Thales Australia has delivered its 1000th Bushmaster armoured vehicle to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
As the Bendigo advertiser reports, the vehicle was officially handed over to the ADF at an event held at Thales’s Bendigo facility on Friday.
Bushmaster armoured vehicles have been exported to the UK and the Netherlands; and have been used in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In addition, the vehicles which provide defence personnel in war zones with high levels of protection have been credited with saving lives.
“This is a very important day because the Bushmaster has become such a recognised life-saving vehicle thanks to its performance on overseas operations with the ADF and other customers,” Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia’s CEO said.
“To have produced 1,000 vehicles is a testament not only to the Bushmaster’s innovative design and technology, but also to the high quality of its manufacturing.
“Australian industry has played a vital role in this achievement. There are around 120 companies in the Bushmaster supply chain, many of them local SMEs whose hard work, innovation and commitment to delivery have helped make the Bushmaster what it is today.”
Miller said Thales was optimistic about its future in Bendigo. He said that the company is currently in the tender evaluation stage to supply more vehicles to the ADF and that a number of new prototypes are being developed.
Thales Australia also formally launched its partnership with Soldier On, an organisation which supports wounded and sick soldiers, at the event in Bendigo.