Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is seeking input from Australian industry on the proposed tender timeline for LAND 400 Phase 3 project.
The multi-billion dollar project will replace Australian Army’s M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) with a fleet of up to 450 modern Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) and 17 Manoeuvre Support Vehicles (MSV). This acquisition of mounted close combat vehicle capability through the tender will be one of Army’s largest purchases.
The Australian Government provided First Pass approval for LAND 400 Phase 3 to acquire the IFV and MSV capabilities, on 13 March 2018. The new vehicles are expected to enter into service by the mid-2020s and will provide new levels of protection, firepower, mobility and enhanced communications to the Army.
Christopher Pyne, the Minister for Defence Industry, said consulting on the draft timeline would lead to a smoother and better informed tender process reducing the cost of tendering to industry.
“The proposed tender timeline identifies key milestones in the tender evaluation. We welcome industry’s feedback on the timeline to better enable both industry and defence to plan for this significant boost to capability,” Minister Pyne said.
“Just as with the Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles, Australian industry involvement and Australian workers will be critically important to this project. This project is another exciting opportunity for Australian industry to deliver leading edge technology in support of the Army.,” Minister Pyne said.
Industry feedback received from the LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability tender process consistently indicated a preference to comment on proposed broad timelines prior to the release of the LAND 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender (RFT). In addition, DoD is also provided industry an exposure draft of the LAND 400 Phase 3 RFT.
Minister Payne said the Government was committed to investing in advanced vehicles that are better equipped to meet the range of current and emerging threats which are becoming more lethal and sophisticated.
LAND 400 Phase 3
By the project, Australia is seeking an Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), with high levels of protection, lethality and mobility, and is capable of lifting a standard infantry battalion section (minimum of 6 dismounts).
The tactical manoeuvrability characteristics of the vehicle are to be similar to the Australian Army M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) fleet to enable combined arms manoeuvre.
The IFV will be selected on the basis of whole of life (acquisition and sustainment) fleet costs and the optimal value for money within the funding provision available within the Defence budget.
The stated preference is for a tracked and turreted vehicle but Australia will also consider a mixed fleet of both tracked and wheeled vehicles if this enables fulfilment of the range of IFV missions with better value for money and affordability over the life of the fleet.
They possible contenders of the project are (all tracked vehicles):
+ Rheinmetall Lynx KF41
+ Puma – Projekt System Management GmbH (PSM), a JV of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall .
+ CV90 – BAE Systems Australia
+ K21 – South Korea’s Hanwha Defence Systems
+ General Dynamics Ajax/ ASCOD
Boxer 8×8 CRV for LAND 400 Phase 2
The LAND 400 Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) project saw the selection of Rheinmetall Boxer 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicle over the Patria AMV35 offered by the BAE Systems. The selection was announced on March 14 this year by Malcolm Turnbull, the country’s Prime Minister.
This multi-billion dollar project will see Rheinmetall deliver at least 211 of the latest generation Boxer 8×8 vehicles, with Rheinmetall’s advanced Lance 30mm turret fitted to the reconnaissance variants.
Rheinmetall will offer the recently unveiled Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle for the LAND 400 Phase 3 project.