Thales Australia is doubling production of Hawkei armored vehicles

From April 21, Thales Australia is doubling the rate of Hawkei production at its Bendigo facility. Maintaining local supply chains is vital for Australia’s defence industrHappy new year 2020 and our best wishes for friends readers customers and family 925 001
Hawkei production line (Picture source: Thales Australia)

As part of a wider project to replace the ADF's fleet of operational support vehicles, Project Land 121 Phase 4 – Protected Mobility Vehicle (Light) or PMV-L, was a requirement for up to 1,300 specialised light armoured vehicles replace some of the in-service Land Rovers. Key criteria for the project included: off-road mobility, integrated vehicle electronic architecture, substantial payloads, high levels of protection against land mines, improvised explosive devices and ballistic weapons while being light enough to be air transported by military helicopters.

Competitors included the combat-proven Mowag Eagle IV from General Dynamics Land Systems; the British military then selected Ocelot from Force Protection; and the Hawkei from Thales Australia. The Oshkosh Defense JLTV option included entries from BAE Systems/Navistar, AM General/General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin.

In October 2015, the Australian Government announced the purchase of 1,100 Hawkeis from Thales Australia. The Hawkei is a highly mobile, highly protected, 7-tonne vehicle, with in-built systems to allow it to be used as a fighting platform. It has been developed with Vehicle Electronic Architecture to be mission system ready.


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