Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Materiel and Science and Graham Perrett, Member for Moreton, today announced that a A$70m contract has been signed with local Brisbane company Haulmark Trailers (Australia) Pty Ltd, for the provision and support of 973 Lightweight and Light trailers to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
“It is estimated that this contract will create up to 60 local jobs.” said Mr Combet.
“The contract is part of LAND 121 (Overlander) project, which is a $6.6 billion investment by the Rudd Government in upgrading vehicles used by the Army.
“The new generation of vehicular systems will replace the current trailer capability for Defence and have been purposely designed to operate in conjunction with the GWagon vehicles, currently being acquired under a contract with Mercedes Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd.
“The signing of this contract is a key step in providing the ADF with a new generation of transport systems that will enhance its mobility and logistics capability, “said Mr Combet.
Graham Perrett, Federal Member for Moreton, welcomed the contract signature and congratulated Haulmark on their achievement.
“This contract will help create local jobs and provide a significant injection into our local economy,” said Mr Perrett.
“It is great to see a local company from my electorate helping provide Army with state of the art trailers while creating jobs for local tradespeople.
“The successful company, Brisbane-based Haulmark, has been supplying quality trailers to Defence for over 20 years, and they will continue to provide support for the new trailer fleet for at least the next 16 years,” said Mr Perrett.
The capability will be delivered from April 2012 through to February 2015.