1,000th Mercedes-benz G-wagon de­liv­ered to Aus­tralia

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The Min­is­ter for De­fence Ma­teriel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP has an­nounced the de­liv­ery of the 1000th Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon un­der Pro­ject LAND 121 Phase 3A. The new G-Wag­ons, along with Aus­tralian-made trail­ers, are be­ing rolled out to Army and Royal Aus­tralian Air Force units as part of LAND 121 ‘Pro­ject Over­lan­der’, a $7.5-bil­lion pro­gramme de­liv­er­ing more than 7,500 pro­tected and un­pro­tected ve­hi­cles to the Aus­tralian De­fence Force (ADF) over the next decade.

“The new G-Wag­ons will help pre­pare ADF per­son­nel for op­er­a­tions and pro­vide the flex­i­bil­ity to un­der­take a wide range of tasks in dif­fi­cult off-road con­di­tions, while en­sur­ing that Aus­tralian soldiers are bet­ter pre­pared and equipped,” Dr Kelly said.

The new vari­ants are used as tac­ti­cal train­ing ve­hi­cles and for a wide range of sup­port tasks. “G-Wagon vari­ants in­clude util­ity, am­bu­lance, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance, mo­bile com­mand post vari­ants, and even a canine vari­ant to trans­port mil­i­tary work­ing dogs and their han­dlers,” Dr Kelly said.

A to­tal of 2,146 G-Wag­ons are be­ing rolled out to ADF units be­tween July 2012 and June 2016.

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