Bushmaster handover to Fiji in Lebanon
27 Mar 2017
The first three of 10 refurbished Australian Defence Force Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles have been handed over to Fiji to support the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ United Nations peacekeeping missions at the Golan Heights and in Syria.
The Bushmaster armoured vehicles are Australian designed and manufactured and utilise high performance BISALLOY ARMOUR® steel in their construction.
A RAAF No 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster III aircraft delivered the vehicles to Beiruit, Lebanon on 15 March 2017. Fiji has purchased ten refitted Australian Defence Force PMVs to support its United Nations peacekeeping operations in the Golan Heights and Syria.
When announcing the sale last year Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the Bushmaster was widely recognised as one of the finest protected mobility vehicles in the world, and has saved countless Australian Defence Force lives on operation.
“Bushmasters provide Australian troops with mobility and protection, including against improvised explosive devices, and I’m proud that Fiji is buying our vehicles,” she said.
“The refurbished vehicles will be overhauled, serviced, inspected and repainted to ensure they are fully operational, and reconfigured to meet Fiji’s specific requirements.”