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buglerbilly
10-09-13, 04:16 AM
September 9, 2013 at 17:49

JLTV Programs Enters The Final Round of Testing

Posted by Tamir Eshel



Three prototypes for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle are undergoing testing. The AM General Prototype is on the left, Oshkosh JLTV in the center, and the Lockheed Martin prototype is on the right.

Full-pace, full-scope testing of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototypes began Sept. 3 and will last for 14 months. Each of the three vendors — Oshkosh Defense, Lockheed Martin and AM General — delivered 22 vehicles and six trailers for testing to three sites — Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Yuma, Ariz.; and Rrs 14 Medstone Arsenal, Ala. according to Col. John Cavedo, the Joint Program Office managerThe test program includes rigorous reliability testing over various terrains and in different weather conditions and protection-related testing is being conducted.


JLTV Testing & EMD Schedule – 2013-2018

Cavedo said the program is still on track despite this year’s sequestration and the continuation of continuing resolutions, but warned that if the budget issues are not resolved by next year, he could not rule out a slip in the schedule. “We’re doing everything we can to keep the program on track,” he said, emphasizing the importance of the program to meeting asymmetrical threats like those experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With military forces facing ‘asymmetric’ warfare in contemporary conflicts, that notion of front lines and rear area was no longer applicable after 9/11. As the military has deployed to Iraq in the mid 1990s ‘soft’ vehicles such as the Army’s ‘Humvee’ became vulnerable to improvised explosive devices no matter where they were. Up-armor was added for protection but the enemy adapted to that with more lethal explosives.

The added weight of the up-armor taxed the Humvees’ performance and further limited its payload, which now included network gear. And, the Humvees were just getting old, with the first ones rolling off the assembly line about three decades ago.

Soldiers and Marines continued to be vulnerable, so the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, known as MRAPs, were developed. These had good payload and protection and helped save many lives over the last six years, but performance was sacrificed and Soldiers could not move with speed and agility around the battlefield, especially in the difficult terrain in parts of Afghanistan, he said.

Furthermore, the heavier versions of the earlier MRAPs could not be moved around the battlefield by helicopter and required strategic lift, which in turn required adequate runways for these big cargo planes to take-off and land.

The sustainment cost for the MRAP program increased over time, he said, as more variants were developed by different vendors. Parts were not interchangeable and mechanics had to get follow-on training, he said.

The JLTV closed the capability gap, addressing “the iron-triangle of payload, performance and protection,” he said. Its payload and protection is similar to an MRAP and its performance exceeds that of a Humvee.

ADAPTIBILITY & FLEXIBILITY

Besides addressing the “iron-triangle,” Cavedo said the JLTV is designed to meet the needs of the commander for a variety of missions.

The commander can decide what level of protection JLTV needs for the mission, he said, pointing out that armor kits will be available for vehicles going into harm’s way. Also, some of the JLTVs will be equipped with heavy weapons, including TOW missile systems, while others can be used as light, utility vehicles.

Other kits include command and control and network gear. He said JLTV “plug and play” open-architecture technology allows for future networks and electronic devices to be installed without a vehicle redesign.

While different vehicles will have different kits, all vehicles come equipped with automatic fire extinguishers, multiple egress options, fuel-tank fire suppression systems and combat locks.

Powering the 21,000-pound gross weight JLTV and whatever kits and trailers are added on is a 300-horsepower fuel-efficient diesel engine. JLTVs also will be able to tow the thousands of legacy trailers that are still useable.

HOLDING COSTS DOWN

“We’ve managed to hold cost down by promoting better competition between vendors, incentivizing productivity and conducting an analysis of alternatives,” he said. By “analysis of alternatives,” he means ordering the right number of kits and mission packages. “We don’t want surplus kits stockpiled in warehouses across the country.”

Incentivizing productivity, he explained, means that after giving the original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, the specs, like protection, speed, weight and so on, it is up to them to determine how it’s built and what the tradeoffs are.

He provided an example. Besides armor kits, the basic JLTV requires a certain level of protection, he said. There might be very exotic metals out there that are lightweight and offer exceptional protection, but the cost involved would be astronomical. So a tradeoff might be reached where steel or aluminum is used to keep the cost down but still meet the basic requirements. To be competitive, however, the thickness or type of material used might exceed basic standards but be within a reasonable price range.

Tradeoffs like this apply to the power and transmission features and to everything else on the vehicle, he said. They’re trying to be as innovative and competitive as possible with the other OEMs, yet they must stay below the $250,000 assembly-line figure.

