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Australia's Hawkei light protected vehicle approved for full-scale production


by Julian Kerr

The Australian-designed and manufactured Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light has received approval from Canberra to enter full-rate production, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 3 September.

The minister said in a statement that the 4×4 vehicle had performed exceptionally well throughout comprehensive ballistic and blast testing, meeting the Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) stringent requirements for protection.

Full-rate production is expected to commence in mid-2021, said Reynolds, with a local senator disclosing that this would involve about 50 vehicles a month.

In October 2015 Thales Australia was awarded a AUD1.3 billion (USD947 million) contract under Project Land 121 Phase 4 to supply 1,100 of the 7-tonne vehicles, along with 1,058 companion trailers, to replace the majority of the Australian Army’s blast-protected Land Rover fleet in command, liaison, utility, and reconnaissance roles.

Hawkei’s scaleable protection fit-out features the Super Multi-hit Armor Technology (SMART) developed by Israeli company Plasan.

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Hawkei vehicles operated by the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. Canberra announced on 3 September that full-rate production of the Hawkei is expected to commence in mid-2021. (1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment)





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