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Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that contract negotiations for the sale of up to 12,000 Army non-combat vehicles and trailers are now complete. 

“The vehicles will be sold by Australian National Disposals, a new Australian-owned business based in New South Wales,” Mr Clare said. 

Mr Clare said sale of the vehicles gives Australians a chance to buy their own part of Australian military history. 

“The Army vehicles being sold include the Army Land Rovers, Mack trucks, Unimogs, motorcycles, trailers and all terrain vehicles,” he said. 

“The sale of these vehicles is expected to raise more than $100 million. Their average age is 25 to 30 years old and they have average of 125,000 kms on the clock.” 

The vehicles will be sold to Australian and overseas markets in order to maximise the financial return to the Commonwealth. 

The first vehicle sales are expected to begin March 2013 and will progressively be sold to Australian National Disposals as the vehicles are retired from the Army over the next decade. 

A number of vehicles will be reserved and offered exclusively to community and heritage organisations, including the Australian War Memorial, RSLs and other historical organisations. 

Interested parties can register their interest with the Defence Disposals Agency at www.defence.gov.au/dda or via e-mail to disposals@defence.gov.au

The B vehicles will be replaced by new vehicles under Project LAND 121 – Overlander. 

This is part of the biggest disposal of military equipment since World War II. 

Over the next 15 years the Australian Defence Force will replace or upgrade up to 85 per cent of its equipment. 

Media Contact: Annie Williams 0428 040 522

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the final of three Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) Giraffe radars has arrived in Australia.

Mr Clare said two radar systems are currently operating in Tarin Kot. This third system will be used to train troops ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan.

“The Giraffe radars provide our troops with early detection of attacks from enemy rockets, artillery and mortars, protecting Australian and ISAF forces,” Mr Clare said.

“This early warning system has proven to be an important force protection capability for our troops, giving them vital seconds of advanced warning so they can take shelter.

“The addition of a third Giraffe radar to train our soldiers before they deploy means they will be trained to use the full range of the radar’s capabilities from the time they hit the ground.”

Australia assumed responsibility for early detection against rocket, artillery and mortar attacks at Tarin Kot from 28 December 2010.

The new Giraffe radars have replaced leased radars and were manufactured in Sweden by SAAB AB under an $86.2 million contract, which includes support services.

Australia’s C-RAM Sense and Warn capability consists of Giraffe radars, a number of lightweight counter mortar radars, and Command and Control, and warning equipment.

The new radars are the latest in a range of force protection initiatives that over the past few years has delivered $1 billion in equipment to protect our troops in Afghanistan including:

  • Up-armouring the Bushmasters;
  • New combat body armour;
  • Heavier calibre weapons; and
  • New ground-penetrating radar trucks to clear roads of IEDs before troops travel on them.

 

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Minister Clare’s Office: Annie Williams 0428 040 522

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Navy’s remaining Sea King helicopters will be sold to Aerospace Logistics (ASL).

“Aerospace Logistics have over 30 years experience as an international specialist in the supply, refurbishment, exchange, maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft parts,” Mr Clare said.

ASL will use the Sea King inventory to sustain and support capability of international military and search and rescue fleets.

The ASL bid provided the greatest return to the Commonwealth.

“The Sea Kings were known as the workhorse of the Navy, large enough to pick up loads heavier than a Land Rover,” Mr Clare said.

“They have played a significant role in naval aviation over the last 36 years.”

The Sea Kings were withdrawn from service in December 2011 and are being replaced by MRH-90 helicopters under Project Air 9000 Phase 6.

“In September 2011 I also announced that Sea King Shark 07 would be preserved at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra,” Mr Clare said.

Shark 07 was chosen because it has the most operational history of all the Sea King helicopters, having served in the Middle East and East Timor.

“Displaying this aircraft for public viewing ensures as many Australians as possible have access to this piece of Australia’s aviation history.”

The Sea Kings have flown in excess of 60,000 hours in a range of operations both at home and abroad and come to the assistance of many Australians.

In 1994, the Sea Kings were involved in one of the largest fire fighting efforts in Australia’s history. The aircraft used water buckets to fight fires raging near Grafton, Gosford, Bulahdelah and Sydney’s western suburbs.

The Sea Kings have also been used for rescue operations at sea.

In 1998, two of the helicopters were involved in rescuing yacht crews in disastrous weather conditions during the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

One of the Sea Kings’ last operations was to south-west Queensland to provide response and recovery efforts during the Queensland floods.

The contract is subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) approval.

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Minister Clare’s Office: Annie Williams 0428 040 522

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance has taken delivery of the first blocks from Melbourne for the second air warfare destroyer, Brisbane.

Mr Clare said the two blocks, manufactured by BAE Systems, arrived into Adelaide by tug and barge from Williamstown, Victoria.

“The blocks will be located in the front third of the ship and once consolidated will house the 48 cell MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS),” Mr Clare said.

“The VLS can store and then fire SM-2 or Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles in quick succession and is an important element of the combat system that will be installed into the Hobart Class destroyers.”

The three guided-missile destroyers are being constructed using a modular method where blocks are manufactured across four shipyards and consolidated at the South Australian Government’s Common User Facility at Techport Australia.

The first destroyer Hobart is expected to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy in early 2016. Consolidation of second ship Brisbane is due to start in early 2014. Fabrication has begun on the blocks for the third destroyer Sydney.

“BAE has significantly improved the quality of their manufacturing performance and delivered blocks that are virtually defect free,” Mr Clare said.

“This is testament to the hard work and skill of the team at BAE’s shipyard in Williamstown.”

The AWD is based on a proven Navantia design used by the Spanish Navy and when complete will be one of the most capable warships of its size in the world.

The ships will be equipped with the Aegis Weapon System, making them capable of assuming a leading command and control role within the Australian Defence Force as well as coalition forces.

The AWD project is being delivered by the AWD Alliance. The AWD Alliance is made up of the Defence Materiel Organisation, ASC and Raytheon Australia.

BAE are currently constructing 11 blocks for the AWD project, including seven blocks for the first destroyer and two for the second.

The AWD project directly employs more than 2500 people, with 200 employed by BAE in Melbourne.

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Minister Clare’s Office: Annie Williams – 0428 040 522

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that two Australian companies will manufacture the Standard Combat Uniform worn by Australian Defence Force members.

The Standard Combat Uniform is the disruptive pattern camouflage printed shirt and trousers worn by Australian Defence Force members deployed on operations, during training and as normal daily dress.

Mr Clare said he has made it clear that the standard combat uniform worn by our soldiers should be made in Australia.

“That means the fabric is woven in Australia and the garment is stitched together in Australia,” Mr Clare said.

Local companies Australian Defence Apparel in Bendigo, Victoria and Pacific Brands Workwear Group in West Footscray, Victoria will produce the uniforms in a five-year contract, worth an estimated $14.5 million per year.

“I have seen the dedication and pride of those who work for these companies. The high-quality uniforms they manufacture support our troops serving at home and overseas.”

Fabrics used in these uniforms will also be made in Australia, by Bruck Textiles in Wangaratta, Victoria and by Technical Fabric Services Australia in South Stapylton, Queensland.

“This is an outstanding result for the men and women of our Defence Force, ensuring quality, Australian-made combat uniforms into the future,” Mr Clare said.

 

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Ryan Hamilton 0414 599 468