The Minister of Defence Andrew Little has marked the arrival of the primary 18 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Automobile for the New Zealand Military, alongside personnel at Trentham Army Camp. The Bushmasters are Australian-designed and constructed automobiles and can exchange the New Zealand Military’s ageing armoured Pinzgauers. December 2017, the New Zealand Authorities has invested greater than $4.5 billion in 12 main defence functionality initiatives. This consists of $102.9 million in direction of the Bushmaster fleet. The Bushmasters may even improve the New Zealand Defence Pressure’s interoperability with our abroad companions, as many already use them. Price range 2023 additionally included funding in world class communications techniques to make sure interoperability with our worldwide companions.

“The arrival of the Bushmaster fleet represents a major uplift in functionality and safety for defence power personnel, and a milestone within the Authorities’s historic funding in our defence package. Bushmaster automobiles carry extra troops than the armoured Pinzgauer and supply larger blast and ballistic safety to personnel. Our troopers function in quite a lot of difficult conditions. The Bushmasters are multipurpose automobiles that can enhance their potential to assist communities right here in New Zealand, the Pacific, and abroad – whether or not they’re on peace and safety missions, search and rescue, or pure catastrophe operations. This Bushmaster fleet was designed particularly for our use,” Andrew Little mentioned.

New Zealand Defence Pressure Bushmaster Protected Mobility Autos. (Picture by NZDF)

5 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Automobile operated by the New Zealand Particular Air Service (NZSAS) designated because the Particular Operations Automobile – Protected Heavy (SOV-PH). A memorandum of sale had been below negotiation with the Australian Defence Pressure for the switch of the Bushmasters in 2017. In 2018, the NZ Ministry of Defence reported it had been signed. In July 2020, the New Zealand Ministry of Defence ordered 43 NZ5.5 variants with deliveries anticipated in 2022. the primary 18 of 43 new NZ Military Bushmaster Protected Mobility Autos arrived at an occasion at Trentham Army Camp. They are going to bear testing and certification for New Zealand Military use at Trentham Army Camp, earlier than they’re despatched to their house bases in Linton and Burnham Army Camps.

The Bushmaster Protected Mobility Automobile or Infantry Mobility Automobile is an Australian-built four-wheel drive armoured automobile. The position of the Bushmaster is to offer protected mobility transport (or protected troop elevate functionality), with infantry dismounting from the automobile earlier than going into motion. The Bushmaster was primarily designed by the then government-owned Australian Defence Industries (ADI), and is presently produced by Thales Australia following their acquisition of ADI. The Bushmaster is presently in service with the Australian Military, Royal Australian Air Pressure, Royal Netherlands Military, British Military, Japan Floor Self Protection Pressure, Indonesian Military, Fiji Infantry Regiment, Jamaica Defence Pressure, New Zealand Military and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

New Zealand Defence Force Takes Delivery of First Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles
New Zealand Defence Pressure Bushmaster Protected Mobility Autos. (Picture by NZDF)