LAND 400 Phase 2 Testing Complete

A final series of blast tests have been completed on the two shortlisted contenders vying to become the Australian Defence Force’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.

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Testing to help select the Army’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle has finished on schedule.

A final series of blast tests have been completed on the two shortlisted contenders vying to become the Australian Defence Force’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.

The tests are the final phase of a rigorous program designed to put the two vehicles through their paces in a range of operating environments.

“During the last 12 months, the vehicles’ protection, lethality and usability have been measured and assessed,” Minister Pyne said.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, congratulated the two shortlisted contenders, Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Australia, for their involvement in the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA).

“I would also like to thank Defence’s hard-working Land 400 team,” said Minister Pyne.

“The RMA incorporated a test and evaluation program, and a series of schedule and contract management workshops to ensure the LAND 400 Phase 2 contract will be robust.”

“This rigorous process will ensure opportunities for Australian industry involvement in this project are maximised.”

To assess their survivability, Rheinmetall’s Boxer and BAE Systems Australia’s AMV-35, were exposed to simulated mine blasts at Defence’s Proof and Experimental Establishment at Graytown in Victoria.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the blast tests were conducted under the wheels and under the belly of the vehicles and represented a final trial by fire.

“The aim of this project is to deliver a world-class armoured fighting vehicle which can take a hit, and protect our soldiers,” said Minister Pyne.

“Importantly, these trials have been conducted by Australian soldiers who will operate these vehicles when they are delivered, closely supported by Defence Science and Technology Group staff.”

 

Defence will buy 225 CRVs costing between $4 to $5 billion.

“The Land 400 Phase 2 project secures the ADF’s sovereign CRV expertise and over 1000 jobs across more than 300 Australian based companies,” said Minister Pyne.

The test and evaluation program assessed the vehicles and their support systems across a wide range of criteria, with a particular focus on protection, lethality and mobility.

Three phases of user evaluations were conducted by Australian soldiers at Puckapunyal in Victoria and the Mt Bundey Training Area in the Northern Territory.

“The soldiers are representative of who will use the vehicles when they enter service in the early 2020s,” said Minister Pyne.

The program saw the vehicles drive aboard a Landing Helicopter Dock so they could be tested with the ships onboard systems.

“The vehicles’ transportation compatibility was also tested using C-17 aircraft,” said Minister Pyne.

All testing was strongly supported by the Defence Science and Technology Group, whose world-class capabilities ensured high-quality outcomes were achieved.

The LAND 400 Phase 2 team has worked hard to increase opportunities for Australian industry participation in this program.

“The project secures the ADF’s sovereign CRV expertise and over 1000 jobs across more than 300 Australian based companies,” said Minister Pyne.

“LAND 400 Phase 2 will protect Australian soldiers’ lives on the battlefield and create new job opportunities around the country,” Minister Pyne said.

“The winner will be announced in the first half of 2018.”

 

Terry Turner

Terry Turner is Senior Editor for Defence.com.au and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.

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