BAE Systems Australia has shown off an AMV35 combat reconnaissance vehicle that is representative of its offering for LAND 400 Phase 2 to Australian industry for the first time at an event in Melbourne.
The vehicle, which is primarily intended for mobility testing, was displayed to representatives of about 100 potential suppliers, giving them an opportunity to hear the company outline its plan for manufacturing the AMV35 in Australia, if successful.
The event held at the Australian Performance Vehicles test facility was the first of several that are due to take place across the country as part of an effort to expand the national supply chain, BAE Systems said.
“We are committed to manufacturing this vehicle in Australia and in so doing maximising local industry involvement,” chief executive Glynn Phillips said in a statement. “Our plans involve transferring intellectual property, technical information, skills, engineering data and know-how from the AMV35’s Finnish and Swedish makers into Australia to establish the manufacturing capability here.
“We have been working with industry since before the Request for Tender was released in early 2015. Our market evaluation of 268 SMEs that have already registered with us has confirmed that Australian industry possesses the innovation and capability to competitively and efficiently produce the best vehicle for the Australian Army.”
BAE Systems proposes to start manufacture in Finland and Sweden, and use the production of the first tranche of AMV35 vehicles to train key members of the Australian workforce; meanwhile, the Australian assembly, integration and test facilities would be established, and manufacture would be moved to Australia as quickly as possible. This approach would see more than 85 per cent of the 225 vehicles delivered from Australia.
The AMV35 integrates a version of the 8×8 Patria AMV (Armoured Modular Vehicle) that is close to that being introduced in South Africa and in the United Arab Emirates with the BAE Systems Hägglunds 35mm manned E35 turret from the CV9035 infantry fighting vehicle.
Two of the three AMV35 trials vehicles arrived in Australia in early May in anticipation of the LAND 400 Phase 2 Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA). The third, which has been designated as the battle management system integration demonstration vehicle, is currently in Sweden, and will be displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris from June 13 to 17.