Minecorp Australia has announced a partnership with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to provide local component manufacturing for the RDA’s Lynx KF41 vehicle as part of the multibillion-dollar LAND 400 Phase 3 program.
Minecorp’s in-house engineering team is working to assist the LYNX KF41 assembly with a range of critical bracketry and vehicle components as Rheinmetall prepares for the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) trials for the $18.1-$27.1 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 program.
General manager of Minecorp Australia Angus McIntyre said joining Team LYNX for LAND 400 Phase 3 was an important step for the company, "Our manufacturing capability and customer solutions focus are well honed to provide the support required for the Rheinmetall program. To be part of an extensive local supplier base here in Queensland proves that production in Australia is still strong, and we intend to continue building our expertise in this area. We are extremely proud of our design and manufacturing capability – supporting sovereign capability is a key deliverable for our business."
Rheinmetall will deliver three LYNX vehicles to compete in RMA trials conducted in Australia from November 2020. The extensive testing regime, considered world leading, will put vehicles through a range of trials including lethality, mobility and blast tests.
If successful, the LYNX fleet will be manufactured in Queensland at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Redbank south-west of Brisbane. The signing of the Hungarian Armed Forces as the first LYNX customer also means Australian SMEs will see future potential export opportunities for Australia.
Minecorp has worked hard over the past five years to learn and understand the nature of the Defence sector and adapt to the specific requirements. Utilising Trumpf CNC equipment and certified welding practices, the business understands time critical production ensuring all components meet the specified end use requirements.
With approximately 50 staff, the company has a passion for quality, innovation and integrity and is committed to ongoing investment to ensure a high-quality logistics supply chain for the Australian Defence Force.
McIntyre added, "Our commitment to innovation, expertise, design excellence and supply of quality products enables Minecorp to be a leader in our field. We very much look forward to strengthening our partnership with RDA and extending our support with the LYNX KF41 program into the future."
LAND 400 Phase 3 is a multibillion-dollar Army program that will recapitalise Army’s Vietnam-era M113 armoured personnel carrier (APC) force, with a combination of a tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and tracked APC.
The two successful down selected companies, South Korean Hanwha Defense Systems and Rheinmetall Defence present two different options:
- Hanwha Defense Systems AS21 Redback: The AS21 will include the capability to integrate active protection systems into an evolved turret system, the Redback will, like its BAE competitor, be capable of hosting a crew of 11 (three crew, eight troops), a top road speed of 70km/h, cross country speed of 40km/h, an operational range of 500 kilometres, with an armament consisting of a 40mm autocannon and a single 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.
- Rheinmetal Lynx KF-41: The Lynx KF41 will include the capability to support a crew of 12 (three crew, up to nine troops), have a max road speed of 70km/h, a road range of more than 500 kilometres, with an armament consisting of the Lance 2.0 30-35mm autocannon, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a variety of additional close in weapons systems.