Senator Welcomes Major Defence Project

The Turnbull Government has signed the contract with Rheinmetall for the delivery of 211 armoured combat reconnaissance vehicles which will create hundreds of new jobs in Queensland.


These world class vehicles will be built by Australian workers, using Australian steel and will provide vital mobility, lethality and protection capability for the Australian Army.


North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the contract signing for the acquisition of the Rheinmetall Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.


“With the contract now signed, the largest acquisition project in the history of the Australian Army can progress with the first vehicles expected to be available for training in 2020,” Senator Macdonald said.


“And with Australia’s largest Army base right here in Townsville, local Defence personnel will be among the first to get access to this fantastic new capability.


More widely, the state stands to benefit with over $1.5 billion is being spent in Queensland, creating over 330 jobs over the 30 year life of the vehicles.


“These vehicles will make sure Australian soldiers have the best possible chance of completing their missions and returning home safe to their families.”


Fitted with modern sensors and communications equipment, their role is to locate, monitor and engage with enemy forces and provide security to our forces.


The new vehicles will be used at facilities in Puckapunyal, Bandiana, Adelaide, Townsville and Enoggera.


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