LAND 400 Phase 3 — Infantry Fighting Vehicles
LAND 400 Phase 3 is a $18-21 billion project aimed at procuring and supporting up to 450 next-generation infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).
The new vehicles will replace Army’s M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers, which have been in service since the mid-1960s.
The IFVs are expected to enable Army to sustain mounted close combat operations against emerging and future threats as part of a joint force.
The Request for Tender was released to industry on 24 August 2018 and closed on 1 March 2019.
Defence is seeking an IFV with high levels of protection, mobility and lethality, capable of lifting six dismounts in a standard infantry battalion section.
Defence has also noted its preference for a tracked vehicle with a manned turret.
Two contenders remain, Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) and Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA).
RDA, which has committed to basing its manufacturing operations from Queensland, is proposing its Lynx IFV.
HDA, which has formed a cross-state partnership with local firms in Victoria and Tasmania, is proposing its Redback IFV. Both vehicles have completed a two-year Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA), with a final Commonwealth government decision imminent.