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General Dynamics Land Systems -
Australia – Thales Australia
BAE Systems Australia – Patria
Boeing Defence Australia –
MOTS: Will likely trade on a low-risk and an
evolutionary design taken from an active pro-
duction line. This points to potentially the LAV
700 soon to enter production for Saudi Arabia
but could also see the LAV 6.0 put forward that
is currently being delivered to the Canadian
Army. Unclear if the Saudi LAV 700 comes with
a 30mm turret.
MOTS: More than one option available. The
Polish Army’s version of AMV (Rosomak) is un-
derstood to be just one MOTS option, although
it seems to tick all the boxes (in service/oper-
ationally proven, and mature 30mm two-man
Versions of AMV in service with other nations
and sporting turreted medium calibre weapon
systems may also apply. If a remotely-operated
30mm turret is viable then the in-service Cro-
atian AMV fitted with the Kongsberg MCT-30
unmanned turret (pictured above) could well
get an airing.
MOTS: Almost certainly the Freccia in service
with the Italian Army equipped with a 25mm
weapon system and two single-round launch-
ers for the Spike ATGW (pictured above).
Operationally proven and with a hot produc-
tion line for the next several years, as deliver-
ies of an additional 381 Freccia vehicles (all
variants) for Italy are now underway, make this
solution a very capable and low risk option.
MOTS Plus: As for the MOTS proposal, will
be an evolutionary vehicle design rather than
revolutionary and as low-risk as possible. LAV
700 fitted with the new CMI 30mm Medium
Calibre Turret (not yet believed to be in service
or production but seen fitted to the Desert Pi-
ranha V at IDEX 2015 and pictured above) or
the Kongsberg MCT-30 unmanned turret are
A number of GD European Land Systems
(GDELS) Piranha IIIC vehicles in service with
the Spanish Marines are fitted with the two-
man version of the Rheinmetall Lance Modular
Turret System, although given the strong possi-
bility that the ARTEC Boxer will be put forward
for Land 400 it might be optimistic to expect
the Lance turret to also be made available to
MOTS Plus: Not yet clear if the proposal will
be based on the new-generation AMV XP or
simply elements thereof; range of two-man
30mm turret options available including that
fitted to the tracked CV9030 infantry fighting
vehicle currently being delivered to Norway and
the LCT-30 from the AMV-based South African
Badger program, the former being in service
and combat proven, the latter in production but
a Denel Land Systems product. The CV9030
turret has not had the benefit of receiving an
The MCT-30 remote turret, in service on the
Croatian AMV, is also feasible for MOTS Plus,
seemingly requiring no integration work and
further reducing the overall bid risk profile.
MOTS Plus: An uparmoured Freccia with the
proven Oto Melara HITFIST-30P turret and
Spike LR ATGW in two single-round launchers
is a compelling combination.
Whilst the Italian Army Freccia itself has not
received the HITFIST-30P, the Nexter VBCI
and Piranha III (trials purposes) and Patria AMV
(combat proven) each have, pointing to very
low integration effort and risk. Additionally, the
25mm and 30mm versions of the HITFIST tur-
ret are virtually identical, and the swap out of
the 25mm weapon for the ATK Bushmaster II
30mm requires few modifications.
The Spike MR/LR ATGW has already been
integrated and is in service on the Freccia’s
HITFIST-25 turret, very likely meaning it re-
quires almost no new integration effort on the
HITFIST-30P. Spike (single twin launcher) has
been integrated onto the Oto Melara remote-
ly-operated 30mm Overhead Weapon Station.
Comment: The GDLS-A offer will probably
draw from the GDLS-Canada vehicle stable,
rather than GDELS.
The likely GDLS-A MOTS Plus CRV solution
has a range of turret options available, both
manned and remotely operated, as the basis of
a low-risk, strong bid from an established and
proven land vehicle player with considerable
runs on the board in Australia.
