Rheinmetall will supply new military trucks and modules to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the LAND 121 Phase 5B program.
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) will deliver more than 1000 high mobility logistics trucks and more than 800 modules to the ADF under the new program, which is an extension of the current LAND 121 Phase 3B 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.”
Under the LAND 121 Phase 3B program, RMMVA is currently delivering protected and unprotected military logistic trucks and modules from its Brisbane-based integration facility. The vehicles are tested and verified at the Australian Automotive Research Centre’s 1000 hectare site near Anglesea, 125 km south-west of Melbourne.
Deliveries will start in 2019 and will run to 2024.