​Australia Gives More Armored Vehicles to Ukraine, Bushmaster and M113 APCs in List

A Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles are in use in Ukraine
A Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles are in use in Ukraine

The Australian government will provide 14 M113 armored personnel carriers and 20 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles to Ukraine as it continues to fight Russian aggression

That's according to Australia's Defense Minister Peter Dutton, Ukrinform reports.

"The Australian Government is providing further support for the people of Ukraine with the gifting of 14 M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and a further 20 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles (PMVs) to the Government of Ukraine," he said.

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An Australian Army M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carrier lands on Forrest Beach, Queensland, as part of an amphibious assault activity, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021
An Australian Army M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carrier lands on Forrest Beach, Queensland, as part of an amphibious assault activity, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 / Photo credit: Australian MoD)

According to Dutton, Australia will also deliver 60 pallets of medical supplies, donated by Australian citizens to the Government of Ukraine, along with three pallets of radiation monitoring equipment and personal protective equipment, on behalf of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Authority (ARPANSA) and Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

According to the statement, the $60.9 million in new support for Ukraine (14 APCs is $12 million and the 20 PMVs is $48.9 million) takes Australia's total contribution to date to over $285 million.

"Australia stands with the people of Ukraine, and again calls on Russia to cease its unprovoked, unjust and illegal invasion of Ukraine," Dutton said.

A Bushmaster MRAP in use by Ukrainian forces, Defense Express
A Bushmaster MRAP in use by Ukrainian forces, these were supplied by Australia. This picture was taken in the east, meaning it is most likely active in combat

As Defense Express reported, Australia sent to Ukraine 20 Bushmaster armoured personnel carriers worth about $38 million.

Bushmaster protected mobility vechicle is a type of infantry mobility vehicle. It is an Australian-built four-wheel drive lightly-armoured vehicle. The role of the Bushmaster is to provide protected mobility transport (or protected troop lift capability), with infantry dismounting from the vehicle before going into action. High-hard steel specified for Bushmaster provides better ballistic protection and IED protection.

Currently, such vehicles are in service in the Australian Army (more than 1,000 units), the Netherlands (about 60 units), Ukraine (20 units) and several other countries (the number does not exceed 10 units).

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