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Army February 14, 2013
UP TO 12,000 non-combat Army vehicles
and trailers will be sold from March in
the biggest disposal of military equipment
since World War II.
The vehicles include Land Rovers,
Mack trucks, Unimogs, motorbikes, all-
terrain vehicles and trailers, which are being
replaced under Project Land 121.
Announcing the sale, former Defence
Materiel Minister Jason Clare said the sales
would be a chance for people to own a part
of Australian military history.
"The sale of these vehicles is expected to
raise more than $100 million," he said.
"Their average age is 25-30 years old
and they have an average of 125,000km on
The vehicles will be sold by contractor
Australian National Disposals in Australian
and overseas markets.
The vehicles will be progressively sold
as they are retired from the Army over the
next 10 years.
A number of vehicles will be reserved
and offered exclusively to communi-
ty and heritage organisations, including
the Australian War Memorial, RSLs and
Individuals and organisations can register their
interest with the Defence Disposals Agency at
www.defence.gov.au/dda or email
Vehicles up for sale
Rovers, trucks and trailers being replaced under Land 121 to be sold over the coming decade
Car yard: Thousands of Army vehicles will be sold over the next 10 years as their replacements enter service under Land 121.
File photo by Scott McKenzie
THE new Defence Materiel Minister,
Dr Mike Kelly, said he would bring a
personal imperative to the role during his
swearing in on February 4.
The former colonel, who served 20
years in the Army before entering parlia-
ment in 2007, said his appointment was a
"I am intensely aware of how impor-
tant this job is, having seen first-hand dur-
ing my military career what can happen if
you don't get it right," he said.
"You've got a soldier out there depend-
ing on their equipment for his or her sur-
vival. There can't be any greater responsi-
bility for a minister to remind themselves
every day that, at the end of the chain,
somebody's life is at stake."
Dr Kelly took the oath in a ceremony
at Government House and has already
taken up the portfolio.
he served as
ing on the
Jason Clare, who
has moved to the
role of Cabinet Secretary and Minister for
Home Affairs and Justice.
As Defence Materiel Minister, Dr
Kelly's responsibilities include the acqui-
sition of military equipment, science and
technology relating to their development,
skills and industry policy, as well as help-
ing develop the Defence Capability Plan.
Former colonel appointed
Defence Materiel Minister
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