3 April, 2019 –
The State Government has launched a new campaign to support Rheinmetall’s bid for the estimated $15 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 project. Last year Queensland won the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 defence project by securing Rheinmetall – let’s see if we can do it again!
LAND 400 Phase 3 will see the delivery of 383 infantry fighting vehicles and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles for the Australian Army.
This would mean new opportunities for our state’s advanced manufacturing businesses, such as STEYR Motors Australia here in Stafford.
The Department of Defence has stated they will shortlist in the next six months and the Palaszczuk Government’s goal is to make sure Queensland and Rheinmetall is on the shortlist.
Should Rheinmetall’s Lynx be successful in the LAND 400 Phase 3 tender, Rheinmetall will manufacture the vehicles at the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Ipswich.
The MILVEHCOE’s workforce and the critical mass of expertise will already be in place from Phase 2, so a win in Phase 3 will guarantee a continuation of work into the long-term.
Rheinmetall expects the MILVEHCOE and its impact across Queensland’s supply chain will contribute more than $1 billion to Queensland’s economy.
Momentum is definitely increasing in Queensland’s defence industries, with more than 6,500 people currently employed and $9.55 billion in Australian defence contracts secured in 2017-18, which is more than double the value of contracts awarded in the previous year.
Meanwhile, Queensland’s defence industry capabilities are well and truly on the national and international radar, guided by our Queensland Defence Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, which is maximising all potential opportunities for local defence expansion.
Learn more about the Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland defence industries roadmap at https://www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/industry-development/queensland-defence-industries-roadmap.html