Australia Receives First Mercedes-Benz G Wagons

23 February 2010 (Last Updated February 23rd, 2010 18:30)

The Australian Army has received a fleet of 11 G-Wagon vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, according to Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science Greg Combet. Combet said that under the Land 121 project, the Defence Materiel Organisation would acquire 1,200 of the G-Wagon vehicles t

The Australian Army has received a fleet of 11 G-Wagon vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, according to Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science Greg Combet.

Combet said that under the Land 121 project, the Defence Materiel Organisation would acquire 1,200 of the G-Wagon vehicles to replace the current fleet of Land Rover vehicles that have been in service since 1987.

"The G-Wagon will offer enhanced levels of mobility and operational functionality, and will provide a new capability for Defence," he said.

The latest delivery of G Wagon vehicles include four-wheel drive station wagons, cab-chassis units, and six-wheel drive vehicles in single and dual cab-chassis configurations.

Manufactured in Austria the G Wagon is powered with a Mercedes-Benz 3.0l turbo-diesel V6 engine that will be EuroV compliant.

Combet said that specific models of the G-Wagon would be fitted with specialist modules to act as ambulances and command posts.

"These modules will be built by the Australian Engineering firm GH Varley Pty Ltd of Newcastle," he said. "The vehicles can also be fitted with additional armoured protection when required."

Defence forces of Austria, Canada, Germany, Singapore and the US are already using Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon vehicles on active operations.

The Land 121 Overlander project, a multiphased project, will provide the field vehicles, modules and trailers (FVM&T) and the associated support items that the ADF needs in an effort to meet ADF mobility requirements.