Initial operating capability (IOC) for the Australian Defence Force's (ADF's) next-generation fleet of more than 3,500 protected and unprotected medium and heavy high mobility logistics vehicles was declared by Defence Minister Linda Reynolds on 7 February.
The fleet, which has already provided enhanced support for several ADF operations in Australia, is now ready for training and major exercises.
Under Project Land 121 Phase 3B/5B (Project Overlander) 3,751 vehicles, 4,730 modules, and 2,565 trailers are being delivered across the ADF by prime contractor Rheinmetall MAN at a budgeted cost of AUD3.3 billion (USD2.24 billion).
Deliveries under Phase 3B of 2,536 Rheinmetall MAN HX and SX series vehicles in multiple configurations, together with more than 3,500 Australian-manufactured modules and 1,700 trailers, began in April 2016 and will be completed by April 2020, the company said.
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