Australia advances 'battlefield electrification' capability with new Bushmaster prototype

by Jon Grevatt

Australia's new Bushmaster ePMV is pictured above after being unveiled at the Chief of Army Symposium 2022 in Adelaide. In the background is a Bushmaster ePMV fitted with ruggedised solar panels. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has unveiled the Bushmaster electric protected military vehicle (ePMV) reflecting an effort, it said, to ensure the Australian Army is ‘future ready'. The prototype was showcased on 10 August at the Chief of Army Symposium, a three-day event in Adelaide.

The vehicle was developed by the Australian Army's Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO), working in collaboration with an Australian company, 3ME Technology, which specialises in lithium-ion battery systems for mining and military vehicles, and the DoD's Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG).

Colonel Robin Smith, the director of RICO, told Janes in an interview, “This prototype is a normal Bushmaster in terms of its protective hull. We removed its engine, gear box, and drive train, and we replaced those with two electric motors, a battery pack, and the voltage control system.”


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First turret completed for upgraded Dutch CV90

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The first upgraded Dutch CV90 with a redesigned turret left the BSH plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September. (Dutch MoD)

The first-of-type (FOT) upgraded Dutch CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) left the BAE Systems Hägglunds (BSH) plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on the same day.

A BSH spokesperson told Janes on 30 September that the first turret for the Dutch CV90 mid-life upgrade (MLU) was completed on time and budget according to plan. On 3 October he added that testing is now beginning, leading up to the test readiness review and ending with a final design review in December 2023.

This will be followed by serial production according to the originally agreed timeline, the BSH spokesperson said. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2026, according to the Dutch MoD.


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Taiwan takes delivery of locally built amphibious assault ship

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Taiwanese navy personnel walk by the landing platform dock Yu Shan during its handover ceremony in Kaohsiung on 30 September 2022. (AFP via Getty Images)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has taken delivery of its first locally built amphibious assault ship.

The vessel, Yu Shan , was handed over by Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation on 30 April in a ceremony attended by the country's president, Tsai Ing-wen.

CSBC Corporation received a TWD4.635 billion (USD145.93 million) contract to build the vessel in April 2018. Its keel was laid down in June 2020 and the vessel was launched in April 2021.

With an overall length of 153 m, an overall beam of 23 m, and a hull draught of 6 m, Yu Shan's main form factor shares similar characteristics with the US Navy's San Antonio class.


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US funding Jordanian armoured vehicles for Palestinian forces

by Jeremy Binnie

Palestinian National Security Forces personnel stand next to an Al-Jawad during protests in the West Bank city of Nablus on 20 September. (Getty Images)

The US embassy in Israel has ordered armoured vehicles from Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing (JLVM) on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces, according to a notice published on the US System of Award Management website on 21 September.

The order is for six Al-Jawad MK IV and nine Al-Maha light armoured vehicles (LAVs) at an estimated total cost of USD2.3 million.

The Al-Jawad uses the Ford F-550 chassis and has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 8.6 tonne, while the Al-Maha uses the Toyota Land Cruiser chassis and has a GVW of 5.5 tonne.

The notice, which was posted to justify placing an order without a full and open competition, said similar vehicles were procured for the Palestinian National Security Forces in 2016 from a partnership involving JLVM and the US company Jankel Tactical Services. “That partnership has dissolved and JLVM is able to offer nearly identical LAVs with significant cost reductions,” it said, adding that import/export challenges “plagued” the delivery of the previous vehicles from the US.


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