The Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced on 7Jun 2011 that 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.The contract will ensure faster supply of spare parts and quicker repairs.
“This means about 30 jobs across General Dynamics’ sites in Adelaide, Melbourne, Darwin and Brisbane,” Mr Clare said.
Maintenance of this fleet costs about $20 million annually.
“This is a performance-based contract, so payment is based on how well the company does its job.”
“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.”