Sydney flood crisis: Army Bushmasters deployed to the Hawkesbury region as flood clean-up begins


Bushmasters to the rescue! Battle-ready combat trucks prove they can handle ANYTHING as the Army rolls them for the flood crisis

  • Army Bushmaster vehicles sent to to assist with flood evacuation and relief
  • ADF has released photos of military vehicles in action in Sydney’s north-west
  • Vehicles world famous for ongoing involvement in Ukraine’s war against Russia

Australian’s world-famous Bushmaster combat trucks have been called in to help with the devastating aftermath of NSW‘s latest flood crisis.

The multi-purpose military vehicles – some of which were shipped to Ukraine to fight the Russians – were pictured in McGraths Hill, in Sydney‘s north-west, assisting with disaster relief operations on Wednesday.

Around 100 troops from the Australian Defence Force and Army have been deployed to the Hawkesbury region this week to assist in evacuation and relief efforts. 

And the Aussie-designed Bushmasters – lauded overseas for their ability to withstand any environment – will be a huge help.

Australia's world famous Bushmasters have been deployed to help in the latest flood crisis. Pictured are vehicle driving through a flooded street in McGraths Hill

Australia’s world famous Bushmasters have been deployed to help in the latest flood crisis. Pictured are vehicle driving through a flooded street in McGraths Hill

The vehicles can rapidly deploy up to ten battle ready troops and can withstand mines, artillery shrapnel and small arms fire – as well as floodwaters.

Some 20 Bushmaster vehicles donated by the Australian government have been deployed in Ukraine since early April after a special request from President Zelensky.

Mr Albanese announced on Sunday 34 additional armoured vehicles will be deployed to the war-torn nation as part of a $100 million military aid package.

But first, they have the home front to contend with – with Australia’s east coast hit by four flood crises in the past 18 months. 

Several Army Bushmasters (one pictured in McGraths Hill) have spent recent days assisting in Sydney's latest flood crisis

Several Army Bushmasters (one pictured in McGraths Hill) have spent recent days assisting in Sydney’s latest flood crisis 

The military vehicles will be needed in flood-devastated suburbs in the coming day. Pictured is debris  floating on the streets of Windsor

The military vehicles will be needed in flood-devastated suburbs in the coming day. Pictured is debris  floating on the streets of Windsor

Severe weather warnings and evacuation orders remain in place as the wild weather moves from Sydney to cause more havoc further north on the state’s Central Coast.

Australia’s biggest city has been saturated with more than a month’s worth in rain in four days, cutting off communities for the third time in as many months.

The city’s north-west has been worst hit as the Hawkesbury River at Windsor rose to its highest level in more than 40 years, sparking thousands of evacuations.

The clean-up has only just begun for Windsor residents devastated by the the fourth major flooding event in 18 months

The clean-up has only just begun for Windsor residents devastated by the the fourth major flooding event in 18 months

SES Deputy Commissioner Ashley Sullivan says the danger for flooded communities continues and river levels will stay high for days, prompting fears of landslips.

‘This event is certainly still escalating and unfolding,’ he told the ABC on Wednesday.

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