Thales announced that the Dutch government has signed a six year In-Service Support contract for the Royal Netherlands Army’s Bushmaster fleet, at the Van Halteren Metaal (VHM) headquarters in the Netherlands on April 26, 2018.
The contract is to further improve the already outstanding performance and availability of Bushmaster vehicles, built by Thales in Australia.
Bushmaster vehicles have been in service within the Netherlands Army for over 10 years, with an outstanding record including operations in the Middle East where the vehicle’s superior protection, mobility and combat effectiveness were proven to be critical, as they saved many lives.
The In-Service Support contract signed includes the transfer of technology from Australia to Van Halteren Metaal, building long term expertise in the maintenance of the Bushmaster.
This contract combines Thales’s expertise as the Original Equipment Manufacturer and VHM’s established excellence in hands-on maintenance services to deliver increased availability and excellent value for money for the Netherlands Government.
The innovative partnership between Thales and VHM will provide preventative maintenance and a local repair and modification capability for the Netherlands Government.
This is the culmination of a collaborative process between Thales and the Netherlands Material Logistic Command to shape the long term support contract and provide increased availability for the Bushmaster fleet.
“There is a long history of trust between the Netherlands and Thales. Ten years ago we built the best tactical platform to meet the Dutch Army’s’ ambitions around the world. Thales continually invests and innovates in future technologies to meet the challenge of evolving battlefield threats and to maintain the Bushmaster at state of the art.” Pierre Bénard, Vice-President, Vehicles and Tactical systems at Thales.
Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle
Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV) or Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV) is an Australian-built four wheeled, all-wheel drive armoured vehicle.
The Bushmaster is produced by Thales Australia with a support contract provided by Oshkosh Truck. The role of the Bushmaster is to provide protected mobility transport (or protected troop lift capability), with infantry dismounting from the vehicle before going into action.
The Bushmaster is currently in service with the Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal Netherlands Army, British Army, Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF), Fiji Infantry Regiment and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).