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September 29, 2011
SOUTH Australian training capabili-
ties have been boosted with the com-
pletion of new facilities at Horseshoe
Barracks and upgrades to the Cultana
The upgrades have been brought
on by the relocation of Army's 7
Royal Australian Regiment from
Darwin to RAAF Base Edinburgh
earlier this year.
Working accommodation, train-
ing, fitness, health, community
facilities and a combined mess were
among $623 million worth of new
facilities incorporated into Horseshoe
Barracks, located on the Edinburgh
LTGEN David Morrison and
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Senator David Feeney officially
opened the facilities on September 9.
Senator Feeney said the facilities
were among the best in Australia and
provided Army with state-of-the-art
working accommodation and training
The project has also improved
base engineering services at
Edinburgh by providing substantial
upgrades to the electrical, water, sew-
age, storm water, gas and communi-
cations systems and to the security
and transport infrastructure.
Upgrades are also planned for the
Cultana Training Area including new
permanent camp accommodation.
The new camp area will provide
sleeping, dining, ablutions, adminis-
trative and logistic facilities to main-
tain a high standard of training.
The upgrades and additions at
Cultana expand the operational area
from 470 to 2000 square kilometres,
enabling training between the three
AIR Force will receive an extra 55
G-Wagons as part of the purchase of an
additional 950 of the vehicles for ADF
under Project Land 121.
Approval for the G-Wagons,
costing about $425 million, was
announced in a joint statement by
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
and Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare on August 30.
The additional vehicles will come
with 200 variant modules and 830
trailers under Phase 5A of the project,
which over all its phases will replace
more than 10,500 lightweight vehicles
and trucks used by the ADF.
Director General Land Development
BRIG Mal Rerden said the first batch
of the G-Wagons had been accepted by
Upgrades at Edinburgh
Defence and were in the final phase of
delivery preparation before first deliver-
ies to units in early 2012.
The G-Wagons will be used
by Combat Support Group,
Surveillance and Response Group,
Air Lift Group and Air Force
The Land 121 Introduction into
Service Training School based at
RAAF Base Amberley has already
trained more than 100 Air Force
drivers in the new vehicle.
BRIG Rerden said the acquisition
in subsequent phases of the project of
protected vehicles for the fleet to meet
operational demands would be a first
for vehicles of these types.
He said there was still a long way
to go with development of the protect-
ed lightweight vehicles but he expect-
ed similar levels of protection for the
light-weight vehicles to that offered
by the Bushmaster.
The medium heavy trucks would not
reach that same level of protection but
he said it was important to understand
that these were not combat vehicles.
"If they are going into a threat
environment they will be supported
by fighting vehicles, which will give
a level of protection around them,"
BRIG Rerden said. "This means they
don't have to be necessarily to the
same level of protection as the fight-
A new methodology for manag-
ing the fleet would also be introduced
to optimise use through the life of the
G-Wagons that clocked up more
kilometres and were used more often,
depending on the unit and rotation of
vehicles throughout the fleet, would
better distribute that demand.
Phase 3 and Phase 5 Light-
Lightweight unprotected vehicles would
roll out from 2012 through to 2015.
Protected lightweight vehicles would
begin roll out from 2017 onwards.
Protected and unprotected Medium
Heavy vehicles would begin from
2015 through to 2018.
MORE G-WAGON WHEELS: An additional 950 protected and unprotected G-Wagons will be purchased for
the Army and Air Force under Project Land 121.
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