Land 400 Phase 2
Australia looks at renewing the reconnaissance and infantry combat vehicles in service with its Army within the Land 400 programme. The wheeled segment falls under Land 400 Phase 2, and in early April the Australian DoD announced that the shortlist announcement for the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle was being moved slightly to the right. This programme aims at replacing replace the ASLAV (a derivative of the LAV/Piranha) currently in service. Four competitors are bidding for the contract, the number of vehicles required being 225: BAE Systems Australia teamed with Patria offers the AMV, Rheinmetall Defence the Boxer, GDLS and Thales Australia propose the LAV 6, while Elbit Systems and Singapore Technologies Kinetics offers the Terrex 2. The ASLAV should be phased out by 2021. Australia also needs to replace its ageing fleet of M113s. This replacement will fall under the Land 400 Phase 3 programme, the overall requirement being for 450 vehicles. Both tracked and wheeled vehicles will be taken into consideration. Eight different versions will be required, the vast majority being the IFV one (312 vehicles), the remaining 138 being C2 vehicles, Joint-Fires vehicles, engineer reconnaissance and engineer combat vehicles, recovery vehicles, repair vehicles and ambulances. A Request for Information has been issued, Australia aiming at an initial operational capability by 2025-26.
The Qatari Army is already equipped with some 8x8 vehicles, GKN Defence having supplied in 1998 some Piranha 8x8 fitted with a CMI Defence two-person turret armed with a 90mm gun. These vehicles are however closing to their 20th year of operational service, and the Emirate has started looking at the procurement of new wheeled infantry fighting vehicles. This has led numerous companies to promote their vehicles in the Emirate, and the presence of Nexter and Patria at DIMDEX 2016 was also due to the potential bid that my emerge. Other competitors might show up, Qatar and Turkey having close ties, while GDLS is already present with its Piranha. Due to oil price considerations, Qatar is now prioritising its defence expenditures and further delays might be expected, the Navy and air force being apparently the services which are getting the biggest share of the cake. According to available information the Qatari Army should have a need for 82 vehicles.
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In this special Eurosatory 2016 supplement, Paolo Valpolini discusses both wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles.