BAE Systems has submitted its bid for LAND 400 Phase 2, committing to manufacture and support the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) replacement in Australia if successful.
BAE Systems revealed further details about its offering of a highly protected armoured vehicle integrated with a combat-proven turret for the Australian Army’s Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability project. As bid prime contractor, the company has teamed up with Patria to put forward the AMV35, which combines the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) and the BAE Systems Hägglunds E35 manned turret.
The AMV has been selected by seven countries, with more than 1,400 contracted vehicles; meanwhile, the turret system is fitted to the CV90 family of infantry fighting vehicles, BAE Systems said in a statement issued the day after the Request for Tender (RFT) closed.
“If selected, the BAE Systems/Patria team will manufacture and support the AMV35 in Australia, securing and retaining in-country capability, and contributing significantly to the Australian economy throughout the expected 30-plus-year life of the vehicles,” BAE Systems said.
“The BAE Systems-led team is committed to ensuring a high level of Australian content and industry capability development. The decision to manufacture the vehicle in Australia assures that there will be opportunities for involvement and content for Australian suppliers.”
BAE Systems Australia chief executive Glynn Phillips commented: “The AMV35 is an outstanding combat reconnaissance platform that integrates BAE Systems Hägglunds’ E35 turret onto a modern, agile, highly protected Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle, both of which have attained a fearsome reputation based on their operational performance in Afghanistan.
“It represents a low-risk and affordable step change in protection, mobility and firepower for the Australian Army in any future operations. We look forward to being given the chance to demonstrate the exceptional capabilities of this armoured vehicle system.”