Hundreds of new jobs will be created in Queensland with the Turnbull Government’s announcement of Rheinmetall as the selected supplier for the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle project worth over $5 billion in acquisition.
This investment in new Army capability is a key part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to a safe and secure Australia.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said the local area would benefit with Queensland companies winning a major share of the Land 400 Phase 2 investment.
“Over $1.8 billion will be spent in Queensland on the project creating 330 new jobs for the state,” Mr van Manen said,
“Today’s announcement is great news for south east Queensland. With the key facility located in Redbank near Brisbane, there will be plenty of job opportunities for people in manufacturing, engineering and a number of other trades.”
Queensland companies such as NIOA, Penske, G&O Kert, Ferra Engineering, Global Manufacturing Group and Elbit will all receive a boost.
“This project is an exciting opportunity for Australian defence industry to play a vital role in delivering leading edge technology to Australia’s Army,” Mr van Manen said.
Over the 30 year life of the vehicles, Australian industry will deliver two–thirds, or $10.2 billion of the acquisition and sustainment, which will create up to 1450 jobs right across Australia.
The vehicles will be equipped with high levels of protection, firepower and mobility which will enable sustained operations, varying from peacekeeping to close combat.
The new vehicles will be used at facilities in Puckapunyal, Bandiana, Adelaide, Townsville and Enoggera.
The Turnbull Government is also spending around $68 million to upgrade facilities in Queensland to cater for the new vehicles.
For more information, visit www.defence.gov.au/casg/equippingdefence/land400