Equipping Defence

Land Combat Vehicle System

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Project Number:
Land 400

Project description

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 program will deliver replacements for the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) fleets.

The program 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.

Current status

LAND 400 Phase 2 is in the final stage of tender evaluation following the successful completion on schedule of  the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA).

This is a closed evaluation and no further external input can be accepted by Defence. In addition no commentary or information is planned to be released in the coming months.

The process will conclude in the first half of 2018 with Defence making a submission to Government for LAND 400 Phase 2 Gate Two approval.

Industry engagement

BAE Systems Australia have announced Fishermans Bend, Victoria  and Rheinmetall Defence Australia announced Brisbane, Queensland as their preferred assembly sites should they win the LAND 400 Phase 2 contract.

During November and December 2016, Defence conducted capability showcase workshops around Australia, where 337 Australian and New Zealand companies had the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities to the two shortlisted LAND 400 Phase 2 companies (and their subcontractors).

These showcase workshops achieved a significant aspect of the LAND 400 Phase 2 Risk Mitigation Activity; increasing opportunities for Australian industry involvement in the project.

Defence is working with the shortlisted companies to develop their Australian industry plans which will become contractually binding on the winner.

Defence conducted a LAND 400 Phase 3 Request for Information (RFI) in late 2015 / early and 2016. The RFI responses have been evaluated and the information is being used to develop the business case for First Pass approval by Government in the first half of 2018.

Project documents

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

Project references

LAND 400 User Requirement

LAND 400 Concept of Operations

LAND 400 Definitions 


The current planned timeline for LAND 400 is:

·  August - December 2017 – LAND 400 Phase 2 tender evaluation

·  First half of 2018 – LAND 400 Phase 2 Gate 2 Government consideration

·  First half of 2018 – LAND 400 Phase 3 Gate 1 Government consideration

The schedule remains subject to final negotiations between the Commonwealth and the preferred tenderer.

Available tenders

The LAND 400 Phase 2 RFT was issued on 19 February 2015 and closed on 3 September 2015.

Mail address

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

Project contact

Senior Advisor – Industry and Communications
Tel: +61 3 9282 4547
Fax: +61 3 9282 7181
Email: LAND400.ContactOfficer@defence.gov.au

Available tenders

Industry Partners

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