Royal Australian Armoured Corps

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Royal Australian Armoured Corps
Active 9 July 1941 – Present
Country Australia
Branch Army
Type Corps
Role Armour
Size 4 Regular Regiments
5 Reserve Regiments
Colonel-in-Chief HRH The Prince of Wales

The Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) is a corps in the Australian Army. The corps was formed on 9 July 1941 as the Australian Armoured Corps to provide personnel to use Armoured Fighting Vehicles. The corps has its origins in the Australian Tank Corps, which was formed in 1928.[1] The RAAC is the senior arms corps within the army and was granted the Royal prefix in 1948. Units of the RAAC include tank regiments, reconnaissance regiments and armoured personnel-carrier regiments.[2]

Current units[edit]


The RAAC is primarily equipped with three types of vehicle:

  • M1A1 Abrams – the Abrams is Australia's main battle tank (MBT), and equips 1st Armoured Regiment.
  • ASLAV – the ASLAV is a variant of the LAV II vehicle designed specifically for the Australian Army, and is used in the armoured reconnaissance role with 2nd Cavalry Regiment and 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment.
  • Bushmaster – the Bushmaster IMV is an Australian-built wheeled armoured vehicle that is used in the Infantry Mobility role with B Squadron, 3rd/4th Cavalry Regiment as well as the Cavalry role with the 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers.
  • Landrover – Re-equipped Land Rover 6x6 LRPV used in the Light Cavalry/Reconnaissance role of the Reserve forces.
  • M113 – the M113 is an armoured personnel carrier that served in the light armoured and armoured reconnaissance roles primarily with Reserve forces, it is now used in support roles in some Regiments.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jobson 2009, p. 118.
  2. ^ Dennis (et al) 2008, p. 461.


  • Dennis (et al), Peter (2008). The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History. Second Edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 
  • Jobson, Christopher (2009). Looking Forward, Looking Back: Customs and Traditions of the Australian Army. Wavell Heights, Queensland: Big Sky Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9803251-6-4. 
Preceded by
Corps of Staff Cadets
Australian Army Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Royal Australian Artillery