Six prototype test and evaluation infantry fighting vehicles have been delivered to the army from the two companies shortlisted to fulfil a multi-billion dollar contract.
Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia have each delivered three prototype vehicles – two for evaluation and one for blast testing – as part of a two-year risk mitigation activity. .
Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia have each delivered three prototype vehicles – two for evaluation and one for blast testing – as part of a two-year risk mitigation activity.
The two vehicles are competing in the LAND 400 phase three program which will provide the army with up to 450 infantry fighting vehicles and up to 17 manoeuvre support vehicles.
Hanwha is offering the AS21 Redback (main picture) and Rheinmetal the Lynx KF-41 (pictured, below).
The vehicles will carry six soldiers and a crew of three, and will replace Australia’s M113 armoured personnel carrier (APC) fleet.
Defence minister Linda Reynolds said tests would focus on the armour, firepower and mobility of the platforms.
“The Risk Mitigation Activity will undertake important analysis on each vehicle’s ability to integrate with other key ADF land, sea and air capabilities, including amphibious lift.”
Both vehicle’s promise a significant element of Australian content, with both companies engaging a team of SMEs to provide parts and services.
Should it be successful the Lynx will be made in Queensland at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) at Redbank in Brisbane.
Hanwha plans to build a purpose-built factory in Geelong, Victoria should it be successful.
A final decision on the successful tendered will be made in 2022.
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