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Army September 29, 2011
By Cpl Zenith King
PROTECTED Mobility Vehicle (PMV)
specialists have been collecting data
from a Bushmaster involved in an
IED strike in Afghanistan since sur-
vivability upgrade kits were fitted to
Bushmasters in theatre earlier this year.
The head of the six-man upgrade
team that deployed to the MEAO earlier
this year, Maj Eugene Tinning, Land
Systems Division, said the damaged
Bushmaster would provide valuable
data on the effectiveness of the cur-
rent upgrade as well as informing future
"We are continually evaluating what
improvements can be made to make it
safer for the guys to operate with," Maj
Upgrade team member WO1 Simon
Danger said the upgrade provided an
increased level of force protection for
soldiers operating with Bushmasters.
"In a mine blast or IED event the
upgraded seats and floor will absorb a
large part of the energy from the blast
and in turn transfer less blast energy to
the vehicle occupants," WO1 Danger
"If there is less blast energy trans-
ferring into the occupant then the inci-
dence of lower limb, back and spine
injuries will be decreased."
Before deploying, Maj Tinning and
WO1 Danger prepared themselves by
conducting trial fit outs.
"Because of the preparation we con-
ducted in Australia, the fit out in the
MEAO ran smoothly, allowing us to
finish two weeks ahead of schedule,"
Maj Tinning was responsible for the
scheduling of vehicles and said the bulk
of their work was done in Tarin Kot,
where elements of MTF 3 and SOTG
"It took the team roughly a day to
complete each vehicle," Maj Tinning
"When we got a vehicle we started
by removing the old seating and seat
frames. If the vehicle needed cleaning
or any minor repairs, it was completed
then we would refit the new seating and
the flooring enhancements.
"We fitted a modified seat frame for
the commander, driver and the crew
members in the back and a new flooring
The new safety improved seating
was collaboratively developed by the
Land Platform Development Program,
Land Engineering Agency, Land
Systems Division and Stratos Seating
Australia and the flooring solution was
designed by Bushmaster manufacturer
attaches a new
seat frame to
Kot. Inset, WO1
Photos by AB Jo
The team: The PMV upgrade team in Tarin Kot. From left, WO2 Shane Tate,
Sgt Terence Lemmon, Cfn Shannon Smart, Cfn David Clarke, WO1 Simon
Danger and Maj Eugene Tinning.
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