The Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces is set to take delivery of the last batch of the Silvershield units, developed under the REDWING programme.
Silvershield is a vehicle-mounted counter-improvised explosive device (IED) force protection system. The units were delivered by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
The system has undergone testing in Australia and Afghanistan.
L3 Micreo is contracted to support the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group’s development of the enhanced devices.
Easy to install and use, the force protection system is designed to be mounted on light vehicles and used by Australia’s Afghan partners operating in hazardous environments.
Australia Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said: “Over 15,000 Silvershield systems have now been delivered to Afghanistan for training and initial rollout with deliveries now complete.
“This is an outstanding investment in Australian capability to deliver life-saving, cutting-edge counter improvised explosive device technology.
“The REDWING programme demonstrates successful collaboration between defence and industry, and Silvershield is proof of Australian industry’s ability to meet the challenge of high-volume and time-critical manufacturing.”
In May, L3 Micreo delivered the first batch of the new Silvershield systems to the Australian Department of Defence (DoD).
L3 Micreo received a $21m contract in March for the delivery of 13,000 Silvershield units. Deliveries of these units under the contract are to be completed this year.
More than 200,000 individual and vehicle-mounted REDWING systems have been manufactured and exported by the Australian industry and defence since 2015.
These systems are currently supporting various missions with the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, National Directorate of Security, and Afghanistan Parliamentary Security Forces.