Bassendean business scores big role in helping build Australian Army vehicles


Hofmann Engineering in Bassendean.
Hofmann Engineering in Bassendean.

A BASSENDEAN business will help automotive parts supplier Rheinmettal in creating a fleet of Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles for the Australian Army.

Hofmann Engineering has been selected to help Rheinmettal for the Federal Government’s Land 400 Phase 2 project, which focuses on the Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability.

The Land 400 project will acquire and support the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) with the firepower, protection and mobility to defeat increasingly lethal and adaptive adversaries well into the future.

Rheinmetall will base its manufacturing hub in South East Queensland and use companies located across Australia.

Business manager Jarrod Hofmann said the project could potentially bring more jobs, depending on how much work was planned by Rheinmetall to be completed in country.

“We have had many discussions with Rheinmetall over the past two years and following the recent award announcement expect to know later this year exactly what business is going to be coming our way.” he said.

WA Senator Linda Reynolds said it was an exciting opportunity for the WA industry to play a role in delivering leading edge technology to Australia’s Army.

“This is a long-term project, which will create many long-term jobs,” she said.

“Over the 30 year life of the vehicles, Australian industry will deliver two-thirds, or $10.2 billion of the acquisition and sustainment, which will create up to 1450 jobs right across Australia.

“As a WA Senator and passionate advocate for WA thriving defence industry, I am proud to see West Australian companies contribute to yet another important national project.”

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