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Rheinmetall is in the final phase of Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 3 programme. The company confirmed that it has signed the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) contract that includes delivery of three Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) to compete in trials for this programme, that is worth AU$15 billion (€9.5 billion). The RMA contract now signed has a value of AU$50 million (about €30 million). The other bidder in this final round is Hanwha Defense with their AS21 Redback IFV.

Under the LAND 400 Phase 3 RMA contract, Australia will undertake an extensive technical and programmatic assessment of the two remaining bidders over a period of 24 months. The vehicles will be operated by Australian Army personnel and tested in Australian terrain under extreme conditions, undertaking lethality, transportability, mobility, troop assessments, blast and ballistic testing. In parallel, Australia will work with the two bidders in a structured assessment phase in order to optimise technical capability, growth, value for money and national prosperity.

The offered modular Lynx KF41 vehicle includes the digital Lance turret with electronic architecture common with the Boxer 8×8 CRV. “This will enable the Australian crew to access sensor systems, advanced automatic tracking & targeting capabilities and weapon-integrated battle management all in one connected and enabled platform,” Rheinmetall stated. “Lynx KF41 is a next generation tracked, networked and highly protected IFV with significant growth potential. The Australian Army needs a networked, protected and enabled IFV for close combat – to close in and defeat an enemy in the most dangerous and lethal environments for Australian soldiers.”

Dorothee Frank