The proposal phase for this contract lasted only two weeks. The contract was awarded to ADI on the basis of the specifications of the Bushmaster vehicle and on the quick delivery time ADI could propose, thanks to the Australian Government that made these 25 units available from its own new stock.
This is the second contract in a short time Thales has been awarded by the Netherlands' Government for its expeditionary mission in Afghanistan. Thales is proud of the trust the Government has in its ability to contribute to the success of this mission. After the ultra-quick development of the DISCUS compound security system the present contract again demonstrates Thales capability to respond in a flexible and pragmatic manner to its customer's requirements.
ADI's Bushmaster vehicle has the capacity to transport 10 persons and their full marching kits. The vehicle is specifically designed to rapidly deploy battle-ready troops in all field conditions. It provides a high level of troop protection, comfort, all-terrain agility and easy maintainability.
Thales' SOTAS M2 is a full-fledged multimedia communication system for use in practically any military vehicle, between vehicles and between vehicles and command posts. It enables speech, video and data transfer and can be used to set up a local area network. SOTAS M2 noise filters ensure unambiguous communication, greatly improving safety and comfort.