Defence receives new generation refuelling vehicles

Defence receives new generation refuelling vehicles
Some of Refuel International's refuelling vehicles on display at Avalon Airshow 2017

The first three of 100 new aviation refuelling vehicles have been delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley.

Victorian company Refuel International was awarded the $47 million contract in October 2016 to deliver new a generation of aviation refuelling vehicles to the Department of Defence under the Joint Project 157 Phase 1.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the result of the contract is Refuel International growing its workforce by more than 60 staff across the country, with the majority based in Victoria, as well allowing the RAAF to refuel and defuel current and future fleets successfully.

"The three vehicles have been delivered on schedule and will be used to support the delivery of familiarisation training for Defence personnel preparing for the transition of new vehicles into service in mid-2017," Minister Pyne said.

"Delivery of the remaining 97 vehicles will continue progressively with the final delivery scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2019. 

"The vehicles will enable Defence to efficiently and effectively refuel and defuel its current and future fleets of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, including the Super Hornet, C-17s and soon to be delivered Joint Strike Fighter.

"This represents another example of Australian industry working in partnership with the government to achieve results and create jobs."

 

 

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