Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Rescue 3D - showing how military units can help, and not just destroy

Quite inspired by this film that I watched at the Singapore Discovery Centre, during my reservist training. It's more "soft sell" than the usual defence promotional videos. 

Granted that it isn't produced as a promo video, but as a 3D documentary. Another thing that got me thinking. What could a armour battalion (the unit that I belong to) do in such a scenario?

I was stuck for a while. We didn't have helicopters or big airlifters. We had a medical platoon, but that was available in all combat battalions. Using my brain a bit more revealed some possibilities.

We have a few Broncos (all terrain vehicles) that could be used in a "Haiti situation" (i.e. an earthquake) to transport rescue crew and earthquake victims to and from the affected areas. The Broncos have excellent cross country capability, and exert low ground pressure. These characteristics would allow it to go where the roads were blocked, without the danger of causing more collapsed buildings.

The Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV) variant of our Bionix vehicles could also be used for rescue operations, by using its crane to lift heavy loads, e.g. clear rubble.

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