Roush LAS 100 RE Balter All Terrain Vehicle

As a follow up to the recent post on two wheel transport and older posts on the Springer and ATMP all terrain load carrying vehicles this post is a look at a less well known vehicle, the Roush LAS 100 RE Balter.

Roush LAS 100 RE Balter
Roush LAS 100 RE Balter

In 2005 the MoD contracted with Roush Technologies Ltd to design and built an ultra lightweight all terrain load carrying vehicle that could be slung load by a Lynx helicopter and internally carried in a Chinook, the programme was called Harewood

The contract was worth £3.3m but only a very small number of vehicles entered service (less than 15) which puts the programme unit cost at over a quarter of a million pounds!

The vehicle itself was pretty impressive though.

First, it used a diesel engine so no messing about with petrol.

Second, it could carry 1,000kg and yet weighed only 800kg because of its low weight aluminium honeycomb construction by Lola

Third, it has excellent mobility, 6 wheel drive, an approach angle of 81 degrees and could be internally carried on Chinook and Merlin whilst being slung load by a Lynx.

Roush LAS 100RE
Roush LAS 100RE

The load bed lends itself to a variety of uses.

In 2007 Roush developed the concept into a 2 seater and a lead bed shelter, the engine was uprated to a 1.4 litre turbocharged direct injection diesel engine developing 50 Kw and 160Nm of torque. The fuel system could accept Diesel 1 and 2, JP8, JP5 and B20 bio-diesel. 

They also had a brief moment in the limelight when they were fitted with IEDD ECM equipment (Balter) and it was even considered for the Springer requirement

Roush has been through a number of changes of ownership and now trades as Revolve Engineering

They also make the MAN SV ROPS seating system and Arctic Cat diesel Quads

The LAS 100RE is still listed on their website

So, three million quid, what did we do with them?

Flogged them off through Withams of course. what else!

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Ian Hall
Ian Hall
April 22, 2014 10:45 am

It looks like the vehicle our local shoot uses for its beaters

Derek
Derek
April 22, 2014 10:51 am

As with all this stuff, it would be interesting to see what the user community feedback actually was, rather than what we think it should have been based on the public source material. Can’t have been worse than Springer though.

Observer
Observer
April 22, 2014 11:40 am

Interesting vehicle.

It’s a pity the UK abandoned the heavy heliborne concept of operations years ago, which meant that this little toy was out of a job. My best guess was that they probably used this to ship heli-dropped stores in FOBs from the drop off point to storage. Which might have been a waste as it wasn’t anything that could not be done by arm power or a pallet truck. Or if you were really lazy, a rope linked to a pulley.

I really can’t see this as a SF light strike vehicle. More a cargo hauler.

Our heliborne artillery might be able to use this though. Haul 155mm shells from supply drop zone to battery positions.

A classic example of how different concept of operations might make a piece of equipment useful for one army, and yet useless for another.

Observer
Observer
April 22, 2014 3:42 pm

TD, in that case, I can think of heaps of other vehicles that give similar capability, starting with a chopped down Snatch Land Rover (recycle, recycle) which for reasons we all know, can’t be used for convoy/patrol duty any more. Hardly a new idea, think there used to be a “Land Rover Light Weight” that did exactly the same thing.

ArmChairCivvy
ArmChairCivvy
April 22, 2014 4:31 pm

Google ATMP 6×6 Big Boss, and it can do all of this, and is commercially derived, so won’t go away tomorrow as for spares etc.

” could carry 1,000kg and yet weighed only 800kg because of its low weight aluminium honeycomb construction by Lola

Third, it has excellent mobility, 6 wheel drive, an approach angle of 81 degrees and could be internally carried on Chinook and Merlin whilst being slung load by a Lynx.”

Rocket Banana
April 22, 2014 6:00 pm

Love it :-)

Unfortunately, I can’t submit a comment that short so I’ll have to add that looking at it’s obvious Quad Bike genesis I quite like the idea of something very small and nippy. I’m sure that box could be filled with telescopic sensors for recce work?

Obsvr
Obsvr
April 23, 2014 5:48 am

The Humdinga designed by Gibbs Technologies (UK coy) looks much more interesting.

The Other Chris
April 23, 2014 8:04 am

Gibbs Quadski (as seen on Top Gear): http://gibbssports.com/

Gibbs Amphitrucks: http://gibbsamphitrucks.com/

Not sure if they’re still making the Aquada or their SUV:

Observer
Observer
April 23, 2014 10:52 am

I had a chuckle when I imagined the MoD announcement:

“We have deployed Special Forces in amphibious vehicles to the desert.” :)

Ignore me, just being snarky. I do like the idea of versatile amphibs, even in supposedly “dry” areas, especially if it allows you to bypass areas with IEDs.

TED
TED
April 23, 2014 10:59 am

Isn’t a strengthened sort of boat hull quite good for IED protection. Worth thinking about nice IED resistant amphibs….

Chris
Chris
April 23, 2014 11:11 am

What goes around comes around… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAZ_46

The Other Chris
April 23, 2014 12:21 pm

But… but… but… the wheels don’t fold!

Chris
Chris
April 23, 2014 1:01 pm

Simplicity is a virtue. If a floaty jeep works with wheels & suspension in place then take advantage of the resulting reduced failure rate and reduced maintenance demand.

Interesting to note the GAZ was a development of WW2 lease-lend Ford GPA amphibious jeeps, and was no doubt a design input into the larger but similar BRDM1 and the slightly later rear-engined BRDM2. You have to wonder how many on the NATO side of the Cold War knew these BRDM amphibians owed some of their design to Henry Ford.

Ace Rimmer
April 23, 2014 2:51 pm

Observer: “Hardly a new idea, think there used to be a “Land Rover Light Weight” that did exactly the same thing.”

Beat me to it!

How about: http://www.amphicruiser.com/

as
as
April 25, 2014 1:39 am

Always liked the little Argo.
http://www.argoutv.com/industries/public-sector/defense
Amphibious and small but they went with Quads instead.

Ace Rimmer
April 25, 2014 9:43 pm

Anybody fancy a 21st century Land Rover Lightweight? Designa Chassis do a coil spring suspension chassis for the Land Rover lightweight, couple this with a new engine and transmission…voila!

http://www.designa-chassis.co.uk/company.html

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April 25, 2014 10:26 pm