Oct 12, 2020

Plan to boost Queensland military tech facilities

Plan to boost Queensland military tech facilities

The State LNP plans to partner with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to build a new technology precinct at Redbank if it wins government.

The $135 million Land Systems Technology Precinct (LTSP) would be built by an LNP Government and leased back by Rheinmetall, it said.

The announcement came as the company’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) was officially opened in Redbank.

Rheinmetall will use the MILVEHCOE facility to build and assemble the majority of Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (pictured below), which are being delivered to the Australian Army under the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 project.

Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington, at the opening on Sunday with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, said the LTSP proposal would include a $25 million training academy and research centre.

Construction would begin by the end of this year if the LNP won the October 31 state election, she said.

The precinct would create 350 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs once operational.

“This project will build on the $5.2 billion deal between the Morrison Federal Government and Rheinmetall that is already bringing highly-skilled and secure manufacturing jobs to Brisbane and Ipswich,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The LNP’s partnership with Rheinmetall will support new defence technologies, create new advanced manufacturing jobs and train more apprentices.”

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said MILVEHCOE represented a watershed in Defence self-reliance, backed by a secure domestic supply chain provided by home-grown Australian businesses.

“Australian industry will play a vital role delivering and sustaining key Australian defence capabilities at the facility,” she said.

“Rheinmetall will use suppliers across Australia to design, build, assemble, test and support the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles and training systems.”