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The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened the new Rheinmetall military vehicle competence center in Redbank / Queensland on. As part of the delivery of logistics trucks and boxer combat vehicles to the Australian armed forces, Rheinmetall has set up the Military Vehicle Center of Excellence (MILVEHCOE).

In addition, there will be an independent national capacity for the development, manufacture and maintenance of military vehicles, platforms and towers for the Australian armed forces as well as for export to friendly countries. In the procurement contracts, Australia has secured qualified participation from Australian industry.

The competence center for military vehicles is the heart of an eleven hectare site, on which a regional Rheinmetall headquarters and a large-scale production facility are also located. From there, vehicles such as the Radspähpanzer Boxer 8 × 8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) as part of the billion-dollar project Land 400 Phase 2 and highly mobile logistics vehicles (trucks) as part of the ongoing Land 121 Phase 3B / 5B program are sent to the Australian Defense Force (ADF) delivered.

In the words of the CEO of Rheinmetall AG, Arnim Papperger, a new era in military vehicle production is beginning in Australia. "Technology and systems from Germany are being transferred and form the starting point for a global hub for development, manufacture, sales and support services for military vehicles, platforms and towers," says Papperger. The export-oriented orientation of MILVEHCOE promotes the sustainable growth of a military vehicle industry in Australia, Papperger continues.

Kompetenzzentrum für Militärfahrzeuge eröffnet

Rheinmetall began building the plant in 2019. It went into operation just in time for deliveries of the 8 × 8 Boxer CRV.

Gerhard Heiming