Partnership to design new landing craft for Australian Army

Photo: BMT
Photo: BMT

Austal Australia has entered into a partnership with defence companies BMT and Raytheon Australia with the aim of delivering the new Independent Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel for the Australian Army.

If selected to deliver the Australian Army's LAND 8710-1A program, Raytheon Australia will lead the team in delivering the BMT-designed vessels, which will be built by Austal at its Henderson shipyard in Western Australia to replace the army's older LCM-8 and LARC-5 amphibious landing craft.

The ILMVs will be designed for ship-to-shore and shore-to-shore transits in both littoral and inland waters.

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