The two companies vying to build Australia’s next generation Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles have been put through their paces at a live firing exercise at the Puckapunyal Army Base in Victoria.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, observed the live firing which saw the contenders for LAND 400 Phase 2 test their weapons.
“Projects like LAND 400 Phase 2 give us the opportunity to modernise our defence capability while creating hundreds of jobs in Australia and boosting domestic manufacturing.”
“Both vehicles represent a significant advancement in the protection and capability levels we will provide to our diggers,” Minister Pyne said.
“The Rheinmetall Boxer CRV and the BAE Systems Australia Patria AMV35 are armoured fighting vehicles with vastly improved firepower, protection and mobility than our current fleet.”
The vehicles are currently undergoing test and evaluation as part of the 12 month Risk Mitigation Activity to help pick a winner.
Minister Pyne said the Risk Mitigation Activity is also looking at ways to maximise Australian industry involvement in LAND 400.
“There has been significant effort put in to increase the opportunities for Australian companies to be a part of LAND 400,” Minister Pyne said
“Defence completed a nationwide series of workshops late last year to provide Australian companies with an opportunity to showcase their capabilities to the shortlisted LAND 400 tenderers.
LAND 400 Phase 2 is a $4-5 billion project to purchase 225 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles to replace the Australian Light Armoured Vehicles currently in service with the Australian Army.
Army’s Hawkei demonstrates Operational Intelligence
The CASG Land 121 Phase 4 project team has put the Hawkei protected vehicle’s new C4I Integral Computing System (ICS) to the test.
The Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s (CASG) Land 121 Phase 4 project team has put the Hawkei protected vehicle’s new C4I Integral Computing System (ICS) to the test, during a demonstration of the deployable Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light (PMV-L) capability at the Monegeetta Proving Ground.
During the activity a Project Charter for the ICS was signed, guiding the interaction and collaboration between Defence and the nine contractors involved in delivery of the ICS; Thales Australia, Cablex, Elbit Land Systems Australia, Esterline, Harris Australia, Kongsberg, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, and Thomas Global Systems.
Land 121 Phase 4 Project Director COL John McLean said that the ICS reflects the Australian Army’s requirement for a more integrated approach to C4I on vehicles that realises benefits in the areas of useability, space, weight and power.
“Using generic vehicle architecture (GVA) and a central computing concept to host various C4I systems and communications, the ICS will optimise and centralise the flow of information to the user, enabling rapid decision making and multitasking at levels not previously achievable on land based platforms,” COL McLean said.
“The new ICS will enable the vehicle operator to manage radios, sensors, the Battle Management System, and weapon systems – all through a common interface.
“The ICS was demonstrated to work successfully with Army’s Battle Management System and communications suite, as well as other features and systems of the deployable PMV-L capability.”
While the demonstration was a contractual requirement for Hawkei’s Bendigo-based manufacturer Thales, it also gave the invited Defence stakeholders an opportunity to see the deployable PMV-L’s various planned features, including:
- Integral Computing System (ICS) Command Vehicle installation
- Battle Management System (BMS) operating on Windows 10
- Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS)
- Digital Terminal Control Station (DTCS)
- Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs)
- Force Protection Electronic Counter Measures (FPECM)
- Rocket Propelled Grenade Cage
- Remote Weapon Station
- Manned Weapon Mount
Visitors were also able to experience the handling characteristics and performance of the Hawkei through an interactive patrol demonstration.
The initial baseline of the C4I ICS will be available on low-rate-initial-production vehicles from 2018.
ADF Support to PNG Elections
The Defence Force (ADF) has delivered election material to support the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government’s 2017 national elections
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has delivered election material to support the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government’s 2017 national elections.
Operation HANNAH is a support mission based on a direct request for assistance from the PNG Government. The ADF is supporting the Australian Whole-of-Government effort to support Papua New Guinea’s National Election process. Joint Task Group 658, comprises ADF elements that provide specialist support capabilities, particularly helicopters and logistic assets that are not readily available in PNG. Operation HANNAH is an element of a wider Australian assistance program to PNG, focused on supporting the PNG authorities to conduct a safe, free and fair national election.
Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules, C-27J Spartan and B-300 King Air transport aircraft and Australian Army MRH-90 helicopters delivered election material to provincial centres and other key locations in the lead up to the commencement of polling, which will take place from 24 June to 8 July 2017.
Deputy Chief of Joint Operations, Major General Greg Bilton said the ADF support included aircraft not readily available in PNG.
“The mountainous terrain and the spread of islands in PNG means air transport is highly valued,” Major General Bilton said.
“Military aircraft offer capabilities needed to be effective across the diverse terrain encountered in PNG’s highlands and archipelago.”
“Since 10 June 2017 we’ve delivered over 100,000 pounds of election materials and we’ve supported the movement of more than 200 Papua New Guinean security personnel around PNG,” he said.
Commander of the Australian Contingent, Lieutenant Colonel Travis Gordon said the most gratifying thing about the mission has been the warm greetings received from PNG officials, troops and civilians alike.
“Papua New Guineans are very welcoming. They understand we are here to support their election and they genuinely appreciate Australia’s efforts,” he said.
About 200 ADF personnel deployed to Port Moresby for Operation Hannah, the ADF’s contribution to the Australian Government’s support for the 2017 PNG National Election.
Now that the ADF has completed its primary task, it has reduced its presence and elements of the ADF contingent will remain in PNG to provide movement support during polling, and to help transport personnel once polling has finished.
20 Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment
Australian Army soldiers from the 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment following the completion of Exercise Griffin Guns at Mount Bundey training area.
Australian Army soldiers from 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment provide the Australian Defence Force with an artillery spotting and tactical reconnaissance capability, forming a significant component of the entire intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance collection capability available to deployed forces.
20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment uses the Shadow 200 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which carries a suite of sensors that includes high-resolution cameras and laser systems. The Shadow UAV patrols high above troops on the ground to provide detailed real-time intelligence about enemy activity and terrain.