SITREP | Australia's Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle

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SITREP | Australia's Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle

By IndraStra Global News Team


Image Attribute: Thales Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle / Source: Youtube Screengrab

Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV) is a 7-tonne 4 x 4 vehicle designed by Thales Australia to meet Australian Defence Force's (ADF's) LAND 121 – Protected Mobility Vehicle (Light) requirement to replace some of its Land Rover Perentie variants. The vehicle is designed in partnership with Plasan, Boeing, PAC Group and many Australian SMEs.

In October 2015 the Australian Government entered into contract with Thales Australia for the acquisition and support of 1100 Thales Hawkei vehicles and 1058 support trailers. The vehicle is expected to deliver a level of protection comparable to the Thales Bushmaster at around half the weight. Also, do note,  once fully deployed, it will be the only protected mobility vehicle capable of being transported by ADF helicopters such as Chinooks.


Before being selected as the preferred vehicle for development and testing for the project’s Manufactured and Supported in Australia (MSA) option (in December 2011), six Hawkei prototypes and one prototype trailer underwent a range of testing and evaluation, including user assessments (subjected to more than 40,000 km testing) and capability & reliability testing (subjected to more than 10 blast tests) over the period 2012-14. Under the terms of the MSA option, at least 50% of the cost of the vehicle’s manufacture is to be incurred in Australia. The Hawkei prototypes were conceptualized, designed, and developed in only 18 months.

Dimensions of Hawkei


The Hawkei acquisition contract provides for a phased approach as development continues in the lead-up to the start of full rate production in 2018:

Stage 1 – Engineering and Manufacturing Development (2015 – 2017): A small run of vehicles to support testing and further development.

Stage 2 – Low-Rate Initial Production (2017 – 2018): Around 100 vehicles for final testing and initial deliveries.

Stage 3 – Full-Rate Production (2018 – 2022): Production of the remaining 1000 vehicles and 1058 trailers.

Image Attribute: A Hawkei PMV on display at the 2014 MSPO / Source: Michał Derela / Wikipedia

Image Attribute: A Hawkei PMV on display at the 2014 MSPO / Source: Michał Derela / Wikipedia


Timeline:

  • November 2008 First-pass approval - 
  • December 2011 Interim-pass approval - 
  • August 2015 Second-pass approval - 
  • October 2015 Contract signature - 
  • 2018 Initial materiel release - PENDING/DELAYED  | On December 18, based on a statement released from a report by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) on major defence projects, Australian Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty has disclosed that the Department of Defence (DoD) is working "to resolve the issues outstanding from a reliability demonstration test (of Hawkie) that was completed on November 19, 2018".
  • 2019 Initial operational capability - SCHEDULED