Thales Australia launched the MR6 version of its proven Bushmaster protected vehicle at the International Armoured Vehicles 2018 in London on January 22.
The MR6 is a development of the familiar Australian Army vehicle and was developed for the UK’s Multi-Role Vehicle Protected (MRVP) program. It features improved blast and ballistic protection, a 330hp engine, and has a maximum range of 800km. The MR6 also has increased capacity, up from 10 to 12 troops including the driver and commander.
“The Bushmaster is an Australian success story, delivering for the Australian Defence Force, the local defence industry and Australia’s domestic manufacturing capability,” Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement.
“The original Bushmaster is widely recognised as one of the finest protected mobility vehicles in the world and is currently in service with eight countries. With the launch of the MR6, I look forward to Thales continuing to deliver top class capability around the world.”
“Like the Bushmasters operated by the Australian Defence Force, its innovative design protects passengers from explosive devices and has proven itself time and again on operations in high-risk environments, saving countless lives.”