• Hanwha's Redback IFV. (Defence)
    Hanwha's Redback IFV. (Defence)
  • Rheinmetall's Lynx IFV. (Defence)
    Rheinmetall's Lynx IFV. (Defence)

Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia have each delivered three prototype infantry fighting vehicles – two for test and evaluation activities and one for blast testing – as part of the two-year Risk Mitigation Activity under Land 400 Phase 3.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the delivery of the prototype vehicles is a crucial step in the project, allowing Defence to assess the shortlisted tenderers’ performance claims focusing on the highest areas of technical risk.

“These significant activities include Australian soldiers participating in user evaluation and testing, with a particular focus on the armour, firepower and mobility of the platforms,” Minister Reynolds said.

“The Risk Mitigation Activity will undertake important analysis on each vehicle’s ability to integrate with other key ADF land, sea and air capabilities, including amphibious lift.

“The Infantry Fighting Vehicle will be a state-of-the-art tracked armoured vehicle, capable of carrying six soldiers in addition to a crew of three. These advanced vehicles will provide increased protection, mobility, and firepower for the ADF.”

Rheinmetall's Lynx IFV. (Defence)
Rheinmetall's Lynx IFV. (Defence)

The project will acquire up to 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles and a Manoeuvre Support Vehicle capability comprising up to 17 vehicles.

“When delivered, the Infantry Fighting Vehicle will allow Army to successfully sustain mounted close combat operations against emerging and future threats as part of the joint force,” Minister Reynolds said.

The Risk Mitigation Activity will include detailed testing and evaluation of the tendered vehicles and provide Defence with the objective quality evidence to inform a government decision in 2022.

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