10/22/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/21/2019 21:07
Joint media release
Defence has signed contracts with two companies selected to progress to the next stage of LAND 400 Phase 3, under the Morrison Government's multi-billion dollar upgrade to Army's mounted close combat capability.
Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia will participate in risk mitigation as part of defence's project to acquire infantry fighting vehicles.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the signing of the contracts brings Army a step closer to having world class Infantry Fighting Vehicle capability.
'This program is a significant investment in Army's capability - it will make our personnel safer, more effective on operations, and will complement our investment in Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles under LAND400 Phase 2,' Minister Reynolds said.
The Risk Mitigation Activity phase will occur over the next two years, allowing both companies to engage with Defence, as well as clarify, refine and negotiate their tenders.
The vehicles will undertake a test and evaluation program including destructive testing at sites across Australia.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP encouraged Australian industry to get behind this project.
'Australian industry involvement and Australian workers will be critically important,' Minister Price said.
'Defence will work with the shortlisted tenderers to ensure small and medium enterprises across Australia have the opportunity to showcase their capabilities.'