The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is investing A$300m ($229.9m) in new equipment to protect soldiers from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats.
The investment, which is being made as part of LAND 2110 Phase 1B project, is anticipated to improve the Australian Defence Force’s ability to detect, identify, monitor and warn others of CBRN hazards, protect personnel from exposure and decontaminate affected personnel and equipment safely.
Australia Minister for Defence Marise Payne said: “This investment will ensure our personnel are better protected against exposure to toxic industrial chemicals and weaponised CBRN agents.”
The project is aimed at delivering individual and collective protection from CBRN hazards including detectors, suits, masks, protection tents, decontamination systems, contaminated equipment containers, warning and reporting software and simulation systems.
The planned investment in equipment, facilities and training would enhance protection against current and emerging CBRN threats for Army, Navy and Air Force personnel, DoD stated.
Australia Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said: “LAND 2110 Phase 1B will deliver cutting edge technology to protect our soldiers on the battlefield as they encounter new and evolving threats.
“We will maximise Australian industry involvement to create local jobs through this important investment.
“The project will also invest significant funds in the sustainment of the capability over a 15-year period and create opportunities for Australian industry around the country.”
The new integrated and layered CBRN defence capability will replace the existing equipment, which is nearing the end of its service life.
Image: Equipment Decontamination Light backpack sprayer applying decontamination simulant foam by an operator wearing a decontamination protective ensemble. Photo: Courtesy of Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.