kscarbel Posted July 26, 2013 Share Posted July 26, 2013 Shephard Media / July 23, 2013The Australian Department of Defense has contracted Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) to deliver up to 2,500 new logistics vehicle for the ADF at a cost of €1.1 billion (Australian $1.58 billion). The DoD announced the contract on 23 July, which is part of Project Land 121 Phase 3B – also known as Project Overlander – that will provide about 2,700 protected and unprotected medium and heavy vehicles.A contract has also been signed with Haulmark Trailers Australia for up to 2,200 trailers and specialist modules.Phase 3B was listed as a ‘project of concern’ until 2011, when Rheinmetall MAN was down-selected and the programme was brought back on track.According to the DoD the vehicles will include medium and heavy recovery vehicles; medium and heavy tractors; heavy integrated load-handling vehicles (self-loading hook lift trucks); and medium-weight tray variants (with cranes and tippers).‘In a hard-fought contest, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia overcame rival bids from top European and American competitors thanks to a compelling proposal that met the customer’s demanding specifications in every category,’ the company said.Deliveries will be ‘starting in 2016, with the contract due for completion in 2020,’ the company added.Rheinmetall is expected to deliver vehicles from its 4x4 TGA medium military truck; 6x6 SX high mobility truck; and 8x8 HX extreme mobility truck series. These will replace the existing Unimog, Mack and Internatioal S-liner trucks.Project Overlander first started in 2006 when a request for tenders was put out and a contract awarded to BAE Systems in 2007. However this was recalled amid a political dispute, and the project had to be restarted. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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