Vic­to­ria’s $ 5b bid to build war ma­chines

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of jobs would be se­cured for Vic­to­ria un­der a State Gov­ern­ment- backed bid to build a $ 5 bil­lion army war ma­chine fleet lo­cally.

The plan will be un­veiled to­day by de­fence gi­ant BAE Sys­tems, which wants com­bine its aero­space and mar­itime busi­ness arms to cre­ate a ma­jor new man­u­fac­tur­ing hub at Fish­er­mans Bend.

In wel­come news for work­ers in the dev­as­tated au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, BAE will to­day part­ner with the An­drews Gov­ern­ment in its quest to build state- of- the- art AMV35 mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles as phase two of the $ 20 bil­lion Land 400 pro­gram.

News Corp can re­veal a heads of agree­ment has been signed, and the com­pany and gov­ern­ment will to­day call for Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull’s sup­port.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will now have to de­cide whether to back the Bri­tish- owned BAE com­pany build­ing the fleet in Vic­to­ria, or the Ger­man- owned Rhein­metall man­u­fac­tur­ing it in Queens­land.

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