LAND 400 blasts through final tests

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Testing to help select the Army’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle has finished on schedule.

CAPTIONThe Rheinmetall Boxer undergoes blast testing at Proof and Experimental Establishment – Graytown Victoria. ADF photo.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne congratulated the two shortlisted contenders, Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Australia, for their involvement in the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA).

The test and evaluation program assessed the vehicles and their support systems across a wide range of criteria, with a particular focus on protection, lethality and mobility.

Three phases of user evaluations were conducted by Australian soldiers at Puckapunyal in Victoria and the Mt Bundey Training Area in the Northern Territory – culminating with a blast test to measure crew and passenger survivability against land mines and improvised explosive devices.

The final series of blast tests were recently completed on the two shortlisted contenders at the Proof and Experimental Establishment, Graytown, Victoria.

To assess their survivability, Rheinmetall’s Boxer and BAE Systems Australia’s AMV-35, were exposed to simulated mine blasts.

 

 

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

“The aim of this project is to deliver a world-class armoured fighting vehicle which can take a hit and protect our soldiers,” he 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 of the winning vehicle, costing between $4 and $5 billion.

The winner will be announced in the first half of next year.

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5 thoughts on “LAND 400 blasts through final tests

  • 03/10/2017 at 3:59 pm
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    Correct with last statement they will buy Bae then spend another billion on building it to the stranded they requir and say look at the top job we have done and say crap like Aust made , sovereign build , Aust jobs bull shit as per usual

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  • 24/09/2017 at 11:10 am
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    BAE will win the contract and the army guys responsible for recommending BAE product will be given jobs

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  • 27/08/2017 at 2:15 pm
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    I was hoping that the the Boxer would be the one for our soldiers, also i think it has anti tank and anti missile protection systems as well. Surely the clowns on Capitol Hill will choose the boxer over the BAE.

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  • 27/08/2017 at 1:45 pm
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    OK then, lets see which vehicle the Spin Doctors would care to be in and do the blast test again.
    Me thinks the contract would be t’s crossed and I’s dotted so end of story.

    Regards,

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  • 27/08/2017 at 1:09 pm
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    The boxer was able to drive away under its own power after the blast tests.The Patria had to be recovered and lost a suspension station. Word on the street is that the boxer is wholly the prefeted favourite in nearly all areas. Hope they buy it. But lets see the spin doctors start.
    Cheers

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