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December 6, 2013
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JDF to acquire 12 new armoured personnel carriers

Cabinet has approved a five-year re-capitalisation project for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) that will see the JDF replacing obsolete and mainly unserviceable V150 armoured cars in its fleet.

Under the project, the JDF will acquire 12 Thales Australia Bushmaster (APC) armoured personnel carriers.

The JDF has a complement of 14 Cadillac Gage V150s, 10 of which were acquired 37 years ago and the other in 1985.

Over the course of their service life, the vehicles have been utilised as critical enablers in many high-risk situations such as internal security deployments in support of the Jamaica Constabulary Force as well as pre- and post-disaster response and rescue operations in instances such as the Newmarket and Portland events of June 1979 and January 1999, respectively.

The Thales Bushmaster APC is a proven platform designed for the urban-operating environment as encountered during internal security operations, as well as the types of rugged rural terrain and adverse conditions that would exist in the event of a major natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane.

Delivery of the Thales Bushmasters will commence in 2015, enhancing the JDF's ability to render aid to citizens through assistance to other ministries, departments, and agencies.

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