The Albanese Government has agreed to a major defence export deal with Germany, signing an in-principle agreement for Australia to supply more than 100 Boxer Heavy Weapon Carrier vehicles, to be built in Brisbane.
FILE PHOTO: Australian Army Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles in the wild. Photo by Trooper Jonathan Goedhart.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese witnessed the signing of the agreement by Ambassador to Germany Philip Green and Benedikt Zimmer, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defence, during his visit to Berlin.
Once finalised, the deal would see Rheinmetall leverage its production capacity at its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Redbank, Queensland, to supply the vehicles to Germany.
Prime Minister Albanese said the deal represented one of Australia’s largest ever defence export contracts, worth more than $1billion to the Australian economy in the production and supply of vehicles, supporting approximately 1000 Australian jobs and providing a significant boost to Australia’s sovereign defence industry.
“This is one of the biggest defence sales in Australia’s history and is worth over $1billion to the Australian economy in the production and supply of these vehicles,” Mr Albanese said.
“The agreement will boost Australia’s sovereign defence industry, secure local jobs and contribute to Australia’s economic growth.
“This deal secures well-paid jobs in Queensland and across the country.”
Defence Minister Richard Marles said the Defence relationship between Australia and Germany was growing significantly, and the government was excited about this in-principle agreement for Rheinmetall to build Boxers for the German Army in Brisbane.
“This is a significant investment for our local defence industry – securing local jobs and contributing to Australia’s economic growth.
“I look forward to seeing this significant deal between our two countries continue to progress.”
Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy said it was exciting that Boxers made in Brisbane, using Australian suppliers, would be used by the German Army.
“This export opportunity highlights the world-leading skills and capabilities within Australia’s defence industry,” Mr Conroy said.
“This deal will support hundreds of well-paid, high skill jobs and grow the defence relationship between Australia and Germany.”