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In a press release dated 16 September 2019 Linda Reynolds explains, the Australian Senator and Minister of Defense, that the billions of investment the government has taken a further important step for the successor of the current fleet of combat vehicles of the Australian Army. The selection of potential bidders for the supply of a future armored personnel was reduced from four to two companies.

Only the remaining companies now Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defense Australia will be asked to participate in the next evaluation phase. It is expected that Rheinmetall will offer the LYNX KF-41, while Hanwha Defense Systems goes into the race with the AS21 Redback. LAND 400 Phase 3 program, whose total value amounts to approximately 6.2 to 9.3 billion euros, is for the replacement of protected M113 Armored Personnel Carriers.

"The government is investing in the best possible skills to meet the current and emerging threats. The new vehicles will be a new level of protection, impact strength, mobility and communication have, "said the Minister. The project aims to provide Australia with brand new and advanced skills. While Australia intends to work with the contractors that you are later able to expand the capabilities within the life cycle independently and develop. If the country 400 program is fully implemented, Australia wants to be able to perform all kinds of combat missions.

Of the two current bidders is believed to best meet the expectations and at the same time offer good value for money. but Australia reserves the right to expand in the course of the project at the pre-selection problems. Here offset aspects play an important role, the Australian defense minister.

A decision on the preferred bidder to supply the Phase 3 capability is submitted to the government in 2022 for consideration.


It is expected that Hanwha's defense system with the AS21 Redback into the race. (Graphic: Hanwha Defense Systems)

The AS21 Redback is an active protection system (APS) feature, eleven soldiers can hold (crew of three and up to eight men in the rear fighting compartment), has a top speed of 70 km / h (in the terrain 40 km / h) and has a range of up to 500km. The armament consists of a 30 mm cannon and a coaxial 7.62mm MG.

It is expected that Rheinmetall will offer the LYNX KF-41. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

AIFV Rheinmetall Lynx KF-41, which is currently offered in addition to Australia in the Czech Republic and the USA, has space for eleven soldiers (three-man crew and up to eight men in the rear combat zone), and also a maximum speed of 70km / h and a range of up to 500 km. As armament, the vehicle has the LANCE 2.0 tower with a changing system for a 30 or 35 mm machine cannon, a 7.62mm coaxial MG and other options for close-range weapons.

The required in the tender Absitzstärke is six soldiers. The vehicle must be able to follow the main battle tanks in mobility. Advertised are in addition to the 232 armored personnel carriers and 17 Maneuver Support Vehicles. It is an assertive accompanying armored engineer vehicle, which is intended to remove one hand from enemy obstacles and also assist in building their own field fortifications. In addition, seven other variants are provided: guide vehicle (21) forward observer / Joint Fire Support (19) Pioniererkunder (9), ambulance (24), repair vehicle (25), recovery tank (22), Pioneer tank (31). Four other possible variants are mortar carrier (15), mortar ammunition handling equipment (25) logistics vehicle (27) and an amphibious combat vehicle (50).

Before today's announcement were next to Rheinmetall and Hanwha yet BAE Systems CV90 with the MkIV and General Dynamics European Land Systems with the ASCOD 2 in the race.

Following this announcement a first test phase will now follow (12 to 18 months), followed by a "Risk Mitigation Activity" (3rd quarter 2020). 2022 procurement decision will be made and be given the first commitment in the financial year 2024/25. Full operational capability is planned for 2030th

André Forkert