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vehicles selected by
the Australian MoD
Australia’s Minister for Defence Stephen Smith
announced on December 12 that the Thales
Australia Hawkei is Australia’s preferred choice
for a new Light Protected Vehicle.
Hawkei prototypes have successfully
demonstrated the vehicle’s innovative design,
protection and systems architecture. The
prototype has also been displayed in Europe
as the centrepiece of the Thales stand at
Eurosatory in 2010.
The Australian Government contract will
fund the further development of the vehicle
meeting specifications set by the Australian
Army under the Land 121 Phase 4 programme.
The Australian Defence Force is seeking to
acquire up to 1300 light protected vehicles to
replace unprotected Landrovers.
Thales Australia has developed the vehicle
in partnership with Plasan, Boeing, PAC Group
and a large number of Australian suppliers.
It is a highly mobile, highly protected, 7
tonne vehicle, with in-built Vehicle Electronic
Architecture to be mission system ready. The
modular design meets the needs of a wide
range of military forces.
Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said the
company would be pursuing export sales of the
“Up against the best vehicles in its class
from leading US and European military vehicle
manufacturers, the Thales Hawkei has come
out on top” says Chris, Thales Australia CEO.
“We have already achieved more than $100m
in Bushmaster export sales and the new Hawkei
vehicle has great export potential.
The Hawkei prototypes were developed in
only 18 months and have completed more than
40,000 km in vehicle testing. They have been
subjected to more than 10 blast tests to prove
the protection levels of the crew compartment.
The Australian Government also declared the
Bendigo manufacturing facility, home of the
“an important national
security capability”. Bushmaster has delivered
outstanding performance under some of the
most difficult conditions imaginable on current
operations in Afghanistan where it is in service
with Australian forces and two NATO countries.
On 9 December 2011, Saab signed a multi-
million dollar change to its development
contract with BAE Systems to provide operator
and maintainer training systems for the Saab
9LV combat management system (CMS) on the
Canberra class amphibious ships (LHD).
This new scope consists of the development of
training course material for the CMS supported
by a shore-based training facility, developed and
operated by BAE Systems which will provide
operator and maintainer training.
The training facility will be fitted with 11
Saab emulation training system consoles which
are low-cost COTS based variants of Saab’s 9LV
multi-function console. Maintainer training
will be supported utilising ship-fit 9LV CMS
The LHD CMS training system will be a
derivative of the successful CMS trainer used
for the ANZAC class ships that uses operational
software to ensure commonality and surety.
Work has already commenced on this stage
of the project which will continue for the next
A follow-on contract for the delivery of the
training is expected to be negotiated during
Managing Director of Saab Systems, Mr
Richard Price said, “Training is part of our
comprehensive support and sustainment
services for our customers. Saab’s extensive
experience in training which extends to both
Army and Naval domains makes us the most
suitable provider of these training capabilities.”
The LHD CMS is currently undergoing
integraton into the LHD Combat Direction
System at the Williamstown Land Based Test Site
and testing will be conducted in 2012. APDR
Credit: Thales Australia
Saab receives order for LHD training systems
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