Land Combat Vehicle System
- Project Number:
- Land 400
During 2015 Defence undertook the LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability Request for Tender. Defence is currently completing the first stage of the detailed evaluations of the submitted tenders which will result in the announcement of the tenderers who will be invited to participate in the next stage of the project – the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA).
The announcement of this shortlist was planned for March 2016. A significant focus of the RMA is to improve the Australian Industry Involvement opportunities. Planning for this however was completed prior to the launch of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement (DIPS). As a strong alignment of the planned RMA activities and the Industry Policy Statement would allow optimising benefits to both Defence and industry, Defence considered it prudent to conduct a review of the Australian Industry Involvement activities of the RMA.
The review will be undertaken by Deloitte Australia, and is expected to be completed by 30 Jun 16. The Project has sufficient schedule contingency to accommodate time for the Review without impacting the introduction into service of the capability.
The next stage is 12 month Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) which includes a significant focus on improving opportunities for Australian Industry Involvement in LAND 400.
The LAND 400 Phase 3 Request for Information (RFI) was issued on 13 November 2015 and closed on 7 March 2016.
The LAND 400 Phase 3 RFI Industry Brief and associated one-on-one meetings were conducted in Canberra on 26 and 27 November 2015 and Melbourne on 4 December 2015.
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
LAND 400 encourages Australian industry participation, particularly in systems integration, test and evaluation, and through-life support of the capability. Defence, in conjunction with Department of Industry, has developed a staged approach to assist Australian industry to showcase its capabilities to international tenderers. This includes a web-based registration process that went live concurrent with the release of the RFT in February 2015.
Australian industry, particularly small and medium enterprises (SME’s), is encouraged to complete the web-based
application form in order to be included in Australian industry engagement activities. To date more than 400 registrations have been received.
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 Land Environment Working Group presentation slides 7 April 2016
LAND 400 Phase 2 RFT Industry Brief 11 March 2015
LAND 400 Phase 3 RFI Industry Brief 27 November 2015
LAND 400 Close Combat Storyboard
LAND 400 User Requirement
LAND 400 Concept of Operations
LAND 400 Definitions
LAND 400 Blog
LAND 400 Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Strategist article
LAND 400 Phases 3 and 4 were recently confirmed in the 2016 Defence White Paper and Integrated Investment Program.
The next major events for LAND 400:
- LAND 400 Phase 2 Review of RMA completed - 30 June 2016
- Announcement of the LAND 400 Phase 2 short listed tenders - 2016
- Land Forces Conference, Adelaide - 6 to 8 September 2016
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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