Built has been appointed to design and construct the Hanwha Armoured Vehicle Centre of Excellence (H-ACE), a purpose-built manufacturing, development and testing centre for armoured vehicles. Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) and client Project Manager Conscia have appointed Built to deliver the H-ACE next to Avalon airport in Geelong.

The 32,000 square metre facility will initially be focused on the production of Hanwha’s AS9 self-propelled howitzer and AS10 Armoured Ammunition Resupply vehicles. In addition to the potential for multiple assembly lines, the plant will feature a 1,500 metre test track, an integrated training wing, a deep-water test facility and an obstacle course.

It is estimated that over 100 jobs will be created during construction of the facility, which will ultimately support a large, long-term set of advanced manufacturing jobs when completed. Moreover, local subcontractors have been awarded trade packages throughout the construction period.

“Built is proud to be selected by HDA and Conscia to construct the H-ACE facility which will deliver huge economic benefits and jobs for the local community. We’re excited to combine our local experience and relationships in Geelong, together with the specialist knoledge of our national Defence team to deliver a world-class manufacturing facility,” said Brett Mason, managing director and CEO of Built.

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