Land Systems News


Victoria has been selected by BAE Systems Australia as its preferred build location for 225 new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles, should it win the contract for the LAND 400 Phase 2 project.

The Victorian Government has signed a Heads of Agreement with BAE Systems to build the state-of-the-art vehicles at the former Holden site at Fishermans Bend, should it win the contract for the LAND 400 Phase Two project.

The LAND 400 Phase Two project is worth around $5 billion and would create more than 2,000 manufacturing and supply chain jobs across Victoria.

Victorian defence companies are expected to compete for large shares of the work, with BAE Systems already agreeing to partner with Marand, MOOG Australia, Motec, AME Systems, RUAG Australia, DVR Engineering, and APV to build vehicle components.

The new fleet of vehicles will replace the current Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) fleet.

BAE Systems Australia says it will build a world class defence hub at Fishermans Bend, consolidating the company’s existing Victorian Maritime, Aerospace and Land businesses into a single facility that will foster collaboration and innovation, delivering sustainable jobs over multiple projects for decades to come.

BAE says the defence hub at Fishermans Bend will be the biggest of its type in the nation.


Hosted by Engineers Australia, the latest briefing for members of the VDA Land Systems Alliance was held in Melbourne on 27 July.

Presentations from the event are available here:

Introduction from Alliance Chair (Miles Partridge)

An SME Perspective on Defence Exports (Harry Hickling, APV Corporation)

Meet the Member snapshots featuring

  • Black Stump Technologies
  • Cablex
  • Innov8tive Security & Data
  • Silverback Cargo Care

Opportunity Analysis (Brydon Johnson)

Alex Lyon - Marand

Turning opportunities into reality has been a hot topic of discussion among local suppliers involved in a briefing arranged by the Geelong Defence Alliance in conjunction with the Victorian Defence Alliances today.