Equipping Defence

Land Combat Vehicle System

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Project Number:
Land 400

Latest news

Latest news

On 13 March 2018, the National Security Committee (NSC) of Cabinet provided First Pass approval for LAND 400 Phase 3, Infantry Fighting Vehicle and Manoeuvre Support Vehicle capabilities.

First Pass Approval gives Defence the ‘go ahead’ to investigate options to replace Army’s M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) with a fleet of up to 450 modern Infantry Fighting Vehicles and 17 Manoeuvre Support Vehicles.

Industry feedback received from the LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability tender process consistently indicated a preference to comment on proposed broad timelines prior to the release of the Request for Tender (RFT).

In response to this feedback, industry now has an opportunity to comment on the LAND 400 Phase 3 and overview through email LAND400.Phase3@defence.gov.au  by 5pm AEST on 28 May 2018.

All feedback received will be treated as commercial in confidence and will be used to finalise the RFT to industry for acquisition and initial support that is planned for release in the second half of 2018.

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

Rheinmetall has been selected to deliver Australia’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, the Boxer 8x8 CRV, for LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability.

Following a three year comprehensive tender process with exhaustive and rigorous testing carried out across Australia, Government has assessed the Boxer as the most capable vehicle for Defence.

The $5 billion project will provide Army with 211 new vehicles, plus 12 additional modules to provide further flexibility to Army.

Rheinmetall will base their manufacturing hub in South East Queensland (with the main facility in Redbank) and use companies located across Australia.

The Government has provided First Pass approval for LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability and an approach to market will occur in the second half of 2018.

Industry engagement

Following on from the highly successful Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle Australian industry workshops conducted in 2016, Defence will facilitate another round of Australian industry workshops to support Land 400 Phase 3.

Project documents

LAND 400 Close Combat Storyboard

LAND 400 Phase 3 indicative timeline

LAND 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender overview

Project references

LAND 400 User Requirement

LAND 400 Concept of Operations

LAND 400 Definitions 


The current planned timeline for LAND 400 is:

  • 13 March 2018 – LAND 400 Phase 2, 2nd pass approval
  • 13 March 2018 – LAND 400 Phase 3, 1st pass approval
  • 2020 - First LAND 400 Phase 2 vehicles available for training

Available tenders

It is anticipated that LAND 400 Phase 3 RFT will be released in the second half of 2018.

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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