Artist impression of Rheinmetall's future Queensland-based MILVEHCOE
Rheinmetall Defence Australia was announced as the successful tenderer for the Australian Government’s LAND 400 Phase 2 contract to deliver the Australian Army’s next generation of combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRVs). As a result, Rheinmetall is now establishing its Australia-New Zealand Headquarters and Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Ipswich, Queensland.
Rheinmetall's MILVEHCOE will not only manage the delivery and sustainment of the 211 Boxer CRVs under the LAND 400 Phase 2 contract, it will be a regional hub with an expected program of continuous design, build and support for up to 5000 military vehicles in Australia and the Asia Pacific. The secure, state-of-the-art defence facility will include:
- manufacturing and administration buildings
- a corporate function centre
- a vehicle compliance testing track
- an electromagnetic compatibility chamber
- a fully-enclosed weapons test firing tunnel
- car parking for employees and visitors, vehicle storage, refuelling and wash-down bays, water storage tanks, waste and recycling facilities.
The MILVEHCOE will be in a dedicated industrial area within the Redbank Motorway Estate at 7001 Robert Smith Street, Redbank. The location is an existing Regional Business and Industry Zone within Ipswich.
Rheinmetall’s location in Redbank will position it in the heart of Australia’s largest heavy vehicle manufacturing and sustainment precinct, providing proximity to suppliers and complementary industries, and is well-serviced by transport networks.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia is a subsidiary of the Rheinmetall Group, an international defence and automotive technology organisation headquartered in Germany. Rheinmetall Defence Australia has been a trusted partner of the Australian and New Zealand defence forces for more than 40 years. The company is the largest supplier of military vehicles to the Australian Defence Force. In addition to the LAND 400 Phase 2 contract, Rheinmetall is also delivering more than 2500 logistics trucks to the Australian Army under the LAND 121 Phase 3B program.
Queensland Government's involvement
The Department of Defence is delivering the LAND 400 project for the acquisition and support for the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles for the Australian Army. It includes the delivery of 675 vehicles over 15 years. LAND 400 is the largest capability acquisition project in the history of the Australian Army.
Due to the substantial economic and industry development benefits to the state, the Queensland Government has been working on the attraction of the LAND 400 project to the state for several years.
The department is using its extensive experience in the delivery of large infrastructure projects to oversee the construction and ensure the successful delivery of the MILVEHCOE on Rheinmetall's behalf.
A Probity Code of Practice has been established for the LAND 400 MILVEHCOE project and independent probity auditors have been appointed to oversee the project.