Ja­pan buys Thales Bush­mas­ters

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The Ja­panese Min­istry of De­fence has or­dered four Bush­mas­ter ve­hi­cles for de­ploy­ment with the Ja­pan Ground Self-De­fence Force ( JGSDF). The ve­hi­cles, all troop car­rier vari­ants, will be man­u­fac­tured at the com­pany’s fa­cil­ity in Bendigo, Vic­to­ria in Aus­tralia, for de­liv­ery in late 2014.

Thales Aus­tralia CEO Chris Jenk­ins said: “This new ex­port or­der demon­strates the on­go­ing sig­nif­i­cance and ver­sa­til­ity of the Bush­mas­ter ve­hi­cle. With ef­fec­tive op­er­a­tional de­ploy­ment across Afghani- stan and Iraq, the Bush­mas­ter has proven its ef­fec­tive­ness across ur­ban land­scapes as well as moun­tain­ous re­gions, mak­ing it uniquely suited to Ja­pan’s ge­o­graphic and ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments.

“This is the first time that Thales is pro­vid­ing plat­forms to Ja­pan. Our aim is to be cus­tomer fo­cused and to of­fer Thales Group’s seam­less and con­ve­nient ser­vices and tech­nolo­gies to our cus­tomers in Ja­pan. We look for­ward to work­ing closely with the Ja­panese Ground Self-De­fence Force as these ve­hi­cles en­ter ser­vice.”

The Thales Bush­mas­ter is a true suc­cess story with over 1,000 ve­hi­cles al­ready sold in Aus­tralia, the Nether­lands and Ja­maica.

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