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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 13 | SEP 2015
LEVERAGING OFF ITS vast experience at
integrating networked command, control,
communications, computing and intel-
ligence, sur veillance and reconnaissance
(C4ISR)) systems into military vehicles,
Northrop Grumman’s Australian arm
will join forces with Rheinmetall Defence
Australia in pursuit of the Phase 2 Land
Informed sources told DTR that
Northrop Grumman Australia (NGA)
will be an alliance partner within Rhein-
metall’s Boxer Combat Reconnaissance
Vehicle (CRV) bid. It is understood the
primary role of NGA will be to undertake
integration of C4ISR systems into the Box-
er CRV, and offer a pathway to a fifth gen-
eration C4ISR capability.
The alliance with NGA is expected to be
consistent with Rheinmetall’s own imple-
mentation of open vehicle architectures
across various Bundeswehr armoured ve-
hicle fleets, including Boxer, the tracked
air-transportable Wiesel and the coun-
ter-improvised explosive device variant of
the Fuchs/Fox 6x6.
Other Australian companies may join
the integration efforts for Boxer CRV, al-
though these have not been disclosed.
Northrop Grumman has integrated
tens of thousands of Force X XI Battle
Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2)
systems into dozens of different US Army
and US Marine Corps (USMC) wheeled
and tracked combat and support vehicles,
with more than 85,000 systems fielded.
Operationally proven in Iraq and Af-
ghanistan, FBCB2 is the primary situ-
ational awareness and command and
control system used by US forces, linking
communication devices, sensors, vehi-
cles, rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and
weapons platforms in a seamless digital
network to provide a clear, continuous
and common picture of the battlefield.
Northrop Grumman also developed the
Command and Control Personal Com-
puter tactical situational awareness aid in
service with the USMC.
The company continues to integrate its
Smart Integrated Vehicle Area Network
Northrop Grumman to
play role in Boxer bid
FIRST DELIVERIES TO the Australian
Defence Force of the new Mk 47 40mm
lightweight automatic grenade launcher
(LWAGL) under Phase 2 of Project Land
40 will commence in the third quarter of
2016, Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews
announced on 27 August.
The AUD$47 million LWAGL contract
with Queensland firm Nioa will involve
acquisition of more than 200 weapon sys-
tems from General Dynamics Ordnance
and Tactical Systems, with final deliveries
Australian Army infantry battalions
and special operations units are ex-
pected to be the first to receive the new
See also ‘Mk 47 selected LWAGL contest’ in the
August issue of DTR.
– Staff Reporters
New LWAGL in late 2016
(SiVAN) into a range of vehicle types. A
highly survivable, ‘self-healing’ military
vehicle network that uses a plug-and-play
interface to connect disparate technolo-
gies into a single integrated infrastructure,
SiVAN enables warfighters to add devices
as needed and provides a self-forming in-
formation link between devices, local area
dismounts, unmanned aerial vehicles and
other platforms, allowing them all to in-
teroperate seamlessly. The network ’s open
architecture foundation also facilitates
rapid integration of future technologies.
Northrop Grumman is also experi-
enced in the integration of fire control
systems, targeting systems, radars, unat-
tended ground sensors, acoustic sensors
and survivability equipment.
– Ian Bostock
RIGHT: Long-overdue, the Mk 47 LWAGL
will be a significant augmentation of
Army’s direct-fire support capabilities.
ABOVE: Boxer command variant showing
various crew work stations and screens.
All demand effective integration.
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