Rheinmetall Submits LAND 400 Bid Featuring the BOXER 8x8, Lance Turret and Northrop Grumman C4ISR Architecture
(Source: Rheinmetall AG; issued Sept. 03, 2015)
The Boxer Cavalry Reconnaissance Vehicle is the most recent version of the Dutch-German eight-wheeled armored vehicle, and is fitted with a two-man, 30mm turret. Rheinmetall stresses the vehicle’s protection, mobility and firepower. (Rheinmetall photo)
Rheinmetall has lodged a bid in response to the Commonwealth of Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 - Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability request for tender. Under the tender, the Commonwealth is offered the latest version of the BOXER 8X8, the in-service LANCE turret and Northrop Grumman Corporation’s command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) architecture.
The battle proven BOXER 8x8 – a joint development of Rheinmetall and KMW – provides a unique mix of mobility, capacity and survivability that allows the vehicle to operate effectively across the full spectrum of combat operations, while the vehicles inherent adaptability allows it to evolve as requirements and threats change.
If selected for LAND 400 the BOXER Cavalry Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) will provide the Australian Army a combat proven, low risk capability that can be rapidly transitioned into service and easily supported through life.
The Rheinmetall LANCE turret is a mature system that is in-service with a NATO country. LANCE generates a range of scalable, precise, effects to effectively deal with threats on the current and future battlefield.
Rheinmetall is committed to the creation of an enduring Australian capability beyond the minimum LAND 400 Australian Industry Capability (AIC) requirements, and has successfully completed a comprehensive supplier engagement activity with more than three hundred Australian Companies. Through this process Rheinmetall has selected Supacat to be the first Australian company to be part of the BOXER CRV team.
Supacat in Australia will draw on its experience in developing and certifying vehicles with the Australian Department of Defence to support the Rheinmetall LAND 400 team.
Andrew Fletcher, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia, said “Delivering the best possible protection to Australian armed forces - in line with the demanding protection specifications - is a non-negotiable objective for our LAND 400 team.”
“Rheinmetall’s combat proven BOXER 8x8 CRV delivers the highest levels of protection required under LAND 400 and is a formidable MOTS platform when combined with the in-service LANCE Turret.”
“Our LAND 400 industry engagement activities have been well received and our European executives have identified a number of Australian suppliers who we are currently in negotiations with to enter our global supply chain for LAND 400 and other international programs. We look forward to working with Australian industry to provide the best capability for the Australian Defence Force on the LAND 400 program.”
(Rheinmetall Defence video)
Ian Irving, Chief Executive of Northrop Grumman Australia, welcomed the alliance with Rheinmetall.
“Northrop Grumman will leverage its extensive experience to offer a fifth-generation C4ISR solution that will significantly reduce crew workload, improve situational awareness and enable interoperability across the Australian Defence Force and with coalition forces. Our solution will provide an enduring platform ready for enhancements with future sensors and communications systems. Together, Northrop Grumman and Rheinmetall will also extend an impressive and lasting package of work for Australian industry,” Mr Irving said.
Michael Halloran, Managing Director of Supacat in Australia said “We are delighted to be working with Rheinmetall Defence and offering a local perspective on testing, qualifying and modifying vehicles for the Australian users.
“For our own products, we partner with a number of Australian SMEs who deliver outstanding capabilities in their own right and we look forward to bringing these capabilities into the LAND 400 program.”
About the participating companies:
-- Rheinmetall and its Defence divisions - Combat Systems, Electronic Solutions and Wheeled Vehicles - set the global standard for excellence in a wide array of disciplines and offer an extensive array of military hardware that deliver mobility, lethality, survivability of troops, reconnaissance capability and networking of national and international systems.
-- Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernisation to government and commercial customers worldwide.
-- Supacat is an innovative producer of high mobility military vehicles, specialist vehicles and maritime products. Supacat have an established presence in Australia based in Melbourne, Victoria.
About Our Land 400 Bid: The MOTS/MOTS Plus Offer
(Source: Rheinmetall Defence Australia Pty. Ltd.; issued Sept 03, 2015)
Rheinmetall Defence is bidding its BOXER 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle in response to the Commonwealth Government of Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 - Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability Request for Tender (RFT).
