Two companies shortlisted for the army’s mounted combat reconnaissance capability.
CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 1 (UPI) — BAE Systems and Rheinmetall have been chosen to participate in the next state of evaluation for Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 program, the defense department announced.
LAND 400 is a program to acquire and support the next generation of Australia’s armored fighting vehicles with cutting edge firepower, protection and mobility, the defense department said.
It will deliver enhanced survivability levels for the land forces with sensors, weapons and information systems that will be networked to strategic intelligence platforms.
It will deliver replacements for the Australian light armored vehicle and M113 armored personnel carrier fleets.
Phase 2 involves assessing mounted combat reconnaissance capabilities.
Rheinmetall has offered the Boxer 8×8 combat reconnaissance vehicle, while BAE put forth the AMV35 vehicle.
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Rheinmetall and Tectonica to partner for Australia’s Land 400 Phase 2 program
Boxer CRV – Image @boxercrv
Published: Wednesday, 04 November 2015 08:24
Rheinmetall has announced on Oct. 29 a partnership with Melbourne-based defence systems integrator Tectonica Australia Pty Ltd for the development and manufacture of a sophisticated Local Situational Awareness System (LSAS) for the BOXER Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) in response to the Commonwealth of Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 Request For Tender.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Andrew Fletcher said Rheinmetall would provide funding and support to Tectonica to develop and manufacture a next generation LSAS that enhances the situational awareness of the BOXER CRV.
The battle proven BOXER 8×8 provides a unique mix of survivability, mobility and lethality that allows the vehicle to operate effectively across the full spectrum of combat operations. If selected for LAND 400 the BOXER CRV will provide the Australian Army with a combat proven, low risk capability that can be rapidly transitioned into service and easily supported through life.
“Rheinmetall is delighted to partner with Tectonica, a proven leader in the Australian Defence industry that employs highly skilled engineers and manufacturing workers, invests significantly in research and development and exports its products globally,” Mr Fletcher said.
Mr Fletcher said Tectonica was among 300 companies that met with Rheinmetall executives through June and July as part of its comprehensive supplier engagement activity in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide.
In the event BOXER is selected as Australia’s CRV under LAND 400 Phase 2, Tectonica will manufacture the LSAS and Rheinmetall will offer it for export through its global supply chain, ensuring ongoing local support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) whilst securing Australian jobs.
“We are pleased to have this opportunity to provide a vital situational awareness capability to the ADF in partnership with a world leader in armoured vehicles,” said Tectonica Managing Director David Levy.
The President of Rheinmetall’s Combat Platforms Business Unit, Ben Hudson, said the company was committed to the creation of an enduring Australian capability beyond the minimum LAND 400 Australian Industry Capability (AIC) requirements and the application of Australian technology for global requirements.
“Tectonica has provided an innovative proposal that will dramatically increase the situational awareness of the BOXER CRV crew and we see potential application not only to the BOXER CRV but also to our wider family of military vehicles in-service around the world,” Mr Hudson said. Source @armyrecognition.com
Boxer CRV at Unterluss May 2016
Published on May 31, 2016
One of three Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles for the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 2 program at the Rheinmetall facility, Unterluss, Germany, May 2016.
Patria and BAE Systems Submit Australian Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle Bid
BAE Systems Land 400 vehicle – Image @baesystems.com
(Source: Patria; issued Sept 4, 2015)
Patria and BAE Systems have offered a highly protected armoured vehicle integrated with a combat proven turret as the solution that will best meet the Australian Army’s mounted combat reconnaissance requirements. The companies offer the AMV35 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) under Phase 2 of the Land 400 Program.
The solution combines Patria’s Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) and BAE Systems Hägglunds’ E35 turret system. Both are qualified and in service with NATO nations.
The Patria AMV has been selected by seven nations with 1,400 contracted vehicles. The platform has attained a strong combat reputation, chiefly based on the strength of its operational performance e.g. in Afghanistan. The BAE Systems-Hägglunds manned turret system is fitted to the successful CV90 family of infantry fighting vehicles operated by five nations. It has been used on crisis management and combat missions across the globe.
“The AMV-35 vehicle offers a very strong solution with extraordinary operational performance in various situations and threats. Its protection, firepower, situational awareness systems, and mobility are unrivalled”, says Mika Kari, President of Patria’s Land Business Unit.
BAE Systems is the prime contractor in this offer and Patria will provide vehicle technology and platform. Patria and BAE Systems team will manufacture and support the AMV35 in Australia, securing and retaining in-country capability, and contributing significantly to the Australian economy throughout the expected 30+ year life of the vehicles. If selected, this project has also a high positive impact on the Patria operations in Finland. According to the public information shared by the Australian Department of Defence, the final decision will be made in the beginning of 2018.
Patria is a trusted provider of defence, security and aviation life-cycle support services and technology solutions. Patria has operations and projects in countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Poland, United Arab Emirates, USA and South Africa. Versatile duties employ today some 2,800 skilled professionals. Source @defense-aerospace.com
AMV35 down selected for Land 400 phase 2
The AMV35 has been down selected for the Land 400 phase 2 program.
We’re committed to building the AMV35 in Australia, providing jobs for the Australian defence industry.