The Australian Government has signed new contracts for the supply and support of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defence capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF ).

With a total value of $238m, the contracts have been awarded to Leidos Australia under the ADF’s Land 2110 Phase 1B CBRN Defence Capability Facilities project.

According to Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, this year’s global events have demonstrated that CBRN threats are currently the contemporary hazards across the globe.

Pyne said: “Leidos Australia will be a key capability partner of the ADF for the delivery and support of cutting-edge technology to protect our soldiers on the battlefield as they encounter these evolving threats.

“The contracts will supply approximately 70,000 equipment items to support Defence’s capability to detect and protect itself from toxic industrial chemicals and weaponised chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents.

“The capability will also include systems to manage contaminated personnel and equipment.”

“The capability will also include systems to manage contaminated personnel and equipment.”

The contracts will be able to generate 50 new local jobs in Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) that would directly support the Australian Government’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.

Under the Land 2110 project, Australia is expected to invest significant funds in the sustainment of the CBRN capability over a period of 15 years, while providing new opportunities for the Australian industry throughout the country.

Pyne added: “This investment will provide an integrated and layered CBRN defence capability which replaces ageing equipment reaching the end of its service life.”

The Land 2110 Phase 1B ADF CBRN Defence Capability Facilities project has been designed to offer both new and upgraded facilities at 14 sites across Australia.

This would help support the training of army personnel against exposure to toxic industrial materials and CBRN weapons.