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Project LAND 400

The Department of Defence’s LAND 400 project is managing the delivery of the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles for the Australian Army. Estimated by the Australian Government to have a total acquisition cost of between $14 and $20 billion, the project is expected to deliver 675 military vehicles over 15 years. Additionally, the vehicles will require maintenance and support for up to 30 years. LAND 400 is the biggest and most expensive acquisition project in the history of the Australian Army.

LAND 400 Phase 2

Phase 2 of the LAND 400 project is managing the acquisition of 211 combat reconnaissance vehicles. The Australian Government announced Rheinmetall Defence Australia as the preferred tenderer on 14 March 2018 with the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.

LAND 400 Phase 3

Phase 3 of the LAND 400 project will manage the acquisition of 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles and is worth approximately $10-$15 billion. It is expected that the Department of Defence will release a Request for Tender by the end of 2018. The selection of the preferred tenderer is not expected until 2022.

LAND 400 project timeline

LAND 400 Phase 1 Project Definition Study
LAND 400 Phase 2 211 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles
August 2016 The Department of Defence announced the two shortlisted proponents (BAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia) and the commencement of the 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity
August 2017 Final tenders submitted to the Department of Defence
March 2018 The Australian Government announced Rheinmetall Defence Australia as the preferred tenderer
Second half of 2018 Australian Government expected to finalise contract with Rheinmetall Defence Australia
LAND 400 Phase 3 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Manoeuvre Support Vehicle
7 March 2016 The Department of Defence closed a Request for Information
13 March 2018 Australian Government gave First Pass approval of Department of Defence's business case
Second half of 2018 Request for Tender release
LAND 400 Phase 4 Integrated Training System