- Royal Australian Armoured Corps
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=Royal Australian Armoured Corps
branch=Australian Regular Army
Australian Army Reserve
1 May, 1941– Present
size=4 Regular Regiments, 5 Reserve Regiments
Lieutenant-General, HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales
battles=Battle Honours are awarded to individual RAAC Regiments
The Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) is the overall umbrella grouping of Regular Army and Army Reserve regiments equipped with armoured vehicles in the
Australian Army. The corps was formed in 1941as the Australian Armoured Corps, before being given the "Royal" prefix in 1948. It is the senior arms corps within the Australian Army.
**1st Armoured Regiment - Armoured
**2nd Cavalry Regiment - Reconnaissance
**B Squadron, 3rd/4th Cavalry Regiment - Light Armoured
**2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) - Reconnaissance
1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers- Light cavalry / Reconnaissance
3rd/9th South Australia Mounted Rifles- Light cavalry / Reconnaissance
4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse- Light cavalry / Reconnaissance
**A Squadron, 10th Light Horse Regiment - Light cavalry / Reconnaissance
12th/16th Hunter River Lancers- Light Armoured
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 the 3rd/4th Cavalry Regiment as well as the Cavalry role with the 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers.
Landrover- Re-equiped Land Rover 6x6 LRPV used in the Light Cavalry/Reconnaissance role of the Reserve forces.
M113 - the M113 is an
armoured personnel carrierthat served in the light armoured and armoured reconnaissance roles primarily with Reserve forces, it is now used in support roles in some Regiments.
Japan(BCOF) : 1946-1949
South Vietnam: 1965-1971
East Timor: 1999 - Present
Iraq: 2003 - Present
List of Australian armoured units
Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
Australian Armoured Units of World War II
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