Australian Industry to benefit from Replacement Aviation Refuelling Vehicles
The Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP and the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne today announced that the Turnbull Government is enhancing the capability of the Australian Defence Force to support its vital air assets through the approval to purchase a new fleet of petrol tankers and refuelling vehicles.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring the ADF has the equipment it needs to achieve the Government’s defence strategy and to create and sustain Australian Defence Industry jobs nation wide.” said Mr Pyne
"The contracts will be worth between $150 and $200 million to industry, with approximately two thirds of the work, including assembly and maintenance, to be done in Australia." Minister Pyne said.
“This new capability will enable the Australian Defence Force to more effectively refuel and defuel its air assets, resulting in more agile and responsive defence force”
“By making and assembling these assets in Australia the government is driving jobs and growth in our local defence industry.
“The Turnbull Government is setting a new direction for the Defence Industry in Australia that, where possible and practical, we should use Australian companies to garner both the economic benefits of a thriving domestic defence sector, as well as contributing to ability of the ADF to respond to Australia's national security requirements" Minister Pyne said.
Minister Payne said that the new aviation refuelling fleet will allow the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to efficiently and effectively refuel and defuel its entire fleet of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.
“This decision relates directly to two key concepts in the Defence White Paper, to buy and build Australian and to invest in key enablers essential for the ADF to maintain its effectiveness,” Minister Payne said.
“This project will provide the ADF with a new fleet of high capacity tankers, medium capacity tankers and elevating hydrant vehicles to be located at all military aviation bases across Australia, as well as Royal Malaysian Air Force Base Butterworth,” she said.
Minister Pyne Media Contacts
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Minister Payne Media Contact
Henry Budd: 0429 531 143
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