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The Australian Department of Defence has signed a $233 million contract with maritme giants, L-3 Oceania, to supply equipment for night-time combat scenarios. According to a janes.com report, the deal will include the supply of night vision goggles, helmet mounts, head harnesses, and laser aiming devices.
Night vision goggles will be provided to infantry units, as well as drivers, medics and elements of the Australian navy and air Force.
Australia Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a press release quoted by army-technology.com: “The new equipment will ensure our forces retain their night fighting edge against the enemy. While Australia doesn’t produce this standard of night vision goggle, they will be maintained locally, again illustrating the Australian Government’s commitment to ensure our Defence Force has the best technology while using our defence dollar, where possible, to drive local jobs and economic growth”.
He added that the importance of night vision technology in modern warfare was demonstrated during deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade.
In addition to combat equipment, L-3 Oceania’s deal covers ongoing support.