Brigadier Greg McGlone
Director General of the Combined Arms Fighting System (CAF)
11:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: IN-SERVICE SUPPORT ADVANTAGES OF IMPLIMENTING OPEN SYSTEMS FOR ARMOURED VEHICLES
Given the number and range of vehicle-borne sensors and systems that are now deployed on operations, using a middleware and data-model based electronic architecture to integrate them on the platform provides a sound engineering solution. Given that these platforms are likely to be in service for 20 to 30 years, maintaining their operational capability in future operations in an affordable way through-life is important. Open architectural and modular solutions allow acquisition and engineering communities to design for affordable change by enabling evolutionary acquisition and spiral development and, thus, provide a roadmap for platform and fleet management through-life.
· Understanding weight implications of tracked vehicles versus wheeled vehicles in terms of life-cycle costs
· Damage liability testing
· Lessons learned in understanding defence acquisition process
LAND 400 will acquire and support the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) with the firepower, protection and mobility to defeat increasingly lethal and adaptive adversaries well into the future. LAND 400 will deliver enhanced levels of survivability to the Joint Land Force including sensors, weapons and information systems which will be networked to strategic intelligence platforms. At its foundation, the program will deliver replacements for the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) fleets. The program will also provide specialist Manoeuvre Support Vehicles (MSV) to properly enable Army’s combat brigades to undertake joint land combat.
· LAND 400 Phase 2 is in the final stage of tender evaluation following the successful completion on schedule of the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA)
· The process will conclude in the first half of 2018 with Defence making a submission to Government for LAND 400 Phase 2 Gate Two approval