Australia has started delivering counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) equipment to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) as part of the Australian contribution to the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund.
The project involves providing low-cost, robust and lightweight force-protection systems for the ANSF, for use by dismounted personnel and for fitting to light vehicles, Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews stated. This technology was developed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. Minister Andrews said the Australian Military Sales Office has been working with Australian industry, which will manufacture the C-IED equipment.
“Improvised explosive devices represent a significant and immediate threat to our Afghan partners, and these systems will provide considerable protection for the ANSF as it works to ensure the security of Afghanistan and its people,” Minister Andrews said.
Australia will provide US$100 million each year from 2015 to 2017 for the sustainment of the ANSF.