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The NZLAV/LAV III as it appears in Steel Beasts Professional

NZLAV-IMV: Infantry Fighting Vehicle


Main gun: 25mm Bushmaster
Ammunition Stowage: 210 ready/520 stowed
Default Ammunition "A": 60/150 M791 APDS-T, 150/60 M792 HE-I-T*

Coaxial machine gun: 7.62mm MAG 58
Ammunition Stowage: 400 ready/1400 stowed
Default Ammunition: 400/1410 7.62mm NATO

Commander's machine gun: 7.62mm MAG 58
Ammunition Stowage: 200 ready/400 stowed
Default Ammunition: 200/400 7.62mm NATO

Grenade Dischargers: Grenades
Ammunition Stowage: 2 ready/2 stowed
Default Ammunition: 2/2 Smoke, 0/0 HE

Armour protection:
Frontal Turret Armor: Thin. Protected vs HMG
Frontal Hull Armor: Thin. Protected vs HMG
(no information within SB documentation)

Combat Mass: 16.95 tonnes
Length: 6.98m
Width: 2.83m
Height: 2.87m
Engine Power: 350hp Caterpillar 3126 HEUI Diesel
Top Speed: 109kph


A derivative of the Swiss Mowag Piranha IIIH and close cousin to the US Stryker family of vehicles the NZLAV-IMV (Infantry Mobility Vehicle) is an 8x8 wheeled light infantry fighting vehicle in use by the Canadian (as the LAV III Kodiak) and New Zealand armies. It is equipped with the same 25mm autocannon armed turret found on the Canadian Coyote reconnaissance vehicle, and is similar in fire-control and performance to the ASLAV-25. The armor is light, barely adequate against light and heavy machine-gun fire, though add on armor kits are available to increase protection levels up to 30mm capacities.

Cross country performance is similar to all the LAV series.

The dismount section for the NZLAV is 8 men, carrying 2 M72A1 LAW light anti-armor weapons, a MG, and 5.56mm rifles.

Thermal Signature

NZLAV-IMV TIS image, front-right NZLAV-IMV TIS image, rear-left

Crew Positions

In Steel Beasts Professional all positions on the NZLAV are fully crew-able but partially modeled. Currently the user cannot access any interior 3D views.

Gunner's Position F6

The gunner's position is accessed by pressing F6.
Thermal Imaging Sight (TIS)

The most useful aspect of the GPS view is the thermal imaging system (TIS). The TIS sight on the NZLAV is the primary sight. Access the GPS/TIS by pressing F2 and activate the TIS by pressing + on the num pad. Turning it off will result in a black screen if you are utilizing the gunner's primary sight.

In low magnification, the reticle will display a set of brackets around the center of the sight. These brackets show the area that the high magnification will zoom into. The TIS low magnification sight is used to quickly scan the terrain, looking for any hot spots that stand out in the view. Once a heat signature is spotted, press N to zoom in, switching the sight to high magnification.

The fire control system of the NZLAV is a bit tricky in comparison to other vehicles. See the following illustration to understand its operation:

ASLAV-25/NZLAV FCS operation; it is normal for the reticle to be displayed at the top of the sight in TIS mode