Project LAND 400 Phase 2 will acquire 225 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to replace the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) – and a recent gathering of all the vehicles, plus an Abrams tank, at Mount Bundey live-fire range gave an insight into the scale of things to come.
Rheinmetall has offered the Boxer Multi Role Armoured Vehicle integrated with the Rheinmetall Lance turret.
BAE Systems Australia has teamed with Patria of Finland to offer the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle integrated with the BAE Hägglunds E35 turret.
On 28 July 2016, Defence announced that BAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall had been shortlisted to participate in a Risk Mitigation Activity, which is the second stage of the tender evaluation process and on 19 August, Defence signed Risk Mitigation Activity contracts with BAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall.
The Risk Mitigation Activity encompasses a one-year test-and-evaluation program in conjunction with cost-and-capability trade-off assessments, the development of Australian Industry Capability Plans reflecting differing levels of Australian involvement, and the development of contract documentation including specifications and schedules.
Two vehicles from each tenderer have been delivered to Defence and are being used in the test-and-evaluation program, including comprehensive live-fire training at Pucapunyal, Victoria, and Mount Bundey near Darwin in the Northern Territory.
The eventual LAND 400 Phase 2 fleet will include seven variants, including fighting vehicles, command vehicles, reconnaissance and ambulance variants.
MEANWHILE: An Army Demonstration Day in Canberra this week showcased these vehicles and a range of other vehicles and equipment currently being rolled out, soon to be rolled out or in consideration for possible acquisition by the Army.
A number of retired generals as well as future Army leaders from ADFA and RMC viewed and were impressed by the equipment.
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