The Australian developed and built Thales Hawkei armoured patrol vehicle has been shortlisted with five others to supply the armed forces of Poland, according to media reports.
The seven-tonne vehicle, manufactured in Bendigo, has been marketed overseas by the company’s French parent with the potential for a sale of 700 vehicles to Poland the biggest opportunity revealed so far.
Australia is Thales global centre of excellence for armoured vehicles, also developing the highly successful Bushmaster which is in service with seven countries.
While the Polish government wants the new vehicle to be made in Poland, it would still contain considerable Australian content in terms of components, systems and intellectual property.
Key suppliers, such as Bisalloy for its tempered armoured steels, would also be able to bid to supply an overseas made vehicle.
Bisalloy has been increasing its exposure to overseas markets, including establishing a joint venture manufacturing base in China.
In May, 2018 the Hewkei was put through its paces at a military obstacle course in Poland (pictured).
In the same year Australia and Poland signed a bilateral joint statement on defence co-operation.
Picture: Victorian government/Defence Trade & Investment Director UK, Europe and Israel, Anthony Heath, with the Hawkei in Poland.
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