Australian Military Vehicles Research
5/7 Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) Mechanised in Timor
One of the Australian units that was sent to East Timor as part of INTERFET (International Force East Timor) was 5/7 RAR Mech. Here is a series of photos predominantly of C Company as well as some other units who were there as well.
The basic vehicles used by 5/7 were M113A1 APCs armed with a T50 machine gun turret. Other variants of the M113A1 APC were the surveillance and ambulance versions. The M579 fitters track, M577A1 command vehicle and M548A1 "Tilly" (Tracked Load Carrier) were also there.
|The vehicles of 7 platoon 5/7 RAR Mech. Note that the camouflage pattern is basically the same and the positioning of the vehicle call signs. The callsigns are 31, 31A, 31B, 31C|
|The compound with 35M ambulance and the M577A1 ACV OG with its many aerials and air filter box.|
|The compound again with M548A1s and a 110 Land Rover.|
|The packed interior of 31. Note the standard metal chest, collapsible stretchers, packs and bivvy bags. The jerry cans are deliberately stored in this manner with the caps facing inwards to avoid opening from vegetation. Note also the revised rear indicator group which is standard truck fitments plus the convoy light inboard.|
|Top view of 31A. Note aerial positioning, jumper cables stowage, filter box on the cargo hatch and camo pattern|
|Close up of 31 from the side.
The skirts were cut down to allow the removal of the track for field track repairs. The skirt was cut at the same approximate height of the track as it passes above the road wheels, this would allow a track pin to pass below the Skirt while performing track maintenance. Otherwise, the whole track skirt would have to be removed to repair track links, and that is very time consuming
The bottom white/red reflective tape was for road safety whereas the black stripes front and back are buoyancy guides. The black tigers head is the unit emblem and can just be seen on the front.
|31 the other side. The troops are wearing body armour.|
|Fitters track 38. Each of 5/7s fitters tracks were individually fitted out according to each crew's preferences before they were sent to east Timor. Note the vice mounted on the front of the vehicle, the double extended splash board, orange trafficators|
|E18A is a fitters track beloging to 1 CER and has a different right side roof stowage - compare to the more normal layout above.|
|38 closeup. Twin jerry can stowage at rear both sides, four jerrycans on top of the crane counterweights just behind a stowage box.|
Other interesting vehicles used there by Australia were two of three Bushranger prototypes used to provide VIP transport. Notice that the design of each Bushranger is different.
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