German-based military manufacturer Rheinmetall Defence has signed another contract to supply the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with over a thousand additional trucks and modules.
Just signed, the contract is valued at almost $700 million, with delivery of the vehicles to commence in 2019 and be completed in 2024. It forms part of Australia’s Land 121 Phase 5B project. It is currently supplying Australia with 2,500 medium and heavyweight military trucks under an earlier phase of the project, 3B.
Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger said that the new contract reflected Australia’s satisfaction with the performance and quality of its vehicles.
“This follow-up order is of great strategic significance to us, providing an excellent reference for other important international projects,” Papperger said.
“Rheinmetall’s latest success in the Asia-Pacific region proves that our products are at the cutting edge of technology, and that the customer see in us a proven and reliable partner, fully capable of carrying out sophisticated large-scale projects.”
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) has more than 150 employees at five locations, supporting the Australian military in including project management, system engineering and integration, lifecycle support, maintenance and repairs, and spare parts management.
The company will be working with Australian defence contractors in the production of the vehicles. Michael Wittlinger, head of Rheinmetall Logistic Vehicles and a member of the Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH board of directors, said that Rheinmetall would continue to help Australia establish an independent military vehicle industry.
“We’re very proud to be able to continue our outstanding cooperation with the ADF”, Wittlinger said. “We’ll be working closely with our network of Australian partners and subcontractors to make sure the ADF can count on these high-mobility trucks and build-ons in deployed operations.”