Oshkosh to supply aviation fire trucks to Australian military

21 December 2014 (Last Updated December 21st, 2014 18:30)

The Australian Department of Defence has awarded a contract to Oshkosh to supply aviation fire trucks to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The Australian Department of Defence has awarded a contract to Oshkosh to supply aviation fire trucks to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Under the terms of the $33.3m agreement, the company will supply 28 aviation fire trucks to improve current aircraft rescue and fire fighting capabilities of the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

The vehicles will be supplied in two variants to address the different requirements of the army and RAAF, with the latter capable of being transported by C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

"This marks an important step in the continued improvement and modernisation of the Australian Defence Force."

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston said: "This marks an important step in the continued improvement and modernisation of the Australian Defence Force, providing safe airbases for our military aircraft and aircrew within Australia and when operating overseas on deployment.

"These specialist fire fighting trucks will have a common chassis for both army and RAAF, which will streamline maintenance, spares and training, providing value for money for the taxpayer.

"This project will also deliver around $10.5m of work in constructing the new facilities needed to house the vehicles and the associated equipment."

New facilities are scheduled to be constructed at Amberley and Enoggera in Brisbane, Darwin, Townsville, Holsworthy, Richmond, Williamtown and Tindal, Australia.

In addition, the contract is expected to offer opportunities for Australian industry during the through-life support of the vehicles.

Acquired under the LAND 998 Phase I replacement fire trucks project, the trucks will replace the ADF's E-One-built Titan aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle fleet, and will operate alongside the current fleet of Panther fire trucks.

The initial operating capability is planned for March 2017, while the final operational capability is scheduled to be declared in June 2018.