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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 24 | SEP 2016
DTR: Where in the RMA plan will the program be condensed to
make up for lost time?
BRIG McGlone: There are a number of opportunities that we’ve
been in discussion with the tenderers on over the last two weeks
and we’re looking at some of those. We’re looking at things like early
achievement to recover but at the end of the day I’m tied by when
I go back to Government for Second Pass Approval. So if I finish
RMA earlier that doesn’t actually give me any additional time.
DTR: When is Second Pass due?
BRIG McGlone: It’s scheduled for the second quarter of 2018. So if
we finish RMA in August 2017 that gives us around 7-8 months to
get it through to NSC [National Security Committee]. But we are
still trying to reduce the RMA time because it’s about reducing the
cost to tenderers, so we’re looking at all the opportunities that might
arise as we go through to reduce the cost of tendering.
DTR: Has the planned initial operational capability (IOC) or fi-
nal operational capability (FOC) for the CRV moved to the right
as a consequence of the delays between First Pass Approval and
the RMA down-select?
BRIG McGlone: No, we’re still able to maintain that and that’s been
a focus and will remain a focus during the RMA to confirm our
ability to achieve those dates. That was always the plan: that we will
use the RMA to confirm our schedule achievability. But at the mo-
ment, there’s been no change: IOC for CRV is still 2022 and FOC is
DTR: Given that the two candidate CRV vehicles remaining in
the competition are quite different in how they will be present-
ed for RMA and in the context of the Phase 2 requirement set be-
ing very demanding by world standards – is the Commonwealth
still expecting to acquire all of the higher end capabilities for
CRV such as an active protection system (APS), anti-tank guided
missile (ATGM), air burst ammunition and open vehicle
BRIG McGlone: The Commonwealth is seeking to obtain the best
possible capability for our soldiers that represents acceptable value
for money. The ATGM is a requirement for the CRV because its
doctrinal enemy includes tank. Whereas for Phase 3 it’s an option
because the IFV will always operate with tank support. So we need
the ATGM for Phase 2. APS is something we are looking at very
DTR: The timing for looking closely at APS is really ideal given
the technical maturity and increased profile that APS now has
in certain parts of the world. If you were trying to do this two or
three years ago it would have been a different story wouldn’t it?
BRIG McGlone: Yes, it would. And that’s it. It’s the maturity that
we’re now seeing coming to the fore.
DTR: How critical really are these higher end technologies to the
operational viability of the CRV capability?
BRIG McGlone: We think they’re very important. At the end of the
day, it’s all subject to the cost-capability trade-off that we’ll be doing
as part of the RMA. So we still want them. The question is can we
afford them and how might we restructure what we’re doing in or-
der to be able to afford them.
DTR: Has the schedule for Phase 3 been affected by delays in
BRIG McGlone: No. We’re still proceeding as planned for Phase 3.
DTR: Is the Phase 2 turret still expected to become the turret for
BRIG McGlone: The Commonwealth will continue to examine the
benefits of commonality between the Phase 2 and Phase 3 turrets
but at this stage Phase 3 is still a separate acquisition activity. Our
objective is to not only provide the best possible capability to our
soldiers and our warfighters but also to reduce the total cost of own-
ership to Army. That will eventually fit into a cost-capability trade-
off. So we’re still examining it. DTR
BRIG Greg McGlone is Director General, Combined Arms Fighting
System within Land Systems Division, Capability Acquisition and
signed with BAE
End of August 2016
of an AMV35
in Sweden and
a Boxer CRV
Trials of vehicles
in Australia begin
Blast testing of
one AMV35 and
one Boxer CRV
The battle proven BOXER 8 X 8 CRV, LANCE turret and C4ISR
solution for the Australian Army’s LAND 400 Phase 2 program.
BOXER provides Australian soldiers with the highest
protection levels of any 8 x 8 on the planet.
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