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.

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.

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

Lynx looking at Land 400 Phase 3

The Lynx in action. Credit: Rheinmetall Defence

The surprise public unveiling in June of the Rheinmetall Lynx IFV has added a new and potent platform to the Phase 3 lineup Premium

Boxer heads into the Land 400 ring

Rheinmetall's Boxer CRV has been down selected for Land 400 Phase 2. Credit: Rheinmetall

The first Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) to sport Australian camouflage was a focal point at Rheinmetall Defence's annual Land Forces Symposium in Germany, together with impressive day and night firepower demonstrations and some stimulating insights into the future development of armoured vehicles.

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Far from extinct: the future of Tiger

Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters land at RAAF Learmonth after conducting security operations during an Exercise Northern Shield scenario. Credit: Defence

On the surface, one of the surprises delivered by the recent Defence Integrated Investment Program (DIIP) was the plan to replace Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) from the middle of the next decade.

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Weapons: Industry gets set for Land 19 Phase 7

Live firing of RBS-70 missile by members of 16 Air Defence,111 Brigade, at the live firing range in Woomera, South Australia. Credit: Defence

Ground based air defence (GBAD) for the Army has been a long time in the making under the various phases of Land 19. ADM examines what we currently have in play and where the program is likely to go in terms of technology and concepts under later phases.

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CDIC opened, Defence Innovation Hub launched

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne with Kate Louis, first assistant secretary Defence Industry Policy, Paul Johnson, co-chair Centre for Defence Industry Capability and Kim Gillis, deputy secretary CASG at the newly launched CDIC HQ in Adelaide. Credit: Defence
Both the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) and the Defence Innovation Hub were respectively opened and launched on December 5.