The Australian Government has created a 30 year jobs’ pipeline in Queensland, with the announcement Rheinmettal Defence Australia has won the $5 billion Land 400 Phase Two contract to build more than 200 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV).
Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald applauded the decision and said North Queensland will reap benefits.
“$200 million will be spent in Townsville over the next decade, including for the build of simulation facilities for the CRV. Up to 80 jobs will be created during the construction phase,” Senator Macdonald said.
“This investment will ensure the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, which is the armoured cavalry regiment based at Lavarack Barracks, has access to world class training and facilities. Lavarack will also be the home to 52 of these world class Australian made fighting vehicles.”
“Local contractors and business will be in the box seat to carry out the work, securing local job creation here in Townsville. Army commanders recognise that the skilled workforce is ready and available in Townsville.”
“Local Townsville based firm TEI has been named in Defence material as one of the firms involved in the supply chain for construction of the Boxer with work in the welding area. Rheinmetal has also had extensive engagement with Townsville businesses on how they could become involved in the construction.
“The decision to award the contract to Rheinmettal was based entirely on recommendations from the Defence Department and the Army on the best and safest vehicle and the Boxer was the unequivocal choice of the Army.
“I had spoken to some Lavarack based soldiers who took part in the trials and their choice was also clear,” Senator Macdonald said.
The vehicles will be equipped with high levels of protection, firepower and mobility which will enable sustained operations, varying from peacekeeping to close combat.
“The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Singapore will also be crucial to the extent of the Rheinmettal operations in Townsville,” Senator Macdonald said.
“It is essential that Townsville engineering and logistics support businesses continue to focus on how they can be part of this wonderful opportunity.
“As northerners we all have to do everything we can to help bring planning for the Australia Singapore Military Training Initiative to a speedy and satisfactory conclusion.”