Thomas Global and Thales Australia have delivered nine upgraded Crew Procedural Trainer (CPT) turrets for the Australian Army’s Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV).
The ASLAV CPT is a simulator that enables the crew commander and gunner to practice gunnery skills without the need to use live ammunition.
The upgrade will lead to lower life cycle costs and higher availability, ensuring the platform remains reliable, affordable and effective.
A spokesperson for Thales Australia told Defence Connect, "As part of the ASLAV CPT turret upgrade, Thomas Global upgraded legacy cathode ray tube-based DTAS binocular and image intensifier monocular sights with plug-and-play active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) technology, and introduced a bulkhead interconnection point providing flexibility for the CPT to be adapted for alternate platforms. A mid-life weapon overhaul on the simulated Bushmaster M242 cannon was also completed."
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne congratulated Thales and Thomas Global on the delivery of the turret simulators, and made special mention of the jobs the project created.
“Contributing to the Australian economy, the upgrade contract valued at $5 million has seen the creation of nine new jobs in Rydalmere and Regents Park, in NSW, as a result of industry and Defence working together,” Minister Pyne said.
“This project is yet another example of how industry is helping deliver important, cost-effective capabilities to the Australian Defence Force.
“Thales and Thomas Global in partnership with the Defence project office have brought the Australian Army’s fleet of 18 ASLAV CPTs to a common technology baseline, and addressed component obsolescence."
The ASLAV is a wheeled, eight wheel drive vehicle that has been modified to deal with Australia's harsh conditions.
The Australian Army said the ASLAV is an effective capability due to its reliability, low maintenance costs and ability to travel quickly over long distances. For these reasons, the ASLAV is particularly suited to long-range battlefield surveillance operations.