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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 18 | MAR 2016
Australia (GDLS-A) has offered both a
military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) and MOTS
Plus ATGW option, with the in-service
Javelin and Spike LR believed to fulfil the
former and latter categories respective-
ly. DTR understands that the LAV(CRV)
vehicles which may participate in the Risk
Mitigation Activity trials are unlikely to
have either ATGW fitted.
As a side note, GDLS-A demonstrated
a turret-mounted ATGW to Army way
back in September 1998, when no less
than 10 wire-guided TOW missiles were
fired from an ASLAV-25 at Mt Bundy in
the Northern Territory. Fired out of a ‘sad-
dlebag launcher’ integrated into the Delco
25mm turret, all missiles hit their targets,
one of which included a tank hulk.
Elbit Systems of Australia has previous-
ly confirmed with DTR that it proposed
Spike LR and that the missile is already
integrated into the MT30 two-man turret
installed on the Sentinel II CRV.
Of the confirmed ATGW contending
systems, only Spike LR is in service already
integrated on medium-calibre turrets,
combat proven and at Technical Readiness
Level 9. The fifth-generation MMP is cur-
rently in the final stages of development
ahead of production start in 2017 for the
The latest order for Spike LR came from
existing user Poland in December 2015
The fourth-generation Spike LR is a ‘fire-
and-forget plus’ missile system with a range
of up to 4,000m. In addition to the basic
fire-and-forget mode of operation, a fibre
optic data communications link provides
the gunner with the ability to attack hidden
targets, update or switch to a more valuable
target after launch, achieve precision
accuracy, avoid friendly fire, perform
surveillance, damage assessment and attain
Spike LR also has an ‘abort’ feature and a
lofted, top-attack trajectory to better defeat
the thinner hull and turret roof armour of late-
Supacat is part of
ADDING THE EDGE TO BOXER CRV.
Supacat is proud to partner Rheinmetall Defence in the BOXER CRV team for Land 400 Phase 2.
BOXER CRV is the world’s most robust 8x8 combat platform, providing a level of lethality,
mobility and protective ability from the ground up that is second to none. For Supacat,
BOXER CRV is a great example of our focus on innovation, engineering excellence and the
rapid response services we provide every day to the Australian Defence Force, via our
Melbourne HQ. Most importantly, it also underscores our commitment to giving our troops
the edge in tomorrow’s operational environment.
Image courtesy of Rheinmetall Defence. Boxer CRV in operations in Afghanistan.
SUPACAT HAS ESTABLISHED a new fa-
cility in Melbourne, Victoria, that would
serve as the centre for integration activi-
ties on the Rheinmetall Boxer Combat
Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) being of-
fered into the Australian Army’s Land 400
The facility is used principally to fulfil
Supacat’s contract to deliver 89 Special
Operations Vehicles – Commando (SOV-
Cdo) to the Army under Phase 1B of Joint
Project 2097 (Redfin) and support the ex-
isting Supacat (Nary) fleet in country.
The latest-generation SOV-Cdo is based
on the Mk II version of Supacat’s HMT Ex-
tenda 4x4/6x6 and customised to meet the
specific requirements of the Sydney-based
2nd Commando Regiment.
The Boxer CRV is one of four candi-
date vehicle solutions to the Phase 2 Land
400 requirement, with announcement of
the successful bid teams selected to pro-
ceed through to conduct Risk Mitigation
Activities (RMA) now anticipated in late
Should the Boxer CRV be down select-
ed for the RMA, Supacat will draw on its
experience in developing, customising
and certifying military vehicles for the
Australian Department of Defence to sup-
Set-up for CRV integration
port the Rheinmetall Land 400 team.
Michael Halloran, Supacat managing
director, Asia-Pacific, said in a statement
to DTR that “We are delighted to be work-
ing with Rheinmetall and offering a local
perspective on testing, qualifying and
modifying vehicles for the Australian end
– Staff Reporters
under a PLN602 million (AUD$217.4 mil-
lion) contract for another 1,000 missiles.
Deliveries are planned from 2017 through
2020 with licenced manufacture to be un-
dertaken in Poland by ZM Mesko.
– Ian Bostock
BELOW: Supacat’s facility in Port
Melbourne will act as the point of
integration and certifying activities for
the Rheinmetall Boxer CRV.
ONLY SPIKE LR IS
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