Army’s $5billion investment in next-generation logistic vehicles has achieved ‘initial operating capability’ (IOC).
CAPTION: Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Lewis James from the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment, guides Corporal Steven Wilson from the 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion driving a MAN HX77 water resupply module vehicle in support of Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20. Photo by Private Madhur Chitnis.
Under Project Overlander – LAND 121 Phase 3B and Phase 5B – 3751 vehicles, 4730 modules and 2565 trailers will be delivered across the ADF.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said this investment would realise the potential of our well-trained and highly capable soldiers.
“These new medium, heavy and semi-trailer vehicles replace a fleet that is more than 30 years old with a next-generation vehicle and specialist modules,” Minister Reynolds said.
“They will be used for a range of military deployments, from resupplying combat operations to supporting Defence’s assistance to Australian and regional communities after natural disasters.”
Already, the new fleet has provided enhanced support for a range of Defence operations in Australia, including the response to the Townsville floods last year and this year’s ongoing Operation Bushfire Assist.
The fleet has also supported our Pacific neighbours, for both security operations and partnered exercises.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the success of Project Overlander would not have been possible without partnering with Rheinmetall and Haulmark Trailers Australia, together with an extensive network of Australian industry partners including Varley in Newcastle, Holmwood Highgate in Brisbane and ECLIPS in Canberra.