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ADF logistics vehicles achieve IOC

12th February 2020 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has declared initial Operating Capability for the LAND 121 Phase 3B programme.

The milestone was reached following Exercise Talisman Sabre in 2019.

Under Land 121 Phase 3B Rheinmetall MAN is under contract to deliver a fleet of 2536 logistics vehicles in multiple configurations. The contract began in April 2016 and deliveries are expected to complete in April 2020.

Variants being delivered include the Heavy Integrated Load Handling (HX-77), Heavy Tipper (HX-77), Medium Tipper (40-M), Tractor (HX-81), Heavy Recovery (45M), Medium-weight Tray with Crane (40M), and Medium-weight Tray (40M) vehicles.

Gary Stewart, managing director, Rheinmetall Defence Australia, said: ‘The progress of the Land 121 Phase 3B programme at this important milestone is testament to the strong working relationship between Rheinmetall and the Commonwealth. Together, we are delivering the most protected, mobile, reliable, versatile and cost-effective vehicles in their class to the army and the wider ADF and ensuring the safety of Australian soldiers.’

Under the next phase of the programme - Land 121 Phase 3B/5B - Rheinmetall deliver a further 1044 vehicles and 872 modules, as well as on-going support to the capability to ensure it meets operational requirements.

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