Australia seeks ammunition load carrier
BAE Systems and Sea Box International will compete to develop prototype ammunition load carriers for the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Ministry of Defence announced on 1 February.
Both companies have been awarded contracts worth a combined $3.27 million, with funding being made available through the government’s Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation programme.
The project will see prototype development of a single safe Unit Load Carrier that aims to improve operational use and reduce manual handling of 155mm ammunition by combat troops. Development outcomes will inform future defence procurement of ammunition load carrier solutions.
Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence Industry, said: ‘This is a wonderful example of the defence innovation system leveraging world class Australian industry research and development to produce a 155mm ammunition Unit Load Carrier that improves the efficiency of the supply chain and ultimately the safety of Australian soldiers.’
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