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Land Combat Vehicle System

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Land 400

Latest news

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 public release version of the Deloitte review is now available.

The review found clear alignment between the LAND 400 Phase 2 tender evaluation process and the policy direction and priorities of the DIPS. The review also identified a number of additional activities that will increase the opportunities for Australian industry involvement in LAND 400 and these have been incorporated within the contracts that will be used to conduct the LAND 400 Phase 2 RMA.

The decision to conduct the review has resulted in worthwhile improvements to Defence’s understanding of industry, has demonstrated clear alignment between the DIPS and the proposed RMA activities, and has helped to reinforce the importance of industry as a fundamental input to capability within Defence.

To achieve this Defence will continue to work collaboratively with companies as part of a broader Australian industry program, and will facilitate workshops around Australia where local industry can showcase their capabilities to the manufacturers that are leading the bids for the LAND 400 Phase 2 tender. Details to be advised in due course.

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 Debrief and associated one-on-one meetings were conducted in Adelaide on 5 and 6 September 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.

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 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.

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 Land Environment Working Group presentation slides 5 September 2016

LAND 400 Phase 3 RFI Industry Debrief 5 September 2016

LAND 400 Close Combat Storyboard

Project references

LAND 400 Blog

LAND 400 User Requirement

LAND 400 Concept of Operations

LAND 400 Definitions 

Current status

LAND 400 Phases 3 and 4 were recently confirmed in the 2016 Defence White Paper and 2016 Integrated Investment Program.


The next major events for LAND 400:
  • Land Environment Working Group (LEWG) – Q2 2017
  • LAND 400 Phase 2 RMA concludes – August 2017

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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