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400 and assist in the planning process for both the
acquisition and sustainment of the LCVS at the same
time. The IPT will seek a Military off the Shelf (MOTS)
design solution for the LCVS. They will also undertake
a staged selection process in line with DMO’s
Reduced Cost of Tendering initiative, including an
Offer Definition Activity of those platforms short-
listed to proceed after RFT evaluation.
All of these approaches are intended to mitigate
project risk in the lead up to Government Second
Pass consideration, and in so doing help minimise
cost and schedule pressures.
So will this methodology affect the proposed
LAND 400 Phase 2 timings?
After a long and comprehensive tender evaluation,
initial down selection, short listing, trials with
proposed contenders, risk reduction activities and
parallel contract negotiations, Second Pass Approval
could come up to five or six years after the RFT, as
early as 2018 or not until 2021.
Initial Material Release could take a further three
or four years, for IOC with vehicles for one armoured
cavalry regiment another three years later.
FOC should be reached in time for Force 2030 to
reach its planned establishment.
A key enabler of a light armoured cavalry unit
advancing to contact and then successfully engaging
with a resourceful enemy over complex terrain is
continuous reliable networked communications
ensuring a shared common operational picture for
situational awareness and for passage of command
and control orders, as well as receiving feedback
from individual vehicles.
This imposes stringent requirements on the type
of ICT equipment installed to provide bandwidth,
functionality, reliability and maintainability while
operating in hot, rough, dusty environments, or hot
salt-laden atmosphere in a littoral area of operation,
with a lot of vehicle vibration.
The success of CAFS will be heavily dependent on
getting effective ICT sub-systems integrated into the
LCVS. This implies a period of development, ideally
with Australian based defence firms which have an
excellent track record of supplying ICT equipment in
tough environments like the mining industry, defence,
shipping, road, rail and air transport.
A brief survey of Australian defence industry
capabilities reveals a number of current direct
suppliers to Defence like APC Technology, ITT
Excelis and Lockheed Martin, among others, who
could help meet these requirements.
Elbit Systems’ solutions for LAND 75 Phase 3.4 /
LAND 125 Phase 3 BMS set will represent the core
of the Australian Army’s future Battle Management
Systems capability. It will be integrated in over 1,000
Army vehicles, and equip over 1,500 soldiers
POTENTIAL IMPACT OF
DEFENCE WHITE PAPER 2013
The 2009 Defence White Paper (DWP) provided
the strategic context for LAND 400 LCVS to deliver
mounted close combat capability for the Land Force.
It gave high priority to survivability and mobility;
sought improved firepower and protection; wanted
better networking and integration; because it foresaw
the need to operate as combined arms teams and
undertake combat in littoral environments.
That DWP identified a requirement for up to 1,100
deployable protected vehicles in order for Army to
meet its strategic tasks
With a new DWP due out in mid-2013, what is the
likely impact of it on the LCVS project?
Views on the preliminary DWP draft, as expressed
by the journalists who have seen it, have focused on
the floor level of funding being proposed as 1.5% of
GDP, whereas a more realistic level of annual funding
for timely completion of most of the high priority DCP
projects needs it to be around 2%.
Close combat capability will remain critical so the
requirement for LAND 400 Phase 2 platforms should
be enduring. However a “big ticket” project like LCVS
will be susceptible to available funding influencing
the timing and scope of the LCVS project.
The IPT has been supplying options for
consideration by the DWP 2013 strategists. If there
are changes, they are likely to alter quantities or
the priority of various sub-capability introductions,
rather than make any major revisions to the platform
requirements or the extent of the support systems
COMING IN PART 2
The next part of this article in APDR’s May edition will look at the steps required to move a project
from being listed in the Defence Capability Plan (DCP) with a budget in the Forward Estimates to
obtaining First Pass Approval from the Government. Then there will be a look at force attributes
and capability development principles relevant to the LCVS.
The issue of choosing between wheeled or tracked light armoured vehicles will be examined,
with both having merit. Could the Government end up with a mixed fleet?
The single most important element of LAND 400 Phase 2 LCVS is the support system to be put
in place. Get this right and there is a good chance of introducing an effective LCVS into service
for the mounted close combat role. Get it wrong and expenditure on this $10+ billion project will
produce a sub-optimal result.
Credit: CoA / Chris Gardiner
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