The Morrison Government’s $5 billion investment in a new vehicle fleet is now ready for training and major exercises with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Local MP Sussan Ley said the successful rollout of Project Overlander LAND 121 Phase 3B & 5B vehicles was assisted by Milspec Manufacturing at North Albury and their partnership with Rheinmetall Military Vehicles (Australia).

“These new medium, heavy and semi-trailer vehicles replace a 30 year old fleet with ‘next-generation’ vehicle and specialist modules.”

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

Under the Land 121 contract, Milspec is supplying a range of components, from roof frames, gunner stands, wire cutters and stowage boxes, to signs, brackets and interior components for each vehicle’s computer and Intelligence systems.

Milspec’s Managing Director David Cooper said the local company’s work on the project dates back to 2016 and has helped create more than 16 full time jobs at the plant.

“Another enormous benefit to the Border’s economy, is that we source around 90% of the materials we need from local suppliers.”

“The contract value for our company has been about $20m to date, with the production of Phase 5B vehicles set to continue for another three years.”

Australian industries such as Milspec and Rheinmetall continue to benefit from around $1.5 billion in acquisition and facilities, through ongoing ADF contracts with domestic or Australian based companies.

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.