BAE Systems Australia has announced a contract extension for its Land 400 Phase 2 offering with AMV35 hull manufacturer Marand to also undertake the Hägglunds turret shell construction in the event of a successful BAE bid.
Uniquely, the $15 million work package is common to both Phase 2 and Phase 3 and would provide for further job increases if BAE Systems’ Land 400 bid is successful.
Yesterday, as part of Marand’s announcement of continued efforts to increase its footprint in Geelong, BAE Systems took the AMV35 to the historic Ford factory to showcase the vehicle to around 40 Marand staff, keen to get a closer look at the combat proven vehicle.
BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Glynn Phillips said Marand has proved it has a skilled and experienced workforce ready to work with BAE to deliver a high quality product for Army.
“Working with partners like Marand will help us develop and maintain Australian Industry Capability on major projects like Land 400,” he said.
“This opportunity will provide long-term employment with up to 60 direct jobs at Marand. I expect a number of those will be former automotive employees.”