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LAND 400 Phase 3 Armoured Fighting Vehicles

LAND 400 Phase 3 is a $10-15 billion Army program which 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.

There are four main industry contenders, each offering a different solution to Army’s request for tender (RFT), including BAE Systems Australia, Hanwha Defense Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems and Rheinmetall.

  • BAE Systems CV90: CV90 has room for a crew of 11 (three crew, eight troops), a top speed of 70km/h, with an operational range of 900 kilometres and can be armed with a 30mm Bushmaster Cannon, a secondary 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and six 76mm grenade launchers.
  • 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.  
  •  General Dynamics Land Systems Ajax: Ajax and its variants have a base weight of 38 tonnes (with growth up to 42 tonnes), and a crew of 9 in the IFV variant (three crew, six dismounts), a 30mm stabilised cannon, supported by a 7.62mm coax machine gun and a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL). The Panoramic Primary Sight provides advanced all-weather imaging technology capability, which allows the IFV platforms to find, engage and target enemy combatants at far greater ranges than current legacy platforms.
  • 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.   


9 Dec 2021
Lynx, Redback complete sea transportability trials
Sea transportability exercises marked an end to the test and evaluation stage of the LAND 400 Phase 3 tender process. ...
21 Oct 2021
Rheinmetall submits BAFO for LAND 400 bid
The defence prime has upgraded its bid to supply the Australian Army with its next-generation Lynx IFVs, including a “special offer” in its final...
1 Jul 2021
Hanwha’s Redback IFV to begin trials for South Korean military
Hanwha’s 5th-generation Redback IFV is expected to begin trials for the South Korean Army between April to June 2022 to modernise the military’s I...
28 Jun 2021
Tasmanian companies join Land 400 Phase 3 bid
While Tasmania’s capabilities in the maritime sector are well understood, its capabilities in the land domain are now of interest to South Korean gi...
3 Jun 2021
German company RENK to create Aus subsidiary if LYNX selected for LAND 400
Germany automotive company RENK has pledged to create an Australian subsidiary based out of Brisbane if Rheinmetall’s LYNX wins the LAND 400 Phase 3...
1 Jun 2021
Hanwha Defense Australia, Elphinstone sign teaming agreement for Redback hull production
The firms have signed a teaming agreement for the manufacture of vehicle hulls for the Redback infantry fighting vehicle. ...
28 May 2021
Cook Defence Systems to support Rheinmetall’s LAND 400 push
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 ...
28 May 2021
Hanwha and LEAP to reinforce Redback life cycle with groundbreaking upgrade
Hanwha Defense Australia and LEAP Australia are set to boost the Redback IFV life cycle via Hanwha’s PTC Windchill product life cycle management sof...
21 May 2021
Local firm supplies components for Rheinmetall’s LAND 400 bid
Rheinmetall Defence Australia has received locally-produced products from an Australian 3D printing and manufacturing firm in support of its push for ...
15 Mar 2021
Redback, Lynx put on display ahead of LAND 400 evaluation
The competing IFVs have been displayed in Canberra alongside the M113 as Defence weighs up their capabilities ahead of its decision on the LAND 400 Ph...
2 Mar 2021
Milspec, Rheinmetall to deliver Lynx alternators for overseas buyer
Milspec Manufacturing of Albury has entered into a $5.58 million contract with Rheinmetall to deliver Lynx alternators. ...
16 Feb 2021
Defence receives competing Hanwha, Rheinmetall IFV prototypes
Six prototype test and evaluation vehicles from Hanwha and Rheinmetall’s respective bids for the LAND 400 Phase 3 program have been delivered to Def...
2 Feb 2021
Rheinmetall welcomes Marand Precision Engineering to Team Lynx
Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) has formally partnered with Melbourne-based Marand Precision Engineering to deliver the Lynx KF41 infantry fighti...
28 Jan 2021
TacMed tapped to support Rheinmetall’s LAND400 bid
The Australian firm has partnered with Rheinmetall to develop a variant of the Lynx KF41 for the prime’s LAND 400 Phase 3 bid. ...
20 Jan 2021
Defcon Tech partners with Rheinmetall to support LAND 400 Phase 3
Canberra-based Defcon Technologies Group has been selected to supply, integrate and support the latest generation of INVISIO combat hearing protecti...
12 Jan 2021
Hanwha launches Redback IFV in Australia
Hanwha Defense Australia has officially launched the Redback infantry fighting vehicle ahead of delivering three Redback vehicles to compete in the t...
12 Jan 2021
Minecorp Australia to support Rheinmetall LAND 400 Phase 3 bid
Minecorp Australia has announced a partnership with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to provide local component manufacturing for the RDA’s Lynx KF41 v...
30 Nov 2020
Rheinmetall confirms LAND 400 Phase 3 industry collaboration with Queensland SME
Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) and its next Australian SME partner, Queensland-based Rockpress, have announced an industry partnership to suppor...
27 Nov 2020
Senator calls for Victorian budget to step up support for defence industry
Victorian senator David Van has stepped up calls for the Victorian government to step up its efforts to attract long-term, high-tech, advanced defence...
24 Nov 2020
Rheinmetall Defence Australia announces LAND 400 Phase 3 industry partnership
Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) has announced a partnership with Queensland Gaskets to support the company’s KF41 Lynx tender for the $18 billio...

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