LAND 121 - Medium/Heavy Field Vehicles and Trailers

Phase 3B

Medium/heavy vehicle capability (including modules) will be provided in an array of variants in both protected and unprotected configurations, including semi trailers, tow trucks, integrated load handling systems and flatbeds. Under Phase 3B Defence plans to acquire:

  • 293 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles (reported under LAND 116) plus 184 trailers;
  • Up to 2,700 protected and unprotected medium/heavy vehicles, specialist modules; and
  • Up to 2,500 trailers for these medium/heavy vehicles

Three companies had been short listed to participate in the final selection phase: MAN, Mercedes Benz Australia Pacific, and Thales. The project office released a draft RFT resubmission package to downselected tenderers on 31 March 2010. Tenderers had been requested to comment on the draft RFT with the aim of simplifying tender refresh processes and to maximise affordable capability outcomes. Source evaluation was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010, with the intent to achieve contract signature in late 2011.

On 12 December 2011, the Minister for Defence and the then-Minister for Defence Materiel announced that Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia had been selected to enter negotiations to deliver this capability, consisting of up to 2,700 vehicles along with associated modules. Defence will also enter into negotiations with Australian company Haulmark Trailers, as the preferred tenderer to supply up to 2,500 trailers for these medium and heavy vehicles. Defence will seek a revised Second Pass approval from Government in mid-2013 prior to entering into contracts.

On 23 July 2013, DMO and Rheinmetall-MAN Military Vehicles (Australia) entered into a contract for the supply of approximately 2500 protected and unprotected trucks to be supplied to the Australian Army.  First vehicle deliveries are due in 2016.

The Army accepted the first 12 HX-77 vehicles in Brisbane on 7 April 2016.  The first delivery was warmly welcomed by Major General David Couglan at the acceptance ceremony.  The delivery of the first vehicles which will primarily be used to support Army training acivities healds an expected major improvement to Army transport operations and logisitics.


Source: Defence Materiel Organisation March 2012 - Field Vehicles and Trailers LAND 121 Phase 3

Public Information

Minister for Defence 12/12/11 - RMMVA selected as preferred tenderer for Land 121 Phase 3B

Victorian Goverment 12/12/11 - Commonwealth defence purchase fails Victoria

Victorian Goverment   2/2/11 - Labor's betrayal of defence wokers in Bendigo

DMO Press Release  26/7/13 - New Fleet of Medium and Heavy Trucks

RMMVA Press Release 3/8/14 - RMMVA Awards Key Sub-contracts

ANAO Audit Report 25/6/15 - ADF Medium and Heavy Vehicle Replacement (Land 121 Ph 3B)

CASG Press Release 7/4/16 - Army receives first HX-77 vehicles


Rheinmetall Defence 23/08/2013 - Rheinmetall Lands Major Truck Order in Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald 23/07/11 - Fears of safety trade-off in tender for army trucks

The Age 12/03/11 - Proposed army transport fleet would put troops' lives 'at risk'

Bendigo Advertiser 22/12/10 - Support for Thales bid ramped up

Crikey 22/12/10 - Labor row looms over life after Bushmaster

The Australian Financial Review 11/08/08 - Nelson under fire on army truck bungle