Accession Number:

AD0352199

Title:

TRI-LAMBRETTA AUDIO-VISUAL UNIT

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY CONCEPT TEAM IN VIETNAM APO SAN FRANCISCO 96384

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1964-07-30

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

The purpose of the two-phase evaluation was to determine if the Tri-Lambretta audio-visual unit LAVU, already introduced into Vietnam by the United States Operations Mission USOM for use in nonmilitary psychological operations, was suitable for military use by the Vietnamese Army. The first or technical phase involved procurement, assemblage, and checkout of equipment by Army Concept Team personnel in the Saigon area. It was found that even though the LAVU had excellent transportability characteristics in all military modes, attempts to gain access to isolated or remote areas were not frequently made. The concept of heliborne lift into secure areas, bypassing Viet Cong-controlled areas, was proven feasible but was not frequently exploited. The LAVU compares favorably with the Willys audio-visual vehicle in the performance of its audio-visual system, but the Willys audio-visual vehicle has superior ground mobility. The LAVUs low cost, ease of operation, mechanical reliability, and field maintainability make it suitable for use in Vietnamese Army psychological warfare activities. Certain mechanical deficiencies, however, should be corrected prior to further troop issue. A LAVU, or other unit designed to meet like airtransportability criteria, should be considered for use in any future counterinsurgency or remote area conflict. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE