Rover Light Armoured Car
|Rover Light Armoured Car|
Rover Light Armoured Car in Royal Australian Armoured Corps Tank Museum, Puckapunyal, Victoria, Australia.
|Place of origin||Australia|
|Weight||Mk1 5.2 tonnes, Mk2 5 tonnes|
|Length||Mk1 6.1 m (20 ft 0 in)
Mk2 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
|Width||2.3 m (7 ft 7 in)|
|Height||2.1 m (6 ft 11 in)|
|Crew||5 (Commander, Driver, 2 Gunners, Wireless operator)|
|0.303 (7.7 mm) Vickers machine gun|
|0.303 (7.7 mm) Bren LMG|
95 hp (71 kW)
|Suspension||4x4, leaf spring|
History and description
At the outbreak of the Second World War, the United Kingdom was unable to meet the needs of the Commonwealth for armored fighting vehicles. It led many Commonwealth countries to develop their own AFVs.
The Rover was designed in 1941. It used Ford 3-ton Canadian Military Pattern truck chassis, either F60L or the shorter F60S. The armoured bodies were produced by Ruskin Motor Bodies of Melbourne. The production was stopped in 1943, a total of 238 cars were built.
The Rover entered service with the Australian army in April 1942. It never saw combat and was used mostly for crew training. A long narrow opening at the top of the hull earned the vehicle a nickname: "mobile slit trench". Late in 1943 Australia started to receive US-made armoured cars and the Rover was soon declared obsolete.
There are two restored Rover Mk II cars on display in Australian museums, at the National Military Vehicle Museum in Edinburgh Parks and at the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Tank Museum at Puckapunyal, Victoria.
- Mk I - F60L chassis (40 units).
- Mk II - F60S chassis (198 units).
- Michael K. Cecil - Australian Military Equipment Profiles vol. 3, Australian Scout and Armoured Cars 1933 to 1945, 1993 Australian Military Equipment Profiles, ISBN 0-646-14611-4.
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