Bushmasters

RAAF BushmasterThe Bushmaster is a four–wheel drive (constant) on-road and off-road vehicle that is designed to transport 10 troops including a driver, together with their weapons and equipment. The Bushmaster can itself be transported by road, rail or air.

The hull is a fully welded monocoque structure manufactured from steel armoured plate.

Two square hatches and a gun ring with hatch are fitted in the roof, and a single access door is located at the rear of the vehicle. Two mounting points for quick-connect swing arm gun mounts are fitted to the roof and are accessed through the rear hatches.

The power train consists of a Caterpillar diesel engine coupled to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission.

The vehicle is fitted with a Central Tyre Inflation System which provides a means of manually or automatically controlling the tyre inflation pressures based on terrain and vehicle speed to reduce the likelihood of tyre damage.

Specifications

 

Manufacturer Thales
Role Protected vehicle
Crew 10 Airfield Defence Guards, including a driver
Engine 7.2 Litre in-line 6 Cylinder Caterpillar 3126E Turbo Charged Diesel
Weight Up to 15,000 kg
Size Length 7.1 m, width 2.3 m, height 3.25 m
Range 800 km
Speed 100 km/h
Weapons Capable of mounting 5.56 mm LSW and 7.62 mm MAG 58 machine gun