An Australian company has been awarded a contract to build the seating frames for the Australian Army’s new Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.
Precision Metal Group has partnered with German firm Probatec AG, which will support the local workforce of more than 50 employees based in Wetherill Park, NSW.
“These military-grade seats are critical for the protection of soldiers in our Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle crews,” Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said.
“The vehicles are able to undertake a range of missions from regional stability and peacekeeping, through to high-threat operations.
“Importantly, they will keep Australian soldiers safer while on deployment and on exercises around the world.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said Precision Metal Group was a recognised success story for Australian industry, having already been contracted to supply the battery boxes for the Boxer vehicles.
“It’s fantastic to see Australian industry be part of producing a world-class capability for the Australian Army,” Minister Price said.
“This new partnership makes Precision Metal Group the first Australian company to achieve German welding certification, paving the way for further export opportunities.
“I am pleased Precision Metal Group is already considering options to further expand its manufacturing footprint and create new jobs."