BAE Systems Australia has entered into new agreements with Victorian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to carry out the build phase of its LAND 400 project.
Earlier, BAE Systems’ combat reconnaissance vehicle AMV35 was selected to bid for the Commonwealth’s LAND 400 Phase 2 programme that will see the replacement of the army’s existing Australian light armoured vehicle (ASLAV).
With a total value of more than $200m, the build phase agreements will be able to generate more than 100 supply chain jobs in Victoria if BAE Systems Australia wins the Land 400 contract.
In addition, the Australian industry will participate in the refit and maintenance of the vehicles during their decades of service with the Australian Army.
BAE Systems Australia chief executive Glynn Phillips said: “Victoria’s defence industry is recognised for its world-class capabilities and the companies that we have selected as partners have proven experience and leading edge manufacturing capabilities.
“Australian production, future upgrades and support of these world class vehicles will create long-term jobs and deliver strong, sustainable economic benefits throughout the community.”
BAE Systems’ LAND 400 partner Marand will be responsible for producing the hulls of the combat-capable AMV35 vessels.
The other Victorian suppliers will offer their specialist manufacturing expertise, including heavy fabrication, electronic systems and complex assemblies.
Having committed to manufacturing the AMV35 vehicle locally, BAE Systems has decided to invest 20,000 hours to transfer the advanced manufacturing knowledge and capability to the Australian workforce.
Image: BAE Systems LAND 400 vehicle. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.