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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 26 | NOV 2016
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Getting in on the Australian Army’s
largest and most complex acquisition
project has been made a little easier
with release of the Australian Industry
Opportunity Roadmap (AIOR) for Land
400 Phase 2.
With their shortlisting to proceed
through to the Risk Mitigation Activity
(RMA) in late July, BAE Systems and
Rheinmetall were each required to pro-
duce their own industry roadmaps as one
of the first required project deliverables.
The AIOR announced by Minister for De-
fence Industry Christopher Pyne on 20
October is the combined result.
“ We want to encourage Australian
industry participation – particularly in
assembly, systems design, integration,
testing and evaluation, and support of
the capability,” Mr Pyne said.
“This is the chance for Australian de-
fence employers and suppliers to get
their slice of a very big pie.”
A key recommendation from the
Deloitte Review of Australian industry
opportunities for Land 400, the AIOR
breaks down and categorises the oppor-
Land 400 industry roadmap released
tunities for Australian industry to become
involved in the acquisition and support
phases of the project.
Brigadier Greg McGlone, Director
General Combined Arms Fighting Sys-
tem, told DTR that the AIOR is a key
milestone for industry and as part of the
“ We’ve said to industry that we would
do this and we’ve now demonstrated it.
The roadmap is actually more compre-
hensive than I thought it might have been
at the start and includes a broader range
of industries,” BRIG McGlone said.
“The roadmap shows industry all the
different systems that go toward mak-
ing the complete capability and they
can see if there is anything listed there
that they might be able contribute to,” he
“By the same token if they [industry]
see that either BAE Systems or Rhein-
metall is not pursuing anything that is in
their interests or relevant to their industry
then they’re also able to make the deci-
sion to not waste money pursuing oppor-
tunities which just aren’t there for them,”
BRIG McGlone remarked.
“The roadmap provides that clarity.”
– Ian Bostock
ABOVE: The Land 400 Australian Industry
Opportunity Roadmap provides increased
clarity for local companies about the
potential to supply into the project.
Raytheon, together with the
Norwegian military, has successfully
test-fired the extended range version of
its Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air
Missile (AMRAAM-ER) from a National
Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System
Conducted in Norway on 31 August
this year, the live-fire shot verified that
the complete system – including the
AMRAAM-ER missile, NASAMS mis-
sile launcher, Sentinel radar and the fire
distribution centre – worked seamlessly
together to engage and destroy a tar-
get drone with a live warhead-equipped
According to Raytheon, the coupling of
AMRAAM-ER with NASAMS will expand
the engagement envelope with a 50 per
cent increase in maximum range and 70
per cent increase in maximum altitude.
Designed specifically for ground-
based air defence (GBAD) applications,
Test proves extended range for NASAMS
aircraft and drones,” said Wes Kremer,
president of Raytheon Integrated De-
NASAMS is developed jointly by Ray-
theon and Kongsberg and is in service
with seven nations including Norway,
Finland, Spain and the Netherlands. It
is currently in production for Oman and
was last month ordered by Lithuania. The
AIM-120 AMRAAM has been adopted by
36 end user nations, including Austral-
ia where it equips both the F/A-18A/B
Hornet and F/A-18F Super Hornet.
The addition of AMRAAM-ER also
strengthens NASAMS’ credentials in the
medium-range GBAD market, with Ray-
theon Australia poised to offer the sys-
tem for the Australian Army’s quest for
a new-generation GBAD system under
Land 19 Phase 7B. – Staff Reporters
See also ‘Hands up for Land 19 Phase 7 Bravo’
in the June 2016 issue of DTR.
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AMRAAM-ER combines the guidance
section and warhead from AMRAAM
with the larger rocket motor of the RIM-
162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile. This
is seen as a technically low risk and low
cost solution to extend the range and ca-
pabilities of NASAMS.
“NASAMS with AMRAAM-ER gives
lower-tier defences additional capability
against threats such as cruise missiles,
BELOW: An AMRAAM-ER is test fired
from a NASAMS launcher at the Andoya
Space Center in Norway on 31 August.
The missile successfully engaged and
destroyed the target drone.
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