US Army to buy 1500 ADI Thales BUSHMASTER vehicles

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  1. According to this australian paper (The Herald Sun):,21985,21985919-662,00.html?from=public_rss

    AN Australian armoured vehicle manufacturer has come to the rescue of American troops in Iraq.

    US soldiers travelling in Humvees have been killed or maimed in their hundreds by roadside bombs.

    Many troops have welded steel plates on to their vehicles to provide some protection from blast and shrapnel.

    In response, the US is set to sign a deal within the next few days for the supply of up to 1500 of the Australian-designed Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicles.

    Bushmasters were deployed to southern Iraq with Darwin-based forces in April 2005 and have impressed American commanders.

    The contract will see the local vehicle built under licence by US firm Oshkosh.

    The Bushmaster with its blast-resistant V-shaped reinforced steel hull and other features can carry up to 10 troops at high speed across all terrain. It has a top speed in excess of 100km/h and a range of more than 800km, and carries enough fuel and provisions for three days.

    It is armed with a 7.62mm remotely operated machinegun and grenade launcher.

    Australian defence firm Thales is building more than 400 of the vehicles for the Australian Army and another 50 for Dutch forces at its Bendigo plant.

    Some of the 1500 US vehicles will be built at Bendigo.


    In 2006 Thales were given the green light to buy out Australian Defence Industries, a major manufacturer of such military equipment as smokeless gunpowder and the Bushmaster Armored Personel Carrier. As of September 06, all ADI branding has been replaced with Thales, and the website templates have been changed.
  2. Pretty sure i saw one of those at Millbrook yesterday.
    Mind you there were so many weird and wonderful armoured vehicles that after a whle they all looked the same!
  3. They're easily recognisable because for some reason they were designed with the spare wheel hanging off the back right hand side?!
  4. They are so ugly, however if they do the job and save lives then rock on. Specs look good and someone finally thought about crew comfort for once.

  5. Ahhhhhhhh, aircon!!
  6. Let's look at a competitor

    Designation: BTR-90
    Crew: 3+7

    Max Speed: 62 mph (100 km/h)
    Range*: 497.1 miles (800 km)

    *Indicates road range for vehicles or maximum lethal range for towed-artillery systems.

    Length: 25 ft (7.64 m)
    Width: 10.5 ft (3.20 m)
    Height: 9.8 ft (2.98 m)
    Weight: 21 tons (20,920 kg)

    Support Systems:
    NBC System: Yes
    Night Vision: Yes

    1 x 30mm main gun
    1 x 7.62mm coaxial machine gun
    1 x AT-5 Spandrel ATGW missile launcher
    1 x 30mm grenade launcher
    6 x smoke grenade dischargers

    500 x 30mm ammunition
    2,000 x 7.62mm ammunition
    4 x Spandrel ATGW anti-tank missiles
    400 x 30mm grenades

  7. Sergey why are you posting that? That's not really the same. For one, it doesn't carry as many people. As well as that, why would guys in Iraq feel the need for a main cannon or AT launcher? They're fighting people, not tanks/vehicles.

    Come on Sergey, stop touting the amazing abilities of Russia and it's equipment.
  8. You did, it was next to the BAE ( :evil: ) stand on the x-country driving circuit park. I managed to pick up a Bushmaster model from there as well.

    It was also near the CO's car, sorry Panther(!), which looks good but oh so small inside!
  9. It looks like a Saxon, but better. No chance that we'll buy some, then?
  10. Damned propaganda!!

    Goon man - you're on the money. Completely different vehicle - that's a LAV!
  11. Point taken, but cannons and AT weapons are exactly what I'd want to take with me to Iraq, considering the enemy are often dug in or inside buildings and you have no air sup.
  12. Fair point RFUK. Grenade launcher not do the job well?

    (That's a real question, not a smart-alec remark)
  13. [​IMG]

    It looks as a toy not as rugged battle machine. I fancy that just now the insurgents are training to launch their RPGs into these lovely glass (glass!) windows.

    Is it able to swim? Swimming speed of BTR-90 is 9 km/hour. And price likely lower.
  14. Prices are usually lower for a reason, Sergey. Don't pretend that you don't know that. And why is swimming an issue in Iraq? They aren't crossing the Tigris in these vehicles!

    Although that capability is interesting, it's not part of the requirement as far as I see it. It appears the US just wants to get better protection for its troops.

    It's a moot point anyway, both vehicles will have pros and cons, and the US is NEVER going to buy Soviet era equipment!