Contracts signed as LAND 400 Phase 3 progresses
Contracts have been signed with the two companies selected to progress to the next stage of the Australian Army’s LAND 400 Phase 3, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 22 October.
Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia have signed the contracts to participate in risk mitigation as part of the project to acquire new infantry fighting vehicles to fulfil the army’s mounted close combat capability requirement.
The Risk Mitigation Activity phase will take place over the next two years, with the vehicles to undertake a test and evaluation programme including destructive testing at sites across Australia.
The Hanwha Redback and Rheinmetall Lynx were down-selected by the Australian government in September.
Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds, said: ‘This programme is a significant investment in [the] army’s capability – it will make our personnel safer, more effective on operations, and will complement our investment in Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles under LAND 400 Phase 2.’
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