Monday, August 15, 2011

Australia to Sell Off 12,000 Army Vehicles

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced the release of the Request for Proposal for the disposal of up to 12,000 surplus Army vehicles and trailers.

Last month the Minister announced reforms to the disposal of military equipment. Part of these reforms is the disposal in bulk of up to 12,000 Army vehicles.

“By disposing of this equipment in bulk, it will increase the amount of revenue Defence can raise and reinvest in new equipment,” Mr Clare said.

“The money raised from the sale of these vehicles will be invested in Force 2030, with one option to fund simulators used for training that will reduce the wear and tear on Army vehicles.”

The Army vehicles that will be disposed of are non-combat vehicles such as Land Rovers, trailers, Unimogs, trucks and truck-mounted cranes.

The vehicles will be progressively replaced by new vehicles under Defence Project LAND 121.

The disposal will take place over the period 2011 – 2020.

“A number of vehicles will be reserved and offered exclusively to community and heritage organisations, including the Australian War Memorial, RSLs and other historical organisations,” Mr Clare said.

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