In August 2018, the Australian Government released a request for tender for Phase 3 of the LAND 400 project.
The LAND 400 project has been designed to replace the existing M113AS4 armoured personnel carriers and their variants with a fleet of up to 450 of the latest infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles (MSV).
Rheinmetall is offering the Lynx MSV and Lynx IFV with the Lance turret.
According to the company, the Lynx IFV and MSV are known for offering exceptional survivability, mobility and lethality in close combat operations. They have been tested to meet military requirements of Australia, Nato and other allies.
Rheinmetall expects the two Lynx base vehicle configurations to fulfil the nine roles required under the tender.
Lynx offers protection against threats such as blasts, fire, cluster ammunition, improvised explosive devices and anti-tank guided missiles.
Rheinmetall vehicle systems global head Ben Hudson said: “The significant protected volume within the Lynx vehicle is unmatched in this class, and ensures the three crew and a minimum of six dismounts can conduct effective close combat operations while providing unrivalled growth and flexibility for the future.”
“The Australian Army deserves an infantry fighting vehicle that will ensure their soldiers can fight, survive and win on the modern battlefield.
“If selected for LAND 400 Phase 3, the Lynx will provide the Australian Army with a future-proof vehicle solution that can rapidly transition into service and be easily supported through life.”
Last year, Rheinmetall signed the contract for LAND 400 Phase 2, the Boxer 8×8 combat reconnaissance vehicle. The Rheinmetall Lance turret will be manufactured in Brisbane for the local and export markets.
The company is also building the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) near Brisbane.