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activities with test measurement. ATS also currently
undertakes testing activities at Monegeetta Proving
Grounds, Victoria, at its Automotive and Electrical
Performance Laboratory. It is responsible for providing
performance measurement and environmental testing
encompassing communications, electrical, electro-
optics, electromagnetic environmental effects,
mechanical tests, environmental and vehicle tests.
Bendigo has Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle
construction, with a lot of experience in cutting and
welding high performance steels.
Corangamite Federal MP Sarah Henderson believes
that Geelong-based companies should be working hard
positioning themselves as sub-contractors to the single
entity prime contractors. She believes that job creation
and economic value created by this project will help
overcome job losses from Alcoa and Ford plants, and
the former Qantas maintenance facility at Avalon.
Sarah Henderson has heightened expectations that
Geelong will obtain significant direct and indirect work
from this project. Another industry leader said “It’s not a
matter of Geelong alone being successful; its Geelong
being part of a successful bid for Victoria.”
Move west to South Australia and the State Minister
for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith welcomed
the Federal Government’s RFT for initial LAND 400
“It is pleasing that the Request for Tender for LAND
400 Phase 2 is now open. I welcome the assurance
from Defence Minister Kevin Andrews that Australian
industry will have the opportunity to participate in the
acquisition and support of LAND 400,” Mr Hamilton-
“Indeed, the Minister for Industry and Science Ian
Macfarlane has made it clear that bidders are expected
to maximise Australian industry content.
“LAN D 400 could secure 30 years of advanced
manufacturing and sustainment work for South
Australians. The acquisition phase alone is valued at
more than $10 billion.
“This tender provides clear opportunity for bidders
to include a manufactured and supported in Australia
“As the nation’s leading armoured vehicle
manufacturing and sustainment hub, South Australia is
well placed to play a major role in LAND 400.
“Having built more armoured fighting vehicles than
any other state in Australia, we have the track record,
skills and supply chain, and can confidently deliver
“With key Defence facilities across the state, including
Horseshoe Barracks - a major Army base for the LAND
400 vehicles, DSTO, and major test and training
ranges at Cultana, Woomera and Port Wakefield, South
Australia is the logical home for LAND 400.”
GENERAL DYNAMICS LAND SYSTEMS/
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) and Thales
Australia have signed a teaming memorandum of
understanding with the intention to submit a bid in
response to the Land 400 Phase 2 RFT. They claim
the GDLS/Thales team will offer Australia a compelling
value-for-money solution comprising the complete suite
of LAND 400 capabilities as required by the Australian
GDLS and Thales have a proven track record of
working together across a broad range of vehicle
programs. These include Canada's LAV III Upgrade, the
UK Foxhound and Scout SV Programs, Switzerland's
Piranha CBRN Program, and in Australia the ASLAV
Program for Crew Procedural Trainer and electro-optics.
GDLS is the manufacturer of combat-proven 8x8 and
tracked MOTS Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV),
Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and Manoeuvre Support
Vehicle (MSV) products, and has proven performance in
effectively delivering international programs.
Ian Cook, Managing Director of GDLS Australia,
noted "General Dynamics Land Systems and Thales
will leverage our strengths to deliver a low-risk Land
Combat Vehicle System capability for LAND 400.
This is a great opportunity for us to combine world-
leading MOTS 8x8 platforms with proven in-country
manufacturing, integration, upgrade and through-life
support. Our arrangement will maximise domestic and
international opportunities for Australian industry.”
Thales Australia has an established in-country
industrial base of vehicle design, manufacture and
through- life support and expertise in electronics, electro-
optics, simulation and platform systems integration.
Kevin Wall, Armaments & Protected Vehicles Vice
President, Thales Australia, said "General Dynamics is a
global powerhouse in military vehicles. Combined with
our experience delivering, supporting and upgrading
the life-saving Bushmaster in Australia, we believe the
collective expertise of our two companies represents a
compelling offer for LAND 400."
BAE Systems and Patria of Finland announced in late
2014 a teaming arrangement to pursue and secure
the LAND 400 Phase 2 Defence Program for the
acquisition and support of a CRV, with BAE Systems
as prime contractor. They claim Patria’s 8x8 Armoured
Modular Vehicle (AMV) provides the ideal MOTS option
for the program.
The two companies are now refining their solution
to the Commonwealth's CRV requirement before
submitting their tender.
BAE Systems welcomed the opportunity for regular
Australian Industry engagement. It is committed to
exploring Australian products and services for LAND
400 Phase 2, and the main objective is to establish the
in-country capability to sustain the Australian Patria AMV
fleet throughout its service life as Army's CRV.
Supply chain opportunities are promoted through
Australian Industry networks and BAE Systems
Approved Suppliers and Global Access Programs.
BAE Systems works with its suppliers to match
their technological capability to customer requirements
where there is a clear opportunity for them to add value.
For businesses interested in tendering for LAND 400
sub-contracts, they have asked those potential suppliers
to register company capability and information, along
with the specific area of interest, through the Industry
Capability Network Gateway. After evaluation, BAE
Systems will then respond to potential suppliers using
the information that company has provided.
APDR WILL KEEP READERS
INFORMED ON LAND 400 PROGRESS
LAND 400 is a very large and important project to
provide critical land warfare capability to the ADF and
also maintain and upskill the Australian defence industry.
In the coming months APDR will feature some of the
offerings from teams tendering for the acquisition and
The 2015 Defence White Paper, Budget and
Defence Capability Plan will give clarity on schedules
and financial commitments for Phase 2 and later
Phases. APDR will be reporting on these when they are
publicly released. ¢
Australian Light Armoured Vehicles provided security
with superior firepower during the 18 hr Tor Ghar
journey across the Oruzgan and Kandahar desert,
Afghanistan. Credit: CoA
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