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Brake Issues Halt Australian Military Vehicles

ABC News [Australia] is reporting the government has halted production of Hawkei military vehicles due to issues surrounding the vehicles’ brake systems.

According to the news organization, “Fears over soldiers’ safety have prompted the Australian Defence Force to quietly reject vehicles it is having specially built at a cost of $1.3 billion.

“The ABC can reveal that just three months after celebrating the start of full production of the Hawkei vehicles, the government stopped accepting them amid concerns about their brakes.

“French defence manufacturer Thales has a $1.3 billion contract to build 1,100 of the small tactical vehicles and their trailers at Bendigo in central Victoria.

“In the six years since the contract was signed, the trouble-plagued program has been caught up in legal battles and a scathing audit of how the government selected the vehicle.”

The entire report can be viewed by clicking HERE.


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