Victorinox wins ADF multi-tool contract

Victorinox AG of Switzerland – makers of the original Swiss Army Knife – and Australian distributor Sheldon & Hammond have disclosed that they have been awarded as manufacturer of the preferred multi tool for the Australian Defence Force.

CAPTION: Victorinox Swiss Tool Spirit MXBS 3.0226.3AUS (NSN 5110-66-166-1357) will be issued to the ADF starting this year. Images supplied.

Supply of the preferred Victorinox multi tool forms part of Land 125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System – Field Equipment, a partnership between Sea to Summit and the Commonwealth of Australia to modernise ADF field equipment.

The supply will be executed under a Standing Offer Deed with Sea to Summit as announced by the Minister for Defence, Sen Linda Reynolds, in December 2019.

The chosen multi tool – Victorinox Swiss Tool Spirit MXBS 3.0226.3AUS (NSN 5110-66-166-1357) – was specifically designed for the ADF in order to be fully compliant with the tender.

This new tool features 25 functions including single-hand operation of the primary and secondary blades, designed to successfully integrate with combat gloves.

Initial supply to the ADF will commence this year.

Victorinox also plans to introduce this new model to the Australian public in 2021.



  • Needlenose pliers
  • Screwdriver 2mm
  • Screwdriver 3mm
  • Wire cutter for thin and soft wire up to 40HRc
  • Cap lifter
  • Screwdriver 6mm
  • Crate opener
  • Long blade (one hand opening)
  • Scissors
  • Metal file (fine and rough sided)
  • Metal saw
  • Belt cutter (one hand opening)
  • Reamer and punch
  • Phillips screwdriver 1+2
  • Chisel/scraper
  • Cable cover cutter lengthwise
  • Wire bender
  • Wire stripper and scraper
  • Cable cover cutter circular
  • Can opener
  • Multi purpose hook
  • Hard wire cutter
  • Lanyard hole
  • Ten individual springs
  • Lock release





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Posted by Brian Hartigan

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One thought on “Victorinox wins ADF multi-tool contract

  • 21/03/2021 at 5:02 pm

    Will this end the supply of the tried and tested ‘FUD’ supplied with ration packs? They are a mainstay in my kitchen and outdoors kit.


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