LAND 400 contenders in Canberra

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Project LAND 400 Phase 2 contenders rumbled into Canberra this week for air transportability trials.

The Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Australia vehicles were also displayed to officials and the public at Defence Headquarters in Russell on June 20 and at Army Innovation Days at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

CAPTIONS: The BAE Systems Australia Patria AMV35 and the Rheinmetall Boxer CRV at Defence Establishment Fairbairn as part of The Army’s Land 400 Phase 2 project in Canberra for air transportability trials. Photos by Jay Cronan.
CAPTIONS: The BAE Systems Australia Patria AMV35 and Rheinmetall Boxer CRV at Defence Establishment Fairbairn for air transportability trials. Photos by Jay Cronan.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the C-17 air transportability trials were part of the 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) to test and evaluate the vehicles and significantly lower risk to both the Commonwealth and industry in the acquisition and sustainment of these vehicles.

“These rivals are world-class examples of combat reconnaissance vehicles and represent a significant advancement in the protection and capability levels provided to our soldiers, ” Minister Pyne said.

“The BAE Systems Australia Patria AMV35 and the Rheinmetall Boxer CRV embody the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles, with vastly improved firepower, protection and mobility.

“The Risk Mitigation Activity is also looking at ways to maximise Australian industry involvement in LAND 400 Phase 2.

“Significant effort has gone into increasing opportunities for Australian companies to be a part of LAND 400 Phase 2.

“Defence completed a nationwide series of workshops late last year to provide Australian companies with an opportunity to showcase their capabilities to the shortlisted LAND 400 Phase 2 tenderers.”

LAND 400 Phase 2 is a $4 to 5 billion project to purchase 225 combat reconnaissance vehicles to replace the Australian Light Armoured Vehicles currently in service with the Australian Army.

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