There are other ways cost has been controlled. Instead of requiring each OEM to supply 35 vehicles, they were required to provide 22 for the testing phase, he said. That number is reasonable and adequate for an effective evaluation.

Also, instead of a cost-plus type contract, the JLTV is on a firm-fixed price contract.

“In the past, the production price was set after down-select,” he said. “Our intent was to set production prices during competition so as we go forward into the competitive down-select we’ll have production prices set at that point and not negotiated for the years out.”

TIMELINE

Source-selection evaluation will start in early 2015, and conclude by July of that year when a single vendor will be selected.

At that time, 2,000 vehicles will be produced and be tested for three years with the focus on fine-tuning the assembly line, full-up system testing and so on.

Full-scale production will begin in fiscal year 2018 with the ratio of organic to contract work determined by the third quarter of fiscal year 2015.

By 2018, the first Army brigade will roll with new JLTVs, he said.

Production will total 49,000 JLTVs for the Army and 5,500 for the Marines, with the production cycle ending sometime in the 2030s.

Kits will initially be produced by the selected OEM but follow-on kits might use a different vendor, he said.

In conclusion, Cavedo said the JLTV comes at the right time at the right cost, and is the perfect match to the Army’s shift to the Pacific, regional alignment strategy and meets the requirements of the Defense Strategic Guidance of 2012 and the Army’s 2014 Equipment Modernization Plan.

buglerbilly
10-09-13, 11:37 AM
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 09:05 AM

Amsafe Bridport Ltd displays Tarian® lightweight RPG armour system at DSEI 2013.

AmSafe Bridport Ltd is displaying Tarian® at DSEI, in London’s ExCel Centre from 10-13 September 2013. This revolutionary, lightweight and durable rocket propelled grenade (RPG) armour system can be seen fitted to a Navistar MXT™-MV (Husky) vehicle in the Land Display Zone (stand br5). This is the first time Tarian has been shown in service ready standard on this vehicle.


Husky armoured vehicle with AmSafe Bridport Ltd lightweight and durable rocket propelled grenade (RPG) armour system.

Following February 2013’s announcement that AmSafe Bridport had won the UK MOD contract for its Improved Rocket Propelled Grenade Protection requirement, AmSafe Bridport has been working on executing the contract which will see Tarian RPG Armour System kits for a number of British military vehicle types delivered by the end of 2013. Tarian has been in use in Afghanistan with the British Armed Forces since 2009.

Additionally, AmSafe Bridport continues to develop its relationships with global military vehicle manufacturers, such as Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S. (Defense Systems Inc.) and Singapore Technologies Kinetics of Singapore, with whom AmSafe Bridport has recently extended a Memorandum of Understanding. These relationships enable the highly effective Tarian Armour Systems to be cooperatively developed and offered to customers either as original equipment or retrofit.

In response to the very significant international interest in Tarian, AmSafe Bridport has expanded its Tarian international marketing team with the establishment of a dedicated North America team and an expanded UK based team. The North America team is based at AmSafe Bridport’s Erie, Pa facility and is led by Chris Witts as Senior Sales Manager. The UK team has been strengthened with the appointment of Cindy Barfoot as Sales Manager, and Matt Aujla as Sales Engineer. Doug Stewart, Senior Sales Manager continues to lead the UK based team and is responsible for marketing Tarian in all territories outside of North America.

Neal McKeever, Sales & Marketing Director of AmSafe Bridport, said:

“DSEI presents a fantastic opportunity for AmSafe Bridport to demonstrate Tarian’s unique adaptability to fit a wide variety of vehicle types, as well as fulfilling the requirement from the military for a lightweight, higher performance and more robust alternative to other RPG protection systems.”

buglerbilly
10-09-13, 06:03 PM
September 10, 2013 at 07:03

Supacat Debut the LRV 400 Light Recce Vehicle at DSEI 2013

Posted by News Desk



The Supacat LRV 400 unveiled today at DSEI 2013 is a militarized variant of Qt Services’ successful `Wildcat` off-road motorsport vehicle, which has a proven record on the Rally Raid circuit and has earned a reputation for rugged reliability and high speeds over rough terrain.

Supacat is launching the Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) at the DSEi 2013 exhibition opened in London today. The vehicle is designed as a low cost, high performance capability for special forces, border patrol, reconnaissance, rapid intervention and light strike roles. Offering light forces supreme levels of all-terrain mobility, the LRV 400 is able to be tactically loaded within a CH-47 Chinook with its full operational payload on board.

