Land Systems News

Regional capability in Land 400 bid

The Weekly Advertiser reported on August 9 that Ararat’s position as a state and regional manufacturing hot spot will gather momentum if a Victorian bid for a multi billion-dollar military vehicle contract is successful.


Ararat electrical wiring manufacturer and VDA member AME Systems is a partner in the BAE Systems Australia bid for Defence's LAND 400 Phase Two project which will involve construction of 225 combat reconnaissance vehicles.

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.

AME Systems general manager Nick Carthew said a winning bid might be worth between $15-million and $30-million to the company and represent further opportunities to build on a growing workforce.

Mr Carthew said the Federal Government was likely to announce a winning bid in the first quarter of 2018. “This also represents an opportunity for investment into a research and development defence centre of excellence at Port Melbourne,” he said.

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

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