Overlander is On! Australia’s A$ 3+ Bn Vehicle Program
July 23/13: Phase 3B. Australia finally signs contracts for the Phase 3B medium & heavy trucks. Rheinmetall MAN had been announced as their preferred pick over 18 months ago, on Dec 12/11.
The A$ 1.58 billion / EUR 1.1 billion contract involves 2,500 protected and unprotected trucks, together with trailers and specialist modules. They will include: medium and heavy recovery vehicles; medium and heavy tractors; heavy integrated load-handling vehicles (self-loading hook lift trucks); and medium-weight tray variants with cranes, fuel and water modules, and tipper bodies. Land 121 Phase 3B trucks are scheduled for delivery from 2016 – 2020. Australia DoD | Rheinmetall Defence.
LAND 121 – also known as Project Overlander – is the largest land project in Australia’s Defence Capability Plan. Overall, this is currently estimated as an A$ 7.5 billion (USD $7.6 billion) investment in the Australian Army to replace its fleet of Army trucks, patrol vehicles, trailers and modules. Australia’s “Hardened and Networked Army” meta-program needed to pay attention to these vehicles as well, given an existing fleet that was bought between 1959-1994. As Defence Minister Hill said in 2005:
“Our current fleet is ageing and is becoming more costly to maintain and upgrade. The vehicles will range from lightweight four-wheel drives to heavy trucks and prime movers with interchangeable modules to increase operational flexibility.”
This article looks at Project Overlander, with a particular focus on the major vehicle buys from Phase 3 onward. Some parts of Overlander are even linked to America’s JLTV program, though Australia is also preparing a domestic competitor.
Overlander: The Program
Contracts & Key Events
2011 – 2012
2009 – 2010
2007 – 2008
2006 and Earlier
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