The Australian Army’s next-generation logistic vehicle fleet has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) and is ready for training and major exercises, the country’s Department of Defence announced.
Under Project Overlander – LAND 121 Phase 3B and Phase 5B – 3,751 high mobility trucks, 4,730 modules and 2,565 trailers will be delivered by Rheinmetall and Haulmark Trailers Australia across the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds CSC said this $5 billion investment will realise the potential of the well-trained and highly capable soldiers.
“These new medium, heavy and semi-trailer vehicles replace a fleet that is more than 30 years old with a next-generation vehicle and specialist modules,” Minister Reynolds said. “They will be used for a range of military deployments, from resupplying combat operations to supporting Defence’s assistance to Australian and regional communities after natural disasters.”
Already, the new fleet has provided enhanced support for a range of Defence operations in Australia, including the response to the Townsville floods and Defence’s ongoing contributions to Operation Bushfire Assist. The fleet has also supported our Pacific neighbours, for both security operations and partnered exercises.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the success of Project Overlander would not have been possible without partnering with Rheinmetall and Haulmark Trailers Australia, together with their extensive network of Australian industry partners including Varley in Newcastle, Holmwood Highgate in Brisbane and ECLIPS in Canberra.
“This project is an example of how our investment in defence industry is not only growing our sovereign capability, but is delivering jobs and opportunities for companies right across Australia,” Minister Price said.
“The progress of the Land 121 Phase 3B program at this important milestone is testament to the strong working relationship between Rheinmetall and the Commonwealth,” said Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing director Gary Stewart. “Together, we are delivering the most protected, mobile, reliable, versatile and cost-effective vehicles in their class to the Army and the wider ADF and ensuring the safety of Australian soldiers.”
LAND 121 Phase 3B
The Land 121 Phase 3B contract commenced in April 2016 with a four-year program focused on the delivery of a fleet of 2536 vehicles in multiple configurations to form the logistics backbone of the Australian Defence Force.
Deliveries to Australian Army facilities around Australia are expected to be completed by April 2020 under the Land 121 Phase 3B program schedule.
• Heavy Integrated Load Handling (HX-77)
• Heavy Tipper (HX-77)
• Medium Tipper (40-M)
• Tractor (HX-81)
• Heavy Recovery (45M)
• Medium-weight Tray with Crane (40M)
• Medium-weight Tray (40M)
The next phase of the program – Land 121 Phase 3B/5B – will see Rheinmetall deliver a further 1044 vehicles and 872 modules, as well as on-going support to the capability to ensure it meets operational requirements, working alongside its growing network of Australian industry partners.