The Australian Department of Defence (Dod) has announced the last call for the LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability Roadshow for a A$15bn ($10.3bn) army project.

Registrations for the Australia-wide roadshow, which are set to close soon, will give small businesses in capital cities and selected regional locations the chance to be a part of the project.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said that the roadshow is a huge opportunity for Australian industry to pitch their capabilities to shortlisted tenderers.

Price commented: “Land 400 Phase 3 will acquire and support up to 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) to replace the M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers and up to 17 Manoeuvre Support Vehicles.

“Australian industry will be absolutely critical to the success of this project.”

The two shortlisted tenderers, Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia will participate in the roadshow to be conducted in March and April 2020.

The DoD signed contracts with Hanwha and Rheinmetall in October last year for the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) phase of the LAND 400 Phase 3 programme.

It will provide an opportunity for small businesses in Australia interested in completing LAND 400 work to pitch their products and capabilities to the companies.

Price further added: “This is the time to highlight to Hanwha and Rheinmetall the strength and diversity of the Australian defence industry.”

The IFVs to be acquired will replace the existing M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers that have been in service since the mid-1960s.

Upon delivery, the vehicles will allow the army to sustain mounted close combat operations against emerging and future threats as part of a joint force.

Request for tenders for the LAND 400 Phase 3 was released to industry on 24 August 2018 and closed on 1 March 2019.