Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has called for the final registrations for an Australia-wide roadshow that will give small businesses in capital cities and selected regional locations the chance to be a part of Army’s biggest project.
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Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability Roadshow is a huge opportunity for Australian industry to pitch their capabilities to shortlisted tenderers.
The Mounted Close Combat Capability (LAND 400 Phase 3) project will replace the current M113 armoured personnel carrier with up to 450 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and up to 17 manoeuvre support vehicles.
Minister Price said, "Land 400 Phase 3 will acquire and support up to 450 infantry fighting vehicles to replace the M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers and up to 17 manoeuvre support vehicles."
This project will provide Australian businesses with the opportunity to help produce and support an advanced world-class IFV for Defence.
Shortlisted tenderers Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia will participate in a Defence-facilitated joint Australian industry capability roadshow in March and April 2020.
Defence will conduct the roadshow in March and April 2020 with the two shortlisted tenderers, Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia, to facilitate opportunities for Australian industry involvement in the project.
"Australian industry will be absolutely critical to the success of this project. This is the time to highlight to Hanwha and Rheinmetall the strength and diversity of the Australian defence industry," Minister Price added.
The roadshow will provide an opportunity for Australian SMEs interested in winning LAND 400 work to pitch their products and capabilities to Hanwha and Rheinmetall.
LAND 400 Phase 3 is a $10-15 billion Army program that will recapitalise Army’s Vietnam-era M113 APC force, with a combination of a tracked IFV and tracked APC.
The two successful tenderers offer a different solution to Army’s request for tender (RFT):
- Hanwha Defense Systems AS21 Redback: The AS21 will include the capability to integrate active protection systems into an evolved turret system. The Redback will 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.
- Rheinmetall Lynx KF41: 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.
The roadshow includes Australian capital cities and selected regional locations:
- Sunshine Coast;
- Perth; and
The sequence of roadshows will be announced once demand for each location is identified. This is expected to be by the end of February 2020. Additional regional locations may be added if required.
Registrations to participate in the roadshow close on 21 February 2020. Nomination forms are available now to register your interest in the roadshow. These can be found on the LAND 400 website.