Equipping Defence

Land Combat Vehicle System

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Project Number:
Land 400

Project description

LAND 400 Phase 2 Contract Signed

The Commonwealth and Rheinmetall have now signed the contract for LAND 400 Phase 2, the Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV). 

LAND 400 Phase 3 Request For Tender Released

The LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability Request For Tender (RFT) has now been released. The RFT is available for download on the AusTender website at:

https://www.tenders.gov.au/?event=public.atm.show&ATMUUID=F8D62769-EEF1-F99C-78E3ACCDA4927B26 and will close at 5.00pm AEST Friday 1 March 2019.

The only way to receive a copy of the LAND 400 Phase 3 RFT is to register via the AusTender website and download the documents. The documents are only available in the formats released in the RFT.

LAND 400 will acquire and support the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) with the firepower, protection and mobility to defeat increasingly firepower 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 signed contracts with the Commonwealth to deliver Australia’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, the Boxer 8x8 CRV, for LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability.

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

Industry engagement  

LAND 400 Phase 3 Mine Blast Simulation

Vehicle OEMs and Primes considering tendering for Land 400 Phase 3 can be provided the opportunity to seek feedback of their simulation modelling capability of mine blast performance when compared to the DEF(AUST) 10275 blast test bed.

This is achieved by simulating a standardised test procedure created by the Commonwealth with the results to be provided to the Commonwealth for assessment and feedback.

The benefits of this approach are that the process is UNCLASSIFIED and the Commonwealth does not need to reveal classified data regarding the performance of the DEF(AUST) 10275 blast test bed. The OEMs/Primes are not required to provide detail on their modelling capability of which aspects may be considered proprietary.

Should a Prime wish to have their simulation capability assessed for feedback you are requested to contact the Project via the LAND 400 Phase 3 Contact Officer mailbox – LAND400.Phase3@defence.gov.au for further information on how to take part in the process.

Project documents

LAND 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender (RFT) Industry Brief slides - 5 September 2018

LAND 400 Close Combat Storyboard

LAND 400 Phase 3 Indicative Timeline


  • 13 March 2018 – LAND 400 Phase 2, 2nd pass approval
  • 13 March 2018 – LAND 400 Phase 3, 1st pass approval
  • 1 March 2019 – LAND 400 Phase 3 RFT closes
  • 2020 - First LAND 400 Phase 2 vehicles available for training

Available tenders

Defence has released the LAND 400 Phase 3 RFT on AusTender that will close at 5pm AEST on Friday 1 March 2019.

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 for LAND 400 Phase 2 enquiries and LAND400.Phase3@defence.gov.au for LAND 400 Phase 3 enquiries.

Available tenders

Industry Partners

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