BENDIGO manufacturer Thales is a step closure to securing a $1.5 billion defence contract.
The federal government announced yesterday that Thales’ Hawkei prototype had beaten two overseas light protected mobility vehicles during testing.
Thales will receive federal funds to create another six Hawkei prototypes for the Land 121 Phase Four program.
Provided both parties finalise contract arrangements by 2015, Thales will provide up to 1300 Hawkeis from 2016.
But it wasn’t all good news for Thales yesterday.
The government overlooked Thales’ Bushmaster utes for the Land 121 Phase Three replacement program.
German company Rheinmetall MAN won that contract...