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Land 400 Phase 2 contender aligns with Defence Industry Ministers Vision

Rheinmetall Defence Australia aligns with Defence Industry Ministers Vision for Land 400 Phase 2

Terry Turner




Land 400 Phase 2 contender Rheinmetall Defence Australia is clearly listening…

In March this year, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry presented a highly-motivating speech that showcased both his motivation and vision for the Australian Defence Industry.

Within that speech, he highlighted that the Australian defence industry is front and centre of this Government’s vision for jobs growth in the Australian economy.

“This is where the jobs of the future will be created, and with them the broader growth that we need to ensure Australia maintains our position as an advanced economy among the top ranks of nations in the twenty-first century,” further stating “for this mission to be successful it is important that this message resonates broadly. It need to be heard outside of Canberra, in the think-tanks, the universities and research establishments, among industry and defence contractor,” he said.

Defence + Industry Magazine loved the entire speech, it resonates what we’re also trying to support, and it’s clearly resonating far and wide within the defence sector.

One company that has clearly taken note is Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

Only last week we reported on Victorian companies assembling and testing the Rheinmetall Boxer CRV Turrets, and now should Rheinmetall be selected as the preferred tenderer for LAND 400 Phase 2, they will bring another nine Australian small to medium enterprise businesses from across Australia into the fold – to deliver more than $125 million of products and services.

Land 400 Phase 2

LAND 400 Phase 2 relates to a new Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability, for which Rheinmetall is offering the Commonwealth the BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV). Rheinmetall have advised Defence + Industry Magazine that the BOXER CRV provides Australian soldiers the best protection and lethality as well as unparalleled modularity to reduce life cycle costs.

Both Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Australia have tendered for the LAND 400 Phase 2 contract, with BAE Systems Ausutralia putting forward the Patria AMV35 and Rheinmetall the Boxer CRV.

Should Rheinmetall be the successful tenderer, companies from NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia have been selected to join the Rheinmetall Land 400 Phase 2 team to deliver a range of products and services in support of the manufacture of the BOXER CRV.

These additional companies are:

▪ Adelaide-based Plasteel
▪ Adelaide-based Redarc
▪ Brisbane-based G&O Kert
▪ Burnie-based Direct Edge
▪ Melbourne-based Cablex
▪ Melbourne-based Hilton Manufacturing
▪ Melbourne-based Nezkot Precision Tooling and Engineering
▪ Perth-based Hoffman Engineering
▪ Sydney-based Huber and Suhner

“After extensive market testing, these companies are among those selected because of their proven track record delivering successful products and their ability to develop and manufacture leading edge military technologies in Australia,” said Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Andrew Fletcher.

Importantly, from a Sovereign Capability perspective, Rheinmetall is transferring critical know-how to local SMEs to support the sustainment of the BOXER CRV throughout the life of the Land 400 program. Local SME partners will also be included in the Rheinmetall Global Supply Chain, enabling each to export their industry leading technologies globally.

“Today’s announcement is the first in a series of announcements about Australian Industry Capability partnerships that will underline the quality of Rheinmetall’s capability and local industry content offering to the Commonwealth,” said Fletcher.

Rheinmetall is already working closely with local partners Melbourne-based Supacat and Melbourne-based Tectonica as part of the Risk Mitigation Activity conducted by the Commonwealth. Brisbane-based NIOA has also been appointed the company’s key supplier of ammunition and armament services for the Land 400 Phase 2 offer.

Rheinmetall has a longstanding supplier relationship with NIOA through its weapon and munitions arm, Rheinmetall Weapons and Munitions (RWM), built on the delivery of world class ammunition and pyrotechnics to the Australian Defence Force and state and federal police forces.

A network of trusted suppliers across Australia is a fundamental part of Rheinmetall’s offer to the Commonwealth. This network will drive new infrastructure in the form of a Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) to supply, support and sustain up to 4000 Australian military vehicles delivered under the Land 121 and Land 400 programs and regional Rheinmetall vehicle fleets within the South-East Asian Region.

Rheinmetall will transfer technology and research/development opportunities to Australia and work with Australian SMEs to deliver this capability to the ADF. The facility will create hundreds of direct jobs and over thousands of jobs in the SME supply chain network established to support the enterprise.

“This creates a new sovereign military vehicle industrial capability in Australia,” Mr Fletcher said.

About Rheinmetall

Setting a global standard for excellence in a wide array of disciplines and offers an extensive array of military hardware that delivers mobility, lethality, survivability of troops, reconnaissance capability and networking of national and international systems. Rheinmetall Defence Australia and New Zealand is a subsidiary of Rheinmetall AG, with offices in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.


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Laser strike – A high energy laser mounted on a helicopter shoots a target in groundbreaking test

A Raytheon high energy laser mounted on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter acquired and hit an unmanned target.

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In this major technology advancement, a high energy laser mounted on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter acquired and hit an unmanned target.

Raytheon and U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office demonstrate feasibility of ground attack

The test was conducted by Raytheon and the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office in collaboration with U.S. Special Operations Command at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

It was the first time a fully integrated laser system successfully shot a target from a rotary-wing aircraft over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds, proving the feasibility of laser attack from Apache.

The system tracked and directed energy on a stationary target at a slant range of 1.4 kilometers. (Slant range is the line-of-sight distance between two points at different levels.)

The data collected from the test, including impact of vibration, dust and rotor downwash, will help shape future high-energy laser systems.

“Our goal is to pull the future forward,” said Art Morrish, vice president of Advanced Concepts and Technologies for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “This data collection shows we’re on the right track.”

For the test, Raytheon coupled a variant of the Multi-Spectral Targeting System, an advanced, electro-optical, infrared sensor, with a laser. The MTS provided targeting information, situational awareness and beam control.

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Defence accepts delivery of first Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today attended a ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide to mark the Government’s provisional acceptance of the first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Hobart.

Terry Turner




Navy gains its newest warship, the Air Warfare Destroyer, Hobart.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today attended a ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide to mark the Government’s provisional acceptance of the first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Hobart.

Minister Pyne said Hobart is the first of three AWD’s being built and integrated by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance which comprises the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, ASC and support from Navantia.

“The acceptance of this first of class ship is a further demonstration of the success of the Government-led reform initiative, with the program meeting all budget and schedule targets, Hobart will enter into service later this year,” Minister Pyne said.

“Hobart will play a critical role for Defence by providing new interoperable capabilities for the Royal Australian Navy.

“By using a combination of US and Australian technologies, these ships will allow us to work even closer with our allies.

“Importantly, these ships will provide a safer environment for Australia’s entire Defence Force, as they have the ability to move faster for longer, whilst forming a protective bubble around themselves and other assets in a task force,” he said.

Over the last decade, more than 5,000 skilled Australians have constructed all three AWD’s whilst also creating a new combat and support system to meet the unique needs of the Australian Defence Force.

Minister Pyne said provisional acceptance represented some of the most complex and innovative engineering accomplishments ever undertaken in Australia.

“These skills have taken over a decade to build and position Australia well to support the Government’s new Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” he said.

“The AWD program underscores the importance of Australia’s defence industry as a fundamental input into capability.

“Rather than just being a supplier for Defence, this program proves how Australian defence industry is truly a strategic partner with Defence.”


The Minister for Defence Industry, the Honourable Christopher Pyne, MP, signs the provisional acceptance certificate for the first Air Warfare Destroyer, Hobart.


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