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03 Jun 11. Australian industry to deliver support for Army vehicles. Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced General Dynamics Land Systems had won a contract to provide support and maintain Army vehicles that are used in Australia and Afghanistan. The company will provide support for the Army’s fleet of Abrams Tanks, Light Armoured Vehicles and Hercules Recovery Vehicles for at least the next five years.
“This means about 30 jobs across General Dynamics’ sites in Adelaide, Melbourne, Darwin and Brisbane,” Mr Clare said.
“Each year we will spend around $20m making sure these Army vehicles are maintained and fixing them if they break down.
“This is a performance-based contract, so payment is based on how well the company does its job.”
Mr Clare said the contract would ensure faster supply of spare parts and quicker repairs.
“These combat vehicles need to have fast access to parts and services to make sure they are ready for operations if and when they’re needed,” Mr Clare said. “They do an important job in supporting our soldiers here and in Afghanistan, so they need to be ready to go.
“General Dynamics was the original manufacturer of both the Abrams Tanks, and the Light Armoured Vehicles. This makes them the experts on these vehicles and that’s important for making sure they are well-maintained.”
01 Jun 11. Oshkosh Defense presented a wide range of world-class
vehicle platforms and capabilities at CANSEC 2011, hosted June 1-2 in Ottawa, Ontario. As the only defense contractor actively manufacturing heavy, medium and light tactical vehicles for the U.S. military and international customers, Oshkosh Defense is applying its mission-proven expertise and capabilities to serve the Canadian Forces. Multiple Oshkosh vehicles have been qualified for the Canadian Department of National Defence’s (DND) Standard Military Portion (SMP) of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) and the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) programs.
“We’ve been working with the DND for many years now to fully understand the capabilities the soldiers and the Canadian government require from the MSVS and TAPV programs,” said Serge Buchakjian, Oshkosh Defense senior vice president and general manager of International Programs. “The Oshkosh platforms on display at CANSEC have proven performance in extreme environments, including Afghanistan. Our MSVS and TAPV prototypes, specifically designed to meet DND requirements, are in the product validation and testing phase of our rigorous product development process. In addition to the vehicles themselves, we’ve created life-cycle support solutions through close collaboration with General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada and Oshkosh Corporation’s London Machinery, Inc. (LMI) – all focused on long-term support and economic benefits for Canada.”
02 Jun 11. British soldiers will be walking to war if the Ministry of Defence fails to deliver a coherent equipment plan as part of its restructuring of the U.K. military later this decade, according to a senior Army officer. Maj. Gen. Bill Moore, the MoD’s director of Battlespace Manoeuvre and Master General of Ordnance, singled out the need t