Australia — Military rifles and machine guns on offer to RSLs and museums for preservation

Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today released a Request for Offer (RFO) for up to 90 L1A1 Self Load­ing Rifles (SLRs) and 40 M60D Machine Guns.

The items will be open for sale to muse­ums, returned ser­vices asso­ci­a­tions, mil­i­tary her­itage and oth­er his­tor­i­cal organ­i­sa­tions as exhibits for sta­t­ic display. 

“These mil­i­tary weapons have played an impor­tant role in our his­to­ry, and it is impor­tant that they are pre­served,” Min­is­ter Clare said. 

“The M60D Machine Guns were fit­ted to Iro­quois heli­copters dur­ing the Viet­nam War. 

“The SLRs were also used in Viet­nam by most field units of the Aus­tralian Army. 

“More recent­ly they have been used in a cer­e­mo­ni­al role by the Aus­tralian Fed­er­a­tion Guard.” 

A num­ber of these items will also be retained with­in Aus­tralian Army His­to­ry Units and the Aus­tralian War Memorial. 

All items must be demil­i­tarised as a con­di­tion of sale. 

Copies of the Request for Offer are avail­able through the AUSTENDER web­site tenders.gov.au with ref­er­ence DMOFD/RFO183/2011 for the M60D Machine Guns and ref­er­ence DMOFD/RFO184/2011 for the SLRs. 

Queries relat­ing to the RFO doc­u­ments should be direct­ed to the AUSTENDER helpdesk by phone: 1300 651 698, or email: tenders@finance.gov.au.

Queries in rela­tion to the offer can be made to the Defence Dis­pos­als Agency at disposals@defence.gov.au or phon­ing on 02 9393 2914. 

The Request for Offer will close on 17 Jan­u­ary for the M60D Machine Guns and on 23 Jan­u­ary for the SLRs. 

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

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