The Victorian state government has announced that Victorian university students will get hands on experience working on Australia’s largest ever land military vehicle procurement program if BAE Systems Australia secures the $5 billion LAND 400 contract.
Acting Minister for Trade and Investment Ben Carroll today joined BAE Systems Australia CEO Gabby Costigan and University of Melbourne vice chancellor Glyn Davis to announce a new MoU between BAE Systems Australia and the University of Melbourne.
Carroll said, “Victoria has the proven experience and the skills needed to build these vehicles and keep our troops safe.”
“This MoU between BAE Systems Australia and the University of Melbourne is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn and gain hands-on experience on this massive project.”
The agreement will see students from the University of Melbourne gain access to equipment, data and testing facilities at the future BAE Systems Fishermans Bend facility – setting them up for future success.
Earlier, the Victorian government had purchased the General Motors Holden site in Fishermans Bend in 2016 and is transforming it into a new precinct of excellence for advanced manufacturing, design and engineering.
Fishermans Bend will be the base for BAE to deliver 225 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles to the Australian Army, should they be successful in securing the contract.
Fishermans Bend will also be home to The University of Melbourne’s new School of Engineering campus – set to open in the early 2020s – providing world-class facilities for over 1,000 engineering and IT students and academics.