Australia receives first trucks and trailers under LAND 121 programme

11 April 2016 (Last Updated April 11th, 2016 18:30)

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has received the first trucks and trailers from the Commonwealth as part of project LAND 121 programme.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has received the first trucks and trailers from the Commonwealth as part of project LAND 121 programme.

Delivered by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) and Haulmark Trailers Australia, the vehicles are part of Phase 3B of the programme aimed at replacing the Unimog, Mack and S-Liner fleets of the ADF.

The Phase 3B of the programme will involve the delivery of roughly 2,700 trucks, 3,800 modules and 1,700 trailers.

Australian Assistant Defence Minister Michael McCormack said: "I am delighted to accept today on behalf of the Australian Government the first 12 trucks from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia and the delivery of more than 70 trailers from Haulmark."

"The $3.4bn project will deliver a range of modern medium and heavy trucks, modules and trailers which will revolutionise the ADF's tactical logistics capability."

"The $3.4bn project will deliver a range of modern medium and heavy trucks, modules and trailers which will revolutionise the ADF's tactical logistics capability now and well into the future.

"Approximately 40% of these trucks will be supplied with enhanced ballistic and blast protection for our deployed soldiers.

"Some trucks will also have an innovative integrated load-handling system which will enable the operator to remain protected inside the cabin while loading and unloading cargo.

"As part of the army's digitisation programme, all of the trucks will be fitted to accommodate the ADF's Battle Management System as well as a suite of military radios."

Delivered as part of a contract awarded in July 2013, the Phase 3B fleet will include protected vehicles, for operational deployment and tactical training, and unprotected vehicles for tactical training purposes only.

The sub-contract recipients include Varley Group, which will supply more than 550 stores and maintenance modules.

RPC Technologies will provide a specialist interface unit to transport, launch and recover the Australian Defence Force's current and future heavy floating bridge systems, including the bridge and the support boats.

The delivery of Land 121 Phase 3B production vehicles is expected to be completed by 2020.