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he primary role of the CRV is to conduct
ground based reconnaissance and
counter-reconnaissance; to find and
fix threat forces in place; and destroy
threat reconnaissance force elements. The CRV needs
to be able to survive being ambushed in complex terrain
and withdraw to an over-watch position to report and
monitor threat positions and their actions. The CRV
requires high levels of lethality capable of neutralising
enemy armour as it may operate without tank support
in its counter-reconnaissance role. The CRV must
be capable of fixing or “pinning down” enemy forces
with suppressive fire or destroying the threat, thereby
preventing or reducing an enemy’s ability to manoeuvre.
The CRV will need to operate across the entire area of
operations, have long range communications and very
high levels of operational mobility in order to cover long
Defence makes it clear that it wants a Military Off
The Shelf (MOTS) acquisition as part of an enduring
relationship with the chosen supplier. Timing is fairly
tight as Defence’s current plan is for Tender Bids to be
in by 25 June 2015, then after tender evaluations and
risk mitigation activities, to be in contract negotiations
by May 2017.
Announcing the CRV tender at the Puckapunyal
Army Base, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews urged
Australian industry to take advantage of opportunities
arising from project LAND 400 Phase 2. Mr. Andrews
said Australian industry would have the opportunity as
sub-contractors to participate in both the acquisition
and support phases.
There has been intense lobbying by both the South
Australian and Victorian Governments to receive the
lion’s share of work available in Phase 2 and later phases
of the project. They see it as a lifeline for workers being
retrenched from domestic motor vehicle manufacturers
and component suppliers who have been unable to gain
replacement business, including export orders.
So far, just two groups have publicly declared
they are competing for the CRV contracts. General
Dynamics Land Systems (suppliers of the current
ASLAV) and Thales (manufacturers of the Bushmaster
protected mobility vehicle) form one team. The other
is BAE Systems (who completed the upgrade of 433
M113 armoured personnel carriers in 2012) and Patria
of Finland (who have supplied their Armoured Modular
Vehicle to several European nations in recent years). It
is expected that Germany’s Rheinmetall will also be a
contender with their 8x8 Boxer.
LAND 400 PROGRAM
CRV’s are the mainstay of modern armies, the need
being demonstrated by recent Australian operations.
Therefore the current ASLAV’s replacement has priority
because it has seen extensive operational service and
the aging fleet has become expensive to maintain.
Defence expect the new CRV’s capabilities to be a
quantum jump, rather than a simple replacement of
The program aims to reduce vehicle variant replication
and to simplify their sustainment. LAND 400’s Phase 2
is required because Life of Type (LOT) for the ASLAV
ends around 2021. The CRV is expected to have a LOT
of 30 years.
Defence are seeking an indicative quantity of 225
CRVs to fulfil 7 combat roles including reconnaissance
and counter-reconnaissance (129); command and
control (26); joint fires (8); surveillance (17); ambulance
(15); repair (20); and recovery (10).
The upgraded M113AS4 will reach LOT around
2025. LAND 400 Phase 3 is to replace the M113 with
a more modern Mounted Close Combat Capability,
including a Manoeuvre Support Vehicle, while Phase 4
is to deliver an Integrated Training System.
Requirements for Phases 3 and 4 will be established
by the 2015 Defence White Paper, with project details
being provided in the 2015 Defence Capability Plan.
CURRENT TIMELINE TO ACQUISITION
Defence’s RFT has the Acquisition contract based on
ASDEFCON Complex Vol 2 for a MOTS vehicle; the
Support contract based on ASDEFCON Performance
Based Contracting Support being a 7 Year contract
(with options to extend); and a Deed of Enduring
Obligation to establish a direct link with the OEM of
the Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability for
access to IP and Engineering Resources over the
The RFT is a massive document requiring a huge effort
in providing a response, which along with tight capability
milestones, has meant certain large international prime
LAND 400 PHASE 2: MOUNTED
COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE RFT
GEOFF SLOCOMBE // VICTORIA
Defence’s covering letter accompanying the UNCLASSIFIED LAND 400 Phase 2 Request for Tender (RFT) issued 19 February
2015 positions this tender as “The LAND 400 Phase 2 MCRC, comprising a Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) Mission
System and associated Support Systems, will enable the timely retirement of the ADF’s current reconnaissance capability, the
Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV).
An Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) on
patrol in the Mirabad Valley Region, Afghanistan.
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