Tenix Defence was Australia's largest defence contractor with core capabilities in Aerospace, Land, Marine and Electronic Systems applications. BAE Systems Australia thus became Australia's largest defence contractor.
Tenix’s roots go back to 1956, when two Italian-born engineers, Carlo Salteri and Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, founded Transfield. The two went on to build one of Australia's most successful construction companies. The company's growth and diversification resulted from hard work and dedication, aided by a booming Australian economy. From a business involving mostly power and gas pipelines, the company expanded to building bridges, manufacturing aircraft, construction and fabrication. In 1987, the company diversified into defence at the initiative of then Joint Managing Director, Paul Salteri. This initiative resulted in the purchase of a company known as AMEC, which had successfully bid for the Naval Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria. The company re-established a naval shipbuilding capability in Australia which culminated in the award of the ANZAC Ship Project contract, for 10 ANZAC-class frigates. In January 2008 Tenix agreed the sale of Tenix Defence to BAE SystemsAustralia Limited; the sale was completed in June 2008. Tenix also divested its 50 per cent ownership of RLM Holdings to Lockheed Martin in August 2008. In September 2008 Tenix acquired a majority stake in Duncan Solutions, a global leader in on-street parking solutions. In April 2009, Tenix appointed former Lend Lease executive Ross Taylor as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. In September 2010, Tenix announced the acquisition of SDR Australia, a Western Australian-based mechanical engineering business servicing the resources and heavy industrial sectors.

Tenix Defence provided design, manufacture, modification and repairs to all major in-service military vehicles in Australia. It had over 300 employees in Wingfield, South Australia and Bandiana, Victoria. Wingfield is Australia's largest privately operated military vehicle facility, offering engineering, integrated logistic support, through-life support, configuration management, prototyping, warehousing, production and paint shop facilities.
Building on its experience in the design, development and production of the S52 (4x4) armoured patrol car and the S55 (4x4) armoured personnel carrier, both based on the Land Rover Defender 110 chassis, Short Brothers of Northern Ireland developed the S600 internal security vehicle (ISV) as a private venture.
In 1992, Short Brothers started looking at existing chassis which could be used as the basis for a new ISV and finally selected the proven German Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG U1550L/U2150L (4x4) chassis.
Some 80 per cent of the components used in the S600 are standard commercial components, which have already demonstrated high reliability and a low maintenance requirement. In order to fit the armoured body, some parts of the UNIMOG chassis have been repositioned.
Detailed design work on the S600 started in 1993 and was completed in 1994, with the prototype being rolled out early in 1995.
As part of restructuring, in 1996 Short Brothers sold the completed design, development and production rights of the S600 series of vehicles to BAE Systems Australia.
This deal also included the Short Brothers Shorland S52 armoured patrol car and the S55 armoured personnel carrier, both based on a Long Wheelbase Land Rover (4 x 4) chassis.
In 1999 BAE Systems Australia acquired all of the vehicle business of BAE Systems Australia including the S600 product range.

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