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Lynx officially enters the ring for Project Land 400 Phase 3 tender

21st October 2021 - 14:59 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Rheinmetall is offering its offering its Lynx Combat Support Vehicle for a tender in Project Land 400 Phase 3. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

Ending a two-year risk mitigation activity, Rheinmetall has submitted its best and final offer to meet an Australian IFV requirement.

Rheinmetall announced on 21 October that it had formally submitted its best and final offer with its KF41 Lynx IFV for the Australian Army's Project Land 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability tender.

The German company's Lynx is in competition with the AS21 Redback from Hanwha Defense.

‘Lynx is fitted with the Rheinmetall Lance turret [already being made for the Australian Boxer CRV programme] for precise and lethal effects and offers an integrated battle management system,’ said Rheinmetall Defence Australia MD Gary Stewart.

He added: ‘Designed for close combat operations, the extensive family of Lynx vehicles is modular. Lynx can be easily configured and reconfigured, to all 10 roles required by the [Australian] Army.’

According to Stewart, Rheinmetall's offer includes a ‘special project’ that will 'pique the interest' of both the Australian Defence Force and the international export market. Because that item is 'yet to be unveiled to the market', it seems he is not referring to the Lynx Combat Support Vehicle that debuted earlier this week.

Stewart added, 'Incorporating a great deal of engineering design and innovation, I am very much looking forward to unveiling the Rheinmetall special project.'

Rheinmetall claims to be the largest supplier of military vehicles to the Australian Defence Force, and it plans to build the Lynx at its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Queensland, with an expanded Australia-wide military vehicle industry network.

(This story was updated with corrections on 22 October)

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