BAE Systems Australia, Patria Land Systems of Finland and BAE Systems Hägglunds of Sweden, are offering the AMV35 – a highly versatile Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle – for Phase 2 of the Commonwealth’s LAND 400 program. LAND 400 Phase 2 will replace Army’s existing Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV).
World class defence hub
BAE Systems Australia will build a world class defence hub in Victoria, consolidating the company’s Maritime, Aerospace and Land businesses into a single facility that will foster collaboration and innovation, delivering sustainable jobs over multiple projects for decades to come.
Integral to the development will be a bespoke LAND 400 advanced manufacturing centre that will include a simulation and training and a test facility. Once in service, the centre will be used to upgrade and maintain the vehicles over their 30-plus year service life.
The hub will enable up to 1000 engineers and highly skilled technicians to design, develop, deliver and maintain new defence platforms and systems for the Australian Defence Force.
Fit for purpose
The AMV35’s constrained Gross Vehicle Mass makes it easy to deploy into operational areas and very manoeuvrable on the ground. This exceptional strategic and tactical mobility, together with the vehicle’s other balanced capabilities, delivers a CRV platform that is uniquely suited to the diverse range of operational tasks that have confronted ASLAV over its service life.
Over 1200 Armoured Modular Vehicles (AMVs) are in-service with seven countries. The AMV has earned an outstanding combat reputation in Afghanistan, where Poland's Rosomak AMVs were feared for their speed and tactical manoeuvrability.
E35: Turret lethality to 4000m
The AMV35's 35mm has demonstrated precision fire out beyond 4000 metres. This will give an Australian AMV35 crew a significant tactical advantage over threat reconnaissance elements that can only engage over shorter ranges.
The AMV35's turret system uses a conventional layout where the breech of the cannon sits between the commander and gunner. This means that the weapon's trunnion – its balance point – is centralised inside the AMV's broad turret ring, delivering a balanced and highly accurate firing platform.
The AMV35 can also be fitted with an integrated anti-tank missile, capable of precision engagement beyond 4000 metres.
Survivability is about more than protection
Modern combat vehicles generate survivability through the complementary action of layered systems. This begins with the battlespace awareness delivered by networked battle management systems. The AMV35 is a digitised platform that uses open architectures to simplify the delivery of a common operating picture to the crew.
Another layer is provided by the 35mm cannon. The ability to engage threats with direct fire at ranges out beyond 4000 metres offers the opportunity to end the fight before the opposing force can even attempt an engagement. The AMV35 offers the only mature 35mm cannon system available today for armoured vehicles.
Signature management is another consideration. The physical dimensions of the AMV35 are constrained, making it a difficult target to detect and engage. Its thermal signature can be further mitigated using the Saab Barracuda mobile camouflage system.
The AMV35 also delivers blast and kinetic protection levels that are designed to exceed Army's STANAG 4569 Level 4/4a/4b requirements. This is possible in a 30 tonne vehicle because the AMV35's blast hull rides on top of a separate sub-frame, meaning that its stand-off distance against underbody IED threats is considerably greater than a traditional 8x8 design. Because blast pressure dissipates dramatically with distance, this additional underbody stand-off delivers a design efficiency that can be measured in tonnes.
Agility and maneuverability influences survivability
Survivability is also enhanced by the vehicle's agility. Weighing in at around 30 tonnes, the AMV35 has an excellent power-to-weight ratio. And with three steering axles, AMV crews have the freedom to manoeuvre using ground of tactical advantage.
The AMV35 has three steering axles (1st, 2nd and 4th). This enables it to negotiate tight turns which, combined with its constrained external dimensions, delivers outstanding manoeuvrability in complex terrain.