Thales Update on Australian Hawkei Selection Next Month In London | Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2015

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SMi’s Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2015 conference, taking place on 23-24 November 2015 in London, will enable you to gain unrivalled insight into what leading defence nations and their selected OEMS are doing to enhance the safety and security of their troops, through the development of survivability solutions. This unique event focuses on the collaboration between military and industry and invites not only capability and operational flag officers to share their lessons learnt from theatre, but also the lead engineers, chief scientists and technical directors from the vehicle manufacturers themselves, who create the platforms and technologies at the heart of the armoured vehicle.

Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2015

Thales Australia's recently secured contract to deliver 1,100 Hawkei 4x4 light protected mobility vehicles to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is being supported by a programme of expansive industrial engagement. The contract was announced by the Australian government on 5 October and is worth AUD1.3 billion (USD910 million). The project fulfils the ADF's requirement outlined in Project LAND 121 Phase 4 to replace the majority of the ADF's unprotected Land Rover fleet. The programme will see the seven-tonne Hawkei assembled and produced at the company's Bendigo facility in Victoria along with more than 1,000 trailers included in the same contract. The three-and-a-half year production phase is scheduled to begin from mid-2017, with first deliveries expected towards the end of that year as Thales Australia gradually winds down its production of the 15-tonne Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle.
(Source: IHS Jane's, 'Thales Australia outlines expansive Hawkei industry engagement project', 12 October 2015,

Against this backdrop, we are delighted to annouce that Thales Australia's Head of Protected Vehicles, Mr Gary Hines, will be providing a case study of the Hawkei armoured vehicle programme at the highly anticipated Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2015 conference on Day Two at 15:45 titled 'The Development of Comprehensive Survivability in the Light Armoured Vehicle Sector: A Case Study of the Hawkei':

  • The operational requirements driving the need for protected yet highly mobile systems
  • Means of meeting the challenges associated with balancing weight and mobility
  • How the Hawkei’s armour, mobility and situational awareness enhance its survivability

This is just one of 10 specific armoured vehicle programmes being briefed on, giving you the latest key insights into the survivability and blast protection capabilities of the following land systems:

  • ARTEC: Boxer
  • BAE Systems Hägglunds: CV90
  • FNSS: PARS 8X8
  • General Dynamics Land Systems: Scout SV Ajax
  • General Dynamics: MOWAG Piranha
  • General Dynamics: Pandur II
  • Nexter Systems: VBCI
  • Nexter Systems: Scorpion
  • Thales Australia: Hawkei

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