LAND 116 Bushranger

Overview

Phase 3 of Project Bushranger was approved to deliver 737 vehicles in seven variants (troop, command, mortar, assault pioneer, direct fire weapon, ambulance and air defence). The prime contractor for these is Thales Australia. The vehicles will provide protected land mobility to Army combat units and Air Force Airfield Defence Guards. All 300 troop, command, assault pioneer, mortar, direct fire weapon and ambulance variants under the original acquisition contract (Production Period 1) have been delivered. Delivery of 144 Enhanced Land Forces vehicles (Production Period 2) was completed in April 2009. Delivery of the residual 293 Protected Mobility Vehicles for Project LAND 121 (Production Period 3) will be completed by March 2012 on schedule.

On 12 May 2011, Government announced the acquisition of an additional 101 Protected Mobility Vehicles (Production Period 4), with deliveries scheduled to be completed by May 2013. This will see this phase of the project extended for a further 18 months and the delivery of a total 838 PMVs.

A range of operational enhancements endorsed by the Government since 2007 have been undertaken as sustainment activities outside of Project LAND 116. Additionally, the Chief of Army has endorsed enhancements to both to the baseline and Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) vehicle specification configurations. Baseline enhancements comprise an on board communications system, additional seating and an enhanced protective capacity.

Key risks to the project are:

  • The baseline configuration of the protected mobility vehicle may be affected by the backlog of engineering change proposals due to the extended production schedule. The project office is managing this through liaison and customer feedback with Thales.
  • The delivery schedule of the trailer may be affected by the requirement to make design changes to the vehicle to allow interoperability with the trailer.
  • The operational tempo may affect the availability of vehicles and delay the fitment of baseline and MEAO configuration enhancements.

The prime focus of the project for 2011-12 is the completion of the delivery of 293 Bushmaster vehicles by June 2012 to satisfy Production Period 3 (Project LAND 121) requirements. The project will also determine the most appropriate way to meet the requirement for the provision of up to 184 protected mobility vehicle compatible trailers, which are also part of Production Period 3.

The Production Period 3 was completed in February 2012 seeing 293 vehicles delivered. Production Period 4 was completed mid 2013 with 101 attrition vehicles being procured. The focus of 2013-14 will be the continuation of Production Period 5. This period commenced in April 2013 and is expected to conclude mid 2016, resulting in 214 vehicles.

Source:  Defence Materiel Organisation - Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle LAND116 Phase 3


Public Information

Department of Defence 20/07/11 - Media Release - Thales Bushmaster

Department of Defence 16/06/11 - Additional Bushmasters to support our Troops

Defence Media Centre 12/05/11 - 101 More Bushmasters for Afghanistan

Defence Media Centre 12/05/11 - Bushmaster Protection Upgrade Complete

Defence Media Centre 12/10/11 - Bushmaster Ambulances Delivered

Defence Media Centre 16/12/11 - Army Reserve to get Bushmasters

Defence Capability Plan 15/05/12 - LAND 116 Phase 3.2 PMV Production

Department of Defence 02/07/12 - More Bushmasters for Army

Audit Reports

ANAO Defence Major Projects Report 09/10 - Project Bushranger

ANAO Defence Major Projects Report 10/11 - Project Bushranger

Media

The Age 23/07/11 - Army tender ambushed

Australian Defence Magazine 22/07/11 - 800th Bushmaster rolls off production line

Australian Defence Magazine 30/08/12 - Thales Welcomes Additional Busmaster Orders

Other Relevant Information

ACIL Tasman 10/09 - The economic impacts of the BUSHRANGER Project