• Hannah Phillips

Armored Vehicles Contract Signed

Last Friday the PM signed the contract with Rheinmetall for the delivery of 211 armored combat reconnaissance vehicles which will provide mobility, lethality and protection capability for the Australian Army.

The Rheinmetall Boxer vehicles replace the ASLAVs (Australian Light Armoured Vehicle), which are more than 20 years old.

Image Source - Graham Robson-Parker

Fitted with modern sensors and communications equipment, their role is to locate, monitor and engage with enemy forces and provide security to our forces.

The vehicles will fill seven different roles on the battlefield including reconnaissance, command and control, joint fires, surveillance, ambulance, battlefield repair and recovery.

The total acquisition cost of the vehicles is $5.2 billion. Australian industry will contribute over 75% for sustainment of the vehicles.

With the contract now signed, the largest acquisition project in the history of the Australian Army can progress with the first vehicles expected to be available for training in 2020.

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