Land Platforms

Australia's Land 400 programme takes shape

16 February 2017
The AMV35 entry for the CRV requirement is fitted with the BAE Systems Hagglunds CV9035 35 mm two-person turret. Source: BAE Systems

Further details of the Australian Army's plans to replace its fleet of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) were given by Brigadier Chris Mills, Director General Modernisation - Army, at IQPC's International Armoured Vehicles 2017 conference held in London.

The two 8x8 contenders for the Land 400 Phase 2 programme for a Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) - which will replace the General Dynamics Land Systems (8x8) ASLAV - are Patria's AMV35 (which will be fitted with a BAE Systems Hagglunds CV9035 35 mm two-person turret) and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles' Boxer (equipped with a 35 mm Lance two-person turret).

The in-service ASLAV features a two-person turret armed with an Orbital ATK Armament Systems 25 mm M242 dual-feed cannon and a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun (MG).

The Boxer and AMV35 are currently being put through their paces under a 12-month Risk Mitigation Activities (RMA) phase with the trials due to be completed late in 2017 and a contract for up to 225 vehicles scheduled for award in 2018; these will have a potential initial in-service date of 2021.

The Boxer fitted with the latest 35 mm Lance two-person turret is the Rheinmetall entry for the Australian Army's CRV. (Rheinmetall)The Boxer fitted with the latest 35 mm Lance two-person turret is the Rheinmetall entry for the Australian Army's CRV. (Rheinmetall)

Land 400 Phase 3 covers the acquisition of an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and a mobility support vehicle (MSV) with up to 450 vehicles expected to be procured.

The IFV will replace the M113AS4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) and variants, which were upgraded by what is now BAE Systems Australia but by today's standard lack armour, mobility, and firepower.

Very broad IFV requirements include a combat weight of between 30 and 45 tonnes, a high level of protection, high level of cross-country mobility, and a lifespan of 30 years.

The baseline IFV is required to have a crew of three consisting of the commander, gunner, driver, and six to eight dismounts.

The main armament is to have a calibre of 30 mm to 50 mm and fire ammunition with airburst and delay capabilities.

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