The LRV 400 is a militarized variant of Qt Services’ successful `Wildcat` off-road motorsport vehicle, which has a proven record on the Rally Raid circuit and has earned a reputation for rugged reliability and high speeds over rough terrain.

Using a fresh approach, Supacat have teamed with Qt to modify and integrate the COTS vehicle to military standards, thus providing an affordable capability using proven technology. The LRV 400 fills the gap in Supacat’s product portfolio between the heavier `Jackal` surveillance, reconnaissance and patrol vehicle and the smaller All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP).

“The LRV 400 meets the gap in the military market for a light reconnaissance vehicle with an overall capability as close to that of Jackal as possible, but smaller and at less cost by adopting a COTS approach. We’ve taken motorsports’ best of breed in Qt’s Wildcat and modified it to military specification using Supacat’s proven expertise in developing Jackal,” said Jamie Clarke, Head of Marketing & Communications, Supacat. “Supreme performance and tactical CH-47 internal loading have been key targets on this project. The users will be able to drive in and drive out without the need to offload their payload or to conduct any lengthy preparation for flight. When they get there, they will be afforded the very best terrain access and operational capability. Applying motorsport technology to Defence applications is an exciting approach and one that will deliver unrivalled performance”.

The LRV 400 has evolved out of customer feedback on a proof-of-concept closed cab demonstrator developed by Supacat and Qt in 2011. Wildcat’s tubular space-frame chassis and state of the art suspension are critical to the LRV’s performance and rugged reliability. The display vehicle at DSEi is shown in a three crew configuration of commander, driver and gunner but the flexibility of the space-frame design allows the LRV 400 to be easily re-configured to meet different operational roles.

With a Gross Vehicle Weight of 3500kg, a width of 1.8m and a height of 1.8m (weapon removed or lowered) the LRV 400 is easily air portable in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. It boasts a maximum speed of 106 mph (170km/h) and a range of 1000km. Payload is up to 1400 kg, depending on customer specification and configuration. It can be fitted with a range of powertrain options – the display vehicle has a Ford 3.2-litre, 5-cylinder diesel engine developing 236 hp and 550 Nm torque coupled to a Ford-supplied 6-speed automatic gearbox and two-speed transfer box however, other engine and transmission options are available.

buglerbilly
10-09-13, 10:13 PM
DSEI 2013: Ruukki launches new Ramor 550 grade armour

10 September 2013 - 6:00 by Tim Fish in London



A new Ramor 550 armour product from Ruukki that is six times harder than mild steel is being launched at the DSEI exhibition.

Ruukki, a specialist steel producer and steel construction company from Finland, has designed the latest Ramor variant to specifically protect against explosions or ballistics threats.

The company said that the improved ballistic properties of Ramor 550 steel mean up to 10-20% lighter structures, which in turn cuts fuel consumption and enables higher payloads.

Jani Kastell, Ramor sales manager, at Ruukki stated: ‘Tested and certified, Ramor 550 steel is ideal for armoured vehicles, military vehicles and equipment, safe rooms and other applications where structural weight saving is required without compromising on protection properties.’

Ramor 550 has achieved a hardness value of 550 Brinell units (HBW) and Ruukki produces other Ramor products at 500 and 450HBW.

For 550 it recommends a minimum plate thickness ranging from 3.9mm for FB4+ protection from an 8g 7.62 x 39mm AK-47 (M43) round fired from a range of 10m at 720m/s; up to 10.7mm for Level 2 protection from a 7.77g 7.62 x 39mm AK-47 API BZ round fired at a range of 30m travelling at 695 m/s.

The dimensions of the Ramor 550 plates are 6-15mm in thickness and 3-6mm cut lengths with mill edges.

Ruukki says that it uses direct-quenching technology to achieve high hardness and strength, and that the Ramor steels have good cutting, bending and can be welded using all conventional welding methods.

buglerbilly
11-09-13, 04:45 AM
More on the LRV 400..........interesting new lightweight! Via Army Recoginition.....

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 08:56 PM

Supacat launches LRV 400 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle at Defence Exhibition DSEI 2013.

Supacat is launching the Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) at DSEi 2013 as a low cost, high performance capability for special forces, border patrol, reconnaissance, rapid intervention and light strike roles. Offering light forces supreme levels of all-terrain mobility, the LRV 400 is able to be tactically loaded within a CH-47 Chinook with its full operational payload on board.


New Supacat LRV 400 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle at DSEI 2013, Defence Exhibition in London, United Kingdom.

