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Australian Army has awarded a contract to Precision Metal Group to build the seating frames for its new Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.

Australia-based Precision has teamed up with German firm Probatec AG for this contract, which will support over 50 employees based in Wetherill Park, New South Wales.

Australia Minister for Defence and Senator Linda Reynolds CSC said the government’s $5.2bn programme for the acquisition and initial support period for the LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability will provide its army with advanced capability.

Reynolds added: “These military-grade seats are critical for the protection of soldiers in our Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle crews.

“The vehicles are able to undertake a range of missions from regional stability and peacekeeping, through to high-threat operations. Importantly, they will keep Australian soldiers safer while on deployment and on exercises around the world.

“This project highlights the government’s commitment to ensuring the Australian Defence Force is equipped to succeed in our challenging strategic environment.”

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Precision Metal Group was already contracted to supply the battery boxes for the Boxer vehicles.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price MP said: “This new partnership makes Precision Metal Group the first Australian company to achieve German welding certification, paving the way for further export opportunities.

“The government’s record $200bn investment in defence capability is not only creating jobs, but also building knowledge and technologies. I am pleased Precision Metal Group is already considering options to further expand its manufacturing footprint and create new jobs, made possible because of the government’s strong support for Australia’s defence industry.”

In September 2019, Rheinmetall Defence Australia delivered the first Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) to the Australian Government.

Rheinmetall collaborated with small local businesses for the supply of equipment for the 25 Boxer vehicles. One of the companies selected was Precision Metal Group.