Strengthening Victoria's defence supply chain

Published: 6 September 2022

Applications are now open for the Supply Chain Uplift Program, helping Victorian manufacturers and businesses to compete for and win lucrative defence contracts, securing local jobs and boosting our economy.

Through the program, $10 million from the government’s Victorian Land Systems Fund will be used to support local businesses to join Hanwha Defense Australia’s supply chain to deliver the $1 billion LAND 8116 Self Propelled Howitzer program.

The program provides grants of up to $100,000 for Victorian small to medium-sized businesses to improve their capability through activities like upgrading business systems and facilities, gaining international accreditations and certifications, or undertaking research and product development.

Hanwha was the successful bidder for LAND 8116 and is one of two final bidders for the multibillion-dollar LAND 400 Phase 3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle program.

Hanwha is also establishing a $170 million armoured vehicle centre of excellence at the Avalon Airport Industrial Precinct with support from the Victorian Government, further boosting the state’s defence capabilities and creating more than 300 highly skilled local jobs in design, engineering and advanced manufacturing.

More than 6,300 businesses provide services and manufacturing in Victoria’s defence sector, including equipment across military vehicle production, maritime design, aerospace components, digital and cyber security and munitions.

For more information, and to apply, visit: Supply Chain Uplift Program.