Australia shows coastal Bushmaster PMV with 185km-range NSM AShMs

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SIDNEY ($1=1.42 Australian Dollar) — Australia presented its version of the coastal defense system against enemy boats and missiles at the INDO PACIFIC 2022 international maritime exposition, which took place a few days ago in Sydney, Australia. This is Kongsberg’s StrikeMaster.

Photo: Defense-Express

StrikeMaster is the integration of the Naval Strikes Missiles [NSM] pair on the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle [PMV]. As an option, Kongsberg offers the integration of an additional radar company CEA technology and according to the Australians may be part of other defense weapons systems.

StrikeMaster is an Australian low-risk solution for the deployment of anti-ship missiles launched from ground platforms. StrikeMaster is part of the government’s LAND 4100 Phase 2 project. According to Australian sources, the production and delivery of StrikeMaster could happen very quickly.

What StrikeMaster is?

As already mentioned, StrikeMaster uses the Bushmaster PMV chassis. This vehicle is constantly proving its capabilities. He has documented participation in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, as well as the Ukrainian-Russian war in 2022.

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Powered by a Caterpillar 3126E 7.2L six-cylinder diesel, turbocharged engine delivering 224 kW [300 hp] at 2,200rpm 1,166 Nm [860 lb⋅ft] at 1,440rpm. The transmission is ZF 6HP502 ECOMAT G2 [six forward speeds, one reverse]. Its suspension is Arvin Meritor 4000 series fully independent, progressive coil spring with the upper control arm and lower wishbone. The vehicle is armored: ballistic exceeds STANAG 4569 and depending on the configuration the armor is from level 1 to level 3.

Naval Strike Missile [NSM] is an anti-ship and land-attack missile developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace [KDA]. Currently, this missile is in service in only four countries: Australia, Poland, Germany, and the United States.

Photo: Kongsberg

After launch, the rocket is powered by a solid-fuel rocket booster, a Microturbo TRI-40 turbojet engine, which develops supersonic speed and reaches a range of 185 km. The missile is controllable and the integrated guidance system is based on inertial, GPS, terrain-reference navigation, imaging infrared homing, and target database.

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