BAE Systems Australia has agreed to partner with Marand for the Royal Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase II combat reconnaissance vehicle programme.
Under the teaming agreement, Marand will provide cross-sector expertise and a range of engineering services for the army's AMV35 combat reconnaissance vehicles.
Marand CEO Rohan Stocker said: “BAE Systems is a great partner. The company delivers on its industrial commitments, transferring technology that has allowed Marand to create high skilled jobs and defence exports.
“We have already proven that we can deliver complex defence production technology transfers in Australia with 100% quality and delivery performance.”
BAE Systems and Land 400 bid partner Patria were confirmed as one of two tenders selected to take part in the 51 week Risk Mitigation Activity for the Land 400 programme in July 2016.
The BAE-Patria team will manufacture the AMV35 locally with an industry solution that is anticipated to increase local manufacturing knowledge, create jobs and bring further economic benefits to the Australian SME supply chain, BAE Systems stated.
The LAND 400 programme is aimed at improving the mounted close combat capability of Australia's Land Force.
The programme will provide armoured fighting vehicles with improved firepower, protection, mobility and digital communications to enable tactical success in current and future operational environments.
In addition to combat reconnaissance vehicle, LAND 400 will deliver an infantry fighting vehicle, a manoeuvre support vehicle and an integrated training system.
Image: Marand will provide engineering services for the production of AMV35 combat reconnaissance vehicles. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.