The Ukrainian military has filmed a streaming video about Australian high-tech vehicles as it appeals to our nation’s defense force to send its latest armored vehicle.
The Australian Bushmasters have been sent to support the nation’s efforts against the Russian invasion and have been such a huge success that Ukraine now says its soldiers “have a new crush” on the Bendigo-made Hawkei.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, accompanied by AC/DC’s Back in Black programme, posted a video on social media showing its soldiers in armored carriers saying their soldiers and Hawkei ‘would be a perfect match on the battlefield’.
“Since our friends down below gave us masters of the bush last year, our servicemen can’t stop babbling about how great these rigs are at defeating the Russians,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in the video.
Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia, Vasyl Miroshnichenko, requested the Hawkeye battlefield vehicles as he said they would help save soldiers’ lives while providing a testing ground for the new vehicles.
Hawkeis only recently entered service in Australia with the government spending $1.3 billion on 1,100 Hawkeis and more than 1,000 associated trailers.
Ukraine has called on Australia to send its latest military vehicle, the Hawkeye (pictured), and has made its request to the hit Australian hit Back in Black saying it is a “new crush” for Ukrainian forces.
Designed and built at the Thales factory in Bendigo, Victoria, the new fleet will replace the aging Land Rover fleet of the Australian Army.
The four-wheel drive light armored vehicle weighs seven tons and can carry up to five personnel.
It also has a “protected mobility combat system” that protects troops from blasts, while also having the ability to deliver large strikes.
said retired military officer and national security expert Ian Langford hv news The vehicle was “somewhat like a Swiss army knife” because it was highly mobile and could operate command and control networks over great distances.
“It can be used for missions that include facilities, reconnaissance, communications, and command and control,” Langford said.
Australia provided military support to Ukraine throughout the war with a $475 million military aid package, containing 90 of the famous Bushmaster Fleet.
The Hawkeis (pictured) recently entered service in Australia as the government spent $1.3 billion on 1,100 Hawkeis and more than 1,000 associated trailers built at the Thales plant in Bendigo, Victoria, and will replace the Army’s aging Land Rover fleet
Australia provided military support to Ukraine throughout the war with a $475 million military aid package, containing 90 of the famous Bushmaster Fleet (pictured)
The Bushmaster, a 15-ton four-wheel drive vehicle, was used to put up resistance in the Kharkiv region in northern Ukraine, as Russian forces were forced to retreat.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the fleet “performed brilliantly” in the battle.
“We associate Australia with bushmasters, not kangaroos and koalas,” Dr Yury Sak, an adviser to Ukraine’s defense minister, said at an event last week.
However, Ukraine is now setting its sights on the latest Australian-produced model, the Hawkei, which can perform similar tasks as the Bushmaster but is much smaller.
Bushmasters can haul heavier weapons and sustain themselves for up to three days, as the Hawk family is seen as a complementary addition to the bushmaster’s weaponry.
“The Bushmaster is a protected transport vehicle that can carry up to a section, which includes up to nine people, including the driver and gunner,” Langford said.
“It’s really that (Hawk) vehicle that provides the ability for ground forces to move, as well as the ability to communicate both in a network and also in a maneuvering context,” Langford said.
The Bushmaster, a 15-ton four-wheel drive vehicle, was used in resistance in the Kharkiv region of northern Ukraine, as Russian forces were forced to retreat (pictured: Kharkiv, Ukraine in January 2023)
Bushmasters can haul heavier weapons and sustain themselves for up to three days The Hawk family is seen as a complementary addition to the Bushmaster family
Langford said Thursday that the Hawks are “on the road” but are working through some “teething issues.”
“Australia sets a very high standard of safety behavior for these types of machines, so I don’t think there are any issues that would prevent them from being a potential exporter in that context,” Langford said. It is sent to Ukraine.
Even if Australia were willing to send Hawks to Ukraine, Langford said, it would eventually come down if it had the manufacturing capacity to do so.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense suggests that the Hawks could be tested in a war environment and that they could provide feedback on the armored vehicles.
Mr Myroshnychenko and the Australian government continue to talk about what support can be provided this year.
“It’s not just about the shopping list, but hockey is one of the items we are asking for and many other things that Australia can support for Ukraine,” said Miroshnichenko.
“It is important that this support continues.”