30 April 2009

Australia Signs for Bushmaster IMV

18 Juli 2002
Bushmaster IMV (photo : Defense-Update)

The Australian government has signed a Contract Change Proposal with ADI for the supply of 299 Bushmaster 4 x 4 infantry mobility vehicles (IMVs) for the Australian Defence Force. First deliveries of series-produced Bushmasters will take place in late 2003, with final deliveries planned for 2007.

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Australia DoD Awards Bushmaster Contract
9 Juni 1999

Final contract signature has been placed by the Australian Department of Defence with state-owned defence manufacturer ADI forthe supply of 370 Infantry Mobility Vehicles (IMVs) for theAustralian Army, a contract worth A$180 million ($118 million).

The deal was closed on 1 June and delivery of the first production Bushmaster mine-protected, armoured IMV is planned for December 2000. ADI was selected as preferred bidder for the IMV contract in March and the first prototype is expected to be delivered by the end of this year with another five to follow next year. Full-scale production should start early in 2001, when it is expected that two vehicles will be produced weekly at ADI's Bendigo plant in Southern Australian (Jane's Defence Weekly, 17 March).

ADI managing director Ken Harris said the company placed a lot of faith in the Bushmaster and believed it would appeal to othercountries. "Bushmaster's success against international competition has given credibility to both its capabilities and ADI's ability to design, develop, test and manufacture vehicles requiring superiorland-mine and ballistic protection," Harris said.

Evaluation of the competing vehicles took place in the varied conditions of Australia's northern dry and sandy desert region, and the snow and ice of southeastern alpine regions. The contract placement is a major step forward for ADI's militaryand specialist vehicles division, which was established in the early1990s. Virtually all of the vehicle except the drive line will be manufactured in Australia.The contract signature follows an A$8-million contract placed by the Australian Army with ADI for 27 high-speed engineering vehicles.

Sumber : Jane’s

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