The two contenders for the largest acquisition project in the history of the Australian Army have been officially unveiled in Canberra. The new IFV prototypes are currently under evaluation, and once delivered, the project will provide the Army with an advanced, cutting-edge, mounted close combat capability.
The two shortlisted contenders for the project are Rheinmetall Defence Australia, offering its KF-41 LYNX, and Hanwha Defense Australia, with its REDBACK. Both companies have proposed to build the vehicles in Australia, with substantial investment in Australian industry capability, supporting Australian jobs, talent and technology.
A decision on the preferred solution will be presented to Government for consideration in 2022. The IFVs will replace the current M113 APCs that have been in service since the mid-1960s.