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I thought this was a RedBull commercial or something at first

Via the Australian Army:

The 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment [amalmataed 2nd Moreton Light Horse and 14th West Moreton Light Horse of the old Queensland Mounted Infantry] has commenced trialling Stealth Reconnaissance E-Bikes in conjunction with the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.

The electric bike allows reconnaissance soldiers to move quickly and quietly throughout the battlefield, covering long distances to gather vital information.

The E-Bikes have a range of up to 100 kilometres, meaning soldiers can travel further in a shorter time frame. With less of a noise and dust footprint than traditional motorcycles, the E-Bikes help prevent reconnaissance scouts being detected by enemy forces.

As 2nd/14th LHR is currently made up of three battalions, including one of M1A1 Abrams and two of light cavalry scouts based at Gallipoli Barracks in Queensland on the island continent’s northeastern corner, the E-bikes make a certain amount of sense.

However, I worry about the problem when fielding any electric equipment: how do you keep it charged?

Blackhats in the Field

Australians getting it done: A light company’s worth of Battlegroup Warhorse tanks from 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) along with 7th Brigade troops (largely from 6RAR) of Battlegroup Heeler, at the end of Exercise Diamond Walk at Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area, Queensland, this past week.

Australian Army photo

On the 2/14 LHR M1A1 Abrams to the far left, note their assembled crews are wearing the Royal Australian Armoured Corps’ traditional black berets. They are one of just three active battalions in the regular Australian Army equipped with tanks and have a proud lineage that pre-dates the Army itself by some 40 years, going back to the Crimean War era.

Moving to the right, note the ambulance platoon, ~25 assorted M113AS4 APCs with their distinctive “one-man-turret” .50cals, and a host of support vehicles including M577A1 command vehicles, an M88 recovery vehicle, G-wagons, Boxer CRVs (a new sight in the Australian Army) and “Weaponised Truckies” making up the battalion-sized element. Really great layout.