The selection of Boeing’s Tactical Edge Server (TES) for inclusion in 211 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to be built in south-east Queensland under Land 400 Phase 2 has brought growth opportunities for several Australian SMEs.
GPC Electronics, Air Affairs and Century Manufacturing are among the suppliers that will provide the processing and storage components for the Boeing TES – a ruggedised computing and network device to be incorporated into the combat vehicles.
Air Affairs and Century Manufacturing currently manufacture hardware and GPC Electronics provide electronic circuit cards for the TESs designed and built as part of Boeing’s Land 2072 Phase 2B Project Currawong battlespace communication system, which will be incorporated into Rheinmetall’s Boxer vehicles.
“Our Australian SME supply chain’s capability, quality, and attention to detail is matched by their willingness to continue to innovate,” Boeing Defence Australia’s vice president and managing director, Scott Carpendale, said.
“Their collaboration and industry relationships are critical to our ability to deliver complex defence programs. Our success in being able to design and develop a multi-purpose product that can be integrated into varying programs and platforms becomes their success, now and in the future.”
The TES forms part of a scalable deployable computer architecture which has been incorporated into in a range of man-portable, deployable and vehicle mounted solutions, including the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle.
“Incorporating the TES into the Boxer provides the Commonwealth with a common, highly capable device that can be used across multiple programs. We were made aware of this through shared knowledge across our network of people. All components are designed, developed and manufactured in Australia and this is testament to the new opportunities for SMEs to grow into the expanding Defence market,” Rheinmetall’s General Manager – L400 Phase 3/Head of Marketing and Strategy, Lee Davis, said.
“We have also integrated the TES into our Lynx KF-41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) which shares a common architecture with what we are developing under the Boxer program. Our Land 400 Phase 3 vehicles will include this leading edge Australian capability.”