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Army plans truck replacement

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WEDNESDAY. APRIL 6. 1977. NO. 69/77


The Army has begun a search for general service

trucks to replace its existing fleet in the 1980's.

Trucks with a cross-country capacity of about

four-tonne and eight-tonne are required.

At present day prices, the total value of the

replacement program could exceed $100m.

Announcing details today, the Minister for Defence,

Mr D.J. Killen, said it was expected that the vehicles selected

would be basically commercial vehicles in volume production

and available in Australia which could be adapted to the Army's

special requirements.

He said a high degree of local industry involvement

was sought.

The planned first phase of the major project is to

select a small number of vehicles for trials and evaluation

next year.

Seventy representatives from 31 local and overseas

companies were briefed on the Army's requirements in Melbourne

yesterday and tenders were sought for the evaluation vehicles.

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