USE THIS ONECanberra-based Defcon Technologies Group is proud to have been selected to supply, integrate and support the latest generation of INVISIO Combat Hearing Protection technology to Rheinmetall Defence Australia as part of the LYNX IFV Intercom System in their bid for Army’s LAND 400 Phase 3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle Program.

Nick Stokes, Defcon’s managing director, said, “operationally, the LYNX is likely quieter than the vehicle it will replace, so continuous engine and road noise will not present the same challenges to hearing and communicating as in the past. However, impulse noise from large-caliber weapons has replaced continuous noise as the main threat to soldiers’ hearing and is harder to mitigate. The degraded Aural Situational Awareness (ASA) that exists in the confines of all combat vehicles adds more complexity to what is already a hazardous acoustic environment and creates multiple challenges for mounted infantry who need to hear, communicate and function under stressful combat conditions.”

Defcon Technologies is an established Defence supplier/contractor specialising in tactical communications and related technologies for defence, law enforcement and government security. It has been providing combat hearing protection and related capability to the ADF for nearly 20 years.

Rheinmetall will deliver three LYNX vehicles to compete in Risk Mitigation Activity trials conducted in Australia from November 2020. The extensive testing regime, considered world leading, will put vehicles through a range of trials including lethality, mobility and blast tests. If successful, the LYNX fleet will be manufactured in Queensland at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Redbank south west of Brisbane. The signing of the Hungarian Armed Forces as the first LYNX customer also means Australian SME’s will see future potential export opportunities for Australia.


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