Axalta has been named a strategic partner of Rheinmetall Defence for its Land 400 Phase 2 project. Under the new contract, Axalta will provide the global boxer supply chain for coatings, including application training and technical support to optimise their painting operations.
Michael Busch, OEM and Military Program Manager at Axalta, stated: “Axalta is extremely proud to continue our strong relationship with Rheinmetall. Axalta’s continued focus on the most technologically advanced and innovative coatings aligns perfectly with the Rheinmetall Boxer CRV. The delivery this September of the first unit is a significant milestone and represents only the start of our work together on this exciting project.”
“Axalta has been working with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) since 2015 and has consistently demonstrated an ability to develop customised product solutions for Defence Projects,” added Busch. “In addition to providing special end-use coatings, Axalta’s technology included application techniques designed to improve cycle times and coating productivity.”
With painted components originating from numerous Australian and global locations, Axalta’s ability to assess site capabilities, design customised training, implement strict quality controls and establish efficient supply chains, has ensured these cutting-edge military vehicles are delivered just as the Australian Defence Force had envisaged. Throughout the development of the Boxer CRV, Axalta formed part of the partnership between the Commonwealth, Rheinmetall and other SME partners to deliver the first Boxer ahead of schedule.
The Land 400 Phase 2 project involves delivering 211 Boxer wheeled 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles to replace the Australian Army’s light armored vehicles. The announcement was made at a handover ceremony attended by the Minister of Defence, Senator Linda Reynolds and the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Melissa Price MP. It was held at the Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, where Rheinmetall Defence delivered the first Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) to the Commonwealth.