Na­tional op­por­tu­nity a step closer

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Ararat is a step closer to shoring up its place in the na­tional de­fence-man­u­fac­tur­ing spot­light af­ter con­fir­ma­tion that AME Sys­tems will play an in­te­gral role in a Victorian bid to build Aus­tralian com­bat re­con­nais­sance ve­hi­cles.

De­fence con­trac­tor BAE Sys­tems Aus­tralia has re­leased de­tails of how it would pro­vide the Ararat elec­tri­cal wiring man­u­fac­turer, a long-time part­ner, with more than $20-mil­lion worth of work if suc­cess­ful in win­ning the Fed­eral Govern­ment con­tract.

BAE Sys­tems Aus­tralia is one of two short-listed bid­ders for the Com­mon­wealth LAND 400 Phase Two project, which in­volves con­struc­tion of 225 ve­hi­cles.

The other bid, from global de­fence man­u­fac­turer Rhein­metall, in­volves a Queens­land-based con­tract.

If BAE is suc­cess­ful, AME Sys­tems will have the re­spon­si­bil­ity of assem­bling elec­tri­cal sys­tems in Ararat for pro­posed AMV35 mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles in a project that might lead to fur­ther ex­pan­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties.

As part of the an­nounce­ment BAE Sys­tems took an AMV35 to AME Sys­tems’ fac­tory in Ararat to show­case the ve­hi­cle to more than 300 staff mem­bers ea­ger to get a closer look at the com­bat-proven ve­hi­cle.

In­dus­try and com­mu­nity lead­ers joined staff mem­bers at the an­nounce­ment.

BAE Sys­tems Aus­tralia and Pa­tria have of­fered the AMV35 Com­bat Re­con­nais­sance Ve­hi­cle as part of their bid for LAND 400 Phase Two project, to re­place an ag­ing ASLAV fleet.

LAND 400 is the Aus­tralian Army’s largest ve­hi­cle re­place­ment pro­gram.

The State Govern­ment has signed a Heads of Agree­ment with BAE Sys­tems to build the state-of-the-art eightwheel ve­hi­cles at a for­mer Holden site at Fish­er­man’s Bend, should it win the con­tract.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment is likely to an­nounce a win­ning bid in the first quar­ter of 2018.

AME Sys­tems is a lead­ing Aus­tralian pri­vately owned de­signer and man­u­fac­turer of elec­tri­cal wiring har­nesses and as­sem­blies.

It has an over­all work­force of about 360 and would need to in­crease its staff by up to 25 should BAE Sys­tems win the Com­mon­wealth con­tract.

BAE Sys­tems Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Glynn Phillips said his com­pany had worked with AME Sys­tems for many years.

“We’re pleased to be able to con­tinue this re­la­tion­ship with our LAND 400 of­fer­ing. It has a highly skilled work­force ready to work with us to de­liver a high-qual­ity prod­uct for the Aus­tralian Army,” he said.

“Work­ing with part­ners like AME will help us de­velop and main­tain Aus­tralian In­dus­try Ca­pa­bil­ity on ma­jor projects like LAND 400 and to hit the ground run­ning should we win.”

AME man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nick Carthew said the op­por­tu­nity would pro­vide ex­tra long-time em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties at the com­pany.

“As the largest em­ployer in the re­gion, this op­por­tu­nity is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for the peo­ple of Ararat and the sur­round­ing area,” he said.

AME Sys­tems al­ready has a glow­ing na­tional de­fence-con­tract track record, pro­vid­ing elec­tri­cal cir­cuitry for mil­i­tary Bush­mas­ter ve­hi­cles de­vel­oped in Bendigo.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.