Companies from NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia have been selected to deliver a range of services and products for Rheinmetall's bid for the $14-20 billion project.
The nine new companies are:
- Melbourne-based Cablex;
- Burnie-based Direct Edge;
- Brisbane-based G&O Kert;
- Melbourne-based Hilton Manufacturing;
- Perth-based Hoffman Engineering;
- Sydney-based Huber and Suhner;
- Melbourne-based Nezkot Precision Tooling and Engineering;
- Adelaide-based Plasteel; and
- Adelaide-based Redarc.
The announcement comes less than a week after Victorian companies Supacat, Able Industries Engineering and Nezkot Precision Tooling and Engineering were named as the companies that would assemble and test the first LANCE two-man turret for Rheinmetall's BOXER CRV.
Both Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Australia are tendering for the LAND 400 contract.
BAE Systems has put forward the Patria AMV35 and Rheinmetall has proposed the Boxer CRV.
Three vehicles from each tenderer will be extensively tested to assess their protection and other capabilities. The outcomes from these tests will be used by Defence to undertake a final evaluation of each tenderer’s proposal. Delivery of the 8x8 CRV will begin from 2020.
The estimated cost of the LAND 400 program is between $14 and $20 billion for acquisition, making it the biggest ever in the Australian Army's history.