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Penguin Composites signs contract for Hawkei

19th October 2017 - 07:10 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Penguin Composites has signed a three-year contract worth over $8 million with Thales Australia to build components for the Hawkei protected vehicle, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 17 October.

The company - which specialises in the design and engineering of moulds and plugs, fibreglass and composite component manufacturing - will build components including bonnets and various parts, with the manufacture of prototype parts already underway and production parts scheduled to be available from late December.

Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said: ‘This is a textbook example of how Australian small-to-medium enterprises are building their capabilities and contributing to our sovereign defence industry capability.’

Thales Australia is supplying 1100 Hawkei vehicles and over 1000 trailers to the Australian Army under a $1.3 billion contract signed with the Australian DoD in October 2015. 

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