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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 24 | SEP 2016
DTR: How long does each contract run for?
BRIG McGlone: Approximately 12 months. It’s more driven by the
tasks that we’ve got to do, and the schedule indicates that we should
be able to get that done in 12 months given that there’s a month off
over Christmas/ New Year. That 12 months started from 19 August.
DTR: Has either Elbit or General Dynamics appealed the
BRIG McGlone: No, they have not. They’ve both accepted the call
of the umpire. They’ve both asked for debriefs and we have to con-
duct those. Now that we’ve signed the contracts for the RMA my
focus will turn to providing a debrief to them, and the two success-
ful tenderers have also asked for a debrief so they can learn how to
improve their tenders in future.
DTR: Given the delays incurred in Phase 2 to date, what’s the road
ahead for RMA right now?
BRIG McGlone: We have a fairly detailed plan of activity and we
will look where we can, if we have early achievement of some of our
objectives, to of course reduce the time it will take to complete the
RMA. But it was always planned to be a 12-month activity. There are
a number of critical paths that will take it to about 11-1/2 months for
DTR: When will the first series of activities kick off?
BRIG McGlone: They started today [19 August] because they’ve ac-
tually got deliverables due to us in two weeks. For example, the ‘Aus-
tralian Industry Opportunities Map’ is a deliverable that has to be
provided within two weeks. The importance of this deliverable, of
course being about Australian industry, is highlighting the oppor-
tunities where they see Australian industry might become involved
in either the acquisition or supply chain. We will then promulgate
that out to industry via the Land 400 website and then we’ll use
that to determine the sequencing of our travel around Australia as
part of our showcasing of Australian industry to the short-listed
DTR: In terms of the physical trials with vehicles in-country,
where and when are they expected to start?
BRIG McGlone: We’ve got the Australian based trials starting in
November, but we’ll have lethality trials being conducted overseas
and they will start in September. The initial driver training and
range safety qualification will also be conducted overseas. Our peo-
ple will then come back and train our people on how to drive the
vehicles for test driving and also the people that will conduct any
range safety activities will be trained overseas initially.
What everyone’s interested in is both the lethality testing and the
protection testing. We’ve always said that we’re going to blow up
one of the vehicles, that’s the far end of the RMA in May-June 2017.
Of the three vehicles from each tenderer that we’re getting the third
vehicle is the integration and testing of the C4I surveillance-recon-
naissance suite that’s installed. It’s not to test the performance of
it but it’s about going through the administration and procedural
aspects of getting all the different clearances from various govern-
ments for the International Traffic in Arms Regulations [ITAR].
That’s one of the long critical paths.
DTR: What other areas of the RMA will be focal points for you
and your team?
BRIG McGlone: Part of the RMA reflects the fact that we’re really
pursuing an increase in Australian industry participation in this.
So that’s a big focus for us. Apart from looking at the actual ve-
hicles and the contracts and all of that, we’re also looking at this
from a strategic relationship point-of-view. I’ve got to over the next
12 months also ask the question: is this the sort of company the
Australian Government wants to be doing business with into the
future? Will they partner with us effectively? Will they assist us to
achieve the Australian industry objectives and these sorts of things,
which will also then come into the value for money proposition. So
I do want to keep focusing on Australian industry and the fact that
it’s a strategic partnership. These vehicles will also undergo changes
over their service lives to remain operationally relevant. We know
this and we’ve got to have people that we can rely upon to do that.
What everyone’s interested in is both the lethality testing and the protection testing.
We’ve always said that we’re going to blow up one of the vehicles, that’s the far end of the
RMA in May-June 2017. Of the three vehicles from each tenderer that we’re getting the third
vehicle is the integration and testing of the C4I surveillance-reconnaissance suite that’s
installed. It’s not to test the performance of it but it’s about going through the administration
and procedural aspects of getting all the different clearances from various governments for
the International Traffic in Arms Regulations [ITAR]. That’s one of the long critical paths.
A vehicle from each shortlisted tenderer has remained
behind in Europe to conduct lethality trials as part of the RMA.
A Danish CV9035, which shares the E35 turret and 35mm
main gun with BAE Systems’ AMV35, is pictured live firing.
Image: Danish MoD
I’VE GOT TO ASK THE
QUESTION: IS THIS THE SORT
OF COMPANY THE AUSTRALIAN
GOVERNMENT WANTS TO BE
DOING BUSINESS WITH INTO
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