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Australia will continue testing Hawkei off-road vehicles in Iraq

Australia continues to test its new military off-road Hawkei. According to, the Australian Ministry of Defense sent two pre-production models of armored vehicles to Iraq for testing in combat conditions.

Hawkei in Iraq will perform certain tasks to ensure that we are better prepared for the full-scale deployment of these machines. This will allow the army to learn how to best use the new armored vehicles in the operating environment and ensure its readiness before the start of large-scale production, which will begin in 2019
- said Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne.

Australia will continue testing Hawkei off-road vehicles in Iraq

The Australian division of Task Group Taji Six, located in Iraq, received two Hawkei cars - one each in two- and four-door versions.

As part of the LAND 121 project, the Australian Defense Ministry plans to purchase Hawkei and 1100 trailers for 1000 vehicles. Development, establishment of production and purchase of armored vehicles for the army will cost the country $ 916 million. Hawkei will replace the unarmored Land Rover 4 × 4 off-road vehicles in service with the Australian army.

A four-wheel drive vehicle with a mass of 7 t can reach speeds of up to 130 km / h and go without refueling 600 km. Depending on the configuration, the machine accommodates 4 or 6 people. Hawkei will be manufactured in Australia at Thales Australia's plant, the first samples were sent to the troops for testing in the 2016 year, and next year the mass production of SUVs should begin, reports "Warspot".
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  1. nik-karata
    nik-karata 17 January 2018 12: 26
    Hammer Facelift 1 plus additional reservation ...
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 17 January 2018 12: 43
      Australia will continue testing Hawkei off-road vehicles in Iraq
      Want a fast SUV? - Buy in Russia ... KAMAZ ... wink
  2. san4es
    san4es 17 January 2018 13: 34
    The Australian division of Task Group Taji Six, located in Iraq, received two Hawkei cars

    1. assa67
      assa67 17 January 2018 15: 54
      Alexander hi and who are Australopithecus going to fight with? New Zealand to seize? .... I note that two "pro-serial" samples were delivered ... a test for hunting a kangaroo, apparently laughing
      1. san4es
        san4es 17 January 2018 16: 11
        hi Re-equipment:
        Hawkei's pre-selection for the program was announced in December 2011, but the contract has only followed now. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on October 5, 2015 announced the issuance of the company Thales Australia (Thales Australia), a contract worth 1,3 billion Australian dollars (910 million US dollars) for the supply of the Australian forces 1100 light armored vehicles Hawkei and 1000 two-axle trailers to them.
        The production of Hawkei will be hosted by Thales Australia at a facility in Bendigo, Victoria, where Bushmaster armored vehicles are being assembled. The company will employ 170 people, and another 60 people will be subcontracted in Victoria. Hawkei production will begin in Bendigo in 2016, with the start of deliveries of the first Australian Army vehicles at the end of 2017 and the deployment of full-scale production in 2018. The machine will also be offered for export.
        ... They were tied up in Iraq ... Right now, the "fight against terrorism" is in trend fellow
        Until recently, about 800 Australian troops participated in a military operation in the Middle East, mainly in Iraq, including about 300 Air Force personnel, 300 army instructors, and several dozens of special forces who advise Iraqis. During the period of participation in hostilities, the Australian Air Force conducted 2750 bombings. For more details:
        1. assa67
          assa67 17 January 2018 16: 19
          the Australians are descendants of the convicts ... and they are dancing to the tune of the Anglo-Saxons ..... why should they rearm? ... would sit at home, go in for tourism ... so no,
          1. san4es
            san4es 17 January 2018 16: 33
            In the 14th year (allegedly) terrorists hit them - they couldn’t "keep silent" angry