Australian Department of Defence has announced that $5bn investment in the army’s next-generation logistic vehicle fleet has achieved initial operating capability (IOC).
The new vehicles are now ready for training with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as well as to carry out major exercises.
Under Land 121 Phase 3B and Phase 5B (Project Overlander) 3,751 vehicles, 4,730 modules and 2,565 trailers will be delivered across the ADF.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said that the investment by the government will realise the potential of the country’s 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.
“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.”
The new vehicles have already offered improved support for various defence operations in Australia.
These operations include the response to the Townsville floods and the ongoing contributions to Operation Bushfire Assist.
Additionally, the vehicles supported the country’s Pacific neighbours, for security operations, as well as partnered exercises.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the success of Project Overlander was possible in partnership with Rheinmetall and Haulmark Trailers Australia, along with their industry partners, including Varley in Newcastle, Holmwood Highgate in Brisbane and ECLIPS in Canberra, Australia.
Price further added: “This project is an example of how our investment in defence industry is not only growing our sovereign capability, but is delivering jobs and opportunities for companies right across Australia.”
Project Overlander is a multi-phased project aimed at providing new field vehicles and trailers to the ADF to improve ground mobility.