Defence has signed contracts with the two companies selected to progress to the next stage of LAND 400 Phase 3, under the multi-billion dollar upgrade to Army’s mounted close combat capability.
CAPTION: Contenders for LAND 400 Phase 3 – Hanwha Redback V Rheinmetall Lynx.
Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia will participate in a risk-mitigation program as part of defence’s project to acquire infantry fighting vehicles.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the signing of the contracts brought Army a step closer to having a world-class infantry fighting vehicle capability.
“This program is a significant investment in Army’s capability – it will make our personnel safer, more effective on operations, and will complement our investment in the Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles under LAND400 Phase 2,” Minister Reynolds said.
The risk-mitigation phase of the selection process will occur over the next two years, allowing both companies to engage with Defence, as well as clarify, refine and negotiate their tenders.
Vehicles will undertake a test-and-evaluation program including destructive testing at sites across Australia.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price encouraged Australian industry to get behind this project.
“Australian industry involvement and Australian workers will be critically important to this project,” Minister Price said.
“Defence will work with the shortlisted tenderers to ensure small and medium enterprises across Australia have the opportunity to showcase their capabilities.”
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