Project LAND 400
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. LAND 400 is expected to deliver more than 670 military 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 211 combat reconnaissance vehicles and 12 additional modules. The Australian Government announced Rheinmetall Defence Australia as the preferred tenderer in March 2018 with the Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV). The total acquisition cost of the vehicles is $5.2 billion.
Under a long-term partnership with the Queensland Government, Rheinmetall Defence Australia has established its Australia-New Zealand Headquarters and Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Ipswich. From the MILVEHCOE, Rheinmetall will deliver the Boxer CRVs under the Phase 2 project, support the logistics trucks delivered under the LAND 121 project, and manage its other defence projects.
LAND 400 Phase 3
Phase 3 of the LAND 400 project will manage the acquisition of up to 450 infantry fighting vehicles and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles. The total acquisition cost of the vehicles is estimated to be worth up to $27 billion. In September 2019, the Australian Government shortlisted Rheinmetall Defence Australia with its Lynx KF41 and Hanwha Defence Australia with its AS21 Redback vehicle. The shortlisted vehicles will undergo a rigorous testing and evaluation process. The selection of the preferred tenderer is expected in 2022. Should Rheinmetall be selected as the preferred tenderer, it will deliver the infantry fighting vehicles from the MILVEHCOE.
LAND 400 project timeline
|LAND 400 Phase 1||Project Definition Study|
|LAND 400 Phase 2||211 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles|
|March 2018||The Australian Government announced Rheinmetall Defence Australia as the preferred tenderer with its Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle|
|LAND 400 Phase 3||450 infantry fighting vehicles and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles|
|24 August 2018 – 1 March 2019||Request for Tender open|
|16 September 2019||The Department of Defence shortlisted Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha Defense to progress into further evaluation|
|Q3 2020 – Q3 2021||Risk Mitigation Activity – shortlisted vehicles to undergo rigorous testing and evaluation and shortlisted tenderers to conduct Australian industry showcase workshops throughout Australia|
|2022||Australian Government expected to announce preferred tenderer|
|LAND 400 Phase 4||Integrated Training System|
Last updated: 17 Aug 2022