Cabinet has approved a five year re-capitalization project for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). It will allow the JDF to replace obsolete and unserviceable V150 armoured cars in its fleet.
Under the project, the Jamaica Defence Force will acquire 12 Thales Australia Bushmaster armoured personnel carriers (APCs), to be used to assist other ministries, departments and agencies.
This was revealed in a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister Monday night.
Currently the JDF has a complement of 14 Cadillac Gage V150s, 10 of which were acquired 37 years ago and the others in 1985.
Over the course of their service life the vehicles have been utilised in many high-risk situations such as internal security deployments while supporting the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
In addition they have been used in pre- and post-disaster response and rescue operations.
The Thales Bushmaster APC is designed for the urban operating environment, as well as rugged rural terrains and adverse conditions that exist in a major natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane.
Delivery of the Thales Bushmasters will begin in 2015.