Canberra-based Defcon Technologies Group has 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 its bid for Army’s LAND 400 Phase 3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle Program.
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.
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.”
Stokes went further: “We look forward to strengthening our relationship with RDA by supporting Team Lynx as they establish their Systems Integration Lab. In the longer term, we look forward to providing our mounted infantry with the enhanced hearing protection, audio communications and aural situational awareness capabilities that our dismounted combatants have enjoyed via LAND 125 Phase 3B Survivability – Combat Hearing Protection since 2016.”
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 SMEs will see future potential export opportunities for Australia.
Defcon Technologies is an established Defence supplier and contractor specialising in tactical C3I and related technologies for defence, law enforcement and government Security.
The Lynx KF41 will include the capability to support a crew of 12 (three crew, up to nine troops), have a max road speed of 70km/h, a road range of more than 500 kilometres, with an armament consisting of the Lance 2.0 30-35mm autocannon, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a variety of additional close in weapons systems.