RUAG Australia has been selected to manufacture advanced ballistic armour for the AMV35 combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) in Bayswater, Victoria.
The deal will see the company develop the advanced high-level protection system as part of its partners BAE Systems Australia and Patria’s bid for the Australian Army’s LAND 400 programme.
The ballistic armour is a multi-material protection system that is both combat-tested and mission-proven.
BAE Systems Australia CEO Gabby Costigan said: “This is another example of how our bid for LAND 400 is increasing Australian capability and boosting local jobs and investment.
“It brings into Australia new know-how and develops local sophisticated military technology capability that saves lives.”
RUAG Switzerland will be responsible for transferring the technology to its Australian counterpart for the production of the ballistic armour.
The AMV35 CRV is currently being developed as part of Phase II of the LAND 400 programme and is intended to help replace the army’s existing Australian light armoured vehicle (ASLAV).
The AMV35 will be designed for easy deployment into operational areas, while being highly manoeuvrable on the ground.
RUAG Australia managing director John Teager said: “Establishing this unique, in-country capability within RUAG Australia will further strengthen the Australian Industry Content (AIC) proposed within BAE Systems’ offering for Land 400 Phase II and will ensure that, in RUAG Australia, Australian soldiers can depend on an Australian company to supply them the highest possible level of protection that appliqué armour can provide.”