Rheinmetall Defence has the capacity to deliver the most survivable and lethal Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle from a portfolio of in-service systems. The Combat proven BOXER, LANCE Turret, Air Burst Munitions, Active Defence Systems and advanced simulation systems are all designed, produced and delivered by Rheinmetall.
This will be backed by an enduring commitment to Australian Industry and the creation of a robust support package to deal with the emerging complexity associated with LAND 400 Phase 2.
Land 400 Phase 2 will deliver 225 vehicles to the Australian Army which in the first stage of a program which will see the replacement of its entire fighting vehicle capability.
Rheinmetall offers a military off the shelf (MOTS) vehicle that delivers protection for Australian troops like no other vehicle in its class. BOXER CRV is designed to perform at the very high levels of protection required by Land 400 Phase 2.
Rheinmetall’s MOTS Plus offering will comprise the BOXER fitted with the LANCE two-man 30mm turret.
No other Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) is designed to operate at the protection levels offered by the combat-proven BOXER. Unlike competitor vehicles, the BOXER balances the key military requirements of protection, mobility and firepower in an unrivalled combination that can be rapidly transitioned into service and easily supported through life.
The key features of the Rheinmetall bid for the Australian Army Land 400 program include:
-- Unparalleled survivability: BOXER can survive against the full spectrum of battlefield threats including small arms, heavy machine guns, mines, NBC contaminants and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) using its unique modular, upgradeable survivability system.
-- Commitment to Australian Industry Capability: Rheinmetall has an enduring commitment to creating and sustaining jobs in Australia. This will see Australian SMEs provided with access to export opportunities within the company’s global supply chain.
-- Low Risk: Rheinmetall is uniquely positioned to provide a fully integrated BOXER mission system for Land 400 that includes the vehicle, turret, ILS, simulation and ammunition all from one supplier, including access to intellectual property.
-- Value for money: The BOXER offering for the Australian Army will keep costs competitive while Rheinmetall Defence engineering eclipses all other options when it comes to sustainable through life support.
BOXER balances the key military requirements of protection, mobility and firepower in an unrivalled combination that can be rapidly transitioned into service and easily supported through life.
The BOXER family concept is based around a uniform drive module and interchangeable, user/role-specific mission modules. Designed for maximum versatility, these build-on modules lend themselves to the development of a wide variety of mission-specific variants. Unique to BOXER, these interchangeable modules also offer users considerable cost saving opportunities, with a single drive module capable of adapting to perform a multitude of operationally dictated roles.
Module variants developed include: infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), armoured personnel carrier (APC), battlefield ambulance, combat engineer vehicle, logistics carrier, battle damage repair, command and control version, and crew/driving-training.
BOXER is recognised for numerous attributes including:
-- Protection: The BOXER delivers an extraordinary level of protection for its crew against mines, IEDs and ballistic threats. This is achieved by a multi-wall structure consisting of spaced and sloped armour in combination with additional protection elements. Reduced radar and infrared signatures, low noise level and high mobility after impact and NBC protection systems are the core elements of the BOXER protection package.
-- Mobility: The permanent eight-wheel-drive and an automatic transmission with selectable differential locks ensure the BOXER will overcome even the most difficult terrain. Tyres are equipped with run-flat elements and through the central tire inflation system, the tyre pressure can be adjusted according to the terrain type. Both of the two front axles are steerable. The independent suspension allows for both high speeds on roads as well as for excellent off-road handling characteristics. Through the use of lateral wheel brakes the BOXER can be turned even within very small spaces.
-- Lethality: Rheinmetall's innovative LANCE turret system features a highly modular design, ensuring maximum lethality, flexibility and future growth potential. The degree of protection and the number of crew (two-man or unmanned with fully remote control) is entirely up to the customer. The company's electro-optical SEOSS Sector and SEOSS Panoramic sights provide both commander and gunner with a 360° view. The LANCE turret system also comes with a 66mm or 76mm smoke/obscurant grenade launcher while potential add-ons include a laser warning system, identification friend or foe technology, an integrated C4I system, an SAS close-range reconnaissance system or an antitank guided missile system.
-- Knowledge/C4ISR: Rheinmetall provides a comprehensive range of Command and Control and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. C4ISR technologies enable warfighters to assess the environment, control assets and communicate effectively in pursuit of mission objectives. To retain an asymmetrical advantage, industry must provide tools that are affordable, enable open integration, and are easily upgradable to meet rapidly evolving threats.