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Australia Upgrades Training For Riflemen (Feb. 6)

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Fran Bailey, today inspected the first batch of target systems that will provide the Australian Defence Force with the best possible battle shooting training by international standards.

The inspection was held at the Milspec and ATS Headquarters, the two local Albury companies that have been selected as the sub-contractors to complete this vital product improvement which is valued at $4.3M.

According to Fran Bailey, the upgrade to target systems will not only provide vital training to the Defence Force but is also in keeping with Defence’s commitment to local Industry.

“Effective live firing of personal weapons is an essential skill for all soldiers and the facilities for learning and practicing this skill must be world-class,” Fran Bailey said.

“Defence is constantly on the look for how best to train its soldiers, and its terrific news that the best can be found in regional Australia.”

The contract involves the delivery of 600 Portable Infantry Target Systems to be used by military personnel to practice, assess and validate battle-shooting skills in a field environment. The new systems replace 30-year-old target systems that are unreliable and out-of-date.

The Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, congratulated Milspec and ATS Headquarters, the two local Albury companies that have been selected as the sub-contractors.

“This high tech upgrade demonstrates how regional companies can achieve world-leading results when they are supported by organizations like Defence,” Sussan Ley said.

“This is another demonstration of the Federal Government’s commitment to regional Australia.”

Polytronic, as the prime contractor, will use Australian designed and developed target systems. The local companies are Australian Target Systems and Milspec from Albury in New South Wales.

Milspec will manufacture the target mechanisms and associated equipment. Australian Target Systems have provided the software and hardware product development.

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A$4.3m Training Upgrade For Combat Riflemen