Australian Independent Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel
Australian Independent Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel

Austal Teams with Raytheon and BMT to Deliver Australian Independent Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel

Austal Australia is teaming with local defence industry leaders BMT and Raytheon Australia to deliver the new Australian Independent Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel, or ILMV, for the Australian Army. Based on a proven design and carefully tailored for the Australian environment, the Australian ILMV is a world class, future ready capability and sovereign solution aligned with the Army’s new and complex littoral manoeuvre requirements. If selected to deliver the Army’s LAND 8710-1A program, Raytheon Australia will lead the team to deliver the BMT-designed vessel, which will be built by Austal at the Henderson shipyard in Western Australia. The team has a successful track record in delivering ships every three months and this project will be key to providing a continuous ship building program and preserving local jobs in this vital sovereign industry. Raytheon Australia has teamed with Austal and BMT in a bid to deliver a world class solution, carefully tailored to meet the Australian Army’s complex and demanding littoral manoeuvre requirements – now and into the future.

Austal Limited Chief Executive Officer Paddy Gregg said,”The highly experienced WA-based shipyard team has the capability and capacity to deliver this specific class of ships. As one of Australia’s largest shipbuilders with an acknowledged world class operation and decades of Australian Defence Force experience, we have an existing workforce that is trusted to deliver on multiple programs from our Henderson shipyard. Our unique ability to do production design in our shipyard will also minimise risk and cost to the LAND 8710-1A program.”

Michael Ward, Raytheon Australia’s managing director said,”The team, in collaboration with Austal and BMT, is ready to deliver a fielded and safe littoral manoeuvre capability to the Australian Army. Raytheon Australia knows how complex it is to bring a ship design to life – from training to operational testing and evaluation to sea trials and certifications.”

Austal Teams with Raytheon and BMT to Deliver Australian Independent Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel

In collaboration with partners Austal and BMT, Raytheon Australia’s team has developed a future-ready, low-risk solution for Army’s LAND 8710 Phase 1A program, offering the Australian Independent Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel, or ILMV. With more than 20 years of experience in delivering sovereign solutions on time and to budget, Raytheon Australia has the safe hands and know-how to introduce a purpose-designed operational capability into service. From design to build and introduction into service, our whole-of-life approach and expert team is ready now to commence work on this new capability. The team has a proven Australian prime contractor, an experienced Australian shipbuilder and a world-class ship designer ready to deliver real capability for the Australian Army. The team are focused on capability and ensuring that the Australian Army can harness the full operational potential of the LAND 8710-1A capability.

Raytheon Australia has partnered with highly experienced and proven sovereign shipbuilder Austal to provide an unrivalled best build option for the Australian Independent Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel. A leading Australian global shipbuilder, Austal is renowned for building and sustaining some of the world’s most advanced commercial and defence vessels. Raytheon Australia has partnered with BMT – a leading Australian sovereign designer for amphibious and specialist ships – to offer a superior solution for the Australian Army’s LAND 8710 program. The Australian Independent Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel is an outstanding solution with a proven design that is ready to be delivered now. It has real capability with a real growth path, and margins for a future-ready Army. Australianised for the Australian environment, the Australian ILMV is based on a fielded design that meets Army’s most critical requirements. The Australian ILMV solution provides low-performance risk, low-technology risk, low-commercial risk and a fast path to Initial Operational Capability.