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Wednesday, 7 November 1973
Page: 1632

Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many Centurion tanks were originally purchased and when.

(2)   What is the total number of serviceable Centurion tanks now in Australia.

Senator Bishop - The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   127 Centurion tanks were purchased over the period 1932-1961. In 1969, an additional 16 tanks were purchased giving a total of 143 Centurion tanks of various configurations.

(2)   There were 121 serviceable Centurion gun tanks and15 serviceable support vehicles as at 1 September 1973.

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