Redbank-based Rheinmetall Defence Australia has been shortlisted by the Commonwealth to enter the next stage of the $10-$15 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 tender process and the company’s strategy chief Lee Davis will give an insight into an exciting future for the regional defence industry at the upcoming annual defence industry event in Ipswich.
Mr Davis, RDA’s General Manager Land 400 Phase 3/Head of Marketing and Strategy, is one of the guest speakers at the Defence Ipswich 2019 Supply Chain Opportunities Symposium, to be held at the Ipswich Civic Centre on November 8.
Rheinmetall is establishing a military vehicle industry in Australia after it was selected to deliver 211 BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles to the Australian Army under the $5.2 billion Land 400 Phase 2 program.
Mr Davis (pictured below) will elaborate on what Rheinmetall is looking for when it comes to joining its industry network. He will provide insights on the build-up for the Land 400 Phase 2 and Land 121 Phase 3B/5B programs, a sneak-peek into the Land 400 Phase 3 program, the new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) facility under construction at Redbank and opportunities for SMEs to engage.
“Rheinmetall is building an Industry Network for Land 400 that establishes a long term sovereign industrial capability in Australia,” he said.
“This includes creating high technology enduring jobs for hundreds of Australians by localising design and manufacturing expertise in electro-optics, weapon systems, fire control and sensor systems, turret manufacturing, variant design and manufacture, integration, armour systems, simulation, training and fleet sustainment.
“This is both a challenging and exciting opportunity for Rheinmetall and Australian SMEs and will only be achieved through a collaborative engagement approach.
“The Defence Ipswich 2019 Supply Chain Opportunities Symposium will be a great forum supporting this enduring engagement.”
Ipswich delivers Rheinmetall an edge when it comes to proximity to suppliers, complementary industries and logistical connectivity both domestically and overseas. Additionally, it enjoys support from all levels of government including being represented on the City of Ipswich Defence Industry Development and Attraction Committee (CIDIDAC), a leading regional defence industry cluster, led by Ipswich City Council.
The City of Ipswich has its own Defence Action Plan which is recognised as a vote of confidence for the industry.
The symposium brings together defence and industry participants from government, industry and academia to exchange information and connect with key decision makers over networking and B2B sessions. following on from the successful inaugural Queensland Defence Summit: Ipswich 2018.