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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 225 combat reconnaissance vehicles. In August 2016, the Department of Defence shortlisted tenders from Rheinmetall Defence Australia and BAE Systems Australia. A 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity phase was completed and the Department of Defence made its recommendations to the Australian Government. The Australian Government announced Rheinmetall Defence Australia as the successful tenderer on 14 March 2018.

LAND 400 project timeline

LAND 400 Phase 1 Project Definition Study (completed)
LAND 400 Phase 2 225 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles
August 2016 The Department of Defence announced the two shortlisted proponents and the commencement of the 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity
November/December 2016 The Department of Defence facilitated Australian Industry Showcase workshops with 400 organisations
August 2017 Final tenders submitted to the Department of Defence
March 2018 The Australian Government announced Rheinmetall Defence Australia as the successful 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
First half of 2018 Australian Government expected to give First Pass approval of Department of Defence's business case
LAND 400 Phase 4 Integrated Training System