Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) will deliver 1044 high mobility logistics trucks, 872 modules and 812 trailers, worth $1.4 billion, to the Australian Defence Force under the Commonwealth’s LAND 121 Phase 5B program.
RMMVA will partner with a range of Australia-based companies like Varley in Newcastle, Holmwood Highgate in Brisbane, and ECLIPS in the ACT to supply the modules and trailers, with Haulmark Trailers Australia to manufacture and sustain the trailers for the project.
Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne said that while the trucks themselves would be manufactured on an existing production line in Austria, Australian industry would play a vital role in the project.
“LAND 121 Phase 5B will sustain over 100 jobs with Haulmark in Brisbane, as well as over 100 more with Rheinmetall, its subcontractors and supply chain across Australia,” the Minister said.
“This project presents an exciting opportunity for Australian industry to continue delivery of new-generation capability in support of the ADF.
“Australian industry involvement is in the order of half a billion dollars for acquisition, with ongoing sustainment being carried out by Australian or Australia-based companies.”
The project is an extension of the current LAND 121 Phase 3B program under which RMMVA is delivering protected and unprotected military logistic trucks and modules from its Brisbane-based integration facility.
The new modern trucks will be used for a broad range of military contingencies, from resupplying combat operations to supporting the ADF’s assistance to Australian and regional communities after natural disasters such as floods, fires and cyclones,
RMMVA, which has more than 150 employees in four locations in Australia, said it will continue to work with its network of Australian partners and suppliers to provide a high quality logistics backbone for the ADF.
“Australian content is a critical part of the Project LAND 121 Phase 5B program, and will see the involvement of SMEs from across Queensland, NSW, South Australia and Victoria,” said Marco Van Lieshout, the chief operations officer of Rheinmetall’s Australian business.
According to the company, deliveries will start in 2019 and will run to 2024.