Australian manufacturing firm Elphinstone has secured a contract to fabricate 45 turrets and hulls for the Australian Military’s new AS9 Huntsman self-propelled howitzers. Tasmania will share in the advantages of a A$1 billion ($720 million) protection trade contract signed by Australia’s Division of Defence final yr, with round 55 new jobs to be created at Wynyard-based manufacturing firm Elphinstone. Elphinstone will manufacture 45 turrets and hulls for the Australian Military’s new Huntsman howitzers, delivering a serious enhance to Tasmania’s protection trade. That is a part of a $1 billion protection contract for brand spanking new self-propelled howitzers for the Australian Military which was final yr awarded to Hanwha Protection Australia, primarily based in Larger Geelong. Elphinstone will full the metal fabrication, machining, and portray of the turrets and hulls at their Wynyard manufacturing unit, earlier than transport them to Hanwha in Geelong the place the Huntsman automobiles will probably be assembled.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated: “My Authorities will all the time again Tasmanians and guarantee they profit from our important funding within the protection trade. After many years specializing in mining manufacturing capabilities, Elphinstone has secured its first protection contract – this can be a huge win for our extremely expert employees in Wynyard. As manufacturing ramps up, round 55 new jobs will probably be created for locals in northwest Tasmania, in so many roles, together with boilermaker welders, painters, fitters, machinists, and different trades. Tasmanians ought to be proud that they are going to be important contributors to growing the firepower and safety of Australian artillery functionality. My Authorities can all the time be trusted to maintain our nation and our area protected and to guard our pursuits in a quickly altering international setting.”


Hanwha Protection Australia AS9 Huntsman 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

Minister for Defence Business Melissa Worth stated: “ Australian trade will play a significant position delivering and sustaining the Huntsman howitzers. Proper throughout the nation we’re backing our small and medium companies and creating native jobs, and Elphinstone is a primary instance of this dedication to develop our protection trade. Tasmania has a formidable popularity for exporting area of interest, high-quality merchandise, and providers to the world. I’ve little question it’ll proceed to make an excellent contribution to our Authorities’s Defence packages, boosting statewide employment and financial alternatives. Our Defence investments are giving Elphinstone an necessary alternative to diversify its manufacturing operations. Our choice to again Australian trade is an illustration of our dedication to make sure that we will keep a deadly, related, and efficient sovereign protection functionality in Australia.”

The Australian Authorities has introduced a $788 million (AS$1 billion) protection contract for brand spanking new Self-Propelled Howitzers for the Australian Military has been awarded to Hanwha Protection Australia. Based mostly in Larger Geelong, the contract will procure Self-Propelled Howitzers and Armoured Ammunition Resupply Autos, beneath the LAND 8116 Section 1 mission. This preliminary contract covers 30 Self-Propelled Howitzers, 15 Armoured Ammunition Resupply Autos, and weapon finding radars that assist discover enemy artillery, collectively known as the Huntsman household of automobiles. The Authorities dedicated to this mission in Might 2019. The contract signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea. This contract will create a minimal of 300 jobs unfold throughout facility development, acquisition, and upkeep, in addition to generate ongoing help alternatives for the Australian trade till the late 2040s.

Hanwha Defense Australia A10 Armoured Ammunition Resupply Vehicles (AARV).
Hanwha Protection Australia A10 Armoured Ammunition Resupply Autos (AARV).