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Australian firms enter partnerships on Land 400 programme

21 September 2017

Australian defence companies announced new partnerships with foreign counterparts on 20 September in support of bids to supply anti-tank guided missiles (ATMGs) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Queensland-based Ferra Engineering signed an agreement with MBDA to supply the European company’s Missile Moyen Portee (MMP) system, while the Varley Group, which is headquartered in New South Wales, joined forces with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems to offer the Israeli firm’s Spike LR II.A Lithuanian Army Boxer firing the Rafael Spike-LR I during trials. Source: Lithuanian ArmyA Lithuanian Army Boxer firing the Rafael Spike-LR I during trials. Source: Lithuanian Army

The two partnerships are bidding to supply the systems to meet requirements contained within the ADF’s Land 400 Phase 2 programme, which outlines the procurement of 225 combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRVs) as well as associated systems including ATMGs. The programme has a total value of up to AUD5 billion (USD4 billion).

Ferra and MBDA’s partnership is framed around a memorandum of understanding (MoU) through which the two companies said they would locally develop, build, and maintain the MMP to meet Australian requirements. MBDA said in a statement that the MoU is the first of a number of agreements it expects to enter into in Australia as it seeks to build its profile in the market.

MBDA is looking to expand upon its previous industrial and technological work with Australia, which has included the development of software upgrades for the Advanced short-range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM).

Chris Wells, MBDA’s regional director said that the company was looking at enhancing Australian capabilities through work including building, maintaining, and evolving the MMP in-country.

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