Two Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle Light (PMV-L) have been sent overseas on operations.
CAPTION: RAAF Base Amberley Air Movements personnel guide Australian Army WO2 James Moss as he reverses a Hawkei into a C-17A Globemaster. Photo by Corporal Ben Dempster.
On Thursday 30 November 2017, Army’s Land 121 (Phase 4) Project team said it delivered another major milestone when two Hawkei were loaded into a No. 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster at RAAF Base Amberley.
The aircraft loading was in preparation for the Army vehicles’ first deployment to an area of operations.
Defence did not say which area of operations the vehicles were headed for.
CONTACT’s money is on Kabul, Afghanistan.
Hawkei is not yet in service with the Australian Army, so we suspect that this deployment opportunity is being used to test and evaluate the vehicles in a real-world setting.
This type of real-world testing is not unprecedented – two Bushmaster prototypes – B1 and B2 – were deployed to East Timor in the early stages of INTERFET, in 1999.