Comment: As a key member of the CIO con-
sortium now teamed with Boeing Defence
Australia, it is unclear whether Oto Melara’s
HITFIST-30P two-man turret (as fitted to Ro-
somak and already integrated with the Rafael
Spike MR/LR ATGW on the 25mm version) will
be available to BAE for proposal on AMV. Re-
gardless, BAE have a viable stable of potential
Comment: If Oto Melara does not offer the
HITFIST-30P turret to other potential primes,
this will restrict the two-man turret options
available to BAE (AMV) and Raytheon (VBCI)
and reinforce the Freccia as a well-balanced
and low-risk CRV solution.
Raytheon Australia – Nexter
Elbit Systems Australia –Singapore
MOTS: Almost certain to be the 25mm tur-
ret version of VBCI in service with the French
Army, which is operationally proven in Afghani-
stan, Lebanon and Mali.
MOTS: Neither the German or Dutch armies
use Boxer fitted with a medium cannon calibre
turret, obliging the vehicle to be offered with
a machine gun based remote weapon system
(RWS) only. A turret-equipped Boxer cannot
therefore be considered MOTS.
MOTS: Like Boxer, the in-service version of the
STK Terrex is not fitted with a turreted weapon
system, only RWS for medium/heavy machine
guns or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
A turret-equipped Terrex cannot therefore be
MOTS Plus: The recently certified increase
in the VBCI GVM to 32 tonnes is likely to be
exploited, offering increased protection and
Perhaps the stand-out element of the VBCI
MOTS Plus proposal will be the Nexter T40 tur-
ret armed with the CTA International Case Tel-
escoped Armament System firing 40mm case
telescoped ammunition. This elevates the le-
thality of the VBCI/T40 combination to another
level over 30mm systems.
VBCI fitted with the T40 turret was unveiled
at IDEX 2015 and while it has undergone live
firing trials in the Middle East, has yet to enter
The T40 will, however, shortly go into pro-
duction (248 units) for the French Army’s new
Jaguar 6x6 CRV. This turret features dual
single-round launchers for the MBDA MMP
ATGW as standard.
Should the T40 turret not be put forward,
the option may exist to offer the Oto Melara
HIFIST-30P turret, which has been previously
integrated on VBCI.
MOTS Plus: Despite it being in service else-
where on a different vehicle, the option exists
to propose the two-man Lance 30mm turret
on Boxer, which would restore a degree of
The Lance turret has already been integrat-
ed on Boxer, therefore reducing risk in that
Boxer is widely viewed to be the only vehicle
amongst the known CRV candidates to not re-
quire significant armour upgrades to meet the
RFT protection requirements and this alone
might keep it in the running.
MOTS Plus: A better protected Terrex similar
to that put forward for the US Marine Corps’
(USMC) Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 (ACV
1.1) program, where the trials vehicle operated
at a 28 tonne GVM.
This figure is minus a medium calibre turret
and would suggest a GVM of 31-32 tonnes
when configured for the Land CRV require-
ment (reconnaissance/counter reconnais-
No details of the 30mm turret proposed by
Elbit have emerged, although it is likely to be
manned and fitted with the Israeli Spike LR
ATGW. Look also for a combat-proven active
Elbit priming the bid ensures a highly inte-
grated, networked CRV proposal that will in-
clude sub-systems with a combat-proven ped-
igree wherever possible.
Comment: An operationally proven baseline
mobility vehicle with increased protection cou-
pled with a highly impressive two-man turret
complete with ATGW already integrated makes
for a very strong technical solution.
Comment: No nation has so far adopted Box-
er fitted with any type of turret, which potentially
exposes Australia to becoming an orphan user
of such a configuration.
Nonetheless, the Lance turret coupled with
Boxer’s inherently high protection levels has
the makings of a solid bid.
Comment: By all accounts the baseline Ter-
rex is a capable and well-designed vehicle. The
version being pushed at the USMC ACV 1.1
requirement has also impressed.
Key to this bid will be the perceived risk pro-
file of the nominated 30mm turret, about which
few details are known at press time. Could also
be competitive on price.
– Ian Bostock
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