The Liberal National Government’s $5 billion investment in the Australian Army’s next generation logistic vehicle fleet has achieved Initial Operating Capability and is ready for Australian Defence Force (ADF) training and major exercises.

Under Project Overlander – LAND 121 Phase 3B and Phase 5B – 3,751 vehicles, 4,730 modules and 2,565 trailers will be delivered across the ADF.

Luke Howarth said this investment will realise the potential of our well-trained and highly capable soldiers.

“These new medium, heavy and semi-trailer vehicles replace a fleet that is more than 30 years old with a next-generation vehicle and specialist modules,” Luke Howarth said.

“They will be used for a range of military deployments, from resupplying combat operations to supporting Defence’s assistance to Australian and regional communities after natural disasters.”

Already, the new fleet has provided enhanced support for a range of Defence operations in Australia, including the response to the Townsville floods and Defence’s ongoing contributions to Operation Bushfire Assist.

The fleet has also supported our Pacific neighbours, for both security operations and partnered exercises.

Luke Howarth said the success of Project Overlander was not possible without partnering with Rheinmetall and Haulmark Trailers Australia, together with their extensive network of Australian industry partners including Varley in Newcastle, Holmwood Highgate in Brisbane, and ECLIPS in Canberra.

“This project is an example of how our investment in defence industry is not only growing our sovereign capability, but is delivering jobs and opportunities for companies right across Australia,” Luke Howarth said.

“Australian industry continues to benefit from around $1.5 billion in acquisition and facilities with ongoing sustainment being carried out by Australian or Australian based companies.”