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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 611 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 383 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 1Project Definition Study
LAND 400 Phase 2211 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles
March 2018The Australian Government announced Rheinmetall Defence Australia as the preferred tenderer with its Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle
LAND 400 Phase 3383 infantry fighting vehicles and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles
24 August 2018 – 1 March 2019Request for Tender open
16 September 2019The Department of Defence shortlisted Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha Defense to progress into further evaluation
Q3 2020 – Q3 2021Risk Mitigation Activity – shortlisted vehicles to undergo rigorous testing and evaluation and shortlisted tenderers to conduct Australian industry showcase workshops throughout Australia
2022Australian Government expected to announce preferred tenderer
LAND 400 Phase 4Integrated Training System

Last updated: Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019