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Hawkei’s genesis: protection, mobility & performance

Hawkei is a 7-tonne, 4x4, highly mobile, highly protected tactical vehicle, built by Thales in Australia. This leading-edge helicopter-deployable light vehicle represents the next generation in protected mobility, ready to export.

A PMV1 with exceptional mobility and  operational flexibility

“All your controls are in front of you … it’s just as simple as a car to drive.” 2

The Hawkei’s performance across the most demanding terrain is outstanding, and it is designed to be as driver-friendly as possible. The Hawkei’s 3-tonne payload, 5-6 seat capacity and adaptable electronic vehicle architecture provides the military commander the greatest operational flexibility in class.

Unrivaled IED protection and lethality

With a patented modular design, the Hawkei offers ultra-efficient protection systems. It delivers survivability, markedly against IED3, mines or small arms ambushes.

Hawkei can be equipped with a variety of advanced weapon systems integrated into the vehicle’s digitised architecture to provide a variety of lethality options including Heavy MG, Auto Grenade Launchers & Missiles.

Various models & variants… all ready to export!

The Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light fulfills a number of operational roles and is configured in 2 variants: 4-door and 2-door with tray. These configurations provide the basis for numerous variants including: command, reconnaissance, liaison and utility.


The vehicle and the deadly snake

Did you know? Hawkei is named after the largest native Australian snake in the Death Adder species – Acanthophis Hawkei. It is one of Australia’s (and the world’s) deadliest snakes (Wikipedia:

Hawkei’s key specifications


  • Overall length: 5.8m
  • Width: 2.4m
  • Overall height: 2.3m


Weight: 7,000 kg

Configuration: 4-door or 2-door with tray vehicle with 4x4 drive

Crew: Up to 6

Armor: Applique armour provided by Plasan composite and V-shaped monocoque hull

Engine: Steyr 3.2l six cylinder turbocharged M16 SCI 200 kW / 268 hp @ 4,000 rpm and torque of 610 Nm/450 ft lb @ 2,000 rpm.

Speed (max): 130 km/h (80 mph)

Weapon mounts:

  • Remote Weapon Station up to 12.7 mm HMG or  40 mm Auto Grenade Launcher, or Javelin missile
  • Manned MG pintle mount up to 12.7 mm HMG or  40 mm AGL, or
  • Manned MG swing mounts for 5.56 mm & 7.62 mm MG.



[1] Protected Mobility Vehicle

[2] Quote from a soldier from Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade involved in the Defence Trials

[3] Improvised Explosive Devices