Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) has awarded a series of sub-contracts to Australian companies for the national army’s Land 121 Phase 3B programme.
In July 2013, RMMVA secured a $1.58bn contract under the programme to deliver 2,500 protected and non-protected logistical vehicles, along with 3,000 modules to the Australian Army.
The company will supply a range of trucks in different weight classes and various configurations, including medium and heavyweight recovery vehicles, heavy-duty logistical vehicles, integrated load-handling systems and medium-sized cargo bed variants with cranes, fuel and water modules and tipper bodies to the Australian Army.
RMMVA managing director Peter Hardisty said the company was committed to ensuring that the Australian industry had opportunity to compete on merit for all supply contracts identified for local procurement.
"Each of the successful companies has demonstrated expertise and many years of experience supplying premium products for the Australian military or the Australian civilian market," Hardisty said.
The contract recipients include Varley Group, which will supply more than 550 stores and maintenance modules, and RPC Technologies, which 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.
Canberra-based Sea Box International has been subcontracted to design, develop and supply more than 2,100 heavy flat racks for RMMVA’s high mobility military vehicle fleet.
Rhienmetall also awarded a contract to Holmwood Highgatem for the design and production of a total of 276 integrated tankers, bulk water and fuel modules.
The high-mobility, robust Land 121 Phase 3B vehicles are scheduled to replace the ADF’s existing fleet, which comprises equipment from several different manufacturers.
While reference vehicles have already arrived in Australia, the deliveries of Land 121 Phase 3B production vehicles are scheduled to commence in 2016 and be completed by 2020.
Image: The LAND 121 Phase 3B programme seeks delivery of 2,500 logistical vehicles and 3,000 modules to the Australian Army. Photo: © 2014 Rheinmetall AG.