(from left to right: Tobias Neff, Application Engineer at HUBER+SUHNER Switzerland, Marc Pickering, Sales Manager at HUBER+SUHNER Australia and Mark Nicoll, Project Manager & Application Engineer at HUBER+SUHNER Australia)
Worldwide leading supplier of defence technology, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA), is the winner of the prestigious Australian Defence contract, also known as Project Overlander. HUBER+SUHNER was chosen by RMMVA to assist in the supply of the best vehicles with the latest technology necessary to make Project Overlander a success.
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) – part of the wider Rheinmetall Group –is a worldwide leading supplier of defence technology and winners of the significant Australian Defence contract, Land 121 phase 3B, with the Commonwealth of Australia.
As part of this project, otherwise known as Project Overlander, RMMVA was asked to provide approximately 2,500 medium-heavy capability military logistical vehicles and 3,000 associated bodies and modules for the Australian Army’s training purposes. Incorporated into the supply of the vehicles are a variety of modules with associated cable systems that would provide Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence (C4I) functions.
RMMVA knew that it had to impress and supply only the best vehicles with the latest technology. To do this, it enlisted the help of HUBER+SUHNER.
Proven capability worldwide
“HUBER+SUHNER is financially strong and has a great reputation for providing quality products,” said Brett Trigger at RMMVA. “After proving its capabilities using samples of RF/LF assemblies with test reports in early stages of the process, we were confident that HUBER+SUHNER was the right choice to work with us.”
HUBER +SUHNER is supplying RMMVA with the equipment necessary to make Project Overlander a success. Totalling more than $6 Million over 4 years, the equipment includes: Lightning Protection devices, Caps and Parking Sockets, RF Vehicle Interconnection Kits (VIKs), Radox cables for sub-assemblies for the Command Post Mobile Module and LF assemblies for Lightning Protection devices.
The RF VIKs required an Ultra Flex version of HUBER+SUHNER’s Spuma, a foam dielectric coax cable, along with its high quality, precision machined RF connectors bundled within a Roxtec gland to provide compartment separation. Included within the octopus cable assembly was a proprietary Harris Communications cable.
RMMVA chose to partner with HUBER+SUHNER because of the engineering support available in both Australia and Europe, especially after HUBER+SUHNER solidified itself as a trusted Australian supplier on the Waratah Train project.
“HUBER+SUHNER Australia was able to demonstrate significant value with its offering, which, when combined with its corporate strength, cultural fit and experience of working with large construction companies all over the world, gave us great confidence in its capabilities,” added Trigger.
HUBER+SUHNER Australia has its own engineering, project management and installation teams that can be called upon as required for any local modifications or repairs to cable systems. This through-life support was an important contractual element for Rheinmetall and the Australian Government.
“We pride ourselves on being able to provide support to our customers all over the world, especially on major defence projects like Project Overlander,” said Ricardo Haselbach at HUBER+SUHNER Australia. “We are delighted that our local manufacturing of RF cable systems enabled RMMVA to deliver on its promise to the Commonwealth of local industry engagement.”
This factor is becoming even more relevant and new projects are now being mandated by the Commonwealth to involve greater percentages of local engagement.