A local company in Loganholme has significantly contributed to a new generation of trucks, trailers and modules now being rolled out in the Australian Defence Force.
The $3.5 billion LAND 121 Phase 3B project has created hundreds of jobs across Australia.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said it was great to see Holmwood Highgate at Loganholme contribute to the development, delivery and support of this capability by providing the fuel and water modules.
“What is especially pleasing to see is the work done by Holmwood Highgate in my electorate is bringing significant economic benefits to our region,” Mr van Manen said.
“The new trucks and interchangeable modules, used on the vehicles for a range of tasks including fuel and water transportation, are being supplied by Rheinmetall together with a range of reputable local suppliers.”
Rheinmetall’s local workforce has grown from 15 to more than 125 staff over the last three years, with approximately 200 direct jobs created across its Australian subcontracted workforce.
The majority of the trailers are being built by Haulmark Trailers Australia, with approximately 110 jobs created across Haulmark, its subcontractors and supply chain.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said these trucks, trailers and modules will revolutionise Defence’s logistics capability for decades to come.
“The trucks and trailers provide a generational leap forward from the current fleet of Unimog, Mack and S-Liner trucks, offering significantly increased protection for our soldiers and improved payload and off-road mobility,” Minister Pyne said.
Between now and 2022, a total of 2707 vehicles, 3858 modules and 1753 trailers will be delivered around Australia.
Images of the LAND 121 trucks and trailers can be found on the Defence image gallery: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20170984.