The Australian Army will soon take delivery of the first Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 6×6 surveillance reconnaissance vehicles (SRV) fitted with a new customised weapons suite. Each weapon mount can accept either a Minimi 5.56mm light machine weapon or a MAG-58 7.62mm general purpose machine gun.
Under Phase 3A of Project Land 121, around 200 G-Wagon 6×6 SRVs will each receive front and rear weapon mounts developed by Australian weapon mount specialist W&E Platt. The company is currently building the mounts at a rate of about 10 sets per week. The $2.5M AUD contract also includes a spare parts package and technical documentation, and delivery of the weapon mounts will continue through the first quarter of 2014.
Designed specifically for the unarmoured 300 CDI G-Wagon 6×6 SRV platform, the weapon mount fit comprises a front rail mount for both left and right-handed gunners that is installed on the upper dash structure for the vehicle commander; and a rear skate mount fixed to the rear stowage compartment. The latter enables the gunner to engage targets left, right and to the rear of the vehicle but not to the front of the vehicle, where arcs of fire are restricted by rotation stops.
Australian Army units earmarked to receive the 6500kg gross vehicle mass G-Wagon 6×6 SRV include the three Regional Force Surveillance Units: the Pilbara Regiment, NORFORCE and the 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment. It is understood that Royal Australian Air Force Airfield Defence Guards units will also receive the vehicle.
Source: Australian Army
The Royal Marines of 42 Commando have spent a week on the firing ranges of Jordan as part of their Cougar 13 deployment. Using .5 calibre heavy and general machine-gun around 160 commandos from Mike Company, 42 Commando have practiced in the ranges of south-western Jordan, just north of the port of Aqaba.
The 42 Commando men, from Bickleigh barracks near Plymouth, were joined by their comrades from 30 Commando IX Group and a logistic task group for Exercise Jebel Dagger. The combined 42 Cdo–30 Cdo force is part of the Cougar 13 deployment involving the UK Response Force Task Group.
After the first set-piece major exercise – Albanian Lion – held in Albania in early September, many of the RFTG ships and units have broken away from the main task force to conduct different exercises.
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French Marine Commandos training at Mont Saint-Michel.
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Indonesian Navy special forces personnel stand to during security preparations on September 26, 2013 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian military and police personel are making security preparations ahead of the 2013 APEC Leaders Summit, to be held from 1-8 October 2013.
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