Land 400 Phase 2 and 3 in the making

ASCOD2. Credit: Friedrich Boehringer

Nearly 10 years after the first of three Requests for Information (RfI) for Project Land 400 was issued, the decision-making process that will create a shortlist of contenders for the most expensive element of Army’s most-expensive capability program is
now under way.

Defence Business: BAE Systems and Patria gear up for Land 400

A test vehicle has been used to assess the integration of a BAE Systems Haegglunds' E35 turret with a Patria AMV. Credit: BAE Systems

In the case of the Patria AMV35 contesting Project Land 400 Phase 2 there is a discernable difference – it mounts a larger, more powerful gun than its three competitors.

Project Review: Land projects move into the spotlight

Land 400 will see the replacement of a range of vehicle types.

Although overshadowed by the commentary and rhetoric in response to major naval shipbuilding projects, the Land sector is now moving into the spotlight.

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Land Warfare: EF88 debuts in the ADF

An Australian Army soldier from 3rd Brigade checks out the enhanced F88 Austeyr weapon to be delivered under Land 125 Phase 3C at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, 10 September 2014. Credit: Defence

The first of 30,000 new EF88 service rifles have been issued by the ADF in parallel with the rollout of a new Soldier Combat Ensemble (SCE) comprising load carriage equipment and protective kit that includes new-generation body armour, combat helmets, and hearing and eye protection.

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Land Warfare: Tracking integration with ADF legacy systems

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As armies continue to modernise in the 21st century, effective Situational Awareness (SA) for commanders of troops, vehicles and equipment is a challenge for every military force, especially with the requirement for leaner and more agile forces in an age of rapid, asymmetric international operations.

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Sustainment: Keeping ADF vehicles HUMing along

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With the Mercedes Benz G-Wagon set to become the most numerous vehicle in Australian military service, Defence is testing a health monitoring system that will help save money and get the best out of the fleet across a service life that may span more than three decades.

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Kongsberg going strong in Australian market

Protector RWS with Javelin integrated onto the MCT-30 (aboard a Patria AMV). Credit: Kongsberg

Kongsberg has roughly 75 per cent of the global Remote Weapon Station (RWS) market, with a strong focus on what they to call being a ‘lethality exemplar’. Premium

C-RAM post Afghanistan

The arrival of the Giraffe radars was the last stage of the Land 19 Phase 7A acquisition project. Credit: Defence

A Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) capability was rapidly acquired by the ADF in 2010 to protect the Australian Army’s main operating base at Tarin Kot and other forward operating bases in Afghanistan. What will happen to the capability now? Premium

Rolling out a digital army

Australian Army soldiers from 7th battalion RAR, demonstrate the Land 125 soldier combat ensemble. Credit: Defence

The digitisation of Army achieved a significant milestone on March 27 when the previous Chief of Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison declared Final Operational Capability (FOC) on Tranche 1 of Project Land 200. Premium

Meggitt delivers additional weapons training simulation systems

Meggitt Training Systems Australia (MTSA) delivered five Weapons Training Simulation Systems (WTSS) at bases across Australia under Army Minor Project AMP029.44 and is also upgrading 18 existing WTSS facilities to bring them up to a similar standard as well as providing enhanced weapon simulator capability. Premium

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