SHAH ALAM: Army takes delivery of recovery vehicles. The Army has taken delivery of two Volvo heavy vehicles recovery trucks. The delivery was confirmed by a post by the Australian Defence Force in Malaysia social media page.
The post contained images of one of the Volvo heavy recovery vehicle and it showed Army personnel being trained on them. An Australian website, Defence Connect, on Oct. 11 reported on the contract.
Volvo Group Australia has dispatched a shipment of specialised military vehicles to Malaysia, launching what it hopes will be a new export initiative for the company, for Queensland and for Australia.
In a world-first export deal for Volvo in Australia, the team at the company’s headquarters in Wacol, Brisbane, took two years to plan and adapt the two civilian Volvo FMX trucks to meet the highly specific requirements of military heavy recovery vehicles.
Vice president of state and federal sales at Volvo Group Australia, Jon Mclean, described the export as significant for Australian engineering and manufacturing, with the potential to be just the start of a new line of defence exports for Australia.
“These vehicles are like nothing ever before produced here in Australia,” Mclean said.Designed to operate off-road in demanding operational conditions, they can lift and tow the full range of military vehicles weighing up to 30 tonnes.
The contract of the Volvo recovery vehicles was first reported by Shephard Media at the Defence and Security Exhibition in Bangkok, last year. I was told that the Volvo recovery vehicles were ordered as a variation of the the AV8 Gempita contract. I am not sure whether this means that we are only getting 255 Gempitas then.
If that is the case we will only getting seven Recovery variant of the Gempitas then instead of nine originally ordered. The Recovery Gempita I was told will be the last of 12 variants of the 8X8 vehicles to be delivered to the Army.
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