Artist impression of Rheinmetall's future Queensland-based MILVEHCOE
Rheinmetall Defence Australia is establishing its Australia-New Zealand Headquarters and Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Ipswich, Queensland.
Queensland was selected as the preferred location for the new manufacturing facility to deliver the LAND 400 Phase 2, and was subsequently announced as the successful tenderer for the Department of Defences contract.
Rheinmetall's MILVEHCOE will be a regional hub with an expected program of continuous design, build and support for up to 5000 military vehicles in Australia and the Asia Pacific. The secure, state-of-the-art defence facility will include:
- manufacturing and administration buildings
- a corporate function centre
- a vehicle compliance testing track
- an electromagnetic compatibility chamber
- a fully-enclosed weapons test firing tunnel
- car parking for employees and visitors, vehicle storage, refuelling and wash-down bays, water storage tanks, waste and recycling facilities.
The MILVEHCOE will be located within a dedicated industrial area within the Redbank Motorway Estate at 7001 Robert Smith Street, Redbank. The location is an existing Regional Business and Industry Zone within Ipswich.
Rheinmetalls location in Redbank will position it in the heart of Australias largest heavy vehicle manufacturing and sustainment precinct, providing proximity to suppliers and complementary industries, and is well-serviced by transport networks.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia is a subsidiary of the international defence and automotive technology group, Rheinmetall Group, that is headquartered in Germany. The Australian Government announced in March 2018 Rheinmetall Defence Australia as the successful tenderer for the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 contract to deliver 211 combat reconnaissance vehicles to the Australian Army.
Queensland Government's involvement
The Federal Government Department of Defences LAND 400 project is managing the delivery of the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles for the Australian Army and is the biggest capability acquisition project in the Australian Armys history.
Due to the substantial economic and industry development benefits to the state, the Queensland Government has been working on the attraction of the LAND 400 project for several years.
This department will use its extensive experience in the delivery of large infrastructure projects to oversee construction and ensure the successful delivery of the MILVEHCOE on Rheinmetall's behalf.
A Probity Code of Practice has been established for the LAND 400 MILVEHCOE project and independent probity auditors have been appointed to oversee the project.