Supporting Victorian Jobs
This week, BAE Systems Australia announced that if the company is awarded the contract to build the army’s new combat reconnaissance vehicles, they will be built in Victoria.
This is good news for the State, as the project would involve 180 direct jobs and 320 supply chain jobs for Victoria. In total, it would involve more than $950 million of Australian Industry Capability.
Together with my federal coalition colleagues from Victoria, I have been lobbying BAE to select Victoria. It is pleasing that our efforts have been successful.
There are two tenders for the contract, one based in Queensland, and BAE in Victoria. BAE will build Patria Armoured Modular Vehicles, if selected.
The new vehicles will replace the ageing fleet of current vehicles.
The final decision will be made by the National Security Committee, based on the recommendations of Defence.
A key element in the final decision will be the capacity of the vehicle to protect our Defence Forces personnel.