Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds, said the delivery of the prototype vehicles is a crucial step in the project.
It will allow Defence to assess the performance of shortlisted tenderers’ claims, with a focus on the highest areas of technical risk.
“These significant activities include Australian soldiers participating in user evaluation and testing, with a particular focus on the armour, firepower and mobility of the platforms,” Reynolds said.
“The Risk Mitigation Activity will undertake important analysis on each vehicle’s ability to integrate with other key ADF land, sea and air capabilities, including amphibious lift.
“The Infantry Fighting Vehicle will be a state-of-the-art tracked armoured vehicle, capable of carrying six soldiers in addition to a crew of three. These advanced vehicles will provide increased protection, mobility, and firepower for the ADF.”
As part of the project the Government plans to purchase up to 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, plus up to 17 Manoeuvre Support Vehicles.