Event Report — Watch Us Work: Rheinmetall's BOXER CRV (NSW)

07.02.2018 Homepage

The first Watch Us Work event (and the first Chamber event for that matter) in NSW took place on Wednesday at Thomas Global Systems in Regents Park (Sydney). Thomas Global is a leader in the production of electronic systems solutions for aerospace and defence, and is the local partner for the Chamber’s Executive Member Rheinmetall Defence in its bid in the LAND 400, phase 2 tender to deliver 225 units of a Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) to the Australian Army.

Whilst Rheinmetall’s vehicle, named the ‘Boxer’, has been in the country for almost a year as part of rigorous testing by the Australian Army, it embarked only recently on a road show to engage with government representatives and the public. Therefore, the event presented an exclusive opportunity for members and friends of the Chamber -  many themselves part of the supply chain for this project -  to get up and close with the vehicle for the first time.

Before the actual vehicle demonstration, guests were greeted by John Dwyer (Director, Business Development Military Markets Australia), as well as Lars Mehlan (Director - Events & Marketing, AHK). Following that, William Hutchinson (Chairman) and Angus Hutchinson (CEO) of Thomas Global gave a short overview of their business. It was noted that for them as a local, highly specialised SME, the opportunity to join the supply chain for large-scale, international projects was crucial. This sentiment was echoed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week at his visit to Thomas Global as part of the Australian Government’s Defence Export Strategy.

The main presentation of the morning was then given by the man who knows the Boxer CRV like no one else -  Simon Coburn, Head of Sales Vehicle Systems at Rheinmetall Defence. Simon not only offered impressive facts about the vehicle’s capabilities and technological innovations, but he also elaborated on Rheinmetall’s commitment to the Australian economy. Should Rheinmetall win this tender, it is committed to erecting a purpose-built training, testing and assembly facility in Brisbane.

A decision by the government is expected for late March. The Chamber wishes Rheinmetall all the best with its bid and thanks Thomas Global Systems for hosting yesterday’s event.

Please click here to view more photos of this event on Flickr.