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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 21 | JUN 2016
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BAE SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA has hit the
ground running in its bid for the Land 400
Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle
(CRV) contract, with the first two AMV35
vehicles arriving in Australia last month.
Currently home-based at the company’s
Edinburgh Park facility near Adelaide, the
vehicles were dispatched from Europe de-
spite the delay in announcing the shortlist
of bid teams to progress through to the
Risk Mitigation Activities (RMA), now
likely to commence later this year.
A third AMV35 remains in Europe
where it is conducting lethality trials be-
fore also being shipped to Australia. This
vehicle will then become the command,
control, communications and computing
integration vehicle. One of the initial two
vehicles already in Australia will be sub-
jected to blast testing as part of the RMA.
The vehicles will receive registration
as special use vehicles, allowing them to
drive on Australian public roads.
Ian Smith, General Manager, Land Sys-
tems and Support, told DTR that “We are
going to make use of the pause [in an-
nouncing the shortlist] to increase famil-
iarity of our workforce with the AMV35”.
The AMV35 is an amalgam of the Patria
Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) and
the BAE Systems Hagglunds E35 tur-
ret common to the Dutch variant of the
tracked CV9035 infantry fighting vehicle.
The AMV35 has adopted the short
wheelbase, non-amphibious version of a
late-generation AMV hull with steering
on the first, second and fourth axles to en-
sure high manoeuvrability.
A significant point of difference be-
tween the AMV35 and the three other
CRV candidate solutions is the Orbital
ATK Bushmaster III 35mm cannon in-
stalled in the two-man turret. In addition
to conventional ammunition, this weap-
on fires the highly effective Advanced Hit
Efficiency and Destruction ammunition
manufactured by Rheinmetall.
The Bushmaster III grants the AMV35
higher lethality per shot and greater effec-
tive range over 30mm weapons, although
there are less ready-use rounds at the gun
(in this case 70).
BAE Systems opted not to integrate an
anti-tank guided weapon in the AMV35 in
their baseline response, proposing instead
carriage by dismounts of either the Rafael
Spike-LR or MBDA MMP missile systems
in the man-portable configuration.
Apart from a pioneer tool box spanning
the width of the hull mounted to the up-
per glacis plate for on-vehicle stowage of
light recovery equipment and tools, the
AMV35s appear largely bare, with no ex-
ternal stowage racks for bulky items such
as packs and supplies.
Should it be successful in its Phase 2
bid, BAE Systems Australia intends to
manufacture and support the AMV35 in
Australia, with more than 65 local sup-
pliers already identified to participate in
an Australia-wide supply chain for the
vehicles. Patria’s successful blueprint for
building the AMV outside of Finland
will underpin this approach to local
“We are committed to manufacturing
this vehicle in Australia and in doing so
maximising Australian industry involve-
ment, said BAE Systems Australia chief
executive Glynn Phillips. “Our plans in-
volve transferring intellectual property,
technical information, skills, engineering
data and know-how from the AMV35’s
Finnish and Swedish makers into Austral-
ia to establish the manufacturing capabil-
BAE Systems Land 400 and Global Ac-
cess Program teams will hold a series of
industry activities in regional and met-
ropolitan locations around Australia in
June to engage with more potential local
– Ian Bostock
AMV35 on Australian shores
ABOVE: “Give me a home among the
gum trees...”. Two AMV35 vehicles have
arrived in Australia well ahead of the
start of the RMA. Image: BAE Systems Australia
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