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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, disaster relief and securing Australia’s coastline.

The G-Wagon has been produced since 1979 and over 65,000 vehicles have been supplied to armed forces around the world. 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

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.

Communications

Every vehicle is designed to be part of a networked land force. Accordingly, all the G-Wagons are designed to accept a range of military radios as well as the Army’s Battle Management System (BMS).

Variants

The G Wagon fleet (composed of vehicles acquired under LAND 121 Phase 3A and Phase 3B) will comprise a total of ten variants:

G-Wagon 4x4

Truck, Lightweight, Single-Cab, Carryall (2-door)
Truck, Lightweight, Single-Cab, Panel Van (2-door)
Truck, Lightweight, Dual-Cab, Station Wagon (4-door)

G-Wagon 6x6

Truck, Light, Single-Cab, Carryall (2-door)
Truck, Light, Single-Cab, Ambulance (2-door)
Truck, Light, Dual-Cab, Canine (4-door) 
Truck, Light, Dual-Cab, Command Post Mobile (4-door)
Truck, Light, Surveillance & Reconnaissance  
Truck, Light, General Maintenance Vehicle (4-door)
Truck, Light, Line-Laying Module (4-door)

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 at RAAF Base Amberley and the Army Logistic Training Centre in Bandiana.

Introduction into Service commenced in November 2011, with the main roll-out of vehicles and trailers to Defence units occurring over the period July 2012 – October 2016.

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 LAND 121 Phase 3A (Lightweight and Light Vehicles and Trailers), 2,146 G-Wagon all-wheel drives along with 1,799 trailers are being delivered. A further 122 G-Wagons and 122 trailers are being acquired by LAND 121 Phase 3A on behalf of LAND 121 Phase 3B (Medium and Heavy Vehicles and Trailers).

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 subcontractor 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. These trailers are manufactured at Haulmark’s facility in Rocklea, Queensland.

Download a fact sheet about Project LAND 121 Phase 3A.

Download the G-Wagon booklet.

 

Last updated
20 December 2016
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