Defence Manufacturer, Thales Australia, is currently producing a light armoured vehicle for the Australian Army which features the STEYR Motors M160065.
The vehicle, which falls under ‘Project Land 121 Phase 4’ , is named after a stealthy species, Acanthophis Hawkei, a native of Australia. The vehicle weighs approximately 7,000kg and is developed as a next-generation light mobility vehicle. Thanks to its very economic STEYR MOTORS Monoblock 6 cylinder diesel engine, it can travel at a maximum speed of 100km/h over a range of more than 1,000km.
The engine operating the vehicle is the M16, six-cylinder STEYR MOTORS diesel which is turbocharged and Euro V compliant. To assist with on board computer systems, the engine is also fitted with a STEYR MOTORS Starter Generator for power generation. This model of engine provides 200 kW (268 hp) @ 4,000rpm with 610 N·m (450 lb·ft) @ 2,000rpm and is fitted with a ZF 6HP280, six-speed automatic transmission.
The Australian-built Hawkei is tailored to the specific requirements of the Australian Defence Force – a 7-tonne lightweight protected mobility vehicle for rapid CH-47 airmobile deployment, constructed of a modular design with scalable protection systems. Initially the Hawkei will be configured in four variants: command, reconnaissance, liaison and utility.
Thales Australia is currently under contract with the Department of Defence to deliver six Hawkis under the LAND 121 Phase 4 program, which will ultimately acquire 1,300 new light protected vehicles to replace selected elements of the Land Rover fleet.