Curtiss-Wright to Deliver Turret Drive System for Australian Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has secured a contract with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to deliver its turret drive stabilization system Australian Army’s Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs) being procured under the Project Land 400 Phase 2.

Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will deliver 133 of its state-of-the-art Turret Drive Servo Systems (TDSS) and associated hand controllers to Rheinmetall. The delivery incorporates more than 50% Australian Industry Content (AIC), with Curtiss-Wright working alongside a team of Australian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) following initial industry engagement activities in 2018 and 2019.

The shipments are scheduled to run through Q1 2026.

Australian Army’s first Boxer vehicle
The Australian Army’s first Boxer vehicle at Enoggera Barracks, Brisbane. Photo by SGT Max Bree.

“We are very proud that Rheinmetall has selected our turret drive stabilization solution to support the Australian Army’s important Project Land 400 Phase 2 Program,” said Lynn Bamford, President, Defense and Power Segments. “This contract marks a significant Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle design win for our cost-effective, scalable Turret Drive Servo System and our commitment to incorporate local industry partners into this program.”

The products covered by the contract were designed at Curtiss-Wright’s Drive Technology facility in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland. Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will manufacture and produce a significant amount of TDSS Power Circuit Boards (PCB) and Chassis kits in Australia.

Major milestones in support of this agreement have already been achieved, including initial planning visits to Australia, which began in 2018 and continued through Q1 2020, and the first delivery of TDSS sample PCB Boards and Chassis kits to Australia. In the next phase of the Australian Supplier Partner identification and evaluation process, Curtiss-Wright will assess the parts received, and then enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the selected suppliers in Q2 2020, followed by contract negotiations.

After establishing the contractual baseline set, detailed knowledge transfer will commence, complemented by Curtiss-Wright’s TDSS experts, who will provide on-site support and training directly to the new Australian Supplier Partners at their own sites. On-site support is scheduled to run through Q4 2020. The go-live plan for Series Production with the Australian Supplier Partners is scheduled for Q1 2021.

“Curtiss-Wright believes this agreement will foster and sustain a new partner-network in Australia,” added Ms. Bamford. “In turn, we hope a strong partner-network creates an environment supporting new jobs and enables Curtiss-Wright and Rheinmetall to support Land 400 Phase 2 with significant Australian industrial content.”

The final assembly of the products covered by this agreement will take place at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Center of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) facility in Redbank, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

Project Land 400 Phase 2

The 211 new Boxer 8×8 CRVs is being delivered by Rheinmetall Defence Australia under the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability program to replace the Australian Army’s Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) fleet.

The LAND 400 program will provide the Army with a fleet of modern armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) characterized by increased levels of protection, lethality and mobility. The new vehicles will be equipped with modern and highly capable sensors and communications suites which will ensure the new vehicles remain a potent weapon system over the next 30 years.

The Australian Army will introduce several variants of the Boxer with the reconnaissance variant – accounting for 133 of the 211 vehicles – equipped with Rheinmetall’s Lance turret system and armed with a 30mm automatic cannon.

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