Defence will invest up to $800million to acquire new fleets of Australian-built amphibious vehicles and landing craft that will be able to transport land forces with enhanced speed and protection.
FILE PHOTO (February 2013): Papua New Guinean children watch a lighter amphibious resupply cargo – vehicle (LARC-V) retrieve ADF equipment from Manus Island, used to build temporary offshore immigration processing facilities. Royal Australian Navy photo.
Through this project, an independent landing craft will be delivered to replace the Army’s existing LCM-8 vessels and an amphibious vehicle will also be built to replace Army’s current LARC-V.
With two separate fleets to be acquired, the watercraft will provide independent shore-to-shore, ship-to-shore, and over-the-shore capabilities to better manoeuvre and sustain the ADF in littoral and riverine environments.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the Army Littoral Manoeuvre – Light project, LAND 8710 Phase 1 would strengthen the ADF’s amphibious capabilities.
“These new vessels, introduced from 2026, will be larger, faster and better protected to support ADF operations,” Minister Reynolds said.
“They will allow Defence to quickly and effectively deploy both domestically and to our near region, as well as remain engaged with regional security partners and support humanitarian assistance to our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific.
“We have also seen the importance of the Army water transport capability most recently on Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20, evacuating Australians to safety off beaches and delivering much needed supplies.”
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the investment in these fleets demonstrated a commitment to Australia’s defence industry.
“Australian industry involvement will be maximised throughout the design, construction and sustainment phases of this project,” Minister Price said.
“The new and enhanced platforms will use Australian industry’s expertise both during the detailed design and build phases.
“By taking this approach, the government is also encouraging potential export opportunities for Australian industry through the design and build of this new capability.”
An invitation to register interest in participating in this project can be accessed here.