BAE Systems has undertaken regional roadshows with businesses around Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales to highlight national and global supply chain opportunities and the hundreds of direct, sustainable jobs that will be created if successful in its bid for LAND 400 Phase 2.
During the Geelong roadshow on 9 November, Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP, called on the Commonwealth Government to ensure that LAND 400 vehicles are built in Victoria, saying that it was “a golden opportunity for the Turnbull Government to give certainty to our manufacturing sector and support new supply chain jobs in Geelong and right across Victoria.”
Minister Carroll also took the opportunity to reinforce Victoria’s experience in the manufacture of military vehicles. “Victoria is the home of vehicle manufacturing – we’ve got the workforce, the expertise and the supply chain to build next-generation vehicles for the Australian Army,” he said.
BAE Systems also used the event to announce that if successful in its bid for LAND 400, it would award an additional work package worth over $15M to Marand to manufacture the AMV35’s turret shell, creating 60 new manufacturing jobs in regional Victoria. BAE Systems has previously announced that it had selected Marand to build the vehicle’s hull.
To view updates on the AMV35 and LAND 400 activities, follow BAE Systems Australia on Twitter and Facebook @BAESystemsAus. Hashtags #vicdefence #AMV35.
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