Australia’s Marand Engineering announced on 9 November that it was looking to expand its operations, should the company’s partner – BAE Systems and Patria – be awarded the Australian Army’s LAND 400 Phase 2 contract.
According to Marand, the company would be hoping to expand into the former Ford facility in Geelong, Victoria, if the BAE Systems/Patria AMV35 is selected for the contract. Work undertaken at the facility would include the fabrication of the turrets and hulls.
Marand has been partnered with the BAE Systems/Patria bid since 2015, when the company was selected to provide production engineering services. The company forecasts that with the additional work on fabrication, participation in the LAND 400 Phase 2 programme would provide immediate manufacturing work for the next 10 years, and follow-on support work for 30 years.
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