The Queensland Government and Rheinmetall Defence Australia have partnered together to establish the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) at Redbank and bring defence opportunities to Queensland.
The MILVEHCOE is Rheinmetall’s Australia-New Zealand headquarters, the production facility for the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles being manufactured for the Australian Army under the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 program.
In addition to LAND 400 Phase 2, the Queensland Government supports Rheinmetall in its endeavours for other domestic and international defence projects. In July 2023, the Australian Government announced a potential $1 billion agreement to export 100 Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles to Germany. The vehicles would be manufactured at the MILVEHCOE, representing one of Australia’s biggest ever defence exports.
Rheinmetall’s MILVEHCOE spans 11 hectares and features:
30,000m2 manufacturing and production building
electromagnetic capability chamber
outdoor vehicle test track
fully enclosed weapons test firing tunnel
electronics building, administration centre and corporate training centre
car parking for employees and visitors, vehicle storage, refuelling and wash-down bays, water storage tanks, waste and recycling facilities.
The facility features some of the best technologies from across Rheinmetall’s entire defence business – electronics, electro-optics, armour, turrets, vehicles and simulators in addition to an impressive range of development and test facilities.