Thales Pitches New Australian MRAP

by: Matthew Potter
October 1, 2009

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The market for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles has grown over the last five years incrementally. The United States and its Allies have bought thousands of the vehicles for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan where the major threat has been from mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). The U.S. military is beginning its winding down of operations in Iraq which will mean less requirement for new MRAP vehicles. The U.S. has also awarded Oshkosh large contracts for a new MRAP-ATV to support their troops in Afghanistan. The world market though for these types of vehicles should be fairly solid as the IED has been demonstrated as a weapon of choice.

Thales in Australia has successfully marketed and sold their larger Bushmaster vehicle to both its home forces as well as The Netherlands for use in Afghanistan. Now it has developed the lighter Hawkei MRAP. This vehicle is targeted towards replacing tactical vehicles like the Land Rover or HUMVEE. It has removable armor to facilitate transportation and is configurable to conduct a variety of missions. Thales is hoping that the Australian military will invest in it to supplement their Land Rover vehicles as well as marketing it to other countries.

There is certainly will continue to be people willing to invest in these type of vehicles especially if it is priced competitively and offers some capabilities that other don’t.

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