WA Industry to Benefit From ADF Hawkei Acquisition Program

 In Land, Industry, Acquisition, & Innovation, Defense, Australia, Forces & Capabilities, WA

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has announced a $2.1 mil­lion con­tract for Perth-based busi­ness­es Advanced Braking Technology and VEEM, which will design and man­u­fac­ture a spe­cialised brak­ing system for the Army’s Hawkei vehi­cle.

The con­tract will help both Advanced Braking Technology and VEEM to diver­si­fy their cus­tomer bases world­wide and demon­strates their abil­i­ty to meet Defence’s high engi­neer­ing stan­dards.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said Advanced Braking Technology was select­ed in May last year to pro­vide a brake system for test­ing to Thales Australia, the man­u­fac­tur­er of the Hawkei.

Hawkei is a seven-tonne, 4×4, new gen­er­a­tion pro­tect­ed vehi­cle with a three-tonne pay­load, designed to meet the demand­ing require­ments of land forces world­wide.

The Thales designed and built Hawkei deliv­ers class-lead­ing pro­tec­tion, mobil­i­ty and pay­load with unpar­al­leled levels of blast and bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion for a heli­copter trans­portable vehi­cle.

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“Advanced Braking Technology has been suc­cess­ful with its test­ing and will now part­ner with VEEM to man­u­fac­ture the system with a con­tract value of around $2.1 mil­lion,” Minister Price said.

Hawkei is highly effec­tive across a diverse range of mis­sion pro­files. Roles include troop move­ment, com­mand and con­trol, elec­tron­ic war­fare, liai­son, sur­veil­lance and recon­nais­sance.

The Hawkei plat­form comes in a range of vari­ants, includ­ing:

  • Command;
  • Liaison;
  • Patrol;
  • Logistics;
  • Air defence; and
  • Reconnaissance.

Minister Price added, “This world-lead­ing tech­nol­o­gy is an exam­ple of the know-how Australian indus­try can pro­vide for our Army and beyond. The equip­ment has been devel­oped from the proven Failsafe brake system, which has been used exten­sive­ly within the mining sector for many years, both in Australia and glob­al­ly.”

The Hawkei has a large, air con­di­tioned crew pro­tec­tion cell has seat­ing for up to five occu­pants in the four-door vari­ant, or up to three occu­pants in the two-door vari­ant. A high level of built-in blast and bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion is fur­ther enhanced by an add-on armour system that can be adapt­ed to meet the threat envi­ron­ment.

The gov­ern­ment signed an agree­ment with Thales Australia in October 2015 for the acqui­si­tion and sup­port of 1,100 Hawkei vehi­cles and 1,058 com­pan­ion trail­ers, for use in “com­mand, liai­son, util­i­ty and recon­nais­sance roles”.

The vehi­cles are being specif­i­cal­ly devel­oped to meet the ADF’s require­ments for sur­viv­abil­i­ty, mobil­i­ty, pay­load, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, usabil­i­ty and sus­tain­abil­i­ty.

Source: Defence Industry News

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