Contracts for risk mitigation activities have been signed with the two shortlisted contenders for the AUD10-15 billion (USD6.9-10.3 billion) project to supply the Australian Army with up to 450 modern infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced in a 22 October statement.
The contracts involve a two year-long test and evaluation programme, including destructive testing at sites across Australia, for Rheinmetall Defence's Lynx KF41 IFV and Hanwha Defense's AS21 Redback IFV, said the minister.
The programme is expected to allow both companies to engage with the Department of Defence (DoD), as well as to clarify, refine and negotiate their respective tenders, she said.
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