Thales Australia is working closely with specialist suppliers at every stage to refine and enhance the design of the Hawkei including teaming with Quickstep Technologies.

The specialist in advanced composites, Quickstep has been awarded a pre-contract to use its patented systems to deliver strong, light and high-quality components ideally suited to the Hawkei’s tough operational requirements.

Quickstep will supply the vehicle’s bonnet, side skirts and mud guards.

The work, which would be carried out at Quickstep’s Bankstown facility in NSW, is conditional on Thales securing a long-term contract to supply up to 1,300 Hawkei vehicles to the Department of Defence.

Final approval of the Land 121 Phase 4 project is expected around 2015.

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