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Land 125

LAND 125 Soldier Combat System (Project WUNDURRA)[1][2] refers collectively to various pieces of infantry equipment which is being planned and phased in by the Australian military. It is designed to enhance the performance of the individual Australian close combat soldier and small teams as part of a network enabled force.

Contents

  • Current phases 1
    • Phase 2B 1.1
    • Phase 3 1.2
    • Phase 4 1.3
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Current phases

Project background and proposal information is available in the Defence Capability Plan 2004-2014.

Phase 2B

Phase 2B will introduce into service a variety of enhanced dismounted close combat capabilities that constitute Soldier Enhancement Version One (SE v.1). This includes the following capabilities:

  • Soldier Personal Radio (SPR) – a short range, intra-section communications device.
  • Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS) – for employment with the F88 Steyr rifle to improve the surveillance and target acquisition capability of small teams.
  • Individual Combat Load Carriage Equipment (ICLCE) – an integrated, modular hip/chest webbing ensemble and large field pack.
  • Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH) – to improve individual survivability.
  • Personal Protective Padding (PPP) – elbow and knee pads.

Status: Phase 2B is approved with acquisition action underway.

Phase 3

Phase 3 is proposed to introduce into service a variety of enhanced dismounted close combat capabilities that constitute Soldier Enhancement Version Two (SE v.2). This may include the following capabilities:

  • Dismounted Battle Management System (DBMS) and data capable Combat Net Radio (CNR) – a digital situational awareness and data management system to provide commanders with improved command and control functionality.
  • Enhanced Steyr rifle and improved weapon optics – providing enhanced capabilities to the surveillance and target acquisition characteristics of small teams.
  • Individual survivability components – candidate equipment may include improved and modular combat body armor, ballistic and laser ocular protection and hearing protection.

Status: Concept is under development.

Phase 4

Phase 4 is proposed to introduce into service a variety of enhanced dismounted close combat capabilities that constitute Soldier Enhancement Version Three (SE v.3). In accordance with the spiral development methodology, the capability requirements for SE v.4 will be defined by emerging requirements and the technical maturity of candidate solutions, within the boundaries of the aspirational system architecture.

Status: This phase has not been scoped.

References

  1. ^ Dr. Wayne Hobbs et al (April 2000) "LAND 125 Soldier Combat System (Project WUNDURRA) ", Land Operations Division, DSTO, Retrieved 30 March 2010
  2. ^ Dean K. Bowley et al, (February 1997) " Recent Activity in the Analysis of the Soldier Combat System " Land Space and Optoelectronics Division, DSTO, Retrieved 30 March 2010
  1. Note: “Wundurra” is Pitjantjatjara (an Australian Aboriginal language) for “warrior”

External links

  • Australian Defence Force page on Land Warrior
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