NZ LOV (Light Operational Vehicle)
The NZ LOV comes in non-armoured and armoured configurations. There are a number of variants of the non-armoured vehicle and 2 of the armoured variant. All variants are able to be fitted with Army's recently acquired Tactical Mobile Communication System and two at a time can be carried by RNZAF C-130 Hercules aircraft with minimal preparation. Each is described below.
The MV-General Service (MV-GS) has a rigid cab, soft skin main body area, rear superstructure including rollover protection and a rigid rear swinging half door. A canopy forms a cover between the hard cab and the rear of the vehicle. It has a rear flap with zips and Velcro and roll up sides with tiebacks.
Although predominantly used for the carrying of stores and conducting of general administrative tasks (it is able to carry and secure two cargo pallets), this variant is also equipped with fold down sides and lateral folding vinyl seats to enable up to 12 passengers, including personal equipment and weapons, to be carried in the rear of the vehicle.
The MV-GS forms the base vehicle platform for the entire LOV fleet of vehicles.
Control and Command (C2)
The MV-Command & Control (MV-C2) is designed to be fitted with a number of radio configurations dependant on the unit and command role it is performing. It is used by headquarter elements of Army units to enable them to establish a mobile command and control centre when deployed. The vehicle has a complete rigid body incorporating the same rear superstructure as the MV-GS variant. It has side access doors with sliding windows to the main body area and forward facing seating for three personnel.
The Ambulance variant has the primary role of casualty evacuation. It can carry 4 patients on stretchers or 6 seated patients (or a combination or each) and 1 attendant along with associated medical equipment.
The vehicle is fitted with air conditioning and a diesel fire heater in the patient shelter. The vehicle is also fitted for radios.
2 ambulances at a time can be carried by RNZAF C-130 Hercules aircraft with minimal preparation.
Forward Repair Team (FRT)
The FRT variant has a racking system in the rear of the vehicle to safely store and carry repair parts common to the fleet of equipment it is supporting. The vehicle is fitted with a slideout work bench at the rear of the vehicle that allows equipment to be worked on and also has a scene light to allow work to be carried out in the dark.
The FRT variant has a crew of 2 Maintenance Support personnel, and is also fitted with radios.
The Weapon Carrier version is a soft skinned vehicle fitted with a ring mount allowing a range of weapons to be fitted and fired from the vehicle. The Weapon Carrier was procured as a training platform but could be deployed on operations into areas with a low threat risk.
There are 2 configurations of the armoured variant; the Armoured Command and Control, and the Crew Served Weapons Carrier. In the first instance the vehicle can be fitted with a number of radio configurations to allow a mobile command post role with crew protection. In the second configuration a range of weapons systems can be mounted from a ring mount on the roof, allowing the weapon to be fired from the vehicle.
Both vehicles have a crew of 4 including the driver. Behind the driver and co driver is a compartment for the radio fit and a workstation with a fold out table and seating for the remaining 2 crew member. It also has 2 fold down seats with the capacity to carry a further 4 passengers if needed.
The Armoured Pinzgauer uses the same drive train and axles as the non-armoured variants for commonality of spare parts. Being armoured it is heavier than the non-armoured variants and has an uprated suspension system.
This page was last reviewed on 19 March 2015 and is current.