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Land capabilities

Victoria has extensive capabilities in the design, development, manufacturing and sustainment of a range of military vehicles. The state also plays a significant role in the delivery and support of land equipment, products, systems and services to the Australian Defence Force with more than 570 local companies involved.

The Commonwealth’s Land Systems and Armoured Vehicles Divisions are based in Victoria.

Victorian land systems’ leading capabilities include:

  • ballistic protection for personnel & vehicles
  • combat clothing & personal load carrying equipment
  • communications, command & control systems
  • military training & support
  • munitions & countermeasures
  • protected vehicles
  • support logistics
  • vehicle design, testing, upgrades & enhancements.

Industry leaders

Hanwha Defense Australia will be manufacturing the AS9 Huntsman self-propelled howitzer and AS10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicle (AARV) at the company’s Armoured Vehicle Centre of Excellence in the Avalon Airport Industrial Precinct.

Find out more about Hanwha Defense Australia.

Thales Australia’s Bushmaster and Hawkei vehicles are manufactured in Bendigo. It also operates the Commonwealth-owned munitions factory in Benalla where it produces and exports munitions to 17 countries.

Find out more about Thales Australia.

Rheinmetall’s MAN Military Vehicles’ engineering design facilities are based in Melbourne. Victorian companies are the biggest suppliers by contract value to the Land 400 Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) project in Australia.

Find out more about Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

Elbit Systems of Australia produces systems and sensors for land forces covering all aspects of combat vehicles. The company’s Human and Machine Teaming Centre of Excellence is located in Port Melbourne.

Find out more about Elbit Systems of Australia.

Bendigo-based Australian Defence Apparel has supplied the Australian Defence Force for 100 years. The company is recognised as being at the forefront of defence combat clothing and general protective equipment.

Find out more about Australian Defence Apparel.

Page last updated 26 Jul 2023
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