Australia taking bids for $8 billion combat reconnaissance vehicles contract

Australia's_Phase_3_ASLAVThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that Australia has opened up a US$8 billion tender for new armored vehicles that is expected to attract the interest of defense contractors from as far away as the U.S. and Europe.  Australia’s current fleet of light armored vehicles will reach the end of its life by around 2021, according to Defense Minister Kevin Andrews.  The program is being called Project Land 400 and will see the replacement between 2020 and 2025 of the army’s ageing fleets of ASLAV light armoured vehicles and M113AS4 armoured personnel carriers.  American defense giants such as Boeing and General Dynamics are expected to vie for the Australian contract with Lockheed Martin, along with France’s Thales, Britain’s BAE and Germany’s Rheinmetall AG.  Full article here.

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