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Project LAND 400

The Department of Defence’s LAND 400 project is managing the delivery of the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles for the Australian Army. Estimated by the Australian Government to have a total acquisition cost of between $14 and $20 billion, the project is expected to deliver 675 vehicles over 15 years. Additionally, the vehicles will require maintenance and support for up to 30 years. LAND 400 is the biggest and most expensive acquisition project in the history of the Australian Army.

LAND 400 Phase 2

Phase 2 of the LAND 400 project is managing the acquisition of 225 combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRVs). In August 2016, the Department of Defence shortlisted tenders from Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) with its Boxer CRV, and BAE Systems (BAE) with its Patria AMV35. Following the completion of a 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity phase, the Department of Defence is in the process of finalising its tender evaluation and recommendations to the Australian Government. An announcement of the successful tenderer is expected in the first half of 2018.

RDA selects Queensland for LAND 400 bid

RDA selects Queensland for Land 400 bid
Vehicles from Rheinmetall Defence’s fleet

On 14 July 2017, RDA announced it had selected Queensland as the preferred location for its Australia-New Zealand headquarters and military vehicle centre of excellence (MILVEHCOE), if it is the successful bidder in the LAND 400 Phase 2 tender process.

This long-term partnership between the Queensland Government and RDA would establish a new military vehicle advanced manufacturing industry for the state.

RDA intends for the MILVEHCOE to not only be the manufacturing facility for the 225 Boxer CRVs under LAND 400 Phase 2, but to also support its other military vehicle projects across Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region. This outcome would firmly position Queensland as the Asia Pacific hub for military and heavy vehicle manufacture and sustainment, and as Australia’s home for land defence projects.

RDA expects that the MILVEHCOE and its impact across Queensland’s supply chain would generate at least 450 full-time equivalent jobs over the first 10 years of its operation, and contribute more than $1 billion to the Queensland economy. These would be high skilled, knowledge-based jobs in alignment with the economic development strategies in the Advance Queensland initiative.

Additionally, with 100 of the LAND 400 Phase 2 vehicles planned to be based at the Townsville and Enoggera Army bases for the next 30 years, this is likely to present opportunities for the local industry to benefit.

For more information visit the Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s Boxer CRV website.

RDA’s Boxer CRV Queensland tour

In support of its LAND 400 Phase 2 bid and potential future projects, Rheinmetall hosted nine industry briefings for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Queensland during September and October 2017.

Rheinmetall engaged with 292 attendees from 211 SMEs during these industry briefings, sharing the long-term vision for its proposed MILVEHCOE and showcasing the Boxer CRV’s capabilities. SMEs also learnt more about Rheinmetall’s $80 million Technology and Product Development Fund, which is part of its Australian Industry Capability program.

Queensland offers an unrivalled location for LAND 400

As Australia’s gateway to the Asia-Pacific, Queensland is the logical home for the nation’s land defence capability and is ready to assist industry to meet the needs of the modern Army.

Queensland has a significant defence presence supported by strong industry capabilities.

  • Queensland is home to Australia’s largest and growing heavy vehicle manufacturing and sustainment precinct, supporting the defence, mining and commercial sectors.
  • Queensland is home to the majority of the Australian Army’s operational vehicle fleet. Locating the LAND 400 manufacturing facility in close proximity to the majority of Army’s operational vehicles is cost-effective and operationally efficient.
  • Queensland has high-tech and innovative defence industry capabilities to support LAND 400, including:
    • C4ISREW
    • systems integration
    • research and development
    • satellite communications
    • ballistics protection
    • heavy and precision engineering
    • weapons testing.
  • Queensland has a ready, high-skilled workforce to support LAND 400.

Why Queensland Fast Facts
Why Queensland: fast facts

LAND 400 project timeline

LAND 400 Phase 1 Project Definition Study (completed)
LAND 400 Phase 2 225 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles
August 2016 The Department of Defence announced the shortlisting of BAE and RDA for the 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity
November/December 2016 The Department of Defence facilitated Australian Industry Showcase workshops with 400 organisations
August 2017 BAE and RDA submitted final tenders to the Department of Defence
First half of 2018 The Australian Government expected to announce successful tenderer
Second half of 2018 Australian Government expected to finalise contract with successful tenderer
LAND 400 Phase 3 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Manoeuvre Support Vehicle
7 March 2016 The Department of Defence closed a Request for Information
First half of 2018 Australian Government expected to give First Pass approval of Department of Defence's business case
LAND 400 Phase 4 Integrated Training System

Statement on construction and supply opportunities

RDA has committed to locate its Australian-New Zealand headquarters and military vehicle centre of excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Queensland if it is the successful bidder in the LAND 400 Phase 2 tender process. If successful, RDA proposes to locate the facility in South East Queensland where it will be close to supply chain partners and part of South East Queensland’s established heavy-vehicle precinct.

The Australian Government is expected to announce the successful bidder in the first half of 2018.

Details of procurement opportunities are not able to be provided at this time. Future project updates will be published here as they become available.

Probity Code of Practice

A Probity Code of Practice has been established for the potential LAND 400 MILVEHCOE project and independent probity auditors have been appointed to oversee the project.