The LRV 400 is a militarized variant of Qt Services' successful `Wildcat` off-road motorsport vehicle, which has a proven record on the Rally Raid circuit and has earned a reputation for rugged reliability and high speeds over rough terrain.

Using a fresh approach, Supacat have teamed with Qt to modify and integrate the COTS vehicle to military standards, thus providing an affordable capability using proven technology. The LRV 400 fills the gap in Supacat's product portfolio between the heavier `Jackal` surveillance, reconnaissance and patrol vehicle and the smaller All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP).

"The LRV 400 meets the gap in the military market for a light reconnaissance vehicle with an overall capability as close to that of Jackal as possible, but smaller and at less cost by adopting a COTS approach. We've taken motorsports' best of breed in Qt's Wildcat and modified it to military specification using Supacat's proven expertise in developing Jackal," said Jamie Clarke, Head of Marketing & Communications, Supacat. "Supreme performance and tactical CH-47 internal loading have been key targets on this project. The users will be able to drive in and drive out without the need to offload their payload or to conduct any lengthy preparation for flight. When they get there, they will be afforded the very best terrain access and operational capability. Applying motorsport technology to Defence applications is an exciting approach and one that will deliver unrivalled performance".



The LRV 400 has evolved out of customer feedback on a proof-of-concept closed cab demonstrator developed by Supacat and Qt in 2011. Wildcat's tubular space-frame chassis and state of the art suspension are critical to the LRV's performance and rugged reliability. The display vehicle at DSEi is shown in a three crew configuration of commander, driver and gunner but the flexibility of the space-frame design allows the LRV 400 to be easily re-configured to meet different operational roles.

With a Gross Vehicle Weight of 3500kg, a width of 1.8m and a height of 1.8m (weapon removed or lowered) the LRV 400 is easily air portable in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. It boasts a maximum speed of 106 mph (170km/h) and a range of 1000km. Payload is up to 1400 kg, depending on customer specification and configuration. It can be fitted with a range of powertrain options - the display vehicle has a Ford 3.2-litre, 5-cylinder diesel engine developing 236 hp and 550 Nm torque coupled to a Ford-supplied 6-speed automatic gearbox and two-speed transfer box however, other engine and transmission options are available.

buglerbilly
11-09-13, 06:38 AM
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Mix And Match

Posted by Bill Sweetman2:05 PM on Sep 10, 2013

Some four years after winning the contest to provide a mobile, agile and protected vehicle for the British Army, General Dynamics (formerly Force Protection) and its subcontractors are in the process of filling a 376-unit order, and the basic version of the type -- named Foxhound by the customer -- was deployed operationally in 2012. Relatively small, with a V-hull, composite armor, four-wheel steering and a sophisticated suspension, the type combines high ballistic and mine protection with both cross-country and urban mobility.

Now, the company has expanded the family (which it calls Ocelot) to four vehicles, two new members of the family being unveiled at the Defense & Security Equipment International show here.

This is less complicated than it sounds because the basic design places the engine and running gear on a "strongback" assembly, with the crew in a separate pod that is attached by four fasteners, with simple electrical and mechanical connections. In the new family, the Ocelot-S resembles the Foxhound, with an enclosed cab for a driver, commander and four soldiers, but the pod is steel -- less costly than the Foxhound's composite pod, for users facing less severe threats. The Ocelot-U is a logistics vehicle with a protected cab, while Ocelot-O is a classic special-forces "WMIK" (weapons mounted installation kit) vehicle with an open cab, rollover structure and weapons mounts.



The Ocelot-O at DSEi resembles an enclosed vehicle from a distance, being liberally covered with the Saab Barracuda MCS camouflage system adopted by the British Army for all its new combat vehicles. Its key feature is an infrared barrier that reduces the vehicle's thermal signature significantly, reducing the detection range of infrared sensors.



The Foxhound and the Ocelot-U are also on show here. GD is proposing that customers can buy extra mission pods and reconfigure their vehicles according to the requirements of the theater where they are deployed. Swapping out bodies takes about half a day, the company says.

buglerbilly
11-09-13, 02:44 PM
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 10:35 AM

Nexter unveils new TITUS Tactical Infantry Transport & Utility System vehicle at DSEI 2013.

