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Army May 9, 2013
IMAGINE driving for
thousands of kilometres
through the desert in the
middle of summer. You start
off in Melbourne, head up to
Adelaide and then on to Coober
Pedy. You then drive to Uluru,
Alice Springs and up and down
countless sand dunes in the
Simpson Desert before making
the long trip back to where the
Dedicated teams from DMO
and Army have completed
such trips in recent months to
ensure critical systems in the
G-Wagon variants are functioning
properly and meet the needs of
Army operators. The vehicles
have been tested in a variety of
conditions and terrains, helping
provide assurance that they meet
specifications and are fit for
Though the G-Wagon is a
proven vehicle and is widely used
by other defence forces around the
world, some of the variants DMO
is acquiring for Army are unique.
Unlike the standard model that
could be tested before purchase,
these variants have been made
specifically for Australia and until
now have not existed to test.
As the G-Wagon's
Australia, delivered these specialist
variants, DMO launched a full
verification and validation activity
to ensure they each complied with
the specifications outlined in the
Maj Michael McMillan is a
DMO engineer on the ground in
the Land 121 Overlander Program
and has played a critical role in
these variant testing activities.
He said two different G-Wagon
test events had been held in the
Simpson Desert in the past six
months as part of the verification
and validation activity.
"The first included a
confirmation of the surveillance
and reconnaissance vehicle's
(SRV) long-range fuel tank and
was about 5500km in length," he
"The second included a
reliability task for the SRV held in
the height of summer that covered
about 9000km and significant
Standing on the other side
of these testing activities, Maj
McMillan said DMO could be
confident the SRV was a
reliable vehicle, which met
"These tests and others
conducted throughout 2012
allowed us to identify and remedy
quirks in the system and then
check that they had been ironed
out," he said.
"The good news is that the
vehicles passed this latest test with
"Over the course of three
weeks of rugged testing, the
vehicles consistently perform
to a high standard.
"The activity confirmed th
the SRV is fit for purpose an
capable of meeting all of the
The testing outcome prov
Army with the assurance req
to accept the variant of the
DMO ensured the SRV mission
system was safe, fit for purpose
and a mission-capable platform.
The trial's results provided the
confidence that comprehensive
testing has been completed, and
follow-up action taken by the
contractor, with Defence receiving
the best value for its investment in
Originally written for the DMO Bulletin
going the distance
The new vehicles were put through their paces in the Simpson
Desert to test the specifications, Michelle Perks reports.
TRAINING THE MAINTAINERS
LAND 121's Maintenance Training Facility
was officially opened at Gaza Ridge
Barracks near Bandiana on April 12.
The facility is expected to train more
than 2000 ADF personnel over the next
decade to maintain the next generation
of field vehicles, including the newly intro-
duced Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon fleet.
Defence Materiel Minister Mike Kelly
said the facility would provide mechanics
and electricians with a better understand-
ing of the new vehicles.
"The facility's workshop will have the
capacity to manage even the largest and
most sophisticated of the ADF's new gen-
eration of field vehicles," he said.
As well as the G-Wagons, in later
years trainees at the facility will learn to
maintain new medium and heavy trucks,
and light protected mobility vehicles.
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