LAND 400 Phase 2 testing complete
Blast testing has been completed on the two contenders vying for Australia's LAND 400 Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) programme, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 11 August.
The BAE Systems Australia- Patria AMV-35 and Rheinmetall’s Boxer were exposed to simulated mine blasts to assess their survivability at the Proof and Experimental Establishment at Graytown in Victoria.
The blast tests were conducted under the wheels and under the belly of the vehicles, and mark the final phase of a rigorous programme designed to put the two vehicles through their paces in a range of operating environments.
The test and evaluation programme assessed the vehicles and their support systems across a wide range of criteria, with a particular focus on protection, lethality and mobility; and three phases of user evaluations were conducted at Puckapunyal in Victoria and the Mt Bundey Training Area in the Northern Territory.
The winner of the contract will be announced in the first half of 2018. A total of 225 CRVs will be procured by Australia.
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