications.
Surveillance: Commanders can locate and track threats further away with a
raft of new technology for ASLAVs.
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