Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Queensland

In 2017, the Queensland Government entered into an agreement with Rheinmetall Defence Australia for it to establish its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) at Redbank.

The MILVEHCOE is Rheinmetall’s Australia-New Zealand headquarters, the production facility for its Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles for the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 program and subject to Rheinmetall winning the LAND 400 Phase 3 program, the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Rheinmetall’s work is expected to generate up to $1 billion for Queensland’s economy over 10 years, helping to grow and strengthen Queensland’s defence and heavy vehicle industries.

The project delivers on the government’s Queensland Defence Industries 10-year Roadmap and Action Plan, which aims to significantly increase defence revenue and generate 3500 new full-time jobs by 2028.

In addition to the LAND 400 programs, the Queensland Government is supporting Rheinmetall in its bid for upcoming defence projects.

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.

Last updated: 30 November 2021