Queensland has won the bid to build $5 billion worth of light armoured vehicles as part of the largest purchase in Australian Army history.
Following a three-year tender process, German contractor Rheinmetall will build 211 Boxer CRVs in Redbank, Ipswich, with a future $15 billion deal also on the table.
The federal government estimates that the contract will create 330 jobs in Queensland, 170 in Victoria and 140 roles in New South Wales.
"Australian businesses will be big winners in Victoria and in Queensland, but also in other states," Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said.
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Rheinmetall has submitted a development application to build its headquarters serving the Asia-Pacific market in Ipswich.
The headquarters, dubbed the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence, will be Rheinmetall’s largest facility located outside of Germany.
The development application for the project includes a weapons-testing firing range, an electromagnetic test facility, a laser rangefinder facility and a vehicle compliance test track.
“Rheinmetall considered a number of options across South East Queensland for this world-class facility, and settled on the dedicated industrial zone within the Redbank Motorway Estate,” Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said.
“This choice of location will make use of the existing heavy vehicle manufacturing and employment hub, as well as the highly-skilled workforce within the area.”
The centre will be made up of several key buildings, including an administration building, a production warehouse and a corporate function centre.
Minister Dick said that construction of the centre will support 200 direct jobs over three years and open the way for local businesses to “participate in Rheinmetall’s global supply chains”.
“The project will provide an unrivalled catalyst for the further development of Queensland’s advanced manufacturing and defence industry capability, as well as significant opportunities for local SMEs and associated services,” Dick said.
The proposed centre will be a campus of high-quality industrial production, testing facilities and administration buildings located along the Brisbane River at Robert Smith Street in Redbank.
The site will have defence-industry standard security fencing.
Minister Dick said his department, which will assist with the construction of the facility, will now work with Ipswich City Council to progress the development application for the project.