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Show of firepower
Combat reconnaissance vehicles display their capability at Puckapunyal
The Land 400 Phase 2 contenders shape up with the Rheinmetall
Boxer CRV (left) and the BAE Systems Patria AMV35 (right) during
a live-fire demonstration at Mount Bundey Training Area in May.
Photo: Cfn Priyantha Arachchi
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne (centre) speaks with
Tprs Chris Redley (left) and Jacob Watkins following a BAE Systems
Australia Patria AMV35 and Rheinmetall Boxer CRV firepower
demonstration at Puckapunyal, Victoria.
Photo: Cpl Max Bree
Cpl Max Bree
CANNONS thundered and trac-
ers flew over Puckapunyal range as
Army’s potential new fighting vehi-
cles showed off their weapons dur-
ing a firepower demonstration on
The BAE Systems Australia Patria
AMV35 and Rheinmetall Boxer CRV
sent cannon and coaxial machine gun
fire downrange at a time when the two
are vying to become Army’s new com-
bat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) and
replace the in-service ASLAV.
Defence Industry Minister
Christopher Pyne climbed into both
gunner’s seats to fire the cannons for
himself after the demonstration.
“I’ve never fired a rifle in my life,”
“Now I’ve gone to the nth degree;
rather than starting off with a pistol,
I’ve gone straight to a cannon.
“Both vehicles could make an
equally good contribution to the
defence of the nation and protection of
A more experienced gunner,
Tpr Jacob Watkins, was behind the
controls of the Boxer’s Mk30-2 30mm
cannon during the demonstration.
“It’s simple to use but really
effective,” he said.
“We’ll put a three-round burst pret-
ty much through the exact same hole
out at 2.5km.
“The turret’s amazing; we were
looking through the sights picking tar-
gets out to greater than 5km, which is
a big bonus for our job with recon.
“We look out further than we
can engage, so we can sight what’s
Tpr Jacob Watkins was also excited
about the prospect of firing kinetic-
energy time-fused rounds through the
“Compared to the ASLAV, it’s so
much simpler, more accurate and can
shoot a lot further.”
Tpr Chris Redley was impressed
with the Patria’s 35mm cannon he
used to send rounds downrange.
“The ASLAV’s gun is 25mm and
they’re both made by the same com-
pany – it’s just a larger gun so all our
drills stay the same,” he said.
“It’s the same muzzle velocity but
twice the range. The blast is a lot big-
ger than the 25mm, you can really
“I wouldn’t like to be on the receiv-
“It’s a step up from the ASLAV –
there are a lot more computer screens
and comfy chairs.”
The project will cost between $4-5
billion and both vehicles are going
through a year-long risk mitigation
activity with a decision to be made in
“The Army must have the best
CRVs money can buy. We want value
for money, but we must have a capabil-
ity,” Mr Pyne said.
“Australian industry content will be
important and all of those things will
be weighed up.
“This is a project that is years in
the making – you don’t go down to a
delicatessen and buy yourself a CRV.”
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