Marand Precision Engineering has partnered with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to deliver the Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle in Australia should it be selected by the Commonwealth of Australia for the LAND 400 Phase 3 program.
FILE IMAGE: Rheinmetall Lynx in AusCam colour scheme
Lynx is a next generation tracked, digitised and highly protected IFV built to meet the stringent military requirements of the $18.1-$27.1 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 program.
The Australian Army needs a new IFV for close combat to close in and defeat an enemy in the most dangerous and lethal environments for Australian soldiers.
Marand has operations in Melbourne and Geelong and supplies sophisticated engineering solutions to the defence, aerospace, rail, mining and energy sectors.
It designs and manufactures complex innovative solutions for its customer base including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE Systems, BHP and Rio Tinto.
Marand CEO Rohan Stocker said the company looked forward to its strategic partnership with Rheinmetall and Team Lynx.
“We look forward to expanding our presence in Australia’s Defence industry and working alongside Rheinmetall to build the LYNX in Australia,” Mr Stocker said.
Rheinmetall has delivered three Lynx vehicles to compete in the test and evaluation trials as part of the risk-mitigation activity to be conducted around Australia this year.
The extensive testing regime will put vehicles through a range of trials including lethality, mobility and blast tests.
If selected, the Lynx fleet will be manufactured in Australia by a nation-wide network of companies.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Gary Stewart said Marand was an outstanding Australian company with a reputation globally in major Defence projects.
“Marand is a proven partner with a global presence in Defence and its design, development and manufacturing work will be critical to the successful delivery of our vehicles to the Australian customer,” Mr Stewart said.