Royal Australian Armoured Corps
The Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) is a corps in the Australian Army
Australian Army
The Australian Army is Australia's military land force. It is part of the Australian Defence Force along with the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. While the Chief of Defence commands the Australian Defence Force , the Army is commanded by the Chief of Army...

. The corps was formed on 9 July 1941 as the Australian Armoured Corps to provide personnel to use Armoured Fighting Vehicles. It is the senior arms corps within the army and was granted the Royal prefix in 1948. Units of the RAAC include tank regiments, reconnaissance regiments and armoured personnel-carrier regiments.

Current units

  • Regular 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)
      2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment
      The 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment is a regiment of the Australian Army and forms part of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. The regiment was formed in 1952 though sentimentally traces its lineage to 1860...

       – Reconnaissance
  • Army Reserve
    • 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers
      1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers
      The 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers is a current Australian Army Reserve Light Cavalry Regiment. The regiment is based at Lancer Barracks in Parramatta, New South Wales. The regiment has recently re-equipped with 4x4 Land Rover patrol vehicles as part of the conversion to a Light Cavalry ...

       – Light cavalry / Reconnaissance
    • 3rd/9th Light Horse (South Australia Mounted Rifles)
      3rd/9th Light Horse (South Australian Mounted Rifles)
      The 3rd/9th Light Horse is a Reserve light cavalry regiment of the Australian Army based in Adelaide...

       – Light cavalry / Reconnaissance
    • 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse
      4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse
      The 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse is a cavalry regiment of the Australian Army. The regiment in its current composition was formed in 1948 when the Citizens Military Force was re-raised after the completion of the demoblisation process following the end of the Second World War and it was...

       – Light cavalry / Reconnaissance
    • A Squadron, 10th Light Horse Regiment – Light cavalry / Reconnaissance
    • 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers
      12th/16th Hunter River Lancers
      The 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers is an Australian Army Reserve light armoured regiment. The Regiment was formed on 1 May 1948, although it draws its lineage from units that were originally formed in the 1880s. It is currently a Light Cavalry Scout unit and equipped with Bushmaster Protected...

       – 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.

    The Australian Service Light Armoured Vehicle , is an Australian version of the Light Armoured Vehicle designed and manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada for the U.S. Marines. The initial design was the MOWAG Piranha 8x8, however the vehicle was re-designed to meet North American...

     – 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
    Bushmaster IMV
    The Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle or Infantry Mobility Vehicle is an Australian-built wheeled armoured vehicle. It was originally designed by Irish company Timoney Technology Ltd under a licence agreement with Perry Engineering in Adelaide; that licence was sold, with permission granted by...

     – 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-equipped Land Rover 6x6 LRPV used in the Light Cavalry/Reconnaissance role of the Reserve forces.

M113 – the M113 is an armoured personnel carrier
Armoured personnel carrier
An armoured personnel carrier is an armoured fighting vehicle designed to transport infantry to the battlefield.APCs are usually armed with only a machine gun although variants carry recoilless rifles, anti-tank guided missiles , or mortars...

 that served in the light armoured and armoured reconnaissance roles primarily with Reserve forces, it is now used in support roles in some Regiments.


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     (British Commonwealth Occupation Force
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    The British Commonwealth Occupation Force , was the name of the joint Australian, Canadian, British, Indian and New Zealand military forces in occupied Japan, from 21 February 1946 until the end of occupation in 1952...

    ) : 1946–1949
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     : 1965–1971
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     : 1994
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See also

  • List of Australian armoured units
  • Royal Armoured Corps
    Royal Armoured Corps
    The Royal Armoured Corps is currently a collection of ten regular regiments, mostly converted from old horse cavalry regiments, and four Yeomanry regiments of the Territorial Army...

  • Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
    Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
    The Royal Canadian Armoured Corps is the armoured branch of service of the Canadian Army, including regular force and reserve regiments.-History:...

  • Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
    Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
    The Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps is the overall umbrella grouping of Regular Force and Territorial Force units equipped with armoured vehicles in the New Zealand Army. The corps was formed in 1942 as the New Zealand Armoured Corps, before being given the Royal prefix in 1947...

  • Australian Armoured Units of World War II
    Australian Armoured Units of World War II
    Armoured units made a relatively small, but important, contribution to Australia’s war effort during World War II. While Australia formed three armoured divisions and two independent armoured brigades during the war, Australian armoured units only saw action as independent regiments and companies...

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