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.