One of the world’s largest armoured fighting vehicle programs, LAND 400 is designed to deliver the Australian Army’s mounted close combat capability.
In March 2018, Rheinmetall Australia was selected as the successful tenderer of Phase 2 of the project, which will involve producing 211 combat reconnaissance vehicles worth up to $5 billion in acquisition, plus up to 35 years of sustainment and upgrade work.
The project, to be centred in Queensland, will create nearly 1500 jobs nation-wide, while providing the opportunity for around 40 Australian businesses to be involved in supply chain work.
South Australia offers a stable, skilled workforce and deep supply chain with a strong track record of manufacturing and sustaining armoured fighting vehicles. Over half a dozen local small-to-medium businesses are preparing to enter Rheinmetall’s global supply chain for the project.
Additional opportunities for supply chain partners for the program are likely to become available and Defence SA will continue to support local SMEs to ensure they are fully equipped and ready to take advantage.
While the first 25 vehicles are being built overseas, Rheinmetall will establish its manufacturing hub, the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Queensland. Supply chain partners have also been selected from Victoria and Western Australia.
More information: Project LAND 400
For further information please direct all enquiries to Ilona Horan, Director, Land at Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8463 7153 or Ilona.firstname.lastname@example.org.