An Albury-based technology and componentry company that is working on the LAND 400 project has celebrated 15 years as a supplier to the Australian defence industry.
Family-owned Milspec Manufacturing has been supplying technology and componentry to the defence industry for over 15 years and is regarded as a premier Australian defence SME for subsystems including brushless alternators, auxiliary power units, portable power and wiring harnesses for use in military vehicles.
The celebrations at Albury enabled the community to see the machining, robotic welding, electronic assembly, engineering and design work undertaken by Milspec employees to meet contracts from some of the Australia’s major defence primes.
Over 15 years, Milspec has partnered with some of the Australian defence industry's biggest primes, including BAE Systems, Thales and Rheinmetall Defence Australia.
Rheinmetall participated in the anniversary celebrations at Albury, on the back of their strong relationship though procurement programs like LAND 121 Phase 3B.
Milspec is one of the Australian SMEs contributing to the Rheinmetall logistics vehicle subsidiary Rheinmetall MAN Australia which will deliver more than 2,500 vehicles in multiple configurations under LAND 121 Phase 3B.
In 2013, it was announced Milspec would design, build and install over 2,500 front bar and rear panel installation kits as well as over 2,500 installation kits for the truck cabins to accommodate the communication equipment used by the Australian Army.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia managing director Andrew Fletcher said the scope of Milspec’s contracted work had grown significantly over the past 12 months.
The initial order of vehicle installation kits — which refers to the radio and battle management system display brackets and mountings — has now expanded to a range of new products including roof frames, wire cutters, stowage boxes, markers and sign holders.
Milspec has expanded its operations to meet demands associated with these new supply contracts by employing 40 staff and installing a robot welding cell.
As part of the 15-year celebration, Rheinmetall MAN Australia transported an HX40M vehicle to Milspec’s facility in Albury as part of the industry showcase.
“Having the vehicles there will really help the families understand how the subsystems Milspec manufacture fit with the ADF and defence primes in Australia," Fletcher said.
Milspec is also working with the Rheinmetall LAND 400 team developing an alternator for the BOXER CRV offered to the Commonwealth.