New Bushmasters for the Australian Defence Force

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The Hon Pat Conroy MP

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17 May 2023

The Australian Government has signed a $160 million contract with Thales Australia to deliver an additional 78 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles for the Australian Defence Force.

Bushmasters will continue to be manufactured in Bendigo, Victoria, with the first delivery expected in 2024.

Bushmasters are integral to Australia's military capabilities—supporting security and stabilisation activities, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, both at home and abroad.

The Bushmaster is world-renowned for innovative design features which protect its crew and passengers from landmines and other explosive devices, and small arms fire.

The new Bushmasters for the ADF will restore Australia’s capability, after Australia gifted Bushmasters to the Government of Ukraine, in response to Russia’s unilateral, illegal and immoral invasion of Ukraine.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:

“I am delighted to be in Bendigo to announce this $160 million investment in regional Australia, securing more than 200 local defence industry jobs for the city.

“The iconic Bushmaster vehicle is supporting defence industry jobs in Australia, as well as saving lives in military operations around the world.

“The workforce at Thales Australia should be proud of the important contribution they make to providing a world-class capability for our soldiers and to strengthening Australia’s national security.”

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