G Wagon

G Wagon

The G-Wagon vehicle and its range of trailers and modules is designed to be used by the Army in tactical training, supporting disaster relief and securing Australia’s coastline.

The G-Wagon has been produced since 1979 and over 65,000 vehicles have been supplied to many armed forces around the world. In addition, its civilian G-Class counterpart is produced in the same factory, with international sales of well over 100,000 vehicles.

General Characteristics

G-Wagon 4x4

Weight: 2,700 kg unladen 4,600 – 4,800 kg laden
Seating: Single-Cab – 2 Dual-Cab – 4

G-Wagon 6x6

Weight: 3,300 kg unladen 6,500 kg laden
Seating: Single-Cab – 2 Dual-Cab – 4

Overall Performance

Engine: Six-cylinder 3.0 litre turbo diesel

Transmission: Five speed sequential auto, high and low range

Training and Support

The G-Wagon provides the Australian Army with enhanced training capability to prepare for operations in protected vehicles, ensuring that Australian soldiers are well prepared and equipped.

Driver and Maintainer Conversion Training commenced in March 2011 via the LAND 121 Training Team based out of RAAF Base Amberley and the Army Logistic Training Centre in Bandiana.

A preliminary roll-out occurred in November 2011 with the main roll-out of vehicles and trailers to Defence units scheduled to occur during the period July 2012 – June 2015.

Key Features The base vehicles share common chassis components, engine and running gear, and body work, with modifications to meet specific requirements such as the additional axle for 6x6 variants, and salt water fording. A wide range of mission system variants have been developed including surveillance and reconnaissance, mobile command posts and canine care and transport. The OM642 engine is a diesel engine with six cylinders and a cylinder bank angle of 72 degrees.

Variants

The G-Wagon fleet will comprise a total of eight mission system variants:

Truck, Lightweight (4x4), Single-Cab Truck, Lightweight (4x4), Dual-Cab
Cargo Station Wagon
Panel Van
Truck, Light (6x6), Single-Cab Truck, Light (6x6), Dual-Cab
Cargo Canine
Ambulance Command Post Mobile.
Surveillance & Reconnaissance (Soft-Top)

Purchasing and Support 

Project LAND 121 (Overlander) is a multi-billion program providing the fleet of new protected and unprotected field vehicles, modules and trailers to the ADF over the next decade. The project includes investment in new or upgraded facilities at a number of Defence bases. Under the project’s Phase 3 Lightweight and Light Capability Segment, 2,146 G-Wagon all wheel drives along with 1,799 trailers are being delivered.

The G-Wagon is purchased and supported by the Defence Materiel Organisation.

The base G-Wagon vehicles are being manufactured in Graz, Austria for Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd in Mulgrave, Victoria. Australian modifications and integration of the various modules and tray bodies is conducted on arrival in Australia.

G.H. Varley Pty Ltd in Newcastle, New South Wales, as a sub-contractor to Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd, is responsible for the design and manufacture of the various modules and tray bodies.

Haulmark Trailers (Australia) Pty Ltd will deliver 1,799 trailers for use with the G-Wagons. The majority of the manufacture of these trailers will take place at Rocklea, Queensland.

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