The Longline (latterly know as Cobra) Light Strike Vehicle has always generated great interest from me. When I first saw one of these close up I found it hard to believe that the British Army actually used something so futuristic looking.
The LSV made its debut when rumours arose about its use by the Special Air Service in the Persian Gulf. Today it is widely accepted that what were just rumours in the early nineties were indeed facts as the SAS did indeed use the LSV`s and trained for cross border operations with them. They were never officially used during the war fighting phase however due to the vehicles load carrying limitations.
The LSV found its way into another British Army unit's inventory and were used to good effect by 24 Airmobile Brigade, the Green Howard's to be precise during Exercise Certain Shield in 1991.
The LSV can be modified to carry a number of weapons and makes an excellent weapons platform. Primary weapons the LSV was designed to carry are the 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), .50 cal Machine Gun, Twin Browning Machine guns, 40mm Mk19 Grenade Launcher, 30mm ASP cannon, Milan Anti-tank and gecal .50 gun. As well as mounted weapons the LSV can carry mortar and Milan systems for dismounted use.