Eurosatory 2014

Hawkei set for Australia (ES14E2)

15 June 2014
The Hawkei LPM vehicle has been developed to replace the Australian Army's current fleet of unprotected Land Rover vehicles.

Thales Australia is showing the latest export version of the Hawkei Light Protected Mobility (LPM) vehicle in left-hand drive on the Eurosatory Live Demonstration Zone daily at 10.30am and 3.00pm.

The Hawkei LPM vehicle has been developed to meet the Australian Army Land 121 Phase 4 programme that aims to replace the current fleet of unprotected Land Rover vehicles.

In 2013, Thales Australia delivered six Hawkei vehicles to the Australian Army: two command, two utility and two reconnaissance versions, plus one trailer. These have been put through more than 130,000km of trials under a wide range of conditions.

The Australian Army plans to procure some 1,300 Hawkei vehicles, with a contract expected to be awarded in 2015.

Australian Army Hawkei is in right-hand drive arrangement, with the command version in a four-door configuration. It has a maximum seating capacity of six.

The two-door utility version has seats for three people including the driver, and a flat bed area at the rear.

Both versions have a maximum gross vehicle weight of 10.40 tonnes, a road speed of 115km/h and a range of 600km.

The basic Hawkei design is such that it can be adapted for a wide range of missions and fitted with various weapons, communication and battle management systems. The bolted modular hull design makes technology transfer for local production easier.

Standard equipment includes a Thales electronic architecture and an air-conditioning system, with the option of a roof-mounted protected weapon station or a remote weapon station.

Thales Australia is still in full-scale production of the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle, which is in service with Australia, the Netherlands and the UK. Orders have recently been placed by Jamaica and Japan.

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