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WITH THREE MONTHS remaining
before responses to the Land 400 Phase 2
request for tender (RFT) must be lodged,
the final field of competing teams is
The confirmed bid teams are: Gener-
al Dynamics Land Systems – Australia
(GDLS-A) teamed with principle sub-con-
tractor Thales Australia; BAE Systems
Australia with Patria; and Rheinmetall
Defence Australia, which may opt to
partner with a significant other or indeed
prime the bid itself.
In playing its cards close to its chest,
GDLS-A has disclosed neither its nominat-
ed vehicle nor turret option, although the
shortlist would likely include MOTS (Mil-
itar y-Off-the-Shelf) Plus configurations of
the LAV 6.0, LAV 700 as ordered by Sau-
di Arabia or the Piranha 5 now that it has
found a launch customer in Denmark (see
story in Projects this issue).
The Piranha 5, however, is a GD Euro-
pean Land Systems product and not from
the GD Land Systems – Canada (GDLS-C)
stable from where the GDLS-A bid will be
underpinned. This, however, did not pre-
vent GDLS-C proposing the Piranha 5 for
Canada’s now abandoned Close Combat
BAE Systems Australia will clearly put
forward the Patria Armoured Modular
Vehicle (AMV), although which version
and with which turret remains to be seen.
Speculation that the AMV would be of-
fered with the 30mm turret as fitted to
Norway’s CV9030 infantry fighting vehicle
could not be confirmed.
If accurate, the rationale behind such a
choice might be compelling from a com-
mercial view point: as a BAE Systems prod-
uct the CV9030 turret significantly in-
creases workshare for the prime contractor
compared to the adoption of a turret from
a third party supplier.
As reported in News this issue, Rhein-
metall is a definite starter and will bring
the full weight of its Boxer bid to bear
on the Land 400 competition. With the
potent and low-risk Boxer-Lance turret
combination as the MOTS Plus centre-
piece and available also from the single
original equipment manufacturer, pro-
tection will no doubt figure prominently
in Rheinmetall’s strategy going forward.
Protection is king for Land 400, after all.
Less certain is a Raytheon Austral-
ia-Nexter teaming that would see the lat-
ter’s Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infan-
terie (VBCI) put forward, possibly fitted
with the 40mm T40 turret.
DTR understands that Elbit Systems
Australia and Singapore Technologies
Kinetic (STK) had a brief parting of ways
in recent weeks, but the relationship is
now back on track and moving forward.
This would seem to quash rumours that
in STK’s absence and with therefore no
vehicle on which to hang a bid, Elbit
had made advances to Italian consorti-
um CIO with its Freccia VBM 8x8. CIO
has found itself on the outside looking
in following Boeing Defence Australia’s
decision not to proceed with a bid in late
Elbit Systems Australia declined to be
drawn about its strategy and remained
undecided at press time whether it would
respond to the RFT. If a bid is lodged by
Elbit it will be centred on a version of
STK’s Terrex known as Terrex 2 and re-
sembling the more capable version pro-
posed for the US Marine Corps Amphib-
ious Combat Vehicle 1.1 program.
It remains to be seen whether Elbit is
able to formalise its agreement with STK,
devise and refine its Australian industry
capability plan and then compile a com-
petitive bid in order to get to the RFT
start line in time.
With the decision to commit to the mas-
sive upfront investment required to pro-
duce three MOTS Plus vehicles for Risk
Mitigation Activities in 2016 needed right
now, the clock is ticking. Loudly.
– Ian Bostock
Land 400: Three bidders
confirmed, fourth likely
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THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE Materi-
el Organisation (DMO) has amended the
upper level protection requirements within
the request for tender for the Combat Re-
connaissance Vehicle (CRV) under Phase 2
of Land 400.
The changes to the Key Requirements
Matrix (KRM) affect the extremely de-
manding STANAG 4569 Level 6 specifi-
cation which required protection against
30mm armour-piercing fin-stabilised dis-
carding sabot (APFSDS) rounds over the
frontal section of the CRV, 90° left and
right. This means that the protection need-
ed to extend to the turret and hull flanks,
instead of over the frontal arc only. APFSDS
rounds are intended to defeat hard armour
at extended ranges.
Based on industry feedback regarding
the achievability of this requirement for a
MOTS based CRV, the DMO has revised
this clause and its priority, and included a
clause in the KRM to enable tenderers to
claim compliance to none, one or both re-
quirements, as stated in a DMO addendum
dated 1 May 2015.
The revised KRM has now dropped
APFSDS, retaining AP-tracer and APDS
rounds, and inserted the option of achiev-
ing this over 30° left and right of the frontal
arc. The DMO has swapped the prioritisa-
tion for achieving these, with the 30° re-
quirement now ‘Very Important’ and the
90° requirement relegated to ‘Important’.
These developments may be welcome
news for some of the prospective CRV
bid teams, which were understood to be
struggling with the original STANAG 4569
Level 6 requirement and the commensurate
increase in armour protection and balloon-
ing vehicle weight.
– Ian Bostock
The requirement to protect against
30mm armour-piercing fin stabilised
discarding sabot rounds (highlighted)
has been removed from the Key
Requirements Matrix. Image: GDOTS
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