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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 03 | OCT 2014
BOEING DELIVERED THE fifth P-8I
Neptune long-range maritime patrol, an-
ti-submarine and anti-surface warfare
aircraft to India on 9 September under a
2009 contract for eight aircraft.
Based on the company’s Next-Gener-
ation 737 commercial airliner, the P-8I is
the Indian Navy variant of the P-8A Po-
seidon that Boeing builds for the US Navy.
TWO TEAMS OF INDUSTRY players
made clear their intentions for the Aus-
tralian Army’s AUD$10 billion Land 400
combat vehicle project at the Land Forces
2 014 exhibition in Brisbane.
BAE Systems Australia and Finland’s
Patria formally announced a teaming
agreement to pursue the contract for the
acquisition and support of Combat Recon-
naissance Vehicles (CRV) under Phase 2 of
With BAE Systems Australia as prime
contractor, the team will offer Patria’s
Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV). A
22 September news release described the
AMV as combining high payload capaci-
ty and excellent mobility, combat proven
and in use by seven nations.
Although no details about the pro-
posed BAE-Patria solution were offered,
an AMV configured to meet the CRV
requirement would likely resemble the
Rosomak 8x8 used extensively by Polish
forces in Afghanistan, which is armed
with a two-man 30mm turret.
In the absence of any official state-
ment, the presence of an Italian Army
VBM (Veicolo Blindato Medio; Medium
Armoured Vehicle) Freccia 8x8 on the
Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) stand
signalled the preferred partner status of
the CIO consortium of Iveco-Fiat (hull,
powerplant , driveline, suspension) and
OTO Melara (turret, armament).
A BDA-CIO bid for the CRV com-
ponent of Land 400 based on the VBM
would no doubt leverage off the vehicle’s
proven service history and design her-
itage, which draws heavily on the hull
design of the well-regarded B1 Centauro
8x8 tank destroyer.
The VBM Freccia (Italian for Arrow) is
the first fully digitised and network en-
abled wheeled armoured vehicle to enter
service with the Italian Army, and was
India is the first export customer for the
P-8 Poseidon, where it will replace Sovi-
et-era Tupolev Tu-124M maritime surveil-
The P-8I incorporates India-unique
features such as a Telephonics APS-143
OceanEye aft radar and a magnetic anom-
aly detector plus locally-manufactured
sub-systems that are tailored to meet the
country’s maritime patrol requirements.
Boeing is scheduled to deliver one more
P-8I before the end of 2014, followed by
the final two aircraft in 2015.
India receives fifth P-8I Neptune
ABOVE: India has ordered eight
P-8I Neptune aircraft, with Boeing
anticipating follow-on sales in the years
ahead. Image: Boeing
BELOW: The Polish Rosomak version
of the Patria AMV. Image: Patria
Australia to enhance
The Australian Government has given First Pass approval
to provision of counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED)
capabilities for the Australian Army under Project Land 154
Out of a total project value of more than AUD$300 million, the
approval releases $19.5 million in funding for various capability
development and risk reduction activities, trials and industry
Described by Minister for Defence David Johnston as the next
major step in the development of an Australian C-IED capability
independent of support from allied partners, capabilities to be
explored between First and Second Pass approval include:
• A deployable intelligence facility will allow the ADF to rapidly
respond to regional or local IED blast events and begin critical
and timely analysis of evidence;
• Protected vehicle-mounted systems with an ability to safely
detect IEDs at relatively rapid speed; and
• New personal and vehicle-mounted C-IED systems.
Second Pass approval is expected in 2016-17 depending on the
maturity of system and capabilities put forward.
deployed for several years into Afghani-
stan in support of mechanised forces.
The last of 249 VBM Freccia vehicles
were delivered in 2013, with follow-on
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A VBM Freccia from the
Sassari mechanised brigade
on patrol in Afghanistan,
August 2012. Image: Italian Army
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