Rheinmetall has revealed the first Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Australian Army’s A$18.1bn Land 400 Phase 3 programme.

The Lynx IFV is one of three vehicles designed and produced to adhere to the programme’s requirements.

Each of the vehicles will take part in the test and evaluation trials under the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA). The assessment will start this month and take place for a period of 12 months.

The Land 400 Phase 3 programme seeks to provide the Australian Army with a new vehicle that can conduct close combat operations and defeat enemies in dangerous scenarios.

Based on the success of the trials, the fleet will be produced in the Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Queensland.

The trials will focus on testing aspects such as lethality, mobility and protection.

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Rheinmetall Defence Australia MD Gary Stewart said: “Rheinmetall looks forward to demonstrating the capability of this next-generation infantry fighting vehicle.

“We believe Lynx is the best vehicle in its class and sets a new standard in protection and the lethality needed to survive and defeat any adversary.

“Lynx has been developed so it is positioned at an ideal level of maturity when Australia needs it to enter service, and it will have a growth path to extend these capabilities through its 40-year life.”

In October last year, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) signed contracts with Hanwha and Rheinmetall for the RMA phase of the LAND 400 Phase 3 programme.

In a separate development, Rheinmetall announced that its Mission Master robotic vehicle will take part in the Dutch Army’s two-year Concept Development & Experimentation programme.

The programme is run by the 13th Light Brigade’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) unit.