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News

29
Mar 2020

Ministers announce further SILVERSHIELD production

In a joint press release today, the Minister for Defence, the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced the continuation of our work on the REDWING program with production of a further 15,000 lifesaving SILVERSHIELD counter-RCIED units to be delivered to the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces this year

SILVERSHIELD is the latest evolution in vehicle-mounted systems being developed under the REDWING program, which provides protection against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said this capability would empower the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces to operate confidently in a high-threat environment. 

“The REDWING program is one of Australia’s largest contributions to the Afghan security forces through the Afghan National Army Trust Fund,” Minister Reynolds said. 

“We are extremely proud to produce life-saving force protection systems for our Afghan partners to help address the evolving threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.”

Since 2015, Australian industry, in collaboration with Defence, has produced and exported more than 224,000 individual and vehicle-mounted REDWING systems to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

The final assembly of the SILVERSHIELD units will take place at our manufacturing facility in Brisbane. The units are comprised of component parts sourced from companies across Australia, including:

  • Axiom Precision Manufacturing (based in Adelaide, South Australia)
  • SRX Global (Australia) (based in Melbourne, Victoria)
  • ZCG Scalar (based in Lindenow, Victoria)
  • LINTEK (based in Queanbeyan, New South Wales)

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP said the REDWING program highlights the best of Australian industry. 

“The success of the REDWING program is a result of the remarkable diversity of Australia’s defence industry nationwide,” Minister Price said.

“The program continues to be recognised as a leading example of innovation and industry working together, most recently at the 2018 Essington Lewis Awards, which recognise excellence in Australia’s defence industry.