Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis today visited Parker Hannifin Australia at its Wodonga facility.
Parker Hannifin is one of BAE Systems Australia’s teaming partners for LAND 400 Phase 2, and will supply hydraulics and cooling system components for the AMV35 should BAE Systems be the successful bidder for LAND 400 Phase 2.
Established in 1963, Parker Hannifin manufactures PVC hose, metal fittings, hydraulic cylinders, tube and hose assemblies. The company currently delivers the cooling system for the 1,100 Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicles that will be built by Thales in Bendigo.
LAND 400 Phase 2 involves the design, build and sustainment (ongoing maintenance) of 225 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles to replace the current Australian Light Armoured Vehicle fleet. In August 2017, the Victorian Government announced a Heads of Agreement with BAE Systems Australia in relation to LAND 400 Phase 2. If BAE Systems is successful in its tender, Phase 2 will be based in Melbourne at Fisherman’s Bend.
Through the experience of its defence supply chain and its people, Victoria has an outstanding track record in the design, development and manufacture of military vehicles for Australian and international customers. Our state’s research and development expertise, depth of engineering talent, highly-skilled workforce and supply chain makes Victoria the natural home of military vehicle manufacturing.
Victoria’s defence sector contributes up to $8 billion to the local economy every year. It employs approximately 20,000 people in the defence industry and Australian Defence Force, and has more than 400 businesses which make equipment and provide services for defence activities.
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