Bat­tle­field sol­diers to re­ceive pro­tec­tion from new haz­ards

Townsville Bulletin - - DEFENDERS -

THE Aus­tralian mil­i­tary will re­ceive new cut­ting edge pro­tec­tion against chem­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal, ra­di­o­log­i­cal and nu­clear threats as a re­sult of up to $ 300 mil­lion worth of new equip­ment.

The project will de­liver in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive pro­tec­tion from CBRN haz­ards in­clud­ing de­tec­tors, suits, masks, pro­tec­tion tents, de­con­tam­i­na­tion sys­tems, con­tam­i­nated equip­ment con­tain­ers, warn­ing and re­port­ing soft­ware and sim­u­la­tion sys­tems.

“This in­vest­ment will en­sure our per­son­nel are bet­ter pro­tected against ex­po­sure to toxic in­dus­trial chem­i­cals and weaponised CBRN agents,” De­fence Min­is­ter Marise Payne said.

“The new equip­ment en­hances the Aus­tralian De­fence Force’s abil­ity to de­tect, iden­tify, mon­i­tor and warn oth­ers of CBRN haz­ards, pro­tect per­son­nel from ex­po­sure and de­con­tam­i­nate af­fected per­son­nel and equip­ment safely.”

De­fence In­dus­try Min­is­ter Christopher Pyne said the in­vest­ment in equip­ment, fa­cil­i­ties and train­ing will en­hance pro­tec­tion against cur­rent and emerg­ing CBRN threats for Army, Navy and Air Force per­son­nel.

“LAND 2110 Phase 1B will de­liver cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy to pro­tect our sol­diers on the bat­tle­field as they en­counter new and evolv­ing threats,” Mr Pyne said.

“We will max­imise Aus­tralian in­dus­try in­volve­ment to cre­ate lo­cal jobs through this im­por­tant in­vest­ment.

“The project will also in­vest sig­nif­i­cant funds in the sus­tain­ment of the ca­pa­bil­ity over a 15- year pe­riod and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for Aus­tralian in­dus­try around the coun­try.”

The 2016 De­fence White Pa­per out­lines re­quire­ments for the ADF to sup­port civil author­i­ties in the event of a CBRN in­ci­dent in Aus­tralia.

This in­vest­ment will pro­vide an in­te­grated and lay­ered CBRN de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity which re­places age­ing equip­ment reach­ing the end of its ser­vice life.

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