Hawkei underwent testing on-board HMAS Adelaide at Fleet Base East in Sydney last Saturday to assess its integration and ability to work in conjunction with the Royal Australian Navy capability.
CAPTION: A Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light on the flight deck of the Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Adelaide during trials at Fleet Base East in Sydney. Photo by Leading Seaman Nicolas Gonzalez.
The LAND 121 Phase 4 Protected Mobility Vehicle –Light (PMV-L) entered the ship through the side ramp and also performed internal movements within the LHD.
This testing enabled Army and Navy personnel to assess the integration and interoperability of the respective land and sea platforms.
Hawkei has already undergone testing with Army’s CH-47F Chinook helicopters, the Royal Australian Air Force’s C-130J Hercules, on deployment overseas and around Australia.
LAND 121 Phase 4 will deliver a new capability to the ADF and provide an optimum balance of survivability, mobility, payload, useability and sustainability requirements.
Low-rate initial production has commenced, which will see a total 100 vehicles and trailers delivered this year.
Full rate production of the remaining 1000 Hawkei plus 958 companion trailers will commence in 2019 subject to successful completion of the Production Reliability Acceptance Tests.
1RAR, 5RAR and 8/9RAR will be the major recipients and operators of Hawkei in service – see details in our Plan Keogh coverage here.
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