Canberra-based Defcon Technologies Group has been selected to supply, integrate and support the latest generation of INVISIO Combat Hearing Protection technology to Rheinmetall Defence Australia as part of the Lynx IFV Intercom System in their bid for Land 400 Phase 3.
“Operationally, the Lynx is likely quieter than the vehicle it will replace, so continuous engine and road noise will not present the same challenges to hearing and communicating as in the past,” Nick Stokes, Defcon’s Managing Director, said. “However, impulse noise from large-calibre weapons has replaced continuous noise as the main threat to soldiers’ hearing and is harder to mitigate.
“The degraded aural situational awareness that exists in the confines of all combat vehicles adds more complexity to what is already a hazardous acoustic environment and creates multiple challenges for mounted infantry who need to hear, communicate and function under stressful combat conditions.
“We look forward to strengthening our relationship with RDA by supporting Team Lynx as they establish their Systems Integration Lab. In the longer term, we look forward to providing our mounted infantry with the enhanced hearing protection, audio communications and aural situational awareness capabilities that our dismounted combatants have enjoyed via Land 125 Phase 3B Survivability – Combat Hearing Protection since 2016.”
Defcon Technologies has been providing Combat Hearing Protection and related capability to the ADF for nearly 20 years.
Rheinmetall is delivering three Lynx vehicles to compete in Risk Mitigation Activity trials.