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Australia to Send Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles to Ukraine After Request

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that Australia will send Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles to Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy specifically requested them when pleading with Australian MPs for further assistance in Ukraine's struggle against Russia. On Thursday, Zelenskyy spoke to the Australian Parliament, requesting four-wheel-drive vehicles built in Australia. Zelenskyy has also been customizing his message to specific countries through video pleas, such as the one given to Australian legislators. At the start and finish of his 16-minute speech, lawmakers gave him a standing ovation.

AU$91 million ($68 million) in military aid, AU$65 million ($49 million) in humanitarian aid, and 70,000 metric tons (77,200 US tons) of coal have already been promised or delivered to Ukraine. Starting April 25, Australia's government announced an additional 35 percent duty on all imports from Russia and Belarus. The Australian and Dutch governments have filed a legal complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization against Russia for its alleged complicity in the missile strike that killed all 298 persons aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. There were 196 Dutch citizens and 38 Australian residents among the victims.

Protected Mobility Vehicles Thales Bushmaster

The Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle, sometimes known as the Infantry Mobility Vehicle, is a four-wheel-drive armoured vehicle produced in Australia. The Bushmaster was designed principally by the then-government-owned Australian Defence Industries (ADI), and is now manufactured by Thales Australia with support provided by Oshkosh Truck after ADI was acquired. The Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Army, British Army, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Indonesian Army, Fiji Infantry Regiment, Jamaica Defence Force, and New Zealand Army are all using the Bushmaster.

The Bushmaster's mission is to offer protected mobility transport (or protected troop lift capability), with soldiers dismounting before entering combat. The term Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV) was coined to distinguish the Bushmaster from heavier wheeled or tracked armoured personnel carriers such as the ASLAV and M113, both of which are in Australian service. Bushmaster's high-hard steel armor provided higher ballistic and IED protection than existing aluminium alloy clad ASLAVs and M113. The designation of the Bushmaster was later modified to Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV).

Protected Mobility Vehicle Thales Bushmaster

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