The first round of grants under the Victorian Land Systems Fund – Supply Chain Uplift Program, has been announced, with five companies awarded between $2,000 and $100,000 for projects to help them participate in Hanwha Defense Australia’s supply chain.
The grants were announced during a visit by manufacturing minister Ben Carroll to Hanwha’s site — currently under construction at the Avalon Airport Industrial Precinct — where the company will build self-propelled howitzers under the federal government’s LAND 8116 program.
The total amount of grant funding for the round was given as “almost $200,000” in a statement from Carroll on Wednesday, though dollar amounts per grant were not shared.
Hanwha was named as the winning bidder for the LAND 8116 in February last year. It is in the two final bidders for the LAND 400 Phase 3 contract, to build the Infantry Fighting Vehicles which will replace the Australian Army’s M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers.
Picture: credit Hanwha Defense Australia