Defence investment with BAE backs jobs and capability in Adelaide

Defence has signed a $5.3 million contract extension with BAE Systems Australia to provide technical support to the Army’s Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) fleet for another three years, securing continued employment for 20 Adelaide staff.

Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price, said the contract extension was a win for South Australia’s defence industry as it allows BAE Systems Australia to continue to provide vital engineering services to the remarkable APC fleet.

“This engineering services contract ensures the operation of the APC fleet for several more years until its replacement is provided under the LAND 400 Phase 3 – Land Combat Vehicle System project,” Price said.

“The contract extension with BAE Systems Australia represents continued investment and confidence in the highly technical and experienced Australian workforce.

“It is also recognition of the company’s highly valued expertise in supporting the APC vehicles over many years.”

BAE Systems Australia will continue to employ 20 staff at their Edinburgh site, in Adelaide’s north, to support the APC capability.

The APC family of vehicles are used by Army units across the country, including in Queensland at Townsville and Brisbane, South Australia at Adelaide, and Victoria at Puckapunyal.