Thales Australia has received a contract from the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply additional Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles (PMV) to the country’s armed forces.
Under the contract the company will supply 12 life-saving Bushmasters, to complement the 86 Bushmasters previously acquired by the customer between 2006 and 2009.
Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said: "The Bushmaster has proven itself on operations with the Dutch military in Afghanistan, and is a vital component of their Light Brigade.
"This export order shows the army’s continuing confidence in the Bushmaster and its ability to protect troops in theatre.
"The Bushmaster vehicle has repeatedly proven to safeguard personnel against mines and improvised explosive devices."
The troop carrier variants supplied under the latest deal will be equipped with additional composite armour, remote weapon stations, and Thales’s SOTAS intercom system.
This contract follows Bushmaster exports to Japan and Jamaica over the last 18 months, as well as other SOTAS exports to various countries worldwide.
Powered by a Caterpillar 3126E ATAAC turbocharged engine, the Bushmaster is a 4×4 armoured vehicle designed for a range of uses, including troop transport, ambulance, direct fire, mortar, engineer and command for deployment in combat, and support missions.
The vehicle can be transported by air by the C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III and Mil Mi-26 aircraft, and can carry up to nine soldiers and their equipment, fuel, and supplies for three days, depending on the type.
In addition to the Netherlands, the vehicle is also in service with the armed forces of Australia, Jamaica, and the UK.
Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place by mid 2016.
Image: The Bushmaster vehicle has proven itself on operations with the Dutch military in Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of Thales.