Sunday, August 13, 2017

Australia's Land 400 contest moves forward.

BAE/Patria AMV...don't count these guys out.  I know they're not favored but BAE plays for keeps!

via Defense Connect.
The competition to secure the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 contract has wrapped up, with the completion of a final series of blast tests on vehicles from the two shortlisted contenders.
BAE Systems Australia’s Patria AMV-35 and Rheinmetall’s Boxer CRV were exposed to simulated mine blasts at Defence’s Proof and Experimental Establishment at Graytown in Victoria to assess their survivability.

The blast tests were conducted under the wheels and under the belly of the vehicles, and represented a final trial by fire.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the tests, which finished on schedule, will help decide on the best option for Australia's soldiers.

"The aim of this project is to deliver a world-class armoured fighting vehicle which can take a hit, and protect our soldiers," Minister Pyne said.

"Importantly, these trials have been conducted by Australian soldiers who will operate these vehicles when they are delivered, closely supported by Defence Science and Technology Group staff.

"During the last 12 months, the vehicles’ protection, lethality and usability have been measured and assessed."

Defence will buy 225 CRVs costing $4-5 billion, a project that Minister Pyne says will secure employment across Australia.

"The project secures the ADF’s sovereign CRV expertise and over 1,000 jobs across more than 300 Australian-based companies,” said Minister Pyne.

"The winner will be announced in the first half of 2018."
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