Birdon welcomes the announcement we have been selected as the preferred designer for the Landing Craft Medium capability. The Commonwealth will work with Birdon and Austal as part of the strategic shipbuilder pilot, to undertake further design maturation to prepare the Landing Craft Medium design, for the construction of 18 vessels at Henderson, Western Australia. The Landing Craft Medium will provide independent shore-to-shore and ship-to-shore capability to enable movement and sustainment of the amphibious Joint Force over extended ranges in the restricted litoral and riverine environments. The new fleet will be capable of carrying the Joint Forces current and planned armoured and protected vehicles, as a combat laden mission system in high seas states. The vessel will also be interoperable with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) and Landing Ship Dock (LSD). “We’re proud that our Landing Craft Medium design has been selected for the next phase of securing Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability. We look forward to working with the Commonwealth and Austal to deliver this capability to the Army.” said Joe Smith, General Manager Defence – Birdon. Birdon’s solution has been designed from the keel up, specifically for the Australian Army’s needs, and leverages Birdon’s intimate knowledge and experience of Australian and international military watercraft programs and operational requirements. “As an Australian-owned private firm with a global reach, we deeply value and advocate for the pivotal contributions of businesses within Australia’s manufacturing and supply landscape. Birdon’s Landing Craft Medium design is integrating a high level of Australian Industry Capability.” said Jamie Bruce, CEO – Birdon.