The Queensland Government is backing Rheinmetall’s bid for the estimated $15 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 project, after the Phase 2 work was secured for the state last year.
LAND 400 Phase 3 will see the delivery of 383 infantry fighting vehicles and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles for the Australian Army.
The Department of Defence plans to shortlist tenderers in the next six months
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was 100 per cent behind Rheinmetall’s bid for LAND 400 Phase 3, which is based on its Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (pictured).
“Queensland won the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 defence project by securing Rheinmetall,” she said.
“Should Rheinmetall’s Lynx be successful in the LAND 400 Phase 3 tender, Rheinmetall will manufacture the vehicles at the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Ipswich.”
The LAND 400 Phase 2 contract is expected to generate more than 450 Queensland jobs at the MILVEHCOE, and a win in Phase 3 would guarantee a continuation of work into the long-term.