Mr Peter Lindsay MP,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence
ISSUE OF BUSHMASTER VEHICLES TO ARMY – 3RD BRIGADE
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Federal Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay MP, today presided over the handover of the Army's new Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicle to 3rd Brigade at Lavarack Barracks.
arrival of the Bushmaster at Lavarack Barracks underlines the importance of
Townsville as one of
“By delivering this latest new kit to the 3rd/4th Cavalry Regiment, the Australian Government continues to ensure 3rd Brigade has the equipment needed to carry out the tasks asked of it.
Bushmaster has already acquitted itself well in
“Deliveries of the Bushmaster capability commenced to B Squadron on 7 December 2006 and will be complete by 4 July 2007. B Squadron will receive troop, command, direct fire weapons and ambulance variants.”
issuing of Bushmaster to 3rd Brigade is a continuation of the successful
rollout plan of 300 vehicles. To date, Thales
Bushmaster was designed to provide protected mobility to selected Army units
and RAAF Airfield Defence Squadrons. The Bushmaster is currently deployed on
The protection level of the Bushmaster is being further enhanced through the rapid acquisition of 44 Protected Weapon Stations (approved by Government in July 2006) and the investigation of armour protection enhancements. This station provides an excellent surveillance capability and allows the soldier to observe and fire the Bushmaster machine gun from under armour, in all weather conditions and at night. The first stations will be fielded on operations by the end of February 2007 and the remainder by March 2007.
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