This project will provide the ADF with a Medium Range, Ground-Based Air Defence Capability.
LAND 400 Phase 3 will be replacing the M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carrier fleet.
The LAND 400 Phase 3 – Land Combat Vehicle System (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) project is scoped to acquire and support up to 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
The Infantry Fighting Vehicles will replace the current M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers that have been in service since the mid 1960’s and are no longer able to counter the current and emerging threats presented in our operating environment.
When fully delivered, the Infantry Fighting Vehicle will allow Army to successfully sustain mounted close combat operations against emerging and future threats as part of a joint force.
The LAND 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender was released to industry on 24 August 2018 and closed on 1 March 2019. Defence seeks an Infantry Fighting Vehicle with high levels of protection, mobility and lethality, capable of lifting six dismounts in a standard infantry battalion section. Defence’s preference is for a tracked vehicle with a manned turret.
On 16 September 2019, the Government announced that Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia had been assessed as offering vehicles that are best able to meet Defence’s requirements and to deliver a value for money solution, and have been invited to proceed to the next stage of the evaluation and participate in a Risk Mitigation Activity.
The two year Risk Mitigation Activity commenced in October 2019. It allowed Defence to work with the shortlisted tenderers to clarify and refine their offers, and to undertake detailed testing and evaluation of the tendered vehicles.
As part of the Risk Mitigation Activity, Defence facilitated an Australian Industry Capability Roadshow in conjunction with Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha Defense Australia over the period March – May 2020. The Roadshow enabled companies across Australia to showcase their capabilities and provide both shortlisted tenderers with the opportunity to identify local businesses able to contribute to their domestic and international supply chains. A total of 400 Australian companies across all states and territories delivered pitches on their business capabilities in both face to face and digital formats.
In addition to the Roadshow, Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia continue to conduct their own industry engagement activities. Both shortlisted tenderers have provided further information on their respective capabilities and how they engage with Australian industry and the Hanwha Defense Australia document can be found here and Rheinmetall Defence Australia document found here.
The Risk Mitigation Activity concluded on 8 October 2021 with the two shortlisted tenderers submitting their final offers.
Defence has now commenced the final evaluation stage of the tender. A recommendation on the preferred tenderer is scheduled to be presented to Government for consideration in 2022.