Australia has started fielding the Hawkei 4×4 multipurpose vehicle, ten years after the start of its development.
Following an extensive test phase, the first vehicles from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) were handed over to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment.
Hawkei is one of the first military vehicles designed to provide comprehensive support for current and future C4I systems.
Powerful GVA-compliant vehicle electronics architecture, sufficient space and electrical power on board are among the relevant features.
The vehicle is in the ten-ton class, three tons payload thereof is powered by a 200 kW M16 turbo diesel from Steyr via an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF enabling a top speed of 130 km/h.
The integrated protection of the cab, which is designed as a V-shaped monocoque, is above level 1 according to STANAG 4569 and can be increased by Add-on protection elements from Plasan.
Two and four-door versions will be built for the five variants envisaged (command, liaison, special forces, border guard and cargo), in which three or five to six soldiers can be transported.
Options for armament are either a ring mount or remote-controlled weapon station.
Hawkei can be transported by CH-47 Chinook helicopters as external cargo.
In 2015, the Australian Government signed the 1.2 billion euro supply contract for 1,100 Hawkei and 1,058 trailers with Thales Australia as part of the Land 121 Phase 4 project.
The Land 121 project also includes Phase 3A, in which Daimler AG has supplied 2,146 G-Classes of various designs, and Phase 3B, with 2,707 heavy and medium trucks from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), some with protected cabs. RMMV is supplying a further 1,000 plus logistics trucks in phase 5B of the project.
|Variant||Number of doors||Features|
|Command||4||remote controlled weapon stations, 12.7 mm to 40 mm|
|Connection||4||remote controlled weapon stations, 12.7 mm to 40 mm|
|Special Forces||4||weapon mounts in front, behind and on the roof, the latter also remote controlled|
|Border Guard||4||Radar, additional surveillance and communication systems|
|Cargo||2||Pickup, loading area for NATO standard pallet and Tricon (1/3 ISO 20 ft container)|