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New Zealand Companies Build Vital Equipment For Army

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New Zealand Companies Build Vital Equipment For Army

The Army is receiving nearly eight million dollars in new equipment, all of it designed and built in New Zealand. The new equipment will go to Combat Service Support (Logistics) units and will help further improve the Army's ability to support operations and training.

"It is important that our combat forces are supported by well equipped and trained combat service support elements," said Colonel Phil Collett, Assistant Chief of General Staff Capability.

The equipment includes a fuel dispensing system upgrade, new heavy transport trailers, shipping container handling systems, maintenance support cranes and vehicle servicing facilities.

"This equipment will allow us to better support operations by improving maintenance as well as our ability to transport equipment and vehicles."

The Army contracts have provided employment for extra tradesmen on a number of the different projects and many sub contractors were also involved in the development work.

"This is a great example of local industry and Defence working together to deliver a project and create jobs," says Associate Minister of Defence, Heather Roy.

The heavy transport trailer project was completed by MF King Industries Ltd of Taita, a local Wellington company which engineers truck and trailer bodies to custom order and specification.

"This project had some unique challenges that our engineers had to consider. We were proud to be able to deliver the trailers on time, in-scope and on -budget for the NZ Army," said Luke Homan, Manger M.F. King Industries Ltd.

"The Defence contract also provided employment for extra tradesman at our company." The heavy transport trailers feature an innovative deck widening system that can be adjusting to fit the different widths of military vehicles.

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