Important step forward for defence manufacturing deal

Economic Development Pillar

Community and defence industry leaders have welcomed positive news regarding a multi-billion-dollar defence project in Geelong.

The federal government has released a Request for Tender to preferred supplier Hanwha Defence Australia, to build and maintain 30 self-propelled howitzers and 15 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles, and their supporting systems.

The federal government committed in 2019 to base the manufacturing of the howitzer vehicles in Geelong.

The deal is expected to provide 350 local jobs and support Geelong’s manufacturing sector for the next decade.

This is a significant step forward in the tender process and positive news for manufacturing in Geelong.

The LAND 8116 program will provide a major boost for the region’s manufacturing sector, not only through direct jobs but will also provide significant flow-on benefits for other local suppliers.

The Geelong Defence Alliance (GDA), of which G21 is a member, has been working closely with Hanwha Defence Australia for some time now to assist its plans to establish an Australian manufacturing base in Geelong. This project will provide critical artillery capability for the Australian Defence Force.

The commitment to base the manufacturing of the howitzers in Geelong further cements our region’s growing reputation for high-quality defence manufacturing and could be a springboard for Geelong to secure other significant defence projects in the future.