Rheinmetall Centre of Excellence sees official opening

Queensland military vehicle plant seen as boon for defence and manufacturing capabilities

Rheinmetall Centre of Excellence sees official opening
Palaszczuk announced the project in February


Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s (RDA’s) Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) has been launched in Redbank, Queensland.

The centre is used to build, assemble, repair and support Australia’s defence fleet.

RDA will use the MILVEHCOE facility to build and assemble the majority of Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles, which are being delivered to the Australian Army under the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 project.

The facility will also be used to conduct integration, support and heavy grade repair for the logistics trucks and modules being delivered under the LAND 121 Phase 3B and 5B projects.

The centre has bipartisan backing and is expected to create 450 jobs in the region.

More on Australia's army fleet enhancement program, here

"Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Redbank is the product of my Government’s partnership with the Morrison Government and one all Queenslanders can be proud of," Queensland Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk says.

"The best thing about it is that it will provide rewarding career pathways for so many young people growing up in the Ipswich region."

Prime minister Scott Morrison says the new defence industry facility in Redbank is part of the Economic Recovery Plan to create jobs as the nation recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We are committed to keeping Australians safe, while protecting the nation’s interests in a rapidly changing global environment," Morrison continues.

"This Queensland centre will be where some of the most advanced armoured vehicles in the world will be produced, by Australian workers."

"The MILVEHCOE will create more than 450 long-term jobs and become a national asset for military vehicles."

RDA recently secured a deal to export at least 30 Lance Turrets from MILVEHCOE to Hungary.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the vehicles from MILVEHCOE represent a new level of capability for the Army.

"As outlined in the 2020 Force Structure Plan, the Boxer will provide enhanced mobility, firepower, protection and situational awareness to our troops," Reynolds says.

"They will allow our Australian Defence Force personnel to rapidly deploy, achieve their missions and importantly, return home safely."

"I join the prime minister in congratulating Rheinmetall Defence Australia on securing new export opportunities. A resilient and internationally competitive defence industry is essential to Australia’s national security.

Defence industry minister Melissa Price seees MILVEHCOE representing a watershed in Defence self-reliance, backed by a secure domestic supply chain provided by home-grown Australian businesses.

"Australian industry will play a vital role delivering and sustaining key Australian defence capabilities at the facility," Price says.

"Rheinmetall will use suppliers across Australia to design, build, assemble, test and support the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles and training systems."

"The work at this facility is terrific news for Queensland workers and defence companies across the country."


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