Background – LAV LORIT – Standardizing Afghan LAV Upgrades
The Afghanistan Standard LAV III LORIT (LAV Operational Requirements Integration Task)
Since deploying to Kandahar in 2006, Canadian
Forces personnel have made
modifications to the
LAV III to better suit it to local conditions and to
against IEDs. Often changes
were field modifications – using Hesco
wire mesh as extra stowage bins while increasing
rear compartment blast protection
ly is one example. Other improvements – such as
the raised parapet with
armour glass vision ports
'air sentries' came from the top. The LAV LORIT
rationalizes these survivability upgrades into LAV IIIs deployed to Afghanistan.
LORIT is intended exclusively for Afghanistan. LORIT is a LAV III upgrade but not the LAV upgrade project.
Some 141 LAVs will be given the full LORIT package including: Infantry Sections Carrier, Command
Post, FOO artillery fire-control and Engineering variants. The most noticeable changes introduced for the LORIT
the large storage bins running along each side and the more visible parts of the IEDPK (or IED
Protection Kit ) including shields for turret crew and the parapet for air sentries (right).
 These forged aluminum wheels are a two-part, bolt-together rim system developed for the US Army
Stryker by Hutchinson Industries. Hutchinson claims that their rim is 40% lighter than its steel
predecessor. Central tire inflation passages have been integrated into the rim.
 Another variation from plans seems to be the flexible gun mount on the turret roof. There had been mention of
using W&E Platt swivel mounts (as on the LAV-RWS) but LORITs deployed to Afghanistan all seem to have standard
flexible mounts with the now-standard C6.
 The full LAV III Upgrade program will cover: current-standard LAV IIIs, updated LAV III LORITs, as
well as LAV-RWS