Defence releases first Military Sales Equipment Catalogue

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The first Australian Military Sales Equipment Catalogue was released by Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, as per recommendations from the First Principles Review.

The catalogue lists selected equipment that is scheduled to be withdrawn from front line service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), but that still demonstrated a viable capability that other countries might seek to purchase; along with details of equipment still in production that Australia's allies could consider acquiring for their capability requirements.

The First Principles Review led to the development of the catalogue, with a recommendation to ensure Defence was a 'smart buyer' by better leveraging industry, being more commercially oriented and delivering value for money in its activities. This also includes achieving value for money in the disposal of ex-ADF equipment.

The sale of ex-ADF equipment has the potential for positive benefits across the Australian industry, according to Minister Pyne.

"The sale of ex-ADF equipment gives Australian industry the opportunity to bid for work in the sustainment or refurbishment of that equipment to a foreign government," he said.

"For example, in the sale of C-130H aircraft to Indonesia with a sale price of $15 million, two refurbishment contracts resulted for Australian industry valued in excess of $100 million."

Products for sale in the catalogue include the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle, used successfully in ADF service for many years protecting Australian troops on operations overseas, and to be withdrawn from service from 2030.

"The sale of ex-ADF equipment will also support our strengthening strategic foreign relationships," said Minister Pyne.

"The catalogue is designed to provide industry and our friends and allies the maximum practical time available to take advantage of these opportunities."

The Australian Military Sales Office is responsible for managing the sale and exporting of surplus ADF equipment to approved foreign government customers under government-to-government arrangements. 

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