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Abrams Tank Arrival

22 September 2006

The first 18 Abrams M1A1 AIM Main Battle Tank and five Hercules Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARV) have arrived in Australia and were unloaded at the Port of Melbourne.

The new Abrams will provide the Army with increased firepower, mobility and survivability for soldiers on the battlefield. The Abrams will improve the Army’s network-centric warfare capability, supporting the development of a networked combined arms approach to operations – where the armour, infantry, artillery, aviation and engineers work together to support and protect each other.

The Abrams tank has been delivered on time and on budget. This is a reflection of the improved acquisition process and very close cooperation between Army, Defence Materiel Organisation, Capability Development Group and Defence industry.

The Abrams will be moved from the Port of Melbourne to the School of Armour at Puckapunyal on the new Heavy Tank Transporter vehicles.