Austal Australia has launched a new supplier ‘registration of interest’ portal on the Austal website, during the Land Forces 2021 International Defence Exposition in Brisbane.
On the opening day of Land Forces 2021, Austal Australia announced its intentions to submit a proposal to design, build and sustain the Australian Army’s next generation of littoral manoeuvre capability under the Department of Defence’s $800 million LAND 8710 (Phase 1) project.
The project includes the development of a new AV to replace the Army’s Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo 5 tonne vehicle (LARC-V), and Independent LC to replace the current Landing Craft Mechanised (LCM-8) vessels.
Austal Australia’s General Manager, Australian Shipyards and Head of Supply Chain, Ben Wardle, said the new supplier portal will allow Australian businesses to quickly and easily register their interest in supplying goods and services to Austal Australia, and collaborate on current projects and future opportunities, such as LAND 8710 Phase 1.
“Any business, from small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) through to large public companies may register their interest in collaborating with Austal Australia, on current shipbuilding projects like the Cape and Guardian-class Patrol Boats, and on future opportunities,” Mr Wardle said.
“The Austal Australia supply chain team are at Land Forces 2021 to personally engage with businesses from across Australia, to discuss their capabilities to supply a diverse range of goods and services, and assist companies register their interest online.
“Austal Australia is already working with over 1,200 businesses from around Australia on current shipbuilding projects and we look forward to adding many more over the course of Land Forces 2021; to further develop our strong Australian Industry Capability (AIC) content.”