Albury-based Milspec Manufacturing announced a contract with Rheinmetall Group for the manufacture of advanced alternators for a fleet of LYNX KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicles ordered by an international customer. Privately owned Milspec has secured the A$5.58 million contract after significant investment in research and development at its Albury facilities and six years of collaboration, testing and development alongside Rheinmetall teams in Germany and Australia. As well as securing its first international customer for LYNX, Rheinmetall has also offered LYNX to the Commonwealth of Australia for its $18 billion – $27 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 program, which is currently under tender evaluation.

Milspec Manufacturing General Manager Neil Morrison said the contract underscored the company’s status as a world-leading manufacturer of specialised vehicle products. “We are delighted to announce this contract with Rheinmetall for an international customer and note that this has been eight years in the making – from concept through to agreement,” Morrison said.

Milspec developed the 900A alternator because of limitations in existing products and the need for better technology for military vehicles. Milspec and university-led research developed patented technology to solve challenges in development where other companies continued to fail.

“This particular alternator is the result of accumulated experience and expertise developed over 30 years of alternator development,” Morrison said. “It meets and exceeds required military standards, is compact and reliable and designed for the harshest environments from sub-zero temperatures to desert climates.”

Milspec was awarded a contract in 2015 to deliver the 900 A alternator for the LYNX prototype and last year Rheinmetall ordered additional alternators for each of the three LYNX vehicles competing in the LAND 400 Phase 3 Risk Mitigation Activity now underway.


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