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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Competence Centre in Redbank/Queensland on 11 October 2020. As part of the delivery of logistics trucks and BOXER Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Rheinmetall has established the Military Vehicle Center of Excellence (MILVEHCOE).

Additionally, an independent sovereign military vehicle capability that enables the design, development, and local manufacture of vehicles, platforms and turrets for the ADF, as well as for export to like-minded nations, is being created there. In the procurement contracts, Australia has requested a qualified participation of Australian industry. The MILVEHCOE is an 11ha precinct incorporating a regional headquarters for Rheinmetall and a major manufacturing hub that will deliver vehicles into the ADF including BOXER CRV under Australia’s project LAND 400 Phase 2 and High Mobility Logistics Trucks under the LAND 121 Phase 3B/5B programme.

“Technology and systems from Germany will be transferred to establish a global hub for the continuous design, manufacture, export and support for military vehicles, platforms and turrets,” said Armin Papperger, Chief Executive of Rheinmetall AG. The export-oriented orientation of MILVEHCOE would promote the sustained growth of a military vehicle industry in Australia, Papperger added.

Rheinmetall begun construction of the plant in 2019 and it went into operation in time for the start of BOXER CRV deliveries.

Gerhard Heiming