Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

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

Defence Industry innovator honoured

thales hawkei
Thales Hawkei

The Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne and Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne today congratulated Thales Australia on its innovative Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle design, which has won a major award at the 2016 Eureka Prize for ‘Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia’.

The Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne and Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne today congratulated Thales Australia on its innovative Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle design, which has won a major award at the 2016 Eureka Prize for ‘Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia’.

 

Advertisement
Advertisement

Thales Australia has entered into a contract with Defence to supply 1100 Hawkei Light Protected Mobility Vehicles, plus 1058 companion trailers. 

Minister Pyne said under the terms of the contract, at least 50 per cent of the manufacturing and production costs are to occur in Australia with the contract expected to support more than 170 jobs this financial year.

“Thales Australia has also identified around fifteen Australian companies as major suppliers including provision of sub-frames, steering, hydraulics, cooling, driveline, bonnet, dashboard, paint and weapon mounts,” Minister Pyne said.

SPONSORED CONTENT

 

“The use of other Australian subcontractors is expected to create in the order of a further 60 jobs.”

Senator Payne said the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are one of Australia’s premier and most comprehensive awards scheme for outstanding science.

“The Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, science leadership, school science and science communication,” Minister Payne said.

“The Defence Science and Technology Group and Thales Australia have been working collaboratively through their Industry Alliance framework to conduct armour research which provides high levels of survivability.

“Through science and innovation, new armour materials are being developed that will reduce the weight of the vehicle while continuing to afford the required levels of protection the Australian Defence Force needs.”

Low-rate initial production at Thales’s Bendigo facility is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2017, with full-rate production to start in 2018. The first five vehicles were delivered to Defence’s world-class test facilities at Monegeetta in July 2016.

Defence Industry innovator honoured
RS39861_20131510fairfax_003.jpg-alt_410.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Mar 28 2020
BAE secures US$339m US Army armoured vehicle, munitions contract
The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a US$339 million ($556 million) contract modification for the p...
Mar 27 2020
Construction kicks off in WA for first Arafura Class OPV
Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has confirmed a major milestone in the delivery of the Royal...
Mar 27 2020
Angel investors, or demons? Pentagon warns struggling contractors against foreign support
As primes through to family-owned defence companies strain under the weight of the COVID-19 outbreak...
FROM THE WEB
Recommended by Spike Native Network