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arm system that can lift a maximum of 3 tonnes at full
reach and is normally fitted with a bucket.
For the route clearance and marking roles
TERRIER’s sub-surface mine plough can penetrate
to recognised safe depths while travelling at up to
15km/h, quickly creating a path free of mines and
improvised explosive devices.
An optional telescopic investigation arm extends
over 8m from the vehicle – one of the longest in the
world available for such a vehicle - allowing crews
to probe and unearth buried devices from a safe
distance. Additionally, the vehicle can be equipped
with a rock hammer, ripper and earth augur – hugely
extending its capabilities. The hammer can split rocks
and penetrate concrete, while the ripper can tear up
roads or runways, preventing their use. The earth
augur can drill holes for use in combat engineering.
The vehicle’s one and a half metre wading depth
and surge protection makes TERRIER suited for
use in coastal or low-lying areas, where it can play
an important role in disaster relief as well as combat
situations. Due to the modular nature of the vehicle,
it can also be quickly adapted for a range of other
situations, such as clearing paths through jungle or
The hull is made in all welded steel, which provide
a protection for the crew against small arms fire and
shell splinters with an integral crew compartment
spall liner being standard. The double skinned floor
has been designed to provide improved protection
against mines and additional armour could be added
as the threat evolves. It is also ready for installation
of a defensive aids suite that could include magnetic
It is normally fitted with a remote weapons station
for self-defence. The vehicle is also equipped with
electrically operated smoke grenade launchers which
provide cover through 180 degrees.
BAE Systems engineers continue to develop
new modular attachments, meaning that if the
Commonwealth chooses TERRIER as its MSV, they
can upgrade their vehicles to meet new requirements
without changing platforms.
Although Australia sees South Korea as a valued
coalition partner, it has not made any major acquisitions
from that country’s defence industry. In fact, in the
author’s view, the South Koreans have every reason to
be very disappointed by their defence industry’s lack
of contracts with the Commonwealth.
They were extremely surprised when the
Commonwealth abruptly cancelled the purchase
of self-propelled howitzers from them. Then more
recently Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering
was short-listed with Navantia to supply two Cantabria
Class replenishment ships. With little or no notice to
them the Australian Defence Minister agreed the order
had been placed with Navantia.
Therefore with some trepidation APDR suggests
that the Commonwealth should seriously consider the
South Korean K21 tracked next-generation infantry
fighting vehicle (NIFV) built by Doosan DST. An
existing vehicle, it weighs just over 25 tonnes, with
protection provided by composite armour of ceramic,
metal alloy and glass fibre, together with layers of soft-
kill anti-missile defence systems. The main armament
is a stabilised 40mm cannon and two anti-tank guided
missile launchers, mounted in a two man turret, where
reloading can be done under armour. There is also a
co-axial 7.62mm machine gun.
In June this year Iain Watt, Elbit’s LAND 400 Bid
Director, invited selected defence media to view their
Sentinel II CRV contender. Mike Yeo attended on
behalf of APDR and the full report on what he saw,
and his impressions of the strength of this bid, are
contained in an article in APDR’s July edition. This is
available on-line through APDR’s website.
Should Elbit organise a similar event for their Phase
3 bid at some time in the future, APDR will be sure to
attend and provide a full report to its readers.
Elbit had a strong team with Singapore Technologies,
Elphinstone, W&E Platt, CBG Systems, Linfox,
Marand, RGM Maintenance and Deakin University for
their Phase 2 tender submission. Given that partnering
arrangements were worked out in full for Phase 2, it
seems likely that these could also have applied to the
Phase 3 RFI. In this case, ST Engineering could have
been offering their Bionix II as the tracked platform,
since it is already in service with the Singaporean
Army. The turret choice would be between the existing
Bionix one or the Elbit MT30.
An up-armoured version of ST Kinetics Terex could
have been offered as their wheeled IFV.
APDR’s July/August 2016 edition included the
author’s article on the General Dynamics LAV (CRV)
offering for Phase 2. This vehicle made a strong and
favourable impression on the author. There can be
no doubt that General Dynamics Land Systems has
the credentials to produce superb wheeled armoured
vehicles in quantity.
They have the same excellent record with tracked
armoured vehicles. For example GDLS has a major
contract for their tracked UK AJAX IFV and its
five variants for protected mobility reconnaissance
Swedish Army CV90. Credit: Wikipedia
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