First Mercedes-benz G Wagons Delivered

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THE HON. GREG COMBET AM MP

Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science



Thursday, 18 February 2010

022/2010


First Mercedes-Benz G Wagons Delivered


Greg Combet, the Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science,

today announced that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken delivery

of eleven Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon vehicles.  


“Under Project Land 121 the Defence Materiel Organisation is acquiring 1200

of the G-Wagon vehicles in order to replace the current fleet of Land Rover

vehicles which have been in service since 1987,” Mr Combet said. 


“The G-Wagon offers enhanced levels of mobility and operational functionality

and will provide a new capability for Defence. It is already used by the

defence forces of Austria, Canada, Germany, Singapore and the United

States.


“The G Wagon vehicles being delivered include four-wheel drive station

wagons; cab-chassis units; and six-wheel drive vehicles in both single and

dual cab-chassis configuration. 


“These first G Wagons will undergo compliance and accepting testing

program during 2010. Full production of the ADF’s G Wagon vehicles will

commence later this year with deliveries to commence in 2011.


“The G Wagon is being manufactured in Austria and is powered with a

Mercedes-Benz 3.0 litre turbo-diesel V6 engine that will be EuroV compliant.


“Specific models of the G-Wagon will be fitted with specialist modules (for

example Ambulance and Command Posts). 


“These modules will be built by the Australian Engineering firm G.H. Varley

Pty Ltd of Newcastle. This will directly create 75 and indirectly lead to a further

100 jobs for the Hunter Region.


“The vehicles can also be fitted with additional armoured protection when

required,” Mr Combet said.


Media contacts:

Rod Hilton (Greg Combet)

02 6277 7620 or 0458 276 619

Defence Media Liaison:

02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664






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