Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Light Infantry Division:The Field Car

The Field Car shall be a family of front engined four and six wheeled,all wheel drive unprotected vehicles available in a variety of configurations to fulfill a wide variety of tasks.



The four wheeled base vehicle shall have a gross weight of four long tons,a payload of three and a half thousand pounds and an internal volume identical to that of the base four wheeled Light Protected Truck.



The six wheeled base vehicle shall have a gross weight of six long tons,a payload of around three long tons and an internal volume identical to that of the base six wheeled Light Protected Truck.



Photo: Courtesy Leading Seaman Paul Berry 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit Australian Defence Force

Most Field Cars shall be neither armed nor armoured but a three eighths inch machinegun and ballistic protection up to STANAG 4569 Levels 2,2a and 2b may be added in lieu of payload when required.



The Field Car shall shall generally be used as a more economical substitute for the Light Protected Truck in benign environments such as driving schools,exercise areas,firing ranges,air fields,depots and bases.



The Field Car shall not be routinely issued to any field unit,but shall be used by combat units only when size or weight constraints preclude the use of a larger and heavier Light Protected Truck. 



A ten man Light Infantry section equipped with a Field Car shall weigh four long tons,half as much as a section equipped with a Light Protected Truck.



A Super Merlin or Ultra Merlin helicopter shall be able to lift one section equipped with a Light Protected Truck or two sections equipped with Field Cars.
A Super Merlin or Ultra Merlin helicopter shall be able to carry a Light Protected Truck as an external load but shall be able to carry a Field Car as an internal load.



A Centaurus aircraft carrying eight Light Infantry sections rigged for air drop shall be able to carry about thirty two long tons of additional fuel if the sections are equipped with Field Cars rather than Light Protected Trucks,allowing a significant increase in air drop radius.



A Centaurus aircraft shall be able to air drop sixteen Field Cars using the Dual Row Airdrop System or air land twenty four Field Cars.


The Field Car shall be able to exploit narrower roads and weaker bridges than a Light Protected Truck.



Photo: LA(Phot) Caroline Davies

The Field Car may be regarded as the spiritual successor to the Land Rover Defender based Truck Utility Medium.



Photo: thewildcatgroup

The Field Car shall have an external space frame chassis,similar to that of the Ox,inside which a variety of inverted trapezoidal bodies may be bolted and on to which accessories may be fitted,it shall be powered by four and six cylinder variants of the engine used by the Ox.



Photo: OVIK-CROSSWAY

British companies such as Ricardo,Ineos,OVIK-CROSSWAY,Horiba-Mira,Wildcat and Supacat have the ability to design and manufacture the Field Car.

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