New contracts for seven Rheinmetall partners announced

Army vehicle-related contracts for seven small businesses were announced on Wednesday morning at Adelaide.
A statement from defence industry minister Melissa Price names Cablex, Eylex, Tectonica Australia, ABI Coating Specialists, Bartlett and Varley as the contractors. The work is worth approximately $20 million in total and is on the LAND 400 Phase 2 (211 Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles built in Queensland by Rheinmetall) and LAND 121 Phase 5B (heavy and medium logistics vehicles and modules) programs.
Price made the announcement at the headquarters of Adelaide suspension technology company Supashock.
“Supashock is a shining example of how our investment in Australia’s defence industry is creating new opportunities and more jobs for small businesses across Australia,” said Price at this morning.
The announcement lists the contracts as follows.
  • Melbourne-based Cablex: vehicle systems and C4I cabling for the first 25 BOXER   vehicles.
  • Sydney-based Eylex: crew communications equipment including headsets for the first 25 BOXER vehicles.
  • Melbourne-based Tectonica Australia: driver’s aids for night time situational awareness for the first 25 BOXER vehicles.
  • Brisbane-based ABI Coating Specialists: paint and finish for the first 25 BOXER vehicles.
  • Ballarat-based Bartlett: tarpaulins for selected Rheinmetall MAN high mobility logistics vehicles. 
  • Adelaide-based Supashock: spare wheel carriage system for Rheinmetall MAN Heavy Transport vehicles.
  • Newcastle-based Varley: various modules for the Rheinmetall MAN high mobility logistics vehicles.
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