The London-based firm has been chosen to supply track systems for Rheinmetall’s Lynx IFV, proposed for selection as part of the government’s LAND 400 Phase 3 program.
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Rheinmetall has tapped Cook Defence Systems to provide tracks for its Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), which has been proposed to replace the Australian Army’s M113 fleet under the $18.1 – $27.1 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 project.
Cook Defence Systems’ lightweight TR40 tracks are currently in-service on the British Army’s Ajax vehicles and are being supplied to Rheinmetall for Lynx vehicles produced for other customers.
William Cook, director of Cook Defence Systems, said the UK firm's delivery would be supported by Australian industry.
“We are delighted to be working with Rheinmetall Defence Australia as part of its bid for the LAND 400 Phase 3 project,” he said.
“Our proposed TR40 track will have a strong contribution from Australian industry thanks to our long-standing partnership with Mackay Rubber in Victoria.”
Mackay’s track pads are made from an advanced rubber formulation, designed to provide durability in the most demanding environments.
“The partnership between Cook Defence Systems and Mackay Rubber is an excellent example of how Rheinmetall is working with its partners in Australia to deliver best of class technology with enduring sovereign capability benefits,” Rheinmetall Defence Australia managing director Gary Stewart added.
The Lynx will be displayed with the Cook Defence Systems track fitted at the Land Forces international defence exhibition on next week.
The Lynx is currently undergoing risk mitigation activities alongside its competitor, Hanwha Defense Australia's Redback IFV.
The assessments include mobility, reliability and blast testing.
Defence is also expected to assess contracts, supply chains and maintenance associated with the vehicles, ahead of the government’s recommendation on the preferred tender, scheduled for 2022.
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