New Dutch Bushmasters destined for Afghanistan


Thales Australia is to supply the Netherlands with 14 new Bushmaster MRAP vehicles, bringing total Dutch orders to 86.

The standard troop carrier variants will be delivered to the customer in October and November, with nine destined for Afghanistan and five to be kept in reserve.

In announcing the news to the Dutch parliament, State Secretary for Defence Jack de Vries said the Bushmaster was of great value to Task Force Oruzgan due to the vehicle’s ability to protect troops against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Ian Irving, Vice President of Land & Joint Systems at Thales Australia, said the new order reflected the confidence the Dutch armed forces have in the vehicle.
“The Bushmaster has been very successful on operations, and we are working closely with the Netherlands Ministry of Defence to fulfil their ongoing requirements.
“This not only includes providing vehicles, but developing new technologies such as the recent counter-IED interrogation arm variant to support troops in the field.”
“Our team in Bendigo, Victoria, are well-placed to continue delivering innovative solutions and services because of their unrivalled expertise and their many years experience in vehicle design, manufacturing and systems integration.”

Pic: Bushmaster