I was delighted to join my Victorian federal coalition colleagues today, Federal Member for Menzies, Kevin Andrews, Senator James Paterson and Senator Jane Hume, for the announcement that BAE Systems Australia has selected Victoria as its LAND 400 headquarters.
If it wins the $5b LAND 400 Phase 2 tender, BAE will manufacture its Patria AMV35 armed combat vehicle at a new world-class, consolidated defence hub which the company will establish at Fishermans Bend.
BAE’s vehicle offers a range of superior features. Critically, 90 per cent of the vehicle will be manufactured locally which reflects a wonderful commitment to Victorian manufacturing. It is estimated LAND 400 will create more than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs.
One of BAE’s principal partners will be Marand which will manufacture the vehicle hulls. Marand already has a defence operation in Geelong, manufacturing the trailer for the joint strike fighter program. I have already held discussions with Marand and am delighted it is considering basing its LAND 400 manufacturing operations in our region.
I look forward to working very closely with my Victorian colleagues across the political divide to advocate for this incredibly important defence contract for our state.
As our manufacturing industry continues to transition, securing this multi-billion dollar project is of critical importance to the Victorian economy.
Victoria is Australia’s premiere manufacturing state. We have the highly skilled workforce, the advanced manufacturing expertise and the defence supply chain unmatched by anything on offer in Queensland.
I wish to acknowledge the Victorian Government’s work and substantial financial investment in partnering with BAE to secure its commitment to Victoria.
1 August 2017