Australian industry to deliver support for Army vehicles

Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Land Sys­tems had won a con­tract to pro­vide sup­port and main­tain Army vehi­cles that are used in Aus­tralia and Afghanistan.

The com­pa­ny will pro­vide sup­port for the Army’s fleet of Abrams Tanks, Light Armoured Vehi­cles and Her­cules Recov­ery Vehi­cles for at least the next five years. 

“This means about 30 jobs across Gen­er­al Dynam­ics’ sites in Ade­laide, Mel­bourne, Dar­win and Bris­bane,” Mr Clare said. 

“Each year we will spend around $20 mil­lion mak­ing sure these Army vehi­cles are main­tained and fix­ing them if they break down. 

“This is a per­for­mance-based con­tract, so pay­ment is based on how well the com­pa­ny does its job.” 

Mr Clare said the con­tract would ensure faster sup­ply of spare parts and quick­er repairs. 

“These com­bat vehi­cles need to have fast access to parts and ser­vices to make sure they are ready for oper­a­tions if and when they’re need­ed,” Mr Clare said. 

“They do an impor­tant job in sup­port­ing our sol­diers here and in Afghanistan, so they need to be ready to go. 

“Gen­er­al Dynam­ics was the orig­i­nal man­u­fac­tur­er of both the Abrams Tanks, and the Light Armoured Vehicles. 

“This makes them the experts on these vehi­cles and that’s impor­tant for mak­ing sure they are well-maintained.” 

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

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