The handover ceremony at Thales Australia’s Bendigo facility was also attended by The Hon. Jason Clare, Minister for Defence Materiel; Steve Gibbons MP, Federal Member for Bendigo; plus a host of representatives from Bushmaster suppliers and industry associations.
The vehicle is an Australian success story, helping save troops’ lives on operations and enabling successful completion of missions in even the most hostile environments. Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia’s CEO, said the production milestone achieved by the Bushmaster was the result of Australian ingenuity and manufacturing expertise. “Our Bendigo facility is unique, not only because it is the home of such an innovative vehicle, but also because we have the engineering and manufacturing skills to evolve the vehicle to meet new threats on the battlefield.
“This local expertise, and that of all the suppliers to the program – the vast majority of which are Australian – gives the Australian Defence Force a significant resource it can use to adapt the vehicle to its own unique needs.
“In addition, new Bushmaster variants such as the Single Cab Utility, as well as new vehicles such as the Hawkei, have only been possible because of the proven capability found in our Bendigo facility.
“The recent Commonwealth order for 101 new Bushmasters has given the Bendigo facility a great boost, and we are vigorously pursuing ongoing opportunities for the Single Cab under Land 121 Phase 3 and the Hawkei under Land 121 Phase 4, as well as export orders.” Image and text curtesy of Thales Australia
Viscount Rotational Moulding supplies components; helping to protect Australian troops.
Viscount Rotational Mouldings (VRM) provides component parts used in the manufacture of the Bushmaster. VRM has been working in close association with Thales in order to provide the best quality solution, custom moulded for their individual requirements.
The customer’s needs are the driving force in VRM’s product development. It is the market that determines what is developed, what is produced and ultimately what is sold. The development of a partnership with customers such as Thales forms the basis for creating exciting new products.
To help assist customers, VRM offers the latest design and moulding technologies with the capability of producing parts that range in size from 1 litre up to 25,000 litres. Rotational moulding is an incredibly versatile process.
The choice of materials is equally diverse with the entire colour spectrum available. Cost effective tooling and the ability to produce economical small production runs, gives VRM the means to supply what you need, on time and within budget
If you come to Viscount's operations in Carrum Downs, you will be able to see first hand the application of one of their infrastructure products. Excavators, tipper trucks, orange bollards, all are common places and are littering the landscape as construction commences for a new major freeway.
Eastlink at Carrum Downs will merge with one of Victorias newest and largest road projects; Peninsula Link. The Peninsula Link Freeway will stretch 27 Kilometres from Carrum Downs to Mt Martha taking commuters just 17 minutes and saving them an estimated 40 minutes in peak periods. The road will also alleviate the strain on other main marterials, including Frankston Freeway and Moorooduc Highway. The project cost comes in at around $760 million. And will improve transport for people living, working and travelling to Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.
Viscounts involvement to date has been in working withroad contractors and providing them with infrastructureproducts, such as the VicRoads Pit, which addressesthe need to bury and house electrical cabling andservices.
The large, 600mm diameter polyethylene pit primarily focuses on servicing the road authorities and is approved by Victorias chief road body, Vic Roads (Approval: 96-H700-01). The pit was designed to provide an alternative to expensive, heavy, and fragile, concrete cable housing. The polyethylene pit out performs its concrete counterpart with lightweight construction providing increased economies in freight and enabling easy and safe installations. The pit addresses the reality of ground movement; the material is pliable and impact resistant while the corrugated rib structure enables strength by distributing stress, thus providing maximum flexibility, resistance and durability.
Viscount is proud to be involved in the Victorian Governments $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan, there will be percussions of which will benefit both local business,and individuals.
Viscount is currently investigating further opportunities in which it can assist in delivering the road to the future!