30 Juni 2016
Sentinel II/Terrex 2-35, one of contender to LAND 400 Phase 2 (photos : ADBR)
Team Sentinel, primed by Elbit Systems of Australia, has shown off its offering for LAND 400 Phase 2 in Tasmania, where Elphinstone would manufacture the Sentinel II combat reconnaissance vehicle, if successful.
The 8×8 Sentinel II vehicle – complete with Tassie devil paint scheme – is based on the Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics) TERREX 2 hull and driveline as shortlisted for the US Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1, Increment 1 (ACV 1.1) program. Also known as the TERREX 2-35, because it has a gross vehicle mass of 35 tonnes, the Sentinel II is fitted with an upgraded drivetrain and more powerful engine.
The Sentinel II is equipped with a variant of Elbit’s manned (but convertible) MT30 turret, fitted with a 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster cannon. This turret could be changed over to the unmanned UT30 configuration in four to six hours; for instance, such a decision could be made once a vehicle has been deployed. The UT30 Mk2 has been put on vehicles for Brazil, the Philippines and Israel.
Sentinel II is fitted with the latest generation of Elbit’s battle management system, integrated with the weapons systems and defensive systems to create Weapon Integrated BMS (WINBMS).
The media was given the chance to clamber over the vehicle – intended for the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) – on Tuesday, after the hull was flown in on Friday last week aboard an Ilyushin Il-76, and put together with the turret and combat system over the weekend.
Underlining its commitment to achieving 67 per cent Australian industry content within the Sentinel II, Elbit Systems of Australia has signed a memorandum of agreement with Marand to manufacture the third RMA vehicle’s turret.
If the Team Sentinel bid for LAND 400 Phase 2 is successful, Marand would manufacture and assemble 180 turrets in Geelong; these turrets would then be fitted to vehicles manufactured in Tasmania by Elphinstone at a final assembly and production facility to be located at Avalon Airport.