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Annual Report 2014–15

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DMO and industry collaborate to save Afghan lives

During 2014–15, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) collaborated with industry partners to manufacture world-leading counter–improvised explosive device (IED) equipment to assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

As part of Defence’s Redwing programme, the Australian Military Sales Office and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation developed two systems to counter radio-controlled IEDs: Greengum (for use by dismounted troops) and Greygum (for fitting to light vehicles). These force protection systems were designed for the austere operating environment of Afghanistan, and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to protect against the threat posed by IEDs.

The Minister for Defence, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, praised the Australian industry partners involved in manufacturing the counter–IED equipment, and also highlighted the successful collaboration between industry, Defence, and the Counter–IED Task Force.

‘Improvised explosive devices represent a significant and immediate threat to our Afghan partners and these systems will provide considerable protection for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as they work to ensure the security of Afghanistan and its people,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘I am delighted that Australia can, through the Afghanistan National Army Trust Fund, assist our Afghan partners in countering this threat,’ he said in January 2015.

Defence’s Australian industry partners are at the cutting edge of technological advances needed to continue to address the global threat posed by IEDs.

This project demonstrated how Australian industry and Defence can work together to develop unique solutions—in this case, equipment that will help address a persistent threat in almost every conflict zone.

With Defence industry partners Micreo, Ultra Electronics Australia, Associated Electronic Services, Axiom Precision Manufacturing and Lintek supporting an accelerated production schedule, delivery of this vital equipment to Afghanistan began in January 2015.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are now deploying the equipment in the current fighting season, their first without significant coalition support.