7RAR has received its first deliveries of the new medium and heavy trucks purchased under the Land 121 vehicle project.
CAPTION: First delivery of new MAN trucks at 7RAR.
These vehicles will replace the Unimog and Mack trucks that have served the Army faithfully for the past 30 years.
The battalion’s Facebook page says “These vehicles represent the very latest in cutting-edge technology and will greatly enhance the battalion’s ability to support combat troops”.
Approximately 2700 trucks, 3800 modules and 1700 trailers were ordered by the ADF from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia and Haulmark Trailers Australia under Project LAND 121 Phase 3B.
The project cost is in the region of $3.4billion.
The new truck fleet has been rolling out across the ADF over the past two years.
Approximately 40 per cent of the trucks will be supplied with enhanced ballistic and blast protection for deployed soldiers.
Some trucks will also have an integrated load‐handling system that enables the operator to remain protected inside the cabin while loading and unloading cargo.
All of the trucks will be fitted for (but not necessarily fitted with) the ADF’s Battle Management System as well as a suite of military radios.