Victoria is the natural home for the design, construction and sustainment of military vehicles. With a proven record in the delivery and support of land equipment, products, systems and services to the Australian Defence Force, as well as substantial engineering and research and development capabilities. 


Over 200 companies are involved in land defence in Victoria, which is also home to the Department of Defence’s Land Systems Division. Proven land systems capabilities include:

  • Armoured vehicles
  • Ballistic protection for personnel and vehicles
  • Combat clothing and personal load carrying equipment
  • Communications and control systems
  • Military training and support
  • Vehicle design and testing
  • Support logistics


Victoria has proven strength in the design and construction of military vehicles, with Thales’ Bushmaster and Hawkei vehicles manufactured in Bendigo, along with Supacat’s and Rheinmetal’s MAN Military Vehicles engineering design facilities in Melbourne. Thales is currently manufacturing 1,100 Hawkei vehicles and 1,000 trailers as part of a $1.3 billion contract awarded by the Department of Defence. Another Victorian company, Australian Defence Apparel has been supplying the Australian Defence Force for 100 years. The company is widely recognised as being at the forefront of defence combat clothing and general protective equipment. Other locally competitive land systems companies include:

  • AME Systems Pty Ltd
  • Bauer Engineering
  • DEK Technologies
  • DVR Engineering
  • Elbit Systems
  • Groundmaster Engineering
  • Hoffman Engineering
  • Mackay Defence
  • Marshall Land Systems Australia
  • Tectonica

For information on the capabilities and credentials of the companies in Victoria’s land systems industry see the Victorian Defence Alliances' Capability Directories download page.


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