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Since submitting their proposals on November
30, it sounds as if all four bidders have been
keeping busy preparing for the forthcoming Risk
Mitigation Activity (RMA) phase. It sounds as if all of
the bidders have offered MOTS and MOTS+ solutions
because no existing combination of vehicles and turrets
can meet all of Army’s requirements.
BAE SYSTEMS / PATRIA / SAAB
The bid is primed by BAE Systems, who state that
they offer a CRV solution that integrates the highly
sophisticated BAE Systems Hagglunds CV9035 turret
onto a modern, agile, highly protected MOTS Patria
Armored Modular Vehicle. The CV9035 turret and
the AMV platform have both performed exceptionally
in recent combat operations in the hands of NATO
armies. The company says the resulting AMV35 is the
most advanced and lethal 8X8 offered in the global
marketplace. It is a fast, agile, manoeuvrable vehicle that
matches Army’s requirements. It also offers the imposing
presence of a manned turret to allow crew to engage with
and influence local populations.
The company says that BAE Systems Hägglunds in
Sweden has sold more than 1,280 CV90s to seven
user nations who have proved the platform’s exceptional
capability in combat operations around the globe. The
Patria AMV has been selected for service in seven
countries and around 1400 vehicles are contracted
globally. The vehicle is combat proven and has performed
well in Afghanistan.
In addition, BAE Systems point out that Patria’s
adaptable and versatile AMV has been selected by seven
nations since the early 2000s. Around 1,400 vehicles
are now in-service or contracted around the world. The
AMV has developed a strong combat reputation based
on its performance in Afghanistan with the Polish Army.
Last month Patria announced a new contract with the
United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces for more AMV’s as
an extension to its existing Patria AMV fleet.
The company says that the AMV35 offers high levels of
protection against blast and kinetic attack, and exceeds
Commonwealth survivability requirements (Levels 4a/4b
Blast and 4 Kinetic). As well, survivability is reinforced by
the main weapon range overmatch. The 35mm cannon
gives AMV35 a clear lethality edge with the ability to
out-range 30mm weapons and similar systems. The
AMV35’s main weapon working parts are under full
kinetic protection. There’s an active soft-kill defensive
aid suite (DAS) and optional hard-kill DAS, RPG net and
signature management systems. The AMV35 also offers
flexibility to tailor additional applique armor.
ELBIT / SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES.
Elbit state that it is not their policy to provide information
about their bid.
Despite this, at the Singapore airshow the author had
the opportunity to inspect a Terrex I vehicle and speak
with ST about the LAND 400 bid. They confirmed that
they will be offering the Terrex II – which is a heavier
version of the original design that has been developed
to meet the requirements of the U.S. Marine Corps. The
Terrex 1 is modern 8x8, with the one on display featuring
a remotely controlled turret – as a consequence, it had
seating in the main compartment for up to 12 soldiers.
Noteworthy was the driver’s station and next to it the
commander’s seat, which featured several flat panel color
displays designed to provide maximum connectivity and
Given the close military links between Israel and
Singapore, the teaming with Elbit – which is the prime
contractor for LAND 75 and LAND 125 – seems a
The Terrex I is being manufactured under license in
Turkey. The biggest opportunity on the horizon is the
aforementioned U.S . Marine Corps order, for which ST
has teamed with Lockheed Martin. It was understood it
was shortlisted despite being the most expensive vehicle
in the competition, but apparently this was more than
compensated for in the level of protection provided by the
GENERAL DYNAMICS LAND SYSTEMS /
GDLS has built more 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles
than anyone in the western world, largely because
it has been supplying the United States and allies –
including Australia – for decades. General Dynamics
Land Systems-Australia’s (GDLS-A) MOTS offering is
a Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) 6.0 with a General
Dynamic’s two-man 25mm turret currently fielded with
the Canadian Army.
The MOTS plus LAV(CRV) is a modified in-production
LAV 6.0 chassis fitted with a Kongsberg Protech Systems
(KPS) remote 30 mm turret, and incorporating a number
of subsystem enhancements to the MOTS LAV (CRV)
to more fully meet the protection, lethality, mobility and
C4ISR requirements of the RFT.
The LAV 6.0 is currently in service with the Canadian
Army. This vehicle is very similar to the United States
Army’s Stryker Double V Hull vehicle, and is a direct
output of over 100 million kilometers of LAV operational
experience in deployments from the Balkans to Iraq and
General Dynamics Land Systems has been in
KYM BERGMANN // CANBERRA
SHORTLISTING DECISION IMMINENT
At the time of going to print, the Department of Defence has confirmed to APDR that a shortlist for LAND 400 Phase 2 should
be announced in March. Some industry figures have gone further and suggested that it will be on the 21st, though unless they
have access to the Minister’s diary they might not wish to bet too heavily on that. Because of this we will not speculate about the
companies that will make the cut because everyone will find out soon enough.
DEFENCE DEPARTMENT UPDATE
- VEHICLE DELIVERY SCHEDULE
The shortlisted Tenderer(s) are required to
provide three vehicles for testing during RMA.
Tenderer(s) are required to deliver two
vehicles to the Monegeetta Proving Ground
no later than 11 weeks after the contract
The third vehicle (the Integration Vehicle)
will remain in the control of the Tenderer and
will be used for the Government Furnished
Materiel integration demonstrations, currently
scheduled to occur at the Puckapunyal Military
Area 10-11 months after RMA contract
signature. The Integration Vehicle may also be
used for other activities subject to negotiation.
The monthly RMA schedule of payments is
outlined in the table below.
Each tenderer will receive the same
amount unless their involvement in the RMA
is terminated earlier as per the contract, and
prior to the completion payment being made.
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