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.
Weight: 3,400 kilograms unladen; 4,600 to 4,800 kilograms laden
Seating: Single-Cab – 2; Dual-Cab – 4
Weight: 4,300 to 5,600 kilograms unladen (dependent on variant type); 6,500 kg laden
Seating: Single-Cab – 2; Dual-Cab – 4
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.
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).
The G Wagon fleet (composed of vehicles acquired under LAND 121 Phase 3A and Phase 3B) comprises of a total of eleven vehicle variants and two trailer variants:
Truck, Lightweight, Single-Cab, Carryall (2-door)
Truck, Lightweight, Single-Cab, Panel Van (2-door)
Truck, Lightweight, Dual-Cab, Station Wagon (4-door)
Truck, Light, Single-Cab, Carryall (2-door)
Truck, Light, Single-Cab, Ambulance (2-door)
Truck, Light, Dual-Cab, Cargo (4-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)
Trailer, Cargo, Lightweight, 800 kilograms
Trailer, Cargo, Light, 1,500 kilograms
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.
Since October 2016, G Wagon Driver and Maintainer Training continues to be conducted at the Army Logistic Training Centre in Bandiana and Puckapunyal.
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 Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.
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.