Land

Harris will deliver the tactical communications network, including encrypted radios, and Elbit Systems will enhance the Battle Management System (BMS) software delivered under Land 200 Tranche 1.

The Bushmaster fleet in particular will be due for an upgrade of its protection systems in the near future.

The work will investigate potential capability enhancements to inform the NASAMS’s final system configuration, including integration with existing ADF equipment.

MMP was developed by MBDA for dismounted applications and for integration onto armoured fighting vehicles.

The portal will allow Australian companies to register their interest in areas such as component manufacture, assembly and test, systems integration and in-country sustainment.

Rafael has been awarded a contract with the Israel Defense Forces to supply more than 1,000 Spike LR 2 missiles. Rafael has offered Spike LR 2 as part of the Land 400 Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs) program.

Bisalloy will develop two new grades of high performance steel at its NSW operations to meet the protection levels required on the Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, which is now under evaluation by the Commonwealth.

Land 200 Tranche 3 will complete deliveries of equipment rolled out under earlier phases to the remainder of Defence and provide technical refresh of equipment previously delivered in Tranche 1 and 2.

The test and evaluation program assessed both the BAE Systems/Patria AMV35 and the Rheinmetall Boxer CRV and their support systems across a wide range of criteria, with a particular focus on protection, lethality and mobility.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.