Being shown on BAE Systems’ External Stand H30 is the AMV35, which is the BAE Systems/Patria entry for the Australian Land 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability (MCRC) requirement.
It is expected that Australia will soon announce the contenders for the 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) for the MCRC, during which each contractor will have to provide three vehicles for trials in Australia. Contract award is expected in 2018 for 225 production vehicles as the out of service date for the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV), which entered service more than 20 years ago, is 2021.
AMV35 brings together the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) 8x8 platform and the BAE Systems Hägglunds E35 two-person turret. The E35 is armed with the Orbital ATK Armament Systems 35mm Bushmaster III dual-feed cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. There is also an option for integrating anti-tank guided weapons. It is also fitted with the Saab LEDS 50 soft kill defensive aids system (DAS) with a growth to a hard kill DAS and RPG net protection system.
A key part of Land 400 Phase 2 is the involvement of the Australian defence industry and the consortium plans to produce the vehicle in Australia. Phase 3 is the Mounted Close Combat Capability – an infantry fighting vehicle to replace the M113 – and Phase 4 is the Integrated Training System.