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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 11 | JUL 2015
RHEINMETALL DEFENCE AUSTRALIA (RDA) has further
cemented its standing in the run home to lodgement of responses
to the Land 400 Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV)
request for tender (RFT) with a series of Land 400 roadshows held
in four state capitals during June.
RDA engaged with dozens of local companies at each industry
briefing, with potential indigenous involvement in the project
ranging from vehicle parts manufacture to through-life support.
“Importantly, many companies we met with were very keen to
be part of Rheinmetall’s global supply chain and the opportunities
to deliver products and services well beyond Land 400 Phase 2,”
RDA managing director Andrew Fletcher commented following
conclusion of the briefings.
“This underscores the quality and dedication of these SMEs who
are delivering quality products and services at world class levels,”
The second phase of RDA’s Australian industry capability (AIC)
program will include interviews with management at selected
Australian companies and assessments of manufacturing facilities
and operations at key locations. Selected companies are to be con-
sidered for inclusion in the RDA bid and feature in the ensuing
RDA’s Land 400 Phase 2 AIC plan is predicated on two phases:
the ‘acquisition phase’ which would involve building vehicles in
Video presented during the briefing (and embedded in this story)
of the Boxer-Lance coupling driving and conducting day and night
live firing demonstrations on a gunnery range in Germany added
to the sense that the Boxer CRV exists now as a fully integrated and
functioning combat vehicle.
A True Heavyweight
Anticipating that it will very likely be the heaviest of the candidate
vehicle solutions put forward, RDA officials pointed out that the
Boxer CRV’s 36 tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM) is a result of both
armour protection and design, and which also comes complete with
a commensurate powertrain to match. At the heart of this is the
720hp MTU V8 multi-fuel engine, which has built-in power reserves
to provide the required motive power and ensure maintenance of
mobility through-life should the vehicle receive future upgrades
which increase GVM.
All seven variants of any Boxer CRV family would share the same
powertrain and drive module, to which is attached the various mis-
sion modules. Four M32 bolts enable rapid mission module installa-
tion/removal, along with associated hoses and electrical connectors.
Central to the Boxer CRV’s survivability concept is the layered
approach to protection inherent in all Boxer variants. This consists
of, firstly, the independent drive module, the mission module sur-
vivability cell and, lastly, spall liner adhered to the mission module
Factory standard on German and Dutch vehicles, Boxer’s mul-
ti-layer protection system is operationally proven in Afghanistan.
In keeping with its forward-leaning posture in the lead-up to
lodging a Land 400 Phase 2 bid, RDA also offered details about the
Boxer CRV’s Lance two-man turret, with renderings indicating tur-
ret configuration and layout. These include the addition of a twin-
round launcher on the turret portside for an anti-tank guided weap-
on (ATGW) and confirmation of the Mauser MK30-2/ABM fully
stabilised 30mm automatic cannon as main armament. The choice
of ATGW was not disclosed.
Other noteworthy elements include a 7.62mm coaxial medium
machine gun (MMG) to starboard of the main gun, supplemented
by a flex-mounted 7.62mm MMG on the turret roof at the gunner’s
Banks of smoke grenade launchers and hard and soft kill self-de-
fence systems were also shown integrated with the turret.
The advanced nature of the Lance turret’s cutting edge sensors
and sighting systems, and the vehicle’s digital electronic architec-
ture were also highlighted; the latter enabling the Boxer CRV to
operate as a networked combat platform that provides the crew
with high situational awareness under all environmental and
operational conditions. DTR
Germany “to a certain level” before Australian industry partic-
ipate in integration and installation of selected components, in-
tegration of government furnished equipment and final test and
acceptance activities. The ‘support phase’ would involve establish-
ment of a ‘Heav y Grade Repair and Maintenance Centre’ at which
to undertake deep level maintenance, vehicle upgrades, repairs,
training and through-life support.
RDA also used the roadshow to reveal more detail about its Land
400 offering, formerly introducing the Boxer-Lance turret combi-
nation as the ‘Boxer CRV’.
The 17 June briefing in Sydney, which DTR attended, made it
clear that the Boxer CRV is very much a non-developmental can-
didate for the CRV crown, with the baseline mobility vehicle and
turret both military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) and in service, albeit
Claimed by RDA to deliver the highest levels of protection re-
quired under Land 400 and a formidable MOTS solution, the
Boxer CRV is the first of the confirmed three candidate vehicles to
break cover and stand front-on to the audience in what is, essen-
tially, the configuration in which it will arrive in Australia for Risk
Mitigation Activities come first quarter 2016.
This points to a high level of technical maturity and strong con-
fidence in the Boxer-Lance pairing by RDA. It is difficult to im-
agine the customer being displeased with what it sees also.
OPPOSITE PAGE: Together
with a proposed digital
backbone, the highly
advanced sights and
sensor systems built into
Rheinmetall’s Lance two-
man turret will play a key
role in realising the C4ISR
potential of the Boxer CRV
platform. Image: Rheinmetall
RIGHT: Boxer’s protection
levels have stood up against
threats encountered by
German forces during
Assistance Force operations
LEFT: Boxer IFV on the range at Unterluss, Germany.
LEFT: The Boxer infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) during a recent
live fire demonstration and fitted with the Saab Barracuda
Mobile Camouflage System. Video Still: Rheinmetall
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