Rheinmetall Defence Australia delivered the first of 211 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to Australia, and unveiled the businesses which will support the manufacture of the vehicles.
Australian businesses that will be involved in the forthcoming roll out of the program include Frontline Manufacturing, Precision Metal Group, Direct Edge, and Hilton Manufacturing, which will all supply prototype bracketry, Rockpress, which will supply mine blast protection plates, and Axalta, which will supply specialist paint and paint supply products.
At the unveiling ceremony, at Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane on September 24, Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price, highlighted how the project will benefit Australian manufacturers.
“This project presents an exciting opportunity for Australian industry to play a vital role in delivering leading-edge capability and technology to Australia’s Army,” said Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price.
The vehicles will be delivered as part of the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability program.
Compared with previous combat reconnaissance vehicles the new vehicles will have higher levels of protection, firepower, and mobility.
“They will be able to undertake a range of missions from regional stability and peacekeeping through to high-threat operations, and will provide improved safety to Australian soldiers on deployment and on exercises around the world,” said Defence Minister, Linda Reynolds.
The vehicle delivered to Brisbane is one of the first 25 CRVs which will be made in Germany, and form the basis for the manufacture of the rest of the vehicles at Redback, near Ipswich.
The total investment that will flow to Australian industry in the vehicle’s 30 year life will be $10.2b. With Rheinmetall delivering the contract locally, according to Gary Stewart, managing director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia, the benefits will be ongoing.
“Rheinmetall is committed to growing an Australian sovereign military vehicle capability and to have that centred in the most advanced military vehicle manufacturing facility in the country will make it a real asset of national significance,” said Stewart.
Rheinmetall is also shortlisted for Phase 3 of the Land 400 tender, and if successful, would manufacture 400 infantry fighting vehicles at its site near Ipswich.