United Kingdom, London. At DSEI 2013, French manufacturer Nexter unveils its new 6x6 armoured vehicle TITUS (Tactical Infantry Transport & Utility System)


Nexter TITUS Tactical Infantry Transport & Utility SystemVehicle at DSEI 2013

TITUS is the ultimate armored vehicle designed by Nexter in order to meet all the constraints of the modern hybrid warfare. Continuing a famous long lineage, including Leclerc MBT, VBCI and Aravis, all combat proven in many theatres of operation, Nexter combined the best of its experience and technology in TITUS. The tactical commander disposes now of a 6x6 vehicle customizable for an evolving environment. TITUS is the versatile armoured vehicle of the XXIst century. From Infantry transport to combat support and combat service support functions, from Peace Keeping Operation to Counter Insurgency, TITUS brings the technology and the Nexter touch into the heart of the action.

TITUS is mounted on a Tatra 6x6 chassis, coupled with an engine of 440Hp (550Hp in option) offering an exceptional mobility. Wrapped with an armored skin of last generation, from level 2 to level 4, TITUS is also protected against mines (4a/4b) and IEDs blasts (up to 150kg), by the original Nexter SAFEPRO design (hanged floor, energy absorbing seats…). RPG protection (PG Guard can be added). Thus, the units can be committed into the battlefield quickly and safely. Furthermore, to allow the crew (Driver, Gunner and Tactical commander) and the embarked squad to last a long time on the terrain, an exceptional effort of habitability has been done by Nexter in the hull. Internal volume is beyond 14m3, added by 4m3 of storage, and, as the hull -without obstacle from front to back- opens towards outside by a ramp with a minimal ground step (280mm), egress and ingress are really facilitated.

Stay tuned ! Following soon the video of the vehicle.




Nexter TITUS Tactical Infantry Transport and Utility System 6x6 armoured vehicle DSEI 2013
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Published on 11 Sep 2013

United Kingdom, London. At DSEI 2013, French manufacturer Nexter unveils its new 6x6 armoured vehicle TITUS (Tactical Infantry Transport & Utility System).

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Key informations
27t Class
Transport of Infantry troops
Combat, combat support and combat service support tasks
Full modularity of the configuration by mission kits



Nexter TITUS Tactical Infantry Transport & Utility SystemVehicle at DSEI 2013


Nexter TITUS at DSEI 2013 ...BEING UNVEILED..........


Nexter TITUS at DSEI 2013

buglerbilly
11-09-13, 05:27 PM
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 10:35 AM

Iveco displays LMV 4X4 CBRN at DSEI 2013.

At DSEI 2013,Iveco Defence Vehicles displays the The CBRN Reconnaissance vehicle that incorporates CBRN equipment produced by Cristanini, an Italian company specialising in this field. The mission fit includes detectors for Chemical, Biological and Radiological hazards. With the crew fully protected inside, the sampling capability enables the area surveyed to be automatically marked with flags. As part of its Command, Control and Information Management System, the mission system also supports CBRN Warning and Reporting messaging.


Iveco LMV CBRN at DSEI 2013

Through its high mobility, the vehicle ensures the immediate management of contamination in all types of terrain. It is possible to mark and delineate contaminated areas (Stanag 2002) and perform sampling missions (in accordance with Stanag on SIBCRA AEP-66). Warning and Reporting will be managed by the operator in accordance with NATO Standard procedure ATP-45 version D.

The LMV CBRN recce vehicle on display provides a full suite of capability including stand-off chemical agent detection (up to 5 km), chemical agent detection and air monitoring, biological detection, radiation monitoring, meteorological measurement, and automated sampling and marking. Besides the integrated detectors, the vehicle incorporates portable detection instruments, with integrated CBRNe software and a message reporting system. As an option, the vehicles can be further equipped with a laser warning system and roof mounted RF IED counter measures. This innovative solution ensures the highest level of protection to the crew facing CBRN agents.

buglerbilly
13-09-13, 12:51 PM
Thursday, September 12, 2013, 4:35 PM

Oshkosh showcases its L-ATV vehicle for the first time in Europe at DSEI 2013.

At DSEI 2013, Oshkosh Defense,exhibits its L-ATV which can help fill a vital capabilities gap for protection and mobility that global militaries face with their current light-vehicle fleets. Many historical light vehicle fleets, such as the High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), Eagles and Land Rovers, are nearing the end of their useful life cycle and were never designed to accommodate the armour and equipment that is needed for modern conflicts.


Oshkosh L-ATV at DSEI 2013

“The ability to operate on a battlefield with a wide range of threats and terrain is increasingly critical for forces around the globe,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “The L-ATV was specifically designed to fulfil that mission. The platform offers unprecedented levels of protection and off-road mobility to navigate even the harshest environments.”

