Australian Army Ambulance Bushmaster leads the push as it responds to a medical call for help inside the Urban Operations Training Facility - Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
The Bushmaster is built to carry and sustain a nine man infantry section, with room for one more passenger. It is fully air-conditioned and can store up to 250 litres of drinking water and a three day supply of food.
Run Flat Tyres
The Bushmaster carries one complete spare wheel and all fitted wheels have run flat tyre inserts and a central tyre inflation system allowing them to continue travelling with punctures.
Weight: 12,500 kilograms
Length: 7.18 metres
Width: 2.48 metres
Height: 2.65 metres
Crew: One - with up to nine passengers
Engine: Caterpillar 3126E
Operational range: 800 kilometres
Maximum speed: Over 100 kilometres per hour
Armament: Gun ring for 5.56 millimetre and 7.62 millimetre machine guns
The Bushmaster uses an armoured v-shaped hull to protect its passengers from landmines. The sloped sides on the bottom of the hull act to deflect an upward blast away from the vehicle. The external storage bins add extra protection for the crew.
The vehicle's welded one-piece shell is designed to protect troops against all small arms fire. Windows also carry similar ballistic protection. The Bushmaster's fuel and hydraulic tanks are positioned outside the crew's compartment to protect troops from possible fires. There is also a protected emergency fuel tank so the vehicle won't be left stranded.
Purchasing and support
The Defence Materiel Organisation is responsible for purchasing and supporting the Bushmaster PMV under LAND 116 Project Bushranger. It is delivering over 830 PMVs and more than 180 compatible trailers to Army combat units and Air Force Airfield Defence Guards. Seven variants of the Bushmaster have been purchased; troop, command, mortar, assault pioneer, direct fire weapon, ambulance and air defence.
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