Government's decision to build LAND 400 vehicles in Queensland 'disappointing'
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says a decision to award the $5 billion contract to build 211 light armoured vehicles for the Australian Army to a Queensland bid headed by German manufacturer Rheinmetall is “disappointing”.
The Federal Government had also considered a bid from BAE Systems Australia, which was set to build the light armoured vehicles in Victoria, with involvement from supply chain companies including Parker Hannifin in Wodonga.
“The BAE Systems bid would have created defence supply chain jobs in regional Victorian centres and was recognised as good value for money,” Ms McGowan said.
“I want to congratulate Victoria’s Minister for Trade and Investment, Innovation and the Digital Economy, Philip Dalidakis and his team for the hard work that has supported this bid. I look forward to working with the Minister and his team in the future.
“It is disappointing that the contract has gone to Queensland. However I will continue to work with manufacturers in Indi to support them in promoting their skilled and experienced workforces in realising projects for the Australian Defence Force.”