Pro­tec­tion for Dig­gers

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RE­NEE VIELLARIS

SOL­DIERS will be given an­ti­chem­i­cal weapon cloaks in the lat­est hi- tech war against mur­der­ous regimes and war­lords try­ing to kill Aus­tralian troops.

The Turn­bull Govern­ment will to­day re­veal the $ 300 million De­fence in­vest­ment which high­lights the shift to spy­ware and cut­ting- edge tech­nol­ogy for Aus­tralian sol­diers.

There are height­ened con­cerns for Dig­gers who face se­ri­ous ill­ness and death from chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal at­tacks, es­pe­cially in the Mid­dle East.

The new in­vest­ment will also help pro­tect troops from ra­di­o­log­i­cal and nu­clear threats.

De­fence Min­is­ter Marise Payne said Aus­tralian troops needed to be pro­tected.

“This in­vest­ment will en­sure our per­son­nel are bet­ter pro­tected,” she said.

“The new equip­ment en­hances the Aus­tralian De­fence Force’s abil­ity to de­tect, iden­tify, mon­i­tor and warn oth­ers of CBRN ( chem­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal ra­di­o­log­i­cal, nu­clear) haz­ards,” she said.

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