Land industry

South Australia is home to a large base of systems engineering, automotive and heavy engineering companies with a successful history of developing, integrating and sustaining land-related defence capabilities. 

Key local companies supporting the Australian Defence Force's land capabilities include BAE Systems Australia, General Dynamics Land Systems – Australia, Raytheon Australia and Saab Australia, as well as a large number of specialist manufacturers and suppliers.

Defence prime contractors based in South Australia together with a strong local supply chain have undertaken the two most significant armoured fighting vehicle manufacturing, sustainment and upgrade programs of the past two decades.

BAE Systems Australia, headquartered in South Australia, was the prime contractor responsible for the $1 billion program to extensively modernise Army’s fleet of M113 armoured personnel carriers.

From its national headquarters in Adelaide, General Dynamics Land Systems – Australia (GDLS-A) performed the final assembly and sustainment of the Army's fleet of Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAVs) and has exported large numbers of LAV turrets to overseas markets.

GDLS-A also provides heavy-grade repair and upgrade services for ASLAV in Adelaide and manages the sustainment of Army's fleets of M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks and M88 Hercules tank recovery vehicles.

With such strong industrial capability, South Australia is well placed to play a pivotal role in the Department of Defence’s $10 billion-plus LAND 400 – Land Combat Vehicle System program. A cluster of local SMEs, with a wealth of knowledge expertise, will be involved in the supply chain work for the major armoured fighting vehicle project.

For further information please direct all enquiries to Ilona Horan, Director, Land at Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8463 7153 or