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Death Adder strikes hard in Australia

28th September 2021 - 04:53 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


Bale Defence has won the ADF’s Rough Terrain Vehicle 2 tender with its diminutive in-service Death Adder. (Bale Defence)

A small Australian-built tactical vehicle has been selected for army special forces.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has awarded an $A8.47 million ($6.17 million) contract to a domestic firm for 40 small tactical off-road vehicles.

Bale Defence, based in Port Macquarie, will manufacture the new-generation Death Adder rough-terrain vehicles (RTV).

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said, ‘The rough-terrain vehicle provides an important tactical, light, all-terrain land capability used by the ADF on operations and exercises both in Australia and overseas.’

An RfT for this RTV 2 programme had been issued on 9 July 2019, listing the need for 40 vehicles with an option for up to 30 more. Submissions closed on

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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