Military Capabilities

Major upgrades for Australia’s heavy armour assets to be discussed in February

12 January 2018

Plans to upgrade the Australian Army’s fleet of M1A1 AIM (D) Abrams main battle tanks and acquire an under-armour bridging and breaching capability will be discussed with industry on 22 February, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra has disclosed.

The two programmes will be jointly managed. Their combined cost is placed at between AUD1.75 billion to AUD2.5 billion (USD1.3-1.87 billion) in the DoD’s integrated investment plan.

The Capability and Sustainment Group (CASG) within the DoD said the purpose of the industry consultation day was to gather information and analyse industry capability and capacity to support the two future projects.

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