L-3 wins $233m contracts to supply night-time combat equipment to Australian military

31 October 2016 (Last Updated October 31st, 2016 18:30)

The Australian Department of Defence has contracted L-3 Oceania to supply equipment for night-time combat scenarios.

The Australian Department of Defence has contracted L-3 Oceania to supply equipment for night-time combat scenarios.

Under the A$307m ($233m) contracts, the company will equip the Australian Defence Force with new night vision goggles, helmet mounts, head harnesses and laser aiming devices.

Night vision goggles will be provided to infantry units, as well as drivers, medics and elements of the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force, the ministry said.

"The new equipment will ensure the ADF retains its night fighting edge against the enemy."

Australia Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said: “These high-tech goggles are leading-edge and will give our fighting men and women greater capability in the field.

“While Australia doesn’t produce this standard of night vision goggle, they will be maintained locally, again illustrating the Turnbull Government’s commitment to ensure our Defence Force has the best technology while using our defence dollar, where possible, to drive local jobs and economic growth.”

Australia Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne said that the importance of night vision technology in modern warfare was demonstrated during deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade.

Payne further added: “The new equipment will ensure the ADF retains its night fighting edge against the enemy, a critical advantage on the battlefield.”

In addition to combat equipment, L-3 Oceania's deal covers ongoing support.

L-3 Oceania provides maritime systems and solutions for defence and commercial applications.