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Australia to send Bushmasters to Ukraine

5th April 2022 - 23:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Australian military will send four Bushmaster 4x4 vehicles to Ukraine, but more could follow. (Gordon Arthur)

The largest defence items that Australia will send to Ukraine so far are Bushmaster vehicles.

Australia has decided to send a handful of Bushmaster 4x4 protected mobility vehicles to war-torn Ukraine, following a virtual address to a joint sitting of Australia’s federal parliament by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on 31 March.

Zelenskyy unexpectedly requested some of these Thales Australia vehicles in his speech. In response, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Australia was ‘not just sending our prayers … We’re going to be sending our armoured vehicles, our Bushmasters as well, and we’ll be flying them over on our C-17s’.

Afterwards, Defence Minister Peter Dutton reviewed the logistics of sending Bushmasters to Europe by RAAF C-17A

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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