25 November 2022
by Kapil Kajal
Australia will consider the findings of the Defence Strategic Review before deciding on the tender for the Land 400 Phase 3 IFV project. Two platforms are competing for the tender – Rheinmetall's Lynx KF41 and Hanwha's Redback (pictured above). (Hanwha Defense Australia)
Australia has announced that the decision to supply 450 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the Australian Army will follow a strategic review.
According to a press release by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), the country will consider the findings of the Defence Strategic Review (DSR) before deciding on the tender for the Land 400 Phase 3 IFV project.
Janes reported in August that Australia's DSR will urgently examine the posture, preparedness, and structure of the country's military and spending on new weapons and equipment from 2023–24 to 2032–33 and beyond.
The DoD said that the review will make recommendations on priorities for investing in Australia's defence capability to meet the country's security challenges over the next decade.
Pat Conroy, Australia's minister for defence industry, said that a procurement worth between AUD18 billion (USD12 billion) and AUD27 billion will undergo the DSR.
The DoD added that the final report from the DSR will be delivered to the government in early 2023.
The original requirement for IFVs was also downsized in June. Janes reported in June that the Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) and Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) – the two companies vying for Project Land 400 Phase 3 – were requested by the DoD to amend their respective bids to provide 300 IFVs instead of the original 450.
The Australian DoD had not responded to a request for comment by Janes at the time of publication.
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Australia has announced that the decision to supply 450 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to...