General Dynamics Land Systems and Thales Australia have teamed up to bid to replace the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) under the LAND 400 armoured fighting vehicles project.
The companies announced that they have signed a teaming Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a view to responding to the LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability Request for Tender (RFT) that was released on February 19.
General Dynamics stated that it has a proven track record of working with Thales across a broad range of vehicle programs, adding that the team would offer a value-for-money solution to meet the Australian Army’s requirements.
“General Dynamics Land Systems and Thales will leverage our strengths to deliver a low-risk Land Combat Vehicle System capability for LAND 400,” said Ian Cook, managing director of General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia.
“This is a great opportunity for us to combine world-leading [military off-the-shelf] 8×8 platforms with proven in-country manufacturing, integration, upgrade and through-life support. Our arrangement will maximise domestic and international opportunities for Australian industry, and builds on the success of our current platforms in protecting Australian soldiers.”
Kevin Wall, Thales Australia vice-president for Armaments & Protected Vehicles, stated: “General Dynamics is a global powerhouse in military vehicles. Combined with our experience delivering, supporting and upgrading the life-saving Bushmaster in Australia, we believe the collective expertise of our two companies represents a compelling offer for LAND 400.”
By formally declaring its hand, General Dynamics has joined BAE Systems as a contender with a confirmed teaming agreement in place. BAE Systems stated in September last year that it has joined forces with Patria to offer the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) for the multi-billion dollar competition.