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Bushranger Short-List Announced



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NEWS RELEASE DPR 4 7 / 9 5 FRIDAY 2 JUNE 1 9 9 5

BUSHRANGER SHORT-LIST ANNOUNCED

T h e f D e p a rtm e n t of D efence] a n n o u n c e d to d a y t h a t five c o m p a n ie s, B ritis h A ero sp a ce A u stra lia ! T ran sfie ld D efence S y ste m s, A u s tra lia N ational In d u strie s, W estrac E q u ip m en t a n d P erry E n g in eerin g will be in v ite d to te n d e r for th e c o n tra c t to s u p p ly tria l v e h ic le s w ith a n

o p tio n fo r th e s u b s e q u e n t s u p p ly of over fo u r h u n d r e d lig h tly

a rm o u re d in fa n try vehicles for th e A u stra lia n Arm y.

T h e five c o m p a n ie s w e re se le c te d from a field of th ir te e n w h ic h

re sp o n d e d to a n in v itatio n to re g iste r in te re s t in th e p ro jec t is s u e d in

m id 1994. D efence w a s p le a se d w ith th e ra n g e o f v e h ic le s t h a t

in d u s try p ro p o sed to m eet th e specification for th e A rm y's n e w e st type of vehicle. T h e te n d e r for P roject BUSHRANGER is ex p ec te d to be released w ith in a m a tte r of w eeks.

T he in tro d u c tio n of th e BUSHRANGER v e h ic le s w ill sig n ific a n tly c h a n g e th e w ay som e e le m e n ts of th e A u s tra lia n A rm y o p e ra te. The v e h ic le s a re in te n d e d to give g re a te r m o b ility a n d flex ib ility to

A u s tra lia 's fro n t line so ld ie rs. T hey will b e c a p a b le of long ra n g e

d e p lo y m e n ts, e x te n d e d off-road o p e ra tio n s a n d p ro v id e a d eg ree of p ro tectio n a g a in s t sm all a rm s fire, m in es a n d g ren a d es.

T he p ro jec t will provide th e o p p o rtu n ity for local in d u s try to becom e involved in th e p ro d u c tio n of a new defence capability.

F u rth er in form ation :

LTCOL W arren F eakes (06) 2 6 5 5634 (BH)

(06) 231 8369 (AH)

LTCOL Ian E d w ard so n (06) 2 6 5 4065 (BH)

(06) 2 8 8 1908 (AH)

Issued by the Directorate of Public Relations, Department of Defence, Canberra ACT, 2600