• The contract includes deployable kennels for military working dogs. (Defence)
    The contract includes deployable kennels for military working dogs. (Defence)

Defence has signed a $41 million contract with Varley, based in Tomago in NSW, to secure critical upgrades that will support Defence personnel while on operations.

The contract is part of a wider $89 million investment in the ADF’s deployable infrastructure capability. The government’s investment will include upgrades to power generation, hygiene and essential catering, and the acquisition of new kennels for military working dogs.

“This investment will significantly upgrade capability and enhance the ADF’s ability to deploy rapidly on a wide range of operations, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, both domestically and internationally,” Minister for Defence Peter Dutton said. “Sovereign defence manufacturing is a critical part of the government’s commitment to keeping our region safe, while protecting our national and strategic interests in a rapidly changing global environment.”

“This contract with Varley is critical to the delivery of these key systems to support our ADF,” Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said.

“The acquisition and sustainment of these systems will create significant work for Australian businesses across the nation.

“I’m proud of the positive impacts that this $41 million contract and the wider $89 million acquisition investment in Australia’s defence capability is bringing to Australian industry."

Defence says Australian industry will contribute to the project management, systems engineering, manufacture, modification, technical documentation, logistics and training elements of the project, and local networks and distributors will be used for the supply of sub-systems and components.

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