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Bushmaster cannon in a manned GDLS turret, as
adopted by the Canadian Army.
READINESS TO START RMA
The RMA vehicles were all fully tested, on and
off-road, prior to final paint and shipping. One has
undergone tilt table testing at a Canadian National
Research Council (NRC) facility to confirm safety
for operations to the RMA plan. R MA vehicles have
been used to test fit all protection kits.
CRV Vehicle #1 is in Canada pending down-
selection. Vehicle #2 arrived in Australia on 13 May
2016 and was the one APDR inspected and rode
in. It has been at the Thales facility, Bendigo, but
in mid-June it was shipped to the GDLS national
manufacturing and support facility at Pooraka, South
Vehicle #3 has been with Kongsberg Protech
Systems in Norway since March 2016, where it has
been conducting live fire and other testing to be fully
prepared for the Commonwealth’s RMA tests. At
the Rena Range in mid-Norway the focus has been
on accuracy testing and training. Further south at
KPS’s Nammo test facility, at Raufoss, there has
been extensive lethality testing.
A Defence spokesperson informed APDR that
the vehicles chosen for RMA may be either MOTS
or MOTS Plus, depending on Defence’s preliminary
tender assessment of Value for Money. No contender
will have both MOTS and MOTS Plus vehicles
chosen for RMA.
APDR understands that at the Monegeetta
Proving Ground, VIC, the Commonwealth will
conduct preliminary design acceptance tests for
occupational health and safety before commencing
CRV training for their staff and vehicle performance
assessment. At Puckapunyal Training Area, VIC,
there will be user evaluation, while at the Joint Proof
Experimental Unit, Graytown,VIC, blast and ballistic
testing will be carried out. At the ADF’s Mt Bundey
Training Area, NT, and locations in Queensland, there
will be extensive trials under hot and wet conditions.
GFM integration testing will occur at Thales’s
Bendigo facility where Bushmaster and Hawkei
protected mobility vehicles are manufactured.
CONTRIBUTION (AIC) PLAN
The GDLS team’s LAND 400 AIC Plans are
aligned with the Defence Industry Policy Statement
objectives. GDLS’s intention is to activate their AIC
Plans while still providing the best value for Defence.
These include delivering defence capability
using Australian industry and associated sovereign
capabilities; to partner with industry/academia to
support innovation to evolve the capabilities of the
LAV(CRV) and the full LAV family worldwide.
Their plan states that they will develop Australian
SMEs for systems and components for production;
seek out key technologies for export on GDLS
LAVs; promote internally systems and technologies
of interest to the broader General Dynamics and
A spokesperson for the LAND 400 project
team answered APDR’s question, about AIC
being evaluated during RMA, with ‘Yes. Australian
Industry Capability is a focus of the Risk Mitigation
Activity. Deloitte have completed an Australian
Industry Review and the Commonwealth intends
to incorporate changes from the Deloitte Review to
ensure that the opportunities for Australian industry
IS THIS CRV RIGHT FOR THE
The Commonwealth is in the process of spending
millions of dollars to answer this question. It is
impossible to contemplate that any of the four Phase
2 CRV contenders have offered vehicles which
do not conform fully to the RFT’s requirements.
However, while all will have submitted a MOTS
configuration as requested, APDR believes that they
will all now be promoting their MOTS Plus offer.
So what are the strengths of the GDLS Team’s
Basically they are offering a platform based on
GDLS’s latest wheeled fighting vehicles, the LAV
6.0 which has entered service with the Canadian
Army, with over 200 vehicles delivered at latest
count. GDLS themselves have supplied over 10,000
LAVs in service with ABCA countries and other
allies. Thales and Kongsberg have a long, proud and
highly respected history in the international defence
The proposed MOTS Plus CRV has an open
mechanical/electronic architecture for growth,
building on world-class protection and mobility.
The 30mm lethality of the CRV is common
to the US armed forces Stryker and represents
game changing capability, when compared with
25mm cannons GDLS wheeled LAV platforms offer
interoperability between Australia, Canada, New
Zealand and the United States.
APDR believes the supply and support leveraging
of existing Australian capability in armoured vehicle
production and support at Bendigo and Pooraka is
a strong plus. The Commonwealth should discover
comprehensive and meaningful Australian industry
content in the finished vehicles.
Returning to this article’s opening paragraph, if
this CRV is chosen by the Commonwealth for LAND
400 Phase 2, then it should prove an admirable
choice for the Australian Army.
Protector MCT-30 turret. Credit: General Dynamics Land Systems
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