Defence capability on show at Superloop Adelaide 500
The Australian Defence Force will proudly display some of its cutting-edge capability at this year’s Superloop Adelaide 500 with a range of military equipment and flying displays on show.
‘Defence Corner’ will be open to everyone, with exciting interactive displays, staffed by serving personnel who can demonstrate capabilities and answer questions about careers in the ADF and engage the public on life in the ADF.
The Royal Australian Air Force will send in an F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet from No. 75 Squadron at RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory to perform an adrenaline pumping aerial handling display, centred over the racing precinct, on both days of the racing weekend.
Following the aerial display on Sunday, the Hornet will perform a low-level flypast over Pit Straight to mark the start of the main race. Details of the Hornet displays and flypast can be found on our flying activity site.
Making her debut at Adelaide 500 this year will be Team Army’s brand new street machine Project Matilda, a supercharged and customised Mercedes G-Wagon 6x6.
Project Matilda will team up with the ever-popular Project Digger to take to the track, with the immense skills of the Team Army mechanics, electricians and electronics technicians also on show.
Team Army Project Manager Major Graham Anderson said he was thrilled to be introducing Project Matilda at this year’s event.
“Project Matilda was unveiled at Summernats 2020 in January, but this will be her first ‘performance’ outing as Team Army’s brand new display vehicle, which is exciting."
Adapted from the current serving Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV), Project Matilda provides a realistic connection to the high performance diesel environment of the new generation vehicle fleets that are being introduced into Army.
"We are looking forward to showing Adelaide racing fans what Matilda can do,” Major Anderson said.
You can see Project Matilda and Project Digger on the Adelaide 500 track on Thursday 20 February at 10:35am, Friday 21 February at 10:10am, Saturday 22 February at 11:00am and Sunday 23 February at 10:20am.
Further Army military will also be showcased in the Defence Corner in a static display featuring an M1A1 Abrams tank and armoured vehicles.
For the second year running, the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 3 Security Force Squadron Surveillance Reconnaissance Vehicle will conduct a patrol down the straight and around the race circuit, highlighting Air Force's ability to protect airfields, equipment buildings and personnel.