Rheinmetall Defence Australia selects Queensland for LAND 400 bid
Vehicles from Rheinmetall Defence’s fleet
On 14 July 2017, Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) announced it had selected Queensland as the preferred location for its Australia-New Zealand headquarters and military vehicle centre of excellence (MILVEHCOE), if RDA is the successful bidder in the Australian Government’s LAND 400 Phase 2 tender process.
This long-term partnership between the Queensland Government and RDA would establish a new military vehicle advanced manufacturing industry for the state.
RDA intends for the MILVEHCOE to not only be the base for manufacture of the 225 Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles under the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 contract, but also to support up to 10,000 military vehicles from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. This would firmly position Queensland as the Asia Pacific hub for military and heavy vehicle manufacture and sustainment, and as Australia’s home for land defence projects.
RDA expects that MILVEHCOE and its impact across Queensland’s supply chain would generate at least 450 full-time equivalent jobs over the first 10 years and contribute more than $1 billion to the Queensland economy. These would be high skilled, knowledge-based jobs in alignment with the economic development strategies in the Advance Queensland initiative.
Additionally, with 100 of the LAND 400 Phase 2 vehicles planned to be based at the Townsville and Enoggera Army bases for the next 30 years, this is likely to present opportunities for the local industry to benefit.
For more information:
- read the Ministerial media release
- visit Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s Boxer CRV website
The LAND 400 project
The Department of Defence’s LAND 400 project is managing the delivery of the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles for the Australian Army. Estimated by the Australian Government to have a total project value of up to $20 billion, the project will acquire 675 vehicles over 15 years. Additionally, the vehicles will require maintenance and support for up to 30 years. LAND 400 is the biggest and most expensive acquisition project in the history of the Australian Army.
|LAND 400 Phase 1||Project Definition Study (completed)|
|LAND 400 Phase 2||225 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles|
|August 2016||The Department of Defence announced the shortlisting of BAE Systems and Rheinmetall Defence Australia for the 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity|
|November/December 2016||The Department of Defence facilitated Australian Industry Showcase workshops with 400 organisations|
|August 2017||BAE Systems and Rheinmetall Defence Australia submit final tenders to the Australian Government|
|Q1 2018||The Australian Government expected to announce successful tenderer|
|Q3 2018||Australian Government to finalise contract with successful tenderer|
|LAND 400 Phase 3||450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Manoeuvre Support Vehicle|
|7 March 2016||The Department of Defence closed a Request for Information|
|LAND 400 Phase 4||Integrated Training System|
BAE Systems Australia
The Queensland Government continues to work with BAE Systems Australia, also shortlisted by the Department of Defence for the LAND 400 Phase 2 contract, to promote the benefits of a Queensland location for its vehicle manufacturing facility.
More information on BAE Systems Australia and its LAND 400 Phase 2 vehicle, the AMV35.