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Linfox invests in defence vehicle testing

Linfox has made a multi-million dollar investment in its Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC) in Anglesea, Victoria, to bring it up to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) vehicle testing standards.

According to Linfox, the new dedicated Vehicle Validation Precinct at the AARC proving ground was developed with a strong focus on automotive activities for Linfox's defence tenants, Rheinmetall MAN and Thales.

AARC is supporting Rheinmetall in supply of 2,500 heavy-vehicle combinations, while Thales is supplying 1,100 Hawkei vehicles, which will all be put through their paces on the various on-site terrain and facilities.

The new vehicles are part of a $3.5 billion Defence Force LAND 121 Phase 3B project that also includes rigid tankers from Holmwood Highgate and trailers from Haulmark.

ADF testing standards requires vehicles to sit stationary on a 30 per cent slope, and traverse what Linfox says is the largest, deepest fording bath in Australia to test their wading capabilities.

The multi-million dollar investment began five years ago in preparation for the recent fleet renewal contract.

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