The $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 program will see Rheinmetall deliver 211 8x8 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to the Australian Army.
The Boxer vehicles will enable Army to locate, monitor and engage with enemy forces and ensure Australian soldiers are protected in combat. The vehicles will fill seven different roles on the battlefield: reconnaissance, command and control, joint fires, surveillance, multi-purpose, battlefield repair and recovery. The reconnaissance variant – accounting for 133 of the 211 vehicles – is equipped with Rheinmetall’s cutting-edge Lance turret system and armed with a 30mm automatic cannon
Rheinmetall will transfer technological know-how and provide training support to Australian industry to achieve the capabilities required to develop, build and support the LAND 400 Phase 2 Acquisition Program, provide an Australian-based support for the Australian war fighter, and create a globally competitive industrial base.
As the centrepiece of the LAND 400 Phase 2 Acquisition Program, Rheinmetall will establish Australia's premier, globally competitive Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Ipswich, Queensland. With construction managed by the Queensland Government, the MILVEHCOE is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2020
To ensure the Commonwealth receives the contracted Early Capability Delivery, a number of vehicles will be built in Europe as part of the technology transfer process, with the remaining vehicles to be built in Australia.
The MILVEHCOE will focus on the development, assembly and support requirements for the 211 BOXER CRVs. It will create new Australian direct and indirect jobs for the duration of the LAND 400 Phase 2 Acquisition Program and be capable to deliver the following activities:
- mechanical and software design and development
- vehicle and system manufacture
- test and evaluation
- education and training
- through-life support.
The MILVEHCOE will create enduring relationships with the Commonwealth, industry and academia to develop innovative technologies and capabilities to contribute to Australia's long-term defence objectives. This will also give staff employed at the MILVEHCOE opportunities to develop their own skills and experiences through the secondment to Rheinmetall facilities across the world.
Rheinmetall’s Australian Industry Capability program is continuing in line with the development phase of the Land 400 Phase 2 program. The company engaged more than 900 SMEs around Australia and New Zealand prior to selection of the BOXER Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle as the preferred vehicle. This number built on the cohort of local companies already selected during the LAND 121 Phase 3B program and the delivery of 2500 high mobility logistics trucks to the Commonwealth.
Rheinmetall has since signed agreements with 28 Australian companies to supply products and services for the vehicles that make up the Early Capability Delivery. We are now working with selected SMEs to ensure they have the capability to supply into a global defence program such as Land 400. Suppliers to the BOXER program need to meet rigorous standards to ensure the best quality vehicle to protect the Australian soldier.
Rheinmetall is actively working alongside these Australian companies at various stages of a five step engagement process that involves:
- Identification of the best possible suppliers;
- Confirming the master data for work packages;
- Releasing Requests for Information and Quotation;
- Conducting evaluations (including supplier visits and audits); and
- Signing contracts.
Many Australian SMEs are now trusted suppliers within Rheinmetall’s Global Supply Chain. Some already find their products on the first BOXER CRV vehicles; while our procurement teams are currently auditing and testing a range of products for the next wave of Australian companies to join the LAND 400 program. Many of these companies have never worked on international Defence programs, so we are working hard to ensure they have the capability to supply into a global program such as Land 400 Phase 2.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia Contacts
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