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Army February 2, 2012
More new vehicles
Two major Land 121 vehicle projects continue to next phase
Mobility: Rheinmetall MAN has been selected to enter negotiations for delivering a med
heavy protected vehicle under Land 121, while the government has approved continued development
for Thales Australia's Hawkei prototype (inset).
Brent Hannah and
STATE-of-the-art battlefield mobil-
ity is on the way with two vital sub-
elements of Project Overlander pro-
gressed by Government.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
announced Rheinmetall MAN Military
Vehicles Australia was selected to enter
negotiations for the Project Overlander
Land 121 Phase 3B Medium Heavy
Capability on December 12.
Mr Smith also revealed that Thales
Australia was invited to enter stage two
of the Manufactured and Supported
in Australia component of Land 121
Phase 4, while monitoring of the US
joint light tactical vehicle program
Land Vehicle Systems Director Brig
Greg Downing welcomed the Minister's
announcement and said the vehicles
were sought in protected and unprotect-
ed configurations to be used for opera-
tional deployment and tactical training.
"These decisions represent impor-
tant steps forward for Land 121. The
Rheinmetall MAN vehicles have been
acquired by a range of armed forces
around the world and are currently in
service with the British Army," Brig
"These vehicles strike the right bal-
ance between mobility, protection and
payload to meet the ADF's require-
ments for its logistics vehicles."
After a robust evaluation process,
including the conduct of extensive user
trials, Defence will now enter nego-
tiations with Rheinmetall MAN for
the supply and support of medium and
heavy logistics vehicles.
Pending a successful outcome of
the negotiations, Defence will seek a
revised second pass approval from the
Government in mid-2013 before enter-
ing into contract.
This segment will provide a range
of vehicle variants that, together with
their associated trailers, will provide a
payload carrying capacity of between
four and 70 tonnes.
The project will also produce and
deliver specialist bulk liquid, flat rack
and tipper modules.
Brig Downing also said he was
pleased Thales Australia had been
invited to continue developing its
"It's a major landmark in the pro-
ject's Manufactured and Supported in
Australia component, which in my view
has involved the most comprehensive
developmental test program ever under-
taken for an Australian Army project.
"The prototype vehicles provid-
ed by the participants to date have
allowed us to acquire vital information
and refine requirements for Army's
capability need. I'm confident that
Land 121 Phase 4 is well placed to
deliver a solid recommendation at sec-
ond pass approval, but there is still a
lot of work ahead."
Cpl Max Bree
IT BEGAN as a single thread on a
Facebook page but it's now attracted
1300 members and spawned march-
es across the country to raise money
Past and present soldiers in cit-
ies across Australia marched as part
of RAR Buddies Stomp to Support,
collecting money for Legacy as they
walked through local communities
on January 26.
Two soldiers wounded in bomb
blasts joined with more than 140
people in the Townsville march
from Lavarack Barracks to Anzac
Park on the Strand.
Townsville organiser WO2
Graeme Hunter, 3RAR, said the
march was designed to show
deployed soldiers they were not for-
"It was to show the rest of the
guys overseas that we care," WO2
"We invited all the battalions
and everyone who was there wasn't
ordered to be there.
"The guys did this because it was
the only way they could show their
support for their mates overseas."
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison also
threw his support behind the event.
"It was fantastic to see sol-
stomp to support Legacy
diers coming together in their own
time to help the families of those
killed serving the nation," Lt-Gen
"It was also great to find out
social media was used for some-
thing so worthwhile."
Stomp to Support marches also
occurred in Brisbane, Melbourne,
Canberra, Darwin, Geelong, Albany
and on the Gold Coast.
More than $23,000 in online
donations was collected before the
marches began and money collected
on the day was still being counted as
Army went to print.
Online donations can still be made at www.
Soldier on: Soldiers and veterans march through Townsville to raise
money for Legacy as part of the RAR Buddies Stomp to Support
initiative on Australia Day.
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