Rheinmetall Defence has confirmed that it will propose a version of the Boxer for LAND 400. The company’s ‘MOTS Plus’ offering to meet the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) requirement will consist of that vehicle fitted with the LANCE 30mm two-man turret.
Both the Boxer base mobility platform and the manned version of the LANCE turret qualify as military off-the-shelf (MOTS), according to a statement from Rheinmetall Defence Australia acting managing director Adrian Smith that was provided to Australian Defence Business Review on May 15.
The eagerly awaited Request for Tender (RFT) for the project to replace the wheeled Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) was released to industry in February.
“Rheinmetall Defence Australia and its local business units currently have teams in Australia and Germany evaluating options in response to the LAND 400 RFT,” Smith said.
“Rheinmetall has the internal capability to meet each of the requirements stipulated in the RFT, either as a vehicle prime through its Boxer platform or a supplier of major systems such as the LANCE turret and active defence systems. These present Rheinmetall with the opportunity to deliver world-leading technology to the Australian Defence Force.”
The other confirmed bidders in the race to supply the Australian Army with up to 225 vehicles under the LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability project are BAE Systems/Patria and General Dynamics Land Systems/Thales Australia.