Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) has been awarded a contract to deliver more than 1,000 high-mobility logistics trucks and more than 800 modules to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the Land 121 Phase 5B programme, which is an extension of the current Land 121 Phase 3B project, Rheinmetall Group announced in a 25 July statement.
Deliveries will start in 2019 and will run to 2024, the company said, adding that it is committed to establishing a “high-quality logistics backbone for the ADF”.
In a separate statement Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the country is purchasing 1,044 additional new-generation medium and heavy trucks, 872 modules, and 812 trailers for AUD1.4 billion (USD1.04 billion) to facilitate logistics support and enhance the ADF’s land capabilities. The country is purchasing 1,044 additional new-generation medium and heavy trucks, 872 modules, and 812 trailers for AUD1.4 billion (USD1.04 billion) to facilitate logistics support and enhance the ADF’s land capabilities.
“These modern trucks will be used for a broad range of military contingencies, from resupplying combat operations to supporting the ADF’s assistance to Australian and regional communities after natural disasters such as floods, fires, and cyclones,” said Pyne, adding “We’ve already got more than 1,000 of these trucks in service and they have proved their value, exceeding user expectations in disaster relief, training, and on exercises.”
Pyne also pointed out that this project marks the final government approval for the Land 121 programme designed to replace the ADF’s legacy fleet of ageing vehicles and trailers, many of which are more than 30 years old and becoming increasingly costly and difficult to maintain.
Pyne said that while the trucks are to be manufactured on an existing production line in Austria, Australian industry would play a major role in the project, with RMMVA partnering with a range of Australia-based companies such as Varley in Newcastle, Holmwood Highgate in Brisbane, and ECLIPS in the Australian Capital Territory to supply the modules and trailers.
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