Thursday, September 17th, 2015 - Rheinmetall

Rheinmetall Defence has appointed Ian Faulconbridge as General Manager Land Systems, in a key appointment for the company’s growing Australasian business.

Dr Faulconbridge will lead the expansion of Rheinmetall Land Systems (RLS) capabilities into Australia and New Zealand. RLS is a major supplier of military equipment to ground forces globally in the form of armoured vehicles, turrets, support vehicles, services and logistics.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Andrew Fletcher said Dr Faulconbridge would bring over 25 years of experience to the newly created role.

“Ian has an enviable reputation of applying systems thinking to capability development, and his appointment signals an important new front for the company’s Australian hub,” Mr Fletcher said.

“His unique mix of technical and management expertise and experience in all phases of major systems and strategic procurements - from conception through acquisition, sustainment and disposal – provides customers and partners with the one of the best technological insights available in Australia.”

Dr Faulconbridge will work alongside Mr Fletcher, Ben Hudson, the Australian-born, Germany-based Chief Executive of RLS, as well as Rheinmetall Defence Australia, General Manager Business Development, Tim Pickford.

Dr Faulconbridge’s experience includes service as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and as an industry consultant working on a range of major programs across land, sea and air domains. He is also an active Industry Fellow at UNSW, Canberra involved with undergraduate and postgraduate education and mentoring across management and technical disciplines.

He holds a doctorate, masters and bachelors degree in engineering, and an MBA in project management. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in both electrical and aerospace colleges.

Dr Faulconbridge said while his immediate focus would include the company’s bid for the Land 400 Phase 2 program, there were many important programs where Rheinmetall Defence could apply its significant expertise to support the Australian Defence Force.

“Rheinmetall Defence delivers an impressive range of products and services in the land space that allows us to development effective solutions to our customer’s unique problems. I am pleased to be joining the Australasian business at a time of significant opportunity,” he said.

He will be based at the Rheinmetall Defence Australia offices in Canberra.

Rheinmetall Defence is one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology, including wheeled and tracked military vehicles, weapons, ammunition, simulation solutions, command and control technology, force protection systems and sensor technology.

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