Land Combat Vehicle System
- Project Number:
- Land 400
The Minister for Defence Industry announced on 23 August 2016 that BAE Systems Australia Limited and Rheinmetall have signed contracts with the Commonwealth for the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA).
The Deloitte Review of approach to Australian Industry Participation identified four additional activities to increase opportunities for Australian industry involvement.
One activity was the development of an Australian Industry Opportunity Roadmap that highlights opportunities for Australian industry to become involved with BAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall.
A second activity identified in the Deloitte Review, building on the roadmap, was a series of Defence facilitated showcase workshops conducted in all Australian states and territories during November and December 2016.
More than 400 Australian and New Zealand companies registered to participate in the showcase workshops. Defence conducted workshops for 335 Australian and two New Zealand companies spread across 12 locations.
The LAND 400 Phase 3 Request for Information (RFI) was issued on 13 November 2015 and closed on 7 March 2016.
RFI responses will be used to refresh the current 2010 based data and to allow Defence to investigate the costs associated with the acquisition and support of the Mounted Close Combat Capability.
LAND 400 – will acquire and support the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) with the firepower, protection and mobility to defeat increasingly lethal and adaptive adversaries well into the future.
LAND 400 will deliver enhanced levels of survivability to the Joint Land Force including sensors, weapons and information systems which will be networked to strategic intelligence platforms.
At its foundation, the project will deliver replacements for the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) fleets.
The project will also provide specialist Manoeuvre Support Vehicles (MSV) to properly enable Army’s combat brigades to undertake joint land combat.
LAND 400 has four discrete phases:
- LAND 400 Phase 1 – Project Definition Study (completed).
- LAND 400 Phase 2 – Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability, primarily enabled by the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) mission system (the ASLAV replacement)
- LAND 400 Phase 3 – Mounted Close Combat Capability, primarily enabled by the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) (the M113 APC replacement) and MSV mission systems.
- LAND 400 Phase 4 – Integrated Training System
The following documents are released to industry to assist in their understanding of the LAND 400 requirement and to prepare for any future solicitation activities:
LAND 400 Phase 2 Flyer
LAND 400 Land Environment Working Group presentation slides 5 September 2016
LAND 400 Phase 3 RFI Industry Debrief 5 September 2016
Deloitte Review of Approach to Australian Industry Participation 30 June 2016
LAND 400 Close Combat Storyboard
LAND 400 Blog
LAND 400 User Requirement
LAND 400 Concept of Operations
LAND 400 Definitions
The LAND 400 Phase 2 Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) is on schedule for completion in August 2017. The RMA includes a 12 month test and evaluation program of the Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Australia Limited vehicles. It will also investigate options to improve Australian industry involvement in the LAND 400 program.
The next major events for LAND 400:
- Land Environment Working Group (LEWG) – 11 April 2017, Canberra
- LAND 400 Phase 2 RMA concludes – August 2017
The LAND 400 Phase 2 RFT was issued on 19 February 2015 and closed on 3 September 2015.
Land 400 – Land Combat Vehicle System
Combined Arms Fighting System Branch
Land Systems Division
Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group
Victoria Barracks Melbourne (VBM-J)
256-310 St Kilda Road
SOUTHBANK VIC 3006
Senior Advisor – Industry and Communications
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