Minister for Defence Industry, Mr Christopher Pyne has announced a new Australian Industry Opportunity Roadmap designed to help Australian companies get involved in the multi-billion dollar LAND 400 Phase 2 armoured vehicle program.
“Australian industry involvement is at the centre of the Government’s plans for the project. Projects like LAND 400 give us the opportunity to modernise our defence capability while keeping jobs in Australia and boosting domestic manufacturing,” Minister Pyne said.
“We want to encourage Australian industry participation – particularly in assembly, systems design, integration, testing and evaluation, and support of the capability. This is the chance for Australian defence employers and suppliers to get their slice of a very big pie,” he said.
The Opportunity Roadmap – which lists opportunities for Australian industry to become involved in the acquisition and support for the project – was developed by the two shortlisted tenderers, BAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall.
“This roadmap was one of the significant recommendations arising from the Deloitte Review of Australian Industry Opportunities for LAND 400 that was announced by the Turnbull Government,” Minister Pyne said.
“Both companies will participate in a series of industry showcase workshops before the end of the year, once responses to the Roadmap have been received.”
LAND 400 Phase 2 involves replacing the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle with 225 new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles for the Army.
“BAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall have been contracted to participate in the next stage of tender evaluation, involving extensive testing of supplied vehicles, before a final selection is made,” the Minister said.
“I urge all Australian companies with services or capabilities sought on the Opportunity Roadmap to register for the Australian Industry Showcase Workshops now, as the closing date for registrations is Friday, 21 October 2016.”
The Australian Industry Capability Opportunity Roadmap is available here.