14 March 2018Hot off the Press
Queensland has won its bid to build $5 billion worth of armoured vehicles as part of the Australian Army’s largest purchase in history.
A new facility in Ipswich will house the production of 211 Rheinmetall Boxer CRV’s under a deal with the German defence contractor.
The Federal Government estimates 330 jobs will be created in Queensland as well as 170 in Victoria and 140 in New South Wales, with the potential to create 1450 jobs nationwide.
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said Australian businesses in all states will benefit greatly from the deal.
“And of course, most importantly, we’re providing the capability the Defence Force needs to be a modern army meeting the challenges that we may face at some stage in the future,” he said.
Speaking at Enoggera Army Barracks in Brisbane on Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “As one of the troopers said to me just a moment ago, this is about lethality and survivability. This is about capability and protection. This is about Australia’s security. But it’s not simply or solely about capability in a military sense. It is about ensuring that we have, for the first time, a fully integrated national sovereign defence industry.”
The vehicles are expected to have a lifetime of 30 years and will be equipped for both peacekeeping and high-threat operations.