Adelaide firm Supashock has been named among the seven small Australian businesses that will partner with Rheinmetall Defence Australia on two major projects for the Australian Army.
The selected companies will share in nearly $20 million of work under the LAND 400 Phase 2 and LAND 121 Phase 5B projects which will provide the Australian Army with 211 Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles and heavy and medium logistics vehicles and modules.
In making the announcement at Supashock’s newly opened facilities in Adelaide, Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said each company will be part of a growing cohort of local small businesses already delivering parts and services to Rheinmetall as the company builds its network of suppliers across Australia and establishes a local capability to underpin a national military vehicle industry.
“This is an excellent example of how the big defence companies are working with local businesses on these large projects,” Minister Price said.
“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.
“I congratulate them on the opening of their new facility, and thank Premier Marshall for his government’s support of this project.”
The remaining six companies that will partner with Rheinmetall Defence Australia include Melbourne-based Cablex and Tectonica Australia; Sydney-based Eylex; Brisbane-based ABI Coating Specialists; Ballarat-based Bartlett; and Newcastle-based Varley.