Rheinmetall on Tuesday announced the delivery of three Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicles to compete in trials for the AUD 15 billion (Euro 9.5 billion or US$10.3 billion) LAND 400 Phase 3 program.
The company signed a Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) contract with the Commonwealth of Australia for participation in the RMA, and delivery of the three Lynx KF41 IFVs. The RMA contract now signed has a value of AUD 50 million (Euro 30 million or US$33.4 million).
Under the LAND 400 Phase 3 RMA contract, the Commonwealth will undertake an extensive technical and programmatic assessment of the two 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, the Commonwealth will work with the two bidders in a structured assessment phase in order to optimise technical capability, growth, value for money and national prosperity.
Rheinmetall is currently delivering 211 Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to the Australian Army.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Gary Stewart said the three vehicles designated for RMA trials in Australia would incorporate significant Australian Industry Capability.
“Development, integration and test of the Lynx KF41 vehicles will also take place during RMA at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Australia from next year in support of the RMA trials,” Mr Stewart said.
Key vehicle elements of the Lynx KF41 are also being developed and manufactured in Australia by local companies including the alternator (Milspec in Albury), running gear (Supashock in Adelaide) and cables (Cablex in Melbourne).
Lynx modular vehicles provide protection against blast, IED, direct and indirect fire, cluster munitions, and anti-tank guided missiles.
The Australian Army needed 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.
The modular Lynx KF41 vehicle includes the digital Lance turret with electronic architecture common with the Boxer 8x8 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.
If the Lynx IFV is selected following trials, the vehicles will be manufactured in Queensland at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Redbank south west of Brisbane.