BAE Systems-Patria AMV 35 for Land 400
The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has extended the evaluation period for the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) LAND 400 Phase 2 programme to conduct a review of Phase 2 risk management activities (RMA).
After completing the review, the DoD will work with selected tenderers during the next phase of the RMA.
Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) Kim Gillis said: "Planning for the RMA and development of the RMA contracts, under which the work will be conducted with selected tenderers, was completed prior to the launch of the government's new Defence Industry Policy Statement (DIPS).
"The strong alignment of the RMA with the DIPS will deliver benefits to both industry and defence. This review will ensure defence can obtain the best possible solution for Australian industry whilst delivering the required capability to army.
"This review is further evidence of our commitment to improving the way defence and industry work together."
"The review of the Australian industry aspects of the RMA will ensure that these benefits can be delivered. This review is further evidence of our commitment to improving the way defence and industry work together.
"This review will have no effect on the planned in-service date for the Army's Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability."
The Land 400 Phase 2 project focuses on delivering a replacement for the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle, which has been used by the Australian Defence Force in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, and is scheduled for retirement in 2021.
In February, BAE Systems Australia announced plans to demonstrate its armoured modular vehicle (AMV35) combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) for the Land 400 programme.
A result of the partnership between BAE and Finnish Patria, the AMV35 is designed to meet the Australian Army's mounted combat reconnaissance requirements.
Written by Patricia Ruiz
Patricia Ruiz is Environmental and Forestry Engineer and a Supply Chain Management Expert