The Australian Department of Defence has selected BAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall Landsysteme as preferred bidders for the LAND 400 Phase II tender evaluation process.
The companies have been shortlisted to replace the Australian light armoured vehicle (ASLAV).
BAE and Rheinmetall are said to offer competitive solutions with designs based on vehicles already in service with other nations.
Rheinmetall has offered the Boxer 8X8 vehicle, which is fitted with an in-service Lance turret and a 35mm main gun, as well as Northrop Grumman command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) architecture.
Additionally, Supacat was selected to be part of Rheinmetall team in Australia to support the risk mitigation activities (RMA) of the LAND 400 Phase II programme.
BAE Systems has proposed the AMV35, Patria’s armoured modular vehicle that is equipped with a combat-proven E35 turret from BAE Systems Hägglunds.
The LAND 400 project aims to acquire and support next-generation armoured fighting vehicles with the firepower, protection and mobility to defeat increasingly lethal and adaptive adversaries.
It will improve survivability for the Joint Land Force with new equipment, including sensors, weapons and information systems linked with strategic intelligence platforms, Australian Department of Defence said in a statement.
The announcement follows an extension to the tender evaluation process in order to review the LAND 400 Phase II RMA to ensure Australian industry involvement can be optimised.
Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group Deputy Secretary Kim Gillis said: “The review undertaken by Deloitte Australia found clear alignment between the LAND 400 Phase II tender evaluation process and the policy direction and priorities of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement (DIPS).”
Phase I of LAND 400 involved a project definition study, while Phase III and IV will replace the M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier fleet and its training system.
Image: Rheinmetall's Boxer 8X8 selected for Australia’s LAND 400 Phase II programme. Photo: courtesy of Rheinmetall.