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BAE to establish defence hub in Victoria

2nd August 2017 - 07:08 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems Australia will establish a new hub at Fishermans Bend in Victoria, combining its Victorian maritime, aerospace and land businesses into a single facility, the company announced on 1 August.

The defence hub will be the manufacturing site for the Australian Army’s armed combat reconnaissance vehicles, if the AMV35 is selected for the LAND 400 programme. A simulation and training and test facility will also be on-site, which will be used to upgrade and maintain the vehicles over their 30-plus year service life.

The facility will be a centralised point of collaboration with the Commonwealth for land programmes and possible future export projects.

Much of BAE Systems' naval sustainment business maintaining and upgrading Royal Australian Navy ships will also be conducted at Fishermans Bend. More than 200 engineers and specialist employees will be based at the new site supporting Royal Australian Navy ships across Australia. This centre of excellence for maritime engineering capability will support Australia’s national shipbuilding strategy.

The company will also be home to BAE Systems Australia's aerospace business that develops autonomous systems, electronic warfare, hypersonics and weapons technology.

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