Australia — 39 Howitzer Guns to be made available to RSLs and historical organisations

Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that 39 M2A2 How­itzer Guns will be made avail­able to RSL clubs and his­tor­i­cal organ­i­sa­tions around the coun­try. “The M2A2 How­itzer Gun has pro­vid­ed out­stand­ing ser­vice to Aus­tralia, and mak­ing the guns avail­able will help to pre­serve this impor­tant part of our mil­i­tary his­to­ry,” Mr Clare said.

M2A2 artillery guns
A bat­tery of M2A2 artillery guns fire to com­mem­o­rate the 67th Anniver­sary of the bomb­ing of Dar­win by Japan­ese air­craft dur­ing World War II
Source: Aus­tralian Depart­ment of Defence
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“The How­itzers have been a vital com­po­nent of Australia’s arse­nal. They were crit­i­cal in pro­vid­ing close artillery fire sup­port to the Aus­tralian Army in Vietnam.” 

24 M2A2 How­itzers were used in Vietnam.

“Dur­ing the six years they were in Viet­nam, the How­itzers fired thou­sands of 105mm rounds,” Mr Clare said.

“In July 1967, the How­itzers pro­vid­ed invalu­able artillery sup­port to the biggest allied offen­sive in the Phuoc Tuy Province. 

“With the help of the How­itzers the Aus­tralian, US and New Zealand troops helped clear an area that had pre­vi­ous­ly been dom­i­nat­ed by ene­my forces for more than sev­en years.”

The How­itzers were intro­duced into ser­vice in 1967 to replace the famous 25 pounder field gun.

The How­itzer can be towed by truck, lift­ed by heli­copter or moved man­u­al­ly for short distances.

The gun has not deployed on oper­a­tions since Viet­nam but has remained in service.

Approved recip­i­ents will be expect­ed to pay for demil­i­tari­sa­tion and oth­er costs, such as trans­port and site prepa­ra­tion. The total max­i­mum cost is esti­mat­ed to be approx­i­mate­ly $16,000.

The ten­der is expect­ed to be released in July. Organ­i­sa­tions wish­ing to receive noti­fi­ca­tion when the ten­der is released can reg­is­ter their inter­est with the Defence Dis­pos­als Agency, by email, or phone on 02 9393 2914. 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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