Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

SME signs multimillion-dollar contract for Hawkei project

hawkei exercise predator
An Australian Army Hawkei protected mobility vehicle, one of the Army's new generation of combat vehicles, during Exercise Predator's Gallop in Cultana training area, South Australia. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

An Australian SME has officially signed a contract with Thales Australia to build bonnets and other parts for the Hawkei protected Army vehicles.

An Australian SME has officially signed a contract with Thales Australia to build bonnets and other parts for the Hawkei protected Army vehicles.

As reported first by Defence Connect in August, Tasmania's Penguin Composites will replace advanced composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings as the provider of the vehicle's bonnet, side skirts and mud guards. Quickstep cited "profitability and growth" as the reason for withdrawing from the project.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The three-year contract for Penguin Composites, worth over $8 million, represents the company’s first major defence-related contract, and is expected to create around 15 jobs at its facility at Penguin in north-west Tasmania.

The manufacture of prototype parts is already underway with production parts scheduled to be available from late December.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne congratulated Penguin Composites and said the contract would provide a significant boost to Tasmania’s share of the nation’s defence investment.

"This contract will not only create new jobs in Tasmania, it will also involve the up-skilling of existing personnel to help deliver this work," Minister Pyne said.

"This is a textbook example of how Australian small-to-medium enterprises are building their capabilities and contributing to our sovereign defence industry capability."

PROMOTED CONTENT

In October 2015, Thales Australia signed a $1.3 billion contract with Defence to supply 1,100 Hawkei vehicles and more than 1,000 trailers, and is now ramping up for low-rate production.

Founded in 1976, Penguin is a home-grown Tasmanian company specialising in the manufacture of composite products.

The company’s capabilities include design and engineering of moulds and plugs, fibreglass and composite component manufacturing, in addition to specialist composite product manufacturing.

 

SME signs multimillion-dollar contract for Hawkei project
Hawkei-Exercise-Predator-.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

Key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry will converge at the inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit for 2021 to discuss improving Australian Industrial Capability to increase the nation's sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Register your interest to attend today! Limited spaces available. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

Jun 24 2021
Defence extends funding for high-profile quantum computing project
After making a breakthrough in quantum computing and additively manufactured materials, two international research collaborations ...
Markforged 3D printer
Jun 24 2021
Markforged releases field-deployable industrial 3D printer
The X7 FE is a ruggedised, field-deployable industrial 3D printer for tactical response to inventory challenges in remote location...
Babcock signs tripartite agreement with UK Ukraine
Jun 24 2021
Babcock signs tripartite agreement with UK, Ukraine
The global defence firm is set to lead Ukraine’s naval capability enhancement program in co-operation with a number of industry ...