18 May 2018

Thales signs Dutch Bushmaster support contract

Thales has signed a six year In-Service Support contract with the Dutch government to improve the performance and availability of the Netherland’s Bushmaster fleet.

Bushmaster vehicles have been in service within the Netherlands Army for over 10 years, including operations in the Middle East where the vehicle’s protection, mobility and combat effectiveness were proven to be critical, as they saved many lives.

The In-Service Support contract signed includes the transfer of technology from Australia to Van Halteren Metaal (VHM), building long term expertise in the maintenance of the Bushmaster.

The partnership between Thales and VHM will provide preventative maintenance and a local repair and modification capability for the Netherlands Government.

Pierre Bénard, Vice-President, Vehicles and Tactical systems at Thales, said: “There is a long history of trust between the Netherlands and Thales. Ten years ago we built the best tactical platform to meet the Dutch Army’s’ ambitions around the world. Thales continually invests and innovates in future technologies to meet the challenge of evolving battlefield threats and to maintain the Bushmaster at state of the art.”

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