The announcement was made by the Department of Defence today.
BAE Systems Australia has offered the AMV35 – Patria’s modern, agile, highly protected military-off-the-shelf Armoured Modular Vehicle integrated with the combat-proven E35 turret from BAE Systems Hägglunds.
BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Glynn Phillips said: “BAE Systems will produce the AMV35 in Australia if we are selected as the successful tender. This will secure and retain in-country capability and contribute significantly to the Australian economy throughout the expected 30-plus year life and sustainment of the vehicles.”
“Our three test vehicles are built and ready for the Australian Defence Force’s test and evaluation program. Our team is now focussed on maturing our in-country manufacturing plans to ensure we provide the Australian Army with the best capability while also delivering the maximum economic benefit across our Australian supply chains.”
Mika Kari, President of Patria’s Land business said: “BAE Systems and Patria have together developed a great solution for Australian soldiers and the Australian economy. We are now in a position for the AMV35 to be evaluated, continue our partnership with BAE Systems and forge stronger links with Australian industry.”
BAE Systems is committed to embedding as much Australian industry content in this vehicle as possible and to helping grow local industrial capability, with the manufacturing, technology and intellectual capability transitioning to an Australian production line.
Both Patria and BAE Systems Hägglunds have transferred technology involved in the production of the AMV and the E35 turret to several other countries, successfully demonstrating capability transfer and the in-country economic advantages this brings, including long term sustainment, upgrade and maintenance activities.
SAAB defence products feature as sub-systems in the AMV35 vehicle and weapon system. In July 2015, SAAB Australia and BAE Systems Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing both organisations to collaborate to maximise Australian industry involvement and further develop Australian capability through the Land 400 project.