Rheinmetall Submits Land 400 Phase 3 Bid in Australia

Land 400
Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) | Image credit: Rheinmetall Defence

Rheinmetall announced 1 March that the company has submitted a bid in response to the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 3 – Mounted Close Combat Capability Request For Tender (RFT).

Under the tender, Rheinmetall is offering the Australian Army the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) with the Lance turret, Lynx Manouevre Support Vehicle (MSV), an established and growing network of suppliers across Australia, continued use of the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Queensland, and a comprehensive support and training system.

The Lynx IFV and the Lynx MSV have been designed and tested to meet the demanding requirements of the Australian Army, NATO and NATO allies. Lynx establishes a vehicle system with unmatched levels of survivability, mobility, lethality, knowledge, and growth that will excel in close combat operations.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s Managing Director, Gary Stewart said, “the Australian Army will benefit from the Lynx IFV that will be designed, built and supported from the MILVEHCOE, with an expanded Australia-wide military vehicle industrial network. This national approach will directly reduce the total cost of ownership for Defence, create long term highly skilled regional jobs, and deliver enduring economic benefit through a strong sovereign military vehicle industry.”

Rheinmetall’s Global Head of Vehicle Systems, Ben Hudson said, “the significant protected volume within the Lynx vehicle is unmatched in this class, and ensures the three crew and a minimum of six dismounts can conduct effective close combat operations while providing unrivalled growth and flexibility for the future. The Australian Army deserves an Infantry Fighting Vehicle that will ensure their soldiers can fight, survive and win on the modern battlefield. If selected for Land 400 Phase 3, the Lynx will provide the Australian Army with a future-proof vehicle solution that can rapidly transition into service and be easily supported through life.”

Lynx KF41

Type: Tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV)

Designer: Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH

Manufacturer: Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH

Country of Origin: Germany

Crew: 3 | Passengers: 8

Weight: 44 tonnes | Length: 7.73 m | Width: 3.6 m | Height: 3.3 m

Main Armament: 35 mm Rheinmetall Wotan 35 autocannon | Secondary Armament: 7.62 mm machine gun | Additional Armament: Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM)

Engine: Liebherr diesel engine (1,140hp)

Range: 500 km +

Speed: 70 km/h