Victoria has significant capabilities 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 300 companies are involved in land defence in Victoria, including manufacture of protected vehicles, combat systems, munitions and defence apparel. The Department of Defence’s Land Systems Division is also based in Victoria.

The state’s land systems capabilities include:

  • Ballistic protection for personnel and vehicles
  • Combat clothing and personal load carrying equipment
  • Communications, command and control systems
  • Military training and support
  • Munitions and countermeasures
  • Protected vehicles
  • Support logistics
  • Vehicle design and testing
  • Vehicle upgrades and enhancements


Thales’s Bushmaster and Hawkei vehicles are manufactured in Bendigo and Supacat’s and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles’ engineering design facilities are located in Melbourne. Elbit Systems of Australia produces systems and sensors for land forces covering all aspects of combat vehicles.

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.

Chemring Australia, located in Lara, manufactures and supplies a range of air and sea launched countermeasures and is Australia’s leading designer and manufacturer of specialised military pyrotechnics, pyrotechnic countermeasures and special purpose devices.

Winchester Australia in Geelong is a supplier of ammunition to the Australian Defence Force as well as supporting and selling weapons, optics and less lethal ammunition.

Other locally competitive land systems companies include:

  • Able Industries Engineering
  • Agent Oriented Software
  • Albins Performance Transmissions
  • AME Systems Pty Ltd
  • APV Safety Products
  • Aquaterro
  • A.W. Bell
  • Bruck Textiles
  • DefendTex
  • DVR Engineering
  • Hofmann Engineering
  • Hosico Engineering Group
  • Integrated Design & Engineering Solutions
  • L3 Technologies
  • Logistic Engineering Services
  • Logistic Solutions Australasia
  • Mackay Consolidated Industries
  • Marand
  • Penske
  • Point Trading
  • Refuel International
  • RPC Technologies
  • SEM Fire and Rescue

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.