General Dynamics Land Systems – Australia (GDLS-A) announced plans on 25 July to increase its footprint in Australia to support major armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) programmes for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
“General Dynamics recognises the importance that the Commonwealth of Australia has placed on Australian subsidiaries of large multi-national companies providing autonomous, sovereign capabilities, whilst leveraging the strengths of their parent companies, for important Australian Defence Force equipment programmes,” commented the company’s Vice President and General Manager, Kevin Connell.
In support of this requirement, GDLS-A has committed to creating an AFV Centre of Excellence in support of its LAND 400 Phase 3 tender, closely based on the existing model established for the AJAX programme in Britain. Through the establishment of local manufacturing, integration and test, supply chain management, software development, systems integration and research and development, it will create in excess of 1,000 direct jobs in Australia, including across a broad spectrum of Australian suppliers.
“With our plans for increasing the GDLS presence in Australia, supporting the major AFV programmes, we will further develop our capability and capacity to manage the elements of Sovereign Industrial Capability that are required. Through our AFV Centre of Excellence, GDLS-A will support the Commonwealth’s Sovereign Industrial Capability requirements for designing, developing, manufacturing and integrating new systems and equipment in Australia, teaming with local companies, including small-and-medium-sized businesses, to deliver an indigenous capability to maintain a lethal, relevant and effective AFV capability for the decades ahead,” Connell observed.