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This week the
publisher of The
released a new
SA Defence Business.
The magazine will
be published every
relevant to the
industry and profiling
in the local defence
sector, like Horwood
Bagshaw. Des Ryan
reports on the firm.
Apart from the biblical notion
of beating swords into
Bagshaw has never really shown
much interest in the Defence
Established in 1838 in South
Australia and based at Mannum
on the River Murray since 1975,
the privately-owned company
has built a solid reputation as a
manufacturer of agricultural
implements that plough, level,
till and seed the soil. All along,
though, Horwood Bagshaw has
gained extensive experience as a
contract engineer with the mining,
automotive and wine industries,
fabricating everything from
fermentation tanks to underground
For managing director Peter
Sweeney, it was a matter of putting
one and one together when he heard
about Land 121 Project Overlander,
the selection process that aims to
deliver several thousand vehicles,
modules and trailers to the
Australian Defence Force fleet over
the next decade.
Horwood Bagshaw, Mr Sweeney
knew, already had the boilermaker/
welding skills to supply the
ADF with the truck trays and
armoured modules it requires. A
tray prototype currently sits on
the contenders for the large truck
segment of Land 121.
"It's gone into the field; it
found there are issues that need
to be addressed, so we will likely
fabricate a second version of that,"
Mr Sweeney says. "Then they will
put it on another truck and go out
in the bush and bounce around.
They'll do different things and will
probably find it suffers a little bit of
fatigue or something else, and we'll
probably do a third version."
Horwood Bagshaw has also
produced an armoured module
prototype -- essential for the
transport of Australian troops
to protect them against roadside
bombs in Afghanistan. "No longer
do you put soldiers on the back of a
truck, in a tray with a canvas top,"
Mr Sweeney says.
The Land 121 process has been
a steep learning curve for Mr
Sweeney, especially dealing with
the reams of highly specific details
required by the ADF.
"The army says we'll go to tender,
and they'll give out a 100 to 150-page
document. You have got to know
who to talk to in the army in the
procurement system; you have
got to know how to talk to them;
and then you have to fill out all the
paperwork for them," he says.
Mr Sweeney soon realised that
to have any chance of winning an
ADF tender, he needed to begin
networking with those who knew
how the system worked, which led
him to join the Defence Teaming
Centre in Adelaide.
"It's a good way of getting your
toe in the water without having it
bitten off by a piranha at your first
dip," he says.
"It puts you in contact with
other people, some of whom are
involved in the Defence Industry,
some of whom are trying to become
A Land 121 choice of truck is
expected to be made either late this
year or early next.
"So now we wait. When they come
off, these truck trays, there could be
700 of them. You would be making
three trays a day for two or three
To keep informed about
sector, subscribe to
SA Defence Business
by calling 8224 1605
or e.mail circulation@
$9.95 (incl. GST)
Defence gears up
Photo: Kate Elmes
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