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1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (Highlanders)

In 1980, The Marine Corps identified a requirement for enhancing the mobility and firepower of the units tasked with rapid deployment responsibilities. A family of six Light Armored Vehicles was determined to be the means of meeting this requirement. On 27 September 1982, a production contract for the LAV-25 and a companion development contract for five other LAV configurations (Maintenance/Recovery, Logistics, Mortar, Anti-Tank, and Command and Control) were awarded the general Motors of Canada. The LAV family of vehicles are highly mobile, able to move on land and water, and therefore provided a fighting capability previously unrealized.

US Marine Corps riflemen deployed from Light Armored Vehicles (LAV-25) during a live-fire training exercise at the Udairi Training Range in northern Kuwait in April 2000. After destroying the simulated enemy trucks with its turret-mounted 25 mm chain gun, the LAV deployed Marine riflemen to deal with the remaining simulated enemy personnel. The LAV was attached to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.




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