Counter Terrorist Operations

Counter Terrorist Operations

The vehicle shown is one of the F100 Ford Special Purpose vehicles that were issued to the Regiment in 1980 to provide mobility for the Tactical Assault Group. These vehicles carried soldiers and special equipment from a holding area to an incident site and remained in-service until the mid-1990s when the Nissan Patrol Special Purpose vehicles replaced them. Also shown is the Low Profile Assault Vehicle, which was designed and built by members of SASR in the late 1980s. The role of this unique vehicle was to provide ‘quiet’ mobility for soldiers approaching the blind side of a parked aircraft with assault ladders. It was electrically powered by two car batteries and capable of speeds up to 50 kilometres per hour.

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In the late 1970s a SASR officer met with allied counter terrorist units overseas in an effort to ascertain the most suitable vehicle for the fledgling Australian Counter Terrorist Force to adopt. The overwhelming recommendation was the Range Rover. Australian Army procurement officers however disagreed with the recommendation, opting instead for in-service F100 vehicles configured as ambulances.