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I did my uni industrial experience at Lithgow SAF in the late 90s, then ended up teaching alongside a woman I met there after she retrained as a technology teacher.

Glad to see that the place is still chugging along, even though someone played fast and loose with the madritsch IP.

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On 9/27/2021 at 4:14 PM, 2805662 said:

Manufacture of “major components” of the Mk30-2/ABM to be undertaken by Thales Lithgow. 
 

Hope Rheinmetall has their IP locked down!

 

Man, the stories I have heard from an Aussie soldier on some of the F88's production "quality" out of Lithgow.

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There were problems with early production batches. As it turns out, the problems were due to ADI building to match the TDP. When consultants from Steyr were brought in all their “fixes” were to disregard the TDP specification and arbitrarily increase tolerances.

After that “advice” ADI figured things out on their own, for better or worse.

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Related to the previous discussion of Iron Fist:

”The Army has encountered technical problems and funding gaps in its effort to field an active protection system on the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle — but service officials say they’re now moving forward.

The Iron Fist system has completed the majority of required testing, Brig. Gen. Glenn Dean, the program executive officer for Army ground combat systems, told Defense News.”

 

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/10/12/after-pumping-the-brakes-army-moves-to-field-iron-fist-protection-system-on-bradley/


 

 

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“We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve demonstrated that we have fixed those issues, and we’ve gotten a significant maturity level and performance demonstration within the system,” putting the system up against roughly 400 threats including single and dual-warheads, anti-tank guided missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and recoilless rifles, Neaves said.

This is a positive statement. IFDL may not be there yet, but “there” is at least visible from here.

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