faithful set to retire
with the new: Tprs Ryan Janus and Gerhard Hattingh, LCpl
Gary Holyoake, Cpl James Benson and SSM WO2 Mark Cafe proudly
stand with their current vehicle the M113 APC and the new
IMV Bushmaster that will replace it.Photo by Cpl Rachel
Capt Al Green
Volume 11, No. 38, March 8, 2006
THERES a new ride on its way to the far north.
Later this year 3 Bde will be provided upgraded protected lift
capability in the form of the Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicle
The vehicles will be introduced to B Sqn 3/4 Cav Regt by the end
of the year, replacing the M113A1 that has served with the unit
since its inception during the Vietnam War.
The Bushmaster represents an excellent combination of protection
and mobility, and is highly deployable by land, sea and air. Crews
also enjoy high levels of safety and comfort in a rugged vehicle,
which operates over the most demanding terrain. The air-conditioned
vehicle accommodates a fully equipped infantry section.
Soldiers at Lavarack Barracks were able to experience this for
themselves recently when staff from Land 116 Project Bushranger
demonstrated the vehicles capabilities to those who will
work with the Bushmaster when it is introduced later this year.
And theres plenty to be impressed about the Bushmasters
extended range, high cruising speed and comfortable crew cabin
ensure that troops arrive at their objective in peak condition.
Successfully employed on current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,
the Bushmaster has lived up to expectations, attracting positive
feedback from the crews that operate them.
The vehicle is being introduced into 3 Bde under the Hardened
and Networked Army restructure.
While the M113A1 has served faithfully since Vietnam, the agile
and highly protected Bushmaster is considered an ideal system
to deliver protected mobility within 3 Bde, according to OC B
Sqn 3/4 Cav Regt Maj Chris Kind.
The soldiers of the Squadron are very much looking forward
to the arrival of Bushmaster, Maj Kind said.
Very positive reports have filtered through the soldier
network of its performance on operations and this has developed
a sense of anticipation about the imminent arrival.
The Bushmasters design characteristics are very applicable
to the range of short notice operations that 3 Bde trains for.
Its an easily deployable system which fits with the Brigades
high-readiness requirements, while offering good mobility and
protection for forces once deployed.