none

$5 BILLION LAND 400 CONTRACT SECURED IN QUEENSLAND

15-03-2018
by 
in 

After a months-long bidding process, the Phase 2 of the Land 400 project has seen Rheinmetall Australia beat out BAE Systems to produce 211 tanks using Australian steel. 

The majority of the combat recon tanks will be produced in Ipswitch, Queensland, with just 25 being produced in Germany as training for Australian production teams, who will be embedded into teams in Germany to learn the necessary skills before returning to Australia. 

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said while the contract was awarded to the Queensland firm there would be flow-on benefits to the Victorian economy through the chain of subcontractors that supply materials.

"The nation has won this contract. In years gone by, we would have bought the vehicles from overseas and imported them into the country," Mr Pyne said. 

Rheinmetall has also partnered with BlueScope and Bisalloy Steel, which will see the two companies deliver thousands of tonnes of armoured steel for the project.

"It is a new beginning for manufacturing in Queensland," said Queensland State Development Minister Cameron Dick. 

"We've been working with Rheinmetall for three years to secure this contract and I'm delighted we'll now be able to deliver over 600 jobs for Queenslanders over a decade."

The contract is a record purchase for the army and is expected to create hundreds more indirect jobs across Australia.

Related news & editorials

  1. 23.07.2019
    23.07.2019
    by      In
    Tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies is set to conduct the first industrial trials of revolutionary new thermoelectric technology from the USA.
    The devices fit around an exhaust flue and convert waste heat to electric energy. To date, prototype testing has been confined to the US... Read More
  2. 22.07.2019
    22.07.2019
    by      In
    Engineers are constantly seeking strong, lightweight materials for use in cars, planes and other vehicles to improve aerodynamics, speed, fuel efficiency and weight load. A world-first study by researchers from Monash University, Chongqing University (China) and the CSIRO has discovered a technique... Read More
  3. 19.07.2019
    19.07.2019
    by      In
    CEBIT Australia is Asia Pacific’s largest and longest running business and technology exhibition and conference. Some of the nation’s most influential leaders will take part in CEBIT Australia 2019, at Sydney’s International Convention Centre from 29th to 31st October. Tickets for one- and three-... Read More
  4. 18.07.2019
    18.07.2019
    by      In
    High-tech developer Micro-X will bring the design and manufacture of its next generation of carbon nanotube X-ray tubes to the Tonsley innovation district in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, in order to give it greater control over its operations.
    Micro-X has achieved strong growth since the 2017... Read More