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LAND 400 Phase 2, Defence Cooperative Research Centres, SEA 5000 and SEA 1180

LAND 400 Phase 2

BAE Systems Australia's AMV35 vehicle

The AMV35 vehicle (Image courtesy of BAE Systems Australia)

The announcement by BAE Systems Australia that it would locate its production facility at Fishermans Bend should it win the LAND 400 Phase 2 contract, represents the successful culmination of many months of work. The Victorian Government had also negotiated with Rheinmetall to attract it to Victoria, however Rheinmetall opted to set up in Queensland if it wins the contract.

Regardless of which company is ultimately successful in LAND 400 Phase 2, many Victorian supply chain companies will benefit.  

Given the decision by BAE Systems and the broader benefit this would bring to the state economy should BAE be successful, the Victorian Government will do all that it can to support BAE Systems bid for LAND 400 Phase 2.

Having LAND 400 Phase 2 based in Victoria would benefit Victorian defence SMEs, and I encourage industry to get behind the Victorian Government and BAE Systems.  More information is available from the Defence Sector Development Team on +61 (3) 9651 8053 or defence@ecodev.vic.gov.au

If LAND 400 takes place at Fishermans Bend, it will be a cornerstone of the revitalisation of the precinct - following the closure of General Motors Holden - and a key to the development of the area as an advanced manufacturing and engineering hub.

Defence is expected to announce in April next year which company has won the contract.

Defence Cooperative Research Centres

One of the next important things that I will focus on in my role as Victorian Defence Industry Advocate is securing a Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to be headquartered in Victoria under the Next Generation Technologies Fund, administered by the Defence  Science Technology Group. The first CRC to be established will focus on Trusted Autonomous Systems.

The idea of the CRCs is that industry takes the lead in identifying a capability that would give the ADF a material advantage. To achieve this, industry is to partner with research organisations to generate the cutting edge technology that can then be developed and proven.

SEA 5000 and SEA 1180

During August, the competing tenderers will submit their bids for the SEA 5000 project to design and build Australia’s next generation frigates. A decision is expected in early-mid 2018. The competitors are BAE Systems, Spain’s Navntia and Italy’s Fincantieri. Although the frigates will be built in Adelaide, the project represents significant opportunities for Victoria’s defence industry. Supporting Victorian SMEs in their pursuit of those opportunities will be an important focus of my work in coming months.

There are also opportunities for Victorian defence industry in the Offshore Patrol Vessel Program, SEA 1180. The bids for this program are currently under consideration by Defence.

Greg Combet
4 August 2017