A record number of local Australian businesses have showcased their capabilities at the LAND 400 Phase 3 Australian Industry Capability Roadshow.
From March to May, the Roadshow met with local companies from across Australia, including Melbourne, Geelong, Townsville, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Darwin, Perth, Tasmania, Adelaide, Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra. It enabled the two shortlisted tenderers, Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia, to identify local businesses that could contribute to their supply chains.
Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the LAND 400 Phase 3 project will provide the Army with an advanced, world-class Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) capability.
“The Morrison Government is investing in the best possible capability for our Australian Defence Force. These advanced vehicles will replace the M113 armoured personnel carriers, providing Army with new levels of protection, firepower, and mobility,” Minister Reynolds said. “It’s fantastic that a record 400 companies were involved in the Roadshow. The high level of engagement demonstrates the strength and diversity of the Australian defence industry available to support this critical project.”
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said following the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions, the Morrison Government remained committed to continuing the momentum of the Australian Industry Capability Roadshow and ensuring all registered companies had the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities.
“Using a videoconferencing platform, the Roadshow transitioned to a virtual environment which replicated the experience of the individual face-to-face meetings,” Minister Price said. “It follows the successful 2016 LAND 400 Phase 2 Roadshow. Across both events, more than 700 meetings have been conducted with local companies for the LAND 400 program. Australian industry will be vital to the success of the LAND 400 Phase 3 project, which will create opportunities for a diverse range of companies right across Australia.”
LAND 400 Phase 3
The LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability Program will replace the Australian Army’s current fleet of M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) with up to 450 modern Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) and 17 Manoeuvre Support Vehicles (MSV).
By the project, Australia is seeking an 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 maneuverability characteristics of the vehicle are to be similar to the Australian Army M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) fleet to enable combined arms maneuver.
The new vehicles are expected to enter into service by the mid-2020s.
LAND 400 Phase 3 Contenders:
In 2019, the Australian Department of Defence has signed contracts with Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia in support of the LAND 400 Phase 3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) procurement program.
South Korea’s Hanwha Defense is offering AS21 Redback IFV for the program while Germany’s Rheinmetall Defence is offering Lynx KF41 IFV. AS21 Redback is a variant of K21 IFV originally developed for the South Korean Army and Lynx KF41 is the latest variant of Lynx armored fighting vehicle (AFV) developed by Rheinmetall.
The companies defeated proposals by USA’s General Dynamics Land Systems (GLS) offering AJAX AFV, and UK/Sweden’s BAE Systems Hägglunds offering CV90 IFV.