Minister for Defence Industry - Roadmap released to boost local industry opportunities in Land 400

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20 October 2016

Australian companies now have an innovative way to get involved in the multi-billion dollar LAND 400 Phase 2 armoured vehicle program.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced a new Australian Industry Opportunity Roadmap which helps Australian companies cash in on the work available.

“Australian industry involvement is at the centre of the Government’s plans for the project,” Minister Pyne said.

“Projects like LAND 400 give us the opportunity to modernise our defence capability while keeping jobs in Australia and boosting domestic manufacturing.

"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 was developed by the two shortlisted tenderers, BAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall.

It lists opportunities for Australian industry to become involved in the acquisition and support for the project.

“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 the purchase of 225 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles for the Army, replacing the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle.

“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.”

“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,” Minister Pyne said.

The Australian Industry Capability Opportunity Roadmap has now been published on Defence’s LAND 400 website.

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