Australian company APV Safety Products has secured a new contract to deliver seatbelt harnesses for the US Marine Corps (USMC).

Under the terms of the contract, the company will supply a total of 1,000 seatbelt harnesses to US-based firm ArmorWorks Enterprises.

Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “APV’s Australian-designed and manufactured harnesses integrate into blast-absorbing seating to offer the highest levels of survivability and safety.

“This success is yet another win for Australia’s defence industry, and demonstrates the innovation and global competitiveness of our small to medium enterprises.

“APV formerly supplied the Australian car industry, and so this is a great example of an automotive business diversifying into other industries and it is exciting to see an Australian company playing a key role in keeping Australian and US troops safe in front line combat vehicles.”

“This success is yet another win for Australia’s defence industry.”

Pyne added said that the Australian defence industry will release a defence export strategy to build upon the successes and provide a comprehensive plan to further develop the country’s defence industry.

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APV’s access to North American defence supply chains has been enabled by the company’s participation in the Centre for Defence Industry Capability-managed Global Supply Chain (GSC) programme.

The company supplies seat belts, harnesses, snatch straps, tow straps, and related products to customers across the globe.

It is also a major supplier to the North American safety restraint and military vehicle sectors.