Western Sydney manufacturer signs $15 million contract with Rheinmetall

Australian defence company, Thomas Global, has won a $15 million contract with Rheinmetall.

Part of the LAND 400 Phase 2 project, Thomas Global will deliver the combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRV) Immersive Tactical Trainer (ITT) system. The Mission Systems will be part of the 211 Boxer CRVs.

Thomas Global will design and manufacture 13 containerised ITT sets and six classroom ITT sets. The ITTs will guide the operators of Boxer CRVs

Thomas Global will deliver the systems from its Western Sydney base, and according to Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price, the contract will create 20 jobs.

“I’ve tasked the major Defence players with ensuring they maximise local industry content in these large Defence contracts and I’m pleased to see they are delivering on their commitments,” said Price.

Price announced the contract signing between Thomas Global and Rheinmetall at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) trade show in London.

At the same event, Price enumerated the small businesses that will share in $1.85 million in funding to expand overseas.

The funding forms part of the Defence Global Competitiveness Grants program which helps small businesses become export ready, with the aim to increase Australian jobs.

The 13 funding recipients are spread across Australian states, and have nominated purchasing of precision machining, investment in advanced manufacturing, and improve testing facilities as the outcome of being successful in the grant process.

“The Defence Global Competitiveness Grants help Australian small businesses to build their export capability, which presents new opportunities in overseas markets,” said Price.

Funding ranges from $17,100 for Ruslyn Holdings to purchase tooling to manufacture a plastic lightweight rugged hook and line reel, to $150,000 for Australian Performance Vehicles to purchase the facilities to produce military restraints for land and amphibious vehicles.

“Small businesses right across Australia are taking up opportunities in the supply chain – creating hundreds of local jobs and strengthening our defence industry,” said Price.