A new joint venture (JV) between the Australian Varley Group and the Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems provides Spike LR2 anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs) for integration into the Rheinmetall Boxer 8 × 8 armored car, of which 211 units are ordered for the The Australian Army (AA) under Project Land 400 Phase 2, the Australian Ministry of Defense (DoD) has confirmed this.
The Australian Secretary of Defense, Marise Payne, and Defense Secretary, Christopher Pyne, stated in a joint statement that the Varley Rafael Australia Systems (VRA Systems) JV, which started on August 22, is committed to "a number of Rafael systems in Australia. to produce, "including the Spike LR2 ATGW system for the Boxer.
"This collaboration between one of Australia's best defense companies and a worldwide success story such as Rafael is another success story for the Australian industry," said Payne, adding that the step will bring intellectual property, know-how and advanced production techniques to the country " to be produced for use by the ADF [Australian Defence Force] with the potential for export to our friends and allies ".
According to Payne, the new joint venture will create approximately 70 new jobs in Australia, while Rafael will transfer its expertise to the country.
In a separate statement, Jeff Phillips, managing director of the Varley Group, said that "the fifth-generation Spike LR2 is the first that we hope will provide many opportunities for VRA to deliver Australian sovereign capabilities, drive innovation and create jobs and create export opportunities. "
The latest announcement follows after Canberra Rheinmetall Defense Australia issued an order on August 17 for 211 Boxer vehicles worth AUD3.3 billion (USD2.4 billion) to be delivered between 2019 and 2026.
The ADF introduces different variants of the Boxer, with the reconnaissance variant – accounting for 133 of the 211 vehicles – equipped with Rheinmetall's Lance towing system and armed with the MK30-2 30 mm automatic cannon and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun .
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