Interest in Australian Bushmaster growing

Australia says there’s growing interest in their Bushmaster mine-resistant armour protected (MRAP) infantry mobility vehicle (IMV). 
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement Greg Combet says a Dutch contingent is visiting Thales Bendigo, where Bushmaster is built, this week to review production progress under their country’s existing Bushmaster contract.

Combet said under the Quality Assurance Arrangements between the two countries the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has been providing Government Quality Assurance services to the Netherlands regarding the procurement of the Bushmaster vehicles and associated enhancements/refits.
“The DMO continues to provide this vital support to the Netherlands and has been doing so since original contract signature in 2006,” Combet said. “The Netherlands Bushmaster Project Office will also view operational progress of some of the modifications they have ordered on their Bushmasters.
“The Australian built Bushmaster has acquitted itself well in both Iraq and Afghanistan and a Netherlands soldier who survived an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in a Bushmaster while on duty in Afghanistan will also be accompanying the official party.”

Combet said along with the Netherlands, Bushmasters had also been exported to the United Kingdom with a number of other countries also showing keen interest in the Protected Mobility Vehicles.
“The Bushmaster is a world class locally built vehicle which has received international attention following an enhanced acquisition process with close cooperation between the Australian government and Australian industry,” said Combet.

The Dutch have to date bought 58 vehicles and Britain has 24. Spain has expressed interest in the monoque V-hulled vehicle that was designed with South African input and it has been trialled in the United Arab Emirates. 
The Bushmaster is a direct competitor to several South African MRAP designs.