The big news this week was the industry briefing for Land 400 in Melbourne. It’s always interesting to see the talk time that various issues get. For example, Australian industry content was a nonstarter allegedly. There is apparently ‘clear daylight’ between AIC and the capability to be delivered. Not so great news for SMEs I imagine. I will wait for the politics to enter the fray on that before completely dismissing the AIC importance weighting as the program progresses.
The other issue is who is teaming with who. BAE Systems with Patria and General Dynamics Land Systems with Thales Australia are the only contenders to have officially broken cover on who is teaming with who. The other teaming arrangements are understood to be Boeing and Iveco, Elbit Systems and ST Kinetics, Raytheon and Nexter, and Northrop Grumman and Rheinmetall. The cone of silence is currently in place for these at the moment.
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