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LAV-25 A2 in airdrop testing

29th January 2018 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The US Army is conducting airdrop certification testing on the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV-25 A2), it was announced on 25 January.

The introduction of the LAV-25 A2 into the XVIII Airborne Corps' Global Response Force is an exercise to develop techniques, tactics and procedures for a light airdrop capable mobile protective firepower platform of the future to replace the Sheridan M551, which was phased out of the 82nd Airborne Division in 1996.

During the test, crew rigged the LAV-25 A2 for airdrop and recovery and conducted live fire exercises to ensure the system was fully operational.

Three successful airdrops are required for final certification by the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Command.

James Cochran, Operational Test Officer with the US Army Operational Test Command's Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD), said: ‘Every piece of equipment soldiers use has been independently tested and evaluated to meet current and future army needs and requirements.’

Highly-instrumented test drops by ABNSOTD will help test overall survivability of the vehicles in airborne operations.

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