Newcastle company GH Varley selected for work on Army vehicles project

31 August 2011

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Local Member for Newcastle Tim Owen have congratulated Newcastle company GH Varley on becoming one of the Australian Army's preferred suppliers for new tactical training vehicles.

This comes after Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced that the Federal Government had approved the $425 million acquisition of over 950 new Mercedes Benz four-wheel-drive-vehicles, together with around 200 modules and 830 trailers.

Tomago-based GH Varley will be the preferred supplier of the 200 modules which are to be manufactured and integrated onto the vehicles.

Mr Stoner said GH Varley's module work was expected to be worth around $45 million.

"Today's announcement is great news for NSW defence industry and will provide a significant boost to the Hunter economy," Mr Stoner said.

"The vehicles that will be delivered under this program are part of the Australian Defence Forces Project Overlander – a multi-phase project to deliver Australia's future field vehicles.

"This particular project will provide the Army with a fleet of tactical training vehicles and an enhanced capability to prepare for operations in protected vehicles."

Local Member for Newcastle Tim Owen welcomed the announcement.

"GH Varley are a world-class diversified engineering company and I warmly welcome the Federal Government's decision to choose them as a key supplier for this program," Mr Owen said.

"The Hunter region has a sophisticated defence infrastructure, support industries and a proven track record in defence project delivery, including in the design and manufacture of defence vehicles and modules, thanks to companies like GH Varley."