27 February 2019

Armoured vehicle driver training simulator to create new jobs in Geelong

Defence has signed a $32 million dollar contract for an Australian designed and developed, armoured vehicle driver training simulator, as part of the modernisation of its armoured vehicle fleet which will create new jobs in Geelong.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the simulator would be used to provide training for the Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) being delivered by Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

“I congratulate Victorian company Universal Motion Simulator (UMS) Pty Ltd on securing this contract,” Minister Pyne said.

“UMS was established by Deakin University and is a wholly Australian owned, Geelong based company.

“The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) supported the commercialisation of the technology through a capability improvement grant, which led to the establishment of the company.”

Defence will purchase six systems which can be configured to train Army drivers on multiple types of armoured vehicles, such as the Boxer 8×8 CRV, M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, and the future Infantry Fighting Vehicles to be acquired for the Australian Army.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, said the contract demonstrated the capability of Australian design talent and was an example of successful collaboration between Defence and industry.

“This is just the latest move to boost Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry,” Minister Ciobo said.

The contract will create 12 jobs in Geelong.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson MP, attended the launch representing Ministers Pyne and Ciobo.

“This is a fantastic story for Geelong. Advanced, high-tech jobs like these are great for the local economy and a mark of the success of the Morrison Government’s defence industry policies” said Ms Henderson.

The first simulators are expected to be delivered in 2022.

27 February 2019