Australian Government Postpones LAND 400 Phase 3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle Phase 3 Decision
The Australian Authorities will take into account the findings of the Defence Strategic Evaluation earlier than deciding on the tender for the LAND 400 Part 3 Infantry Combating Automobile undertaking. The Infantry Combating Autos will exchange the present M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers which were in service because the mid 1960’s. The Evaluation will make suggestions on priorities for investing in Australia’s defence functionality and posture, to satisfy the nation’s safety challenges over the subsequent decade and past. The ultimate report from the Defence Strategic Evaluation is because of be delivered to the Authorities early subsequent yr.
The Minister for Defence Business, the Hon Pat Conroy MP, stated,”It’s chargeable for the choice on a procurement value between $18 billion and $27 billion to be told by the findings of the Evaluation. I wish to thank Hanwha Protection Australia, Rheinmetall Defence Australia and the numerous different corporations concerned on this tender course of for his or her understanding and professionalism. The Authorities stays centered on Australia’s future defence functionality. We don’t need to pre-empt the findings of the Evaluation, which is very crucial given the quickly altering strategic circumstances going through our nation.”
The LAND 400 Part 3 Infantry Combating Automobile is the costliest acquisition program in Military’s historical past and its scope has been beneath stress given the Finances’s allocation of $9.9 billion to the Australian Indicators Directorate for the REDSPICE program. The finances for Part 3 was initially set at $10-15 billion in 2015 however then ballooned to $18-27 billion. In June, it was reported that the 2 corporations vying for this system – Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha Protection Australia – have been instructed to resubmit their bids for 300 autos as a substitute of the unique 450.
In mid-September 2019, Rheinmetall’s Lynx KF41 Infantry Combating Automobile (IFV) and Hanwha’s Redback AS21 IFV have been shortlisted for consideration for the Australian Military’s undertaking Land 400 Part 3 (also called the Mounted Shut Fight Functionality). The Redback is a sophisticated model of the K21, which is in service with the South Korean Military (ROK Military). The KF41 (Kettenfahrzeug 41) is being provided to the Australian Military for the Land 400 program. Every car has a crew of three and might carry six totally armed infantry troopers. They’re designed to combat alongside the nation’s present and future armoured fleet and are suitably cellular.
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