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|Monegeeta Proving Ground Page 2|
|Continued from Monegeeta 1.
Author: Mike Cecil, Head of Military Heraldry and Technology, Australian War Memorial
The test tracks within the Monegeeta complex included steep grades and inclines, and various specialized test track sections, such as ground and axle clearance tests, articulation tests that twisted a truck chassis, a platform for measuring the centre of gravity, various ditch and obstacle crossing tests, and water splash and immersion tests. The 95-metre long sleeper course was a particularly grueling test track, with timber railway sleepers embedded 50 mm into the ground, and spaced 3 metres apart. A vehicle driven across this course could easily become airborne as a result of the violent bouncing. The course was designed to test axles and springs, but the bodies of the drivers no doubt got a drastic workout as well!
|Not a lot of diff clearance for this Chevrolet C15A ARN 61824 undergoing testing at Monegeeta.|
The infrastructure progressively built at Monegeeta during the war was substantial, so rather than return the property to the original landowner in the post-war period, the land was permanently acquired. The post-war period saw a continuation of testing and experimentation, and the establishment of more or upgraded infrastructure as the years went by, including a deep wading pool. Monegeeta is still the centre of testing and trials for the Australian Army, and is currently a division of Land Engineering Agency (LEA). (end of article)
|An interesting test done at Monegeeta was to bring a CMP to a similar power to weight ratio as the Dodge Weapons Carrier.|
|Ford F15A ARN 132159 was the vehicle chosen for the trial, seen here wading.||Note the sunshine roof and already bent AALMG mount.|
|And here's the result - quite a strip-down and of course quite useless for army jobs! The "X" on the tac sign denoted experimental. This photograph has been "deep etched" or whited out for use in a report.|