Defence has announced that the federal government has agreed to an unspecified extension to the Request for Tender evaluation period for the LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability project to allow a review of Australian industry involvement.
“A significant part of the [Risk Management Activities] is to develop the Australian Industry Capability Plan,” Defence said in a statement. “As the LAND 400 RMA was planned prior to the launch of the new industry policy, Defence has determined that it would be prudent to review the RMA to ensure it aligns with the new policy and achieves the best possible outcomes for Australian industry.”
Addressing the ADM Congress 2016 on February 9, Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell had said that down-selection for LAND 400 Phase 2 was to have been made “in the next few weeks”.
Kim Gillis, Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), noted in the Defence statement that LAND 400 is a significant project not only for the Australian Army but also for Australian industry.
“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,” Gillis said.
“The strong alignment of the RMA with the [industry policy] 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.
“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.”
Gillis added that the review of Australian industry involvement would not affect the planned in-service date for the Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability, which is set to replace the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV).