Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV) Update
In March 2009, following the rapid growth of Improvised Explosive device (IED) attacks experienced in active deployment, Form Cut Pty Ltd was approached by Thales requiring assistance. The enquiry was to determine key technical developments in the design and delivery of impact absorption / mitigation solutions that were to be incorporated as part of the PMV Update rapidly requested by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Scope - To minimise the significantly increased risk and extent of injuries that had occurred in direct proportion
to the number of IED’s being used against the vehicle occupants. Specifically, Form Cut’s work was
focused on reducing lower limb fractures with the intention that the occupants would be available to
readily evacuate a damaged vehicle.
Outcome - Form Cut met and assisted Thales Design Engineers discussing and considering various material and
manufacturing processes. Over a two year period, this work led to the prototyping and then production
of 101 Bushmaster Occupant Protection assemblies that were deployed and installed in Afghanistan.
The first deployed vehicles with the PMV Update re-entered service in early September 2011. On the 23rd of September 3 soldiers were in a Bushmaster that was directly attacked by an IED. The occupants were quickly evacuated from their vehicle and after an initial medical inspection all 3 occupants were released and able to return to into limited duties.
Participation in this project is personally and professionally rewarding for the whole of Form Cut's DMI and Manufacturing teams.
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