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combat operations in Afghanistan. With a refresh path
identified, it is ready to meet the Commonwealth’s IFV
requirements for today and across the requested 30
year life of type.
Current users of the CV90 include Sweden (509
since 1993), Denmark (45), Finland (102), Netherlands
(193), Norway (146) and Switzerland (186). Estonia
is currently taking delivery of re-furbished CV90s in
a government-to-government deal. APDR feels sure
that the European army experiences in Afghanistan
will have proved that the CV90 will be suitable for the
likely conditions to be encountered by the Australian
Army, both for training and exercises here and also
potential overseas deployments.
However, these countries have not all acquired
the same CV90 variants. APDR counted 15 different
variants amongst the user lists. Most relevant to
Australia is that the Dutch, Danes and now Estonians
have CV90s with E35 turrets, a configuration almost
certainly proposed to Australia. Also relevant is the
CV90 configuration currently used by the Norwegians,
which APDR believes may be the only currently
operationally fielded 8 dismount passenger IFV to be
offered in response to the Phase 3 RFI.
The advantages seen for the BAE Systems team
are low risk, the configuration is ready now, and
there will be a strong boost to the Australian industry
capability because they can be built here. In fact, BAE
Systems has a pan-Australian AIC program initially
developed for Phase 2 but just as applicable to
Phase 3. They have conducted industry days around
Australia and identified an Australian supply chain that
is highly competitive with European suppliers.
Informal and off-the-record discussions about BAE
Systems CRV and IFV philosophy for Europe has
highlighted the upgradeability of their designs. This is
a key point for the Commonwealth and is being tested
in the Phase 2 RMA. Looking back to Europe, a very
clear historical upgrade path exists for the CV90 as it
has evolved in capability and payload. A 30-year life-
of-type in Australia appears to be achievable.
As important is the vehicle serviceability and life
cycle costs. The CV90 has been in service long
enough for clear data to be accumulated and for these
statistics to be a reasonable predictor of what they will
be like in the Australian experience.
And of course, should the BAE Systems team win
both Phase 2 and Phase 3 contracts, there should
flow significant financial, training and operational
benefits arising from commonality between the CRVs
and IFVs. BAE Systems have an international users
group which functions as a global logistics chain,
offering economies of scale.
Defence asked for the RFI responses to include
an APC option as a replacement for the M113-AS3s.
The CV90 Armadillo is that vehicle, based on the
CV90 platform but no turret. It offers high mobility,
combined with extremely high protection, and has a
payload capacity of 16 tonnes. The APC variant is
likely to be fitted with a remote weapons station.
As a wheeled alternative for Phase 3, BAE
Systems/Patria will have proposed the powerful and
up-armoured Patria AMV-XP (extended performance)
with an E35 turret.
For the manoeuvre support vehicle (MSV), BAE
Systems has just the thing – the British Terrier MSV,
now coming up.
TERRIER® MSV – THE “SWISS ARMY
KNIFE” OF VEHICLES
The TERRIER is a medium armoured engineer vehicle
developed for the British Army by BAE Systems and
would have been proposed in the Phase 3 RFI. It is
intended for battlefield preparation, including within
the indirect fire zone, where it is capable of clearing
obstacles, mines, IEDs, filling gaps, digging vehicle
and weapon pits for longer duration occupancy, and
many other combat engineer tasks.
When operating in a high threat environment it
has provision for remote control operation from up to
1,000 metres away.
TERRIER is a compact, tracked 32 tonne armoured
platform with exceptional mobility. It provides speeds
of up to 70 km/h alongside outstanding off-road
performance, wading capability and air transportability
by C-17 Globemaster III aircraft currently in service
with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Crewed by two engineers, TERRIER is fitted with
a full environmental control system to enable it to
undertake operations in a wide range of conditions.
It has a full range of day and night vision devices to
enable it to undertake operations on a 24 hour basis
and is fitted with a digital communications system.
It is equipped with such a range of attached tools
and fittings that it has been called the “Swiss Army
Knife” of vehicles. The TERRIER is fitted with a front
mounted hydraulically operated multi-purpose high
capacity bucket that can be used to clear obstacles,
prepare vehicle and weapon pits and grip large items.
This bucket can lift weights of up to five tonnes and
can shift 300 tonnes of earth per hour. A ripper can
be fitted to break up road surfaces. Mounted on the
right hand side is the hydraulically operated excavator
BAE Systems will have offered the tracked CV90 with an E35mm
turret (also offered with the Phase 2 RFT Patria wheeled AMV
platform) as part of their Phase 3 RFI response
Bionix IFV taken in 2008. Credit: By Firestorm250 at en.wikipedia
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