The soldier as a system

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Deliveries of 22,000 sets of the Soldier Combat Ensemble (SCE) to the ADF will be completed in the first half of 2018, and several iterative improvements are included in the most recent tranches of the system.

Land programs on the move

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Once regarded as the poor relation in Defence acquisition expenditure, Army is now benefitting, or preparing to benefit, from a series of programs that will dramatically enhance capability in the Land domain.

Land 400: Risk Mitigation Activity update

A BAE Systems Australia Patria AMV35 combat reconnaissance vehicle (left) and a Rheinmetall Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle secured in the heavy vehicle deck of the Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Canberra during a series of trials at Fleet Base East in Sydney on 6 December 2016.

At the time of writing, the Land 400 program was half way through the risk mitigation activity (RMA) between Rheinmetall’s Boxer and the BAE Systems/Patria AMV35. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing checked in with the industry players and program director to get an idea of what’s been happening.

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35mm across the whole ADF?

The Milennium Gun. A device at the muzzle end of the barrel measures the exact speed of the round as it is fired, and automatically sets the fuse to detonate the round as it approaches a pre-set distance from the target. Credit: Rheinmetall

A proposal to introduce a multi-role 35mm gun system into the RAN could broaden capabilities and provide potential commonality with the ground-based air defence requirement being sought under Project Land 19 Phase 7B.

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Hawkei on the inside

Hawkei's Integral Computing System (ICS). Credit: Thales Australia

With pilot production getting underway later this year at Thales Australia’s Bendigo facility, Army’s Hawkei light protected mobility vehicle (PMV) will soon gain a higher profile.

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Puzzle Pieces: Land 19 Phase 7B and Air 6500

A Tamir interceptor missile firing as part of the Iron Dome system. Credit: Rafael Shaul Golan

Since reporting extensively on Land 19 Phase 7 in the March edition of ADM, there is a new factor to consider: Air 6500. Phases 1 and 2 of this RAAF-led program will replace Vigilare and shape the long-range element of air defence for the wider ADF, while Land 19 Phase 7B from Army will look at the short and medium ranges.

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GDLS considers Land 400 Phase 3

Previously known as 'Scout', a British Army's AJAX IFV at a GDLS facility in South Wales. Credit: Patrick Olner

General Dynamics Land Systems has revealed that it will propose three vehicles for the Land 400 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) requirement under Phase 3 of the program. Premium

Puma gets into the Land 400 fight

A Bundeswehr Puma IFV. Credit: PSM

The tracked Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle (I) is being offered for land 400 Phase 3 by Projekt Systems Management (PSM), a joint venture between Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann and Rheinmetall Defence established to coordinate the vehicle's development, production, and sales. Premium

The AMV35 option

The AMV35 with the 30mm Haegglunds turret. Credit: BAE Systems

BAE Systems Australia unveiled its Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle competitor for Land 400 Phase 2 on June 2, when it presented the AMV35 to industry for the first time in Melbourne, at the beginning of a national tour. Premium

Boxer CRV through to the next round

A Boxer CRV in AUSCAM livery at Rheinmetall Defence’s proving ground in Unterlüss in Germany. Credit: Rheinmetall Defence

The Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle is a joint development from Rheinmetall Defence, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). Premium

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Investment priorities for Defence Innovation Hub

Future energy resilience (including national and Defence fuel management), will be one of the priorities for the Hub in the 2017-18 year. Credit: Defence.
In the 2017–18 financial year, the body will seek proposals aligned with the six capability streams identified in the Defence Integrated Investment Program.