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18 Feb 10. Thales Australia’s Bushmaster family of vehicles has received another boost, with the Single Cab Utility downselected for the Department of Defence’s LAND 121 Phase 3 program. LAND 121 Phase 3 will replace a fleet of over 2,000 Australian Defence Force field vehicles and trailers with new vehicles procured across the program’s Medium Heavy Capability component. Thales Australia’s Bushmaster Single Cab Utility has been downselected for the next stage of the tender evaluation process in the mediumweight category. Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia’s Managing Director, said the decision reflected the high level of industry capability, protected mobility vehicles expertise and customer knowledge available in Australia. “The Bushmaster has been a very successful vehicle on operations, and we expect the Single Cab Utility to follow in this tradition. The successful development of the Single Cab Utility is a reflection on the extensive local expertise available to the ADF. We have worked closely with the customer for many years developing solutions that meet their unique operational requirements. “This partnership has proven very successful, not only in terms of the creation of a sustainable local long-term relationship but also, most importantly, in protecting the lives of servicemen and women on operations.” The Single Cab Utility is a cab chassis 4 x 4 protected logistics vehicle. It can carry a 5,000 kg load on its 9.4m2 tray, while providing crew with the protection, mobility and combat flexibility to fulfil their mission in the most hostile environments. The Single Cab Utility uses the same monocoque v-shaped hull as the combat-proven Bushmaster to provide protection against mine blast and IEDs. This technology is enhanced by upgradeable ballistic protection options for the crew cabin. (Source: ASD Network)
BATTLESPACE Comment: This version was shortlisted for the U.K. TSV Requirement as Copperhead but was not chosen. Husky was the choice, supplied by NAVISTAR Defense.
24 Feb 10. Navistar Defense, LLC showcased its enhanced International® MaxxPro® Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle with DXM™ independent suspension at AUSA. “The Dash with DXM independent suspension demonstrates our work in improved performance as we continue to bring our significant design force to bear on product improvements for our warfighters,” said Regis Luther, vice president, military products and initiatives. “We are also focused on the swift delivery of this capability and have designed kits and rolling chassis to quickly retrofit the remainder of the MaxxPro and 7000 Series fleets if needed. The enhanced MaxxPro Dash with DXM independent suspension offers added mobility for off-road travel while still providing warfighters with Category I MRAP survivability protection. A number of other added features that are included on the enhanced Dash include insulation and door upgrades, as well as an inclinometer, which acts as a level and measures side slope during vehicle operation. The DXM independent suspension solution is provided by Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems and AxleTech International. Navistar selected this no-