Over 1,000 Vehicles and 800 Modules for Rheinmetall Australia
On 25 July, Rheinmetall announced that Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) is to deliver more than 1,000 high-mobility logistics trucks and over 800 associated modules to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the LAND 121 Phase 5B programme.
An extension of the current LAND 121 Phase 3B, deliveries under the new contract will run from 2019-2024. “We are proud to continue our successful cooperation with the ADF. We will work with our network of Australian partners and suppliers to ensure the Australian Army can deploy these high mobility trucks, modules and trailers to military operations across Australia,” commented the Head of the Rheinmetall Logistics Vehicles business unit, Michael Wittlinger, adding that the company is committed to establishing, “a high-quality logistics backbone for the ADF.”
RMMVA is currently delivering protected and unprotected military logistic trucks and modules from its Brisbane-based integration facility under Phase 3B. The vehicles are tested and verified at the Australian Automotive Research Centre’s 1,000ha site near Anglesea, 125km south-west of Melbourne. “Australian content is a critical part of the Project LAND 121 Phase 5B programme, and will see the involvement of [small and medium sized enterprises] from across Queensland, [New South Wales], South Australia and Victoria,” explained Rheinmetall Australia’s Chief Operations Officer, Marco Van Lieshout.
RMMVA has more than 150 employees in four locations in Australia, delivering defence services to the ADF including project management, systems engineering and integration, through-life support, repair and maintenance as well as spares management.