BAE Systems and Patria have teamed to bid the AMV35, based on the Patria AMV, for Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 requirement. Source: BAE Systems
- BAE Systems has outlined a range of details of its bid for Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 combat reconnaissance vehicle programme, including Australian industry collaboration
- The company is also looking at providing a potential lengthened version of the AMV35 for LAND 400 Phase 3, should the Australian government look to examine a wheeled solution over a tracked replacement of the M113AS4
BAE Systems has unveiled a range of details about its bid for Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 combat reconnaissance vehicle programme, which is valued at AUD4-5 billion (USD2.95-3.67 billion).
Speaking to IHS Jane’s at the Eurosatory defence show in Paris, BAE Systems LAND 400 campaign manager Brian Gathright outlined a range of features of the company’s bid, which includes the Patria armoured modular vehicle (AMV) armoured personnel carrier and a BAE Systems Hägglunds turret as used on the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle. BAE Systems Australia is acting as the prime systems integrator for the programme.
“Part of the reason that Patria wanted to partner with us on the programme is that a lot of the things we do in shipbuilding – ship upgrades, bending and cutting steel, surface treatments – it’s a lot like what you do for armoured vehicles,” Gathright said.
Workshare for Australian industry is also a key issue for the company’s bid, with BAE Systems Hägglunds and Patria having a track record in exporting systems for building by foreign contractors.
“Patria has built the AMV in five other countries, Australia will be the sixth,” Gathright said. “Wherever CV90 has been exported to, the turrets have been manufactured domestically. The transfer of technology for manufacturing purposes is a key discriminator in our bid.”
The team has also held industry days in the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide as part of its efforts to build Australian industrial participation in the programme, bringing together representatives from more than 200 companies to explore potential collaboration on the programme.
BAE Systems LAND 400
The AMV35 is an 8×8 combat reconnaissance armoured vehicle jointly developed by the Defence Companies Patria and BAE Systems. In September 2015, these companies have submitted a bid for the Australian Army’s Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) program, 225 vehicles in seven role variants based on a combat proven vehicle platform and weapon system. The vehicle combines Patria’s AMV vehicle and BAE Systems Hägglunds’ E35 turret systems. The vehicle integrates the combat-proven CV9035 turret from BAE Systems Hagglunds onto a modern, agile, highly protected military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV). In the Land 400 Phase 2 program, the existing Australian Light Armored Vehicles (ASLAV) will be replaced with new armoured reconnaissance vehicles. With a budget of about AUD10 billion (USD7.1 billion), Project Land 400 will provide replacements under Phase 2 for the army’s ageing ASLAV light armoured vehicles and under Phase 3 for its upgraded M113AS4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). In September 2014, Patria and BAE Systems Australia announced a teaming agreement to participate in tendering for the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 2 program for Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles. BAE Systems Australia is the prime contractor and system integrator in the program, while Patria is responsible for the vehicle platform and BAE Systems Hägglunds provides the E35 turreted weapon systems. In September 2015 as a result of highly successful close cooperation the companies submitted their bid offering the AMV35 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle to the Land 400 program.
Design and protection
The AMV35 is based on the chassis of the AMV Patria which has been developed by Patria Vehicles in close co-operation with the Finnish Defence Force. The hull of the AMV is of all-welded steel construction that provides the occupants with protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. To this, an additional layer of passive armour can be added to provide a higher level of protection. The AMV35 has the power pack front right, driver front left, the turret is in the middle and the troops compartment at the rear. The turret is a welded steel construction which is fitted with additional modules of composite armor and the SAAB Universal Tank and Anti-Aircraft Sight (UTAAS) fire control system
|One 35mm automatic cannon, and one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun|
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Bushmaster III 35mm Cannon
Bushmaster III is a electric driven, link-fed automatic cannon that can be employed either as a 35mm or with changing the barrel and forward feeder assembly can chamber SuperShot50, 50mm ammunition. There are some works going on for the linkless feed Bushmaster 35mm; however the in-service guns are link-fed.
The specification for the Bushmaster III is roughly:
In order to better see the differences between 25mm M242, 30mm Mk44 and 35mm Bushmaster III, here is a short comparison:
And here is another image that compares the sizes of M242 25mm, Mk44 30mm and Bushmaster III autocannons:
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