Australian-First Technology to Increase Protection for Troops

Rheinmetall Defence and Melbourne-based defence systems integrator Tectonica Australia are pleased to announce the development of an Australian-first technology designed to increase awareness and protection for Australian troops in combat.

Tectonica has developed the Local Situational Awareness System (LSAS) called Altera for Rheinmetall’s Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV)1 following
eight months of design and product development.

The launch will enable project partner Rheinmetall Defence to utilise the technology for its Land 400 Phase 2 offer to the Commonwealth of Australia. The LSAS technology was fitted to the Boxer CRV recently displayed at Land Forces 2016 in Adelaide, Australia.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Fletcher said the company was delighted to demonstrate the capability of the Tectonica team and Altera at Land Forces.

“Tectonica is a proven leader in the Australian Defence industry that employs highly skilled engineers and manufacturing workers, invests significantly in research and
development and exports its products globally,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Tectonica’s partnership with Rheinmetall commenced with the joint funding of the LSAS project and today’s significant milestone will enable visitors to the Rheinmetall
stand to better understand the capability it brings to a world class vehicle such as Boxer CRV.”

The battle proven Boxer 8×8 provides a unique mix of survivability, mobility and lethality that allows the vehicle to operate effectively across the full spectrum of
combat operations.

If selected for LAND 400 the Boxer CRV will provide the Australian Army with a combat proven, low risk capability that can be rapidly transitioned into service and
easily supported through life. Tectonica will manufacture the ALTERA and Rheinmetall will offer it for export through its global supply chain, ensuring ongoing
local support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) whilst securing Australian jobs.

Tectonica Managing Director David Levy said LSAS brings together a number of critical vehicle functions into a single system by applying the principles of open



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