Contracts totalling $33 million have been awarded to Australian suppliers for the new fleet of Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.
The largest contract was awarded to Melbourne defence systems integrator Tectonica, which earned $25 million to build situational awareness systems for the vehicles, which are being built by Rheinmetall Defence Australia at Redbank, Queensland.
“Tectonica has provided an innovative proposal that will dramatically increase the situational awareness of the BOXER CRV crew and we see potential application not only to the BOXER CRV but also to our wider family of military vehicles in-service around the world,” said President of Rheinmetall’s Combat Platforms Business Unit, Ben Hudson, in a statement,
Defence industry minister Melissa Price said the contracts announced on Tuesday would create long-term employment and opportunities for expansion into global supply chains.
“For these Australian companies, the real potential here is their relationship with Rheinmetall and the ongoing opportunities to partner with them for their projects both here and in Europe,” said Price.
Sydney’s GPC Electronics, Century Manufacturing of Adelaide and Yerriyong’s Air Affairs Australia were awarded a combined $8 million in work, which will also end up in the CRVs. The trio is delivering processing and storage components for Tactical Edge Servers, supplying Boeing Defence Australia.
Rheinmetall is supplying 211 Boxer 8×8 CRVs, replacing the Australian Army’s Light Armoured Vehicles, under the LAND 400 Phase 2 project.
Picture: Department of Defence
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