THE Dutch army has made a $15million order for another 13 Australian-built mine resistant Bushmaster patrol vehicles amid growing international interest in the rugged battlefield taxi.
Spain is also showing strong interest in the Bushmaster to fill a requirement for a high-mobility protected vehicle, according to Canberra-based defence sources.
The Australian understands that growing defence links between the two countries have resulted in a recent decision to appoint defence attaches in Madrid and Canberra.
The Dutch order brings to 73 the number of Bushmasters purchased by other nations, including 49 by The Netherlands, most of which are serving with combat units in Afghanistan.
Featuring a blast-resistant V-shaped hull, the 12-tonne off-roaders capable of carrying nine fully equipped soldiers are earning a good reputation on the frontlines in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
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