The L-ATV’s superior mobility is largely attributable to the Oshkosh TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system. The TAK-4i system expands on the success of the proven TAK-4® system to deliver more than 50 centimetres of independent wheel travel – a 25 per cent increase over currently fielded vehicles. The TAK-4i system enables the L-ATV to shift power to the wheels that are in contact with the ground to provide control and manoeuvrability on dangerous terrain.

The L-ATV offers advanced troop protection against IEDs and other battlefield threats with a scalable armoured capsule optimized for protection, weight and mobility. The capsule’s modular, adaptable design can accept multiple armour configurations, allowing the vehicle to accept future enhancements.

Oshkosh Defense can deliver L-ATV fleets with fully integrated and tested command, control, communications and computer (C4) equipment. This includes factoring the mechanical, electrical and user interfaces into the vehicle design process to optimize overall system performance and the user experience. Oshkosh performs C4 installation in-house, either during the production process or after, to reduce time and costs. Oshkosh integrated C4 systems into the Oshkosh M-ATV, which contributed to the vehicle being designed, produced and delivered at a rate of more than 1,000 per month – all in less than one year.

“We blended the latest design and proven technologies in the L-ATV to create a vehicle with superior performance and reduced sustainment costs,” added Serge Buchakjian, senior vice president and general manager of international programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Our global life-cycle support offerings, from training and parts supply to maintenance support and remanufacturing, help keep vehicle fleets at peak readiness anywhere the mission requires.”

buglerbilly
13-09-13, 01:46 PM
DSEI 2013: Thales showcases electronic architecture for GVA

13 September 2013 - 11:49 by Jonathan Tringham in London



Applies to all vehicles, tracked or wheeled...........

Thales has unveiled a product integration demonstration pod at the DSEI exhibition in London, designed to illustrate new concepts in Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) systems design.

Amyas Godfrey, product line manager for mission system integration at Thales, said a key concept the company wanted to communicate was that the electronic architecture (EA) on display was agnostic.

‘Integration is not a product, it’s an activity. It could be a Foxhound, Mastiff, Bushmaster, it could even be an ISO container in a base – it doesn’t matter what the platform is, it’s what we’re doing inside. We are integrating the systems,’ Godfrey told Shephard.

The display unit reveals an electronic architecture designed to British MoD-standard, and presents an evolution of the system currently installed on the Foxhound.

‘The system is primarily comprised of three boxes and some cabling, which are directly analogous to your home network set up consisting of a power source, broadband hub, and your laptop.

‘The GVA standardisation of this architecture is also comparable to your home network. It doesn’t matter what [brand of] products you use, it’s about bringing [different] systems together in an effective integration. This concept is at the heart of an electronic architecture, it is there to enable better integration of systems,’ Godfrey explained.

The current Foxhound EA only has LSA (local situational awareness) cameras with limited capability. Thales used the example set-up to show how this capability can be significantly added to in a more or less ‘plug and play’ fashion.

‘To demonstrate how much we can put on to one system, we’ve added [to the Foxhound EA] a remote weapon station from Kongsburg, a ROTOS [remotely operated thermal sight] mast-mounted camera, a VMASS [vehicle mounted acoustic sensor system] for shot detection, and LSA cameras with 360 degree angles and drivers TI [tactical information] front and rear,’ Godfrey said.

‘Each individual mission system can then be shared around any crew position.’

The unit also included a MILTRAK alert and tracking system, in addition to an Open Asset software program, developed by Thales, to enable the health and usage monitoring system information collected by the vehicle to be utilised.

‘As long as each component complies to the GVA standard, then it doesn’t matter which supplier they come from – it will all work,’ Godfrey concluded.

buglerbilly
13-09-13, 01:49 PM
DSEI 2013: Jankel launches new seating technology

13 September 2013 - 11:07 by Tim Fish in London



All forms of vehicles with troop-carrying compartments..........

Jankel has launched its new third generation BlasTech seat technology, which provides improved protection for soldiers and crew of MRAP vehicles during an IED contact, at the DSEI exhibition.

The company said that the seating provides additional protection reducing the severity of injuries to the spine and brain by allowing the seat itself to move and absorb the impact of the initial blast as well as the secondary slam-down of the vehicle.

Jankel's head of R&D, Eric Charleston, told Shephard that the third generation seat ‘has incorporated far more aluminium extrusion components, which has led to economies of scale and repeatability of form’.

By reducing the need to form and weld sheet steel components, it has improved accuracy and reduced time to assemble leading to a reduction in cost.

‘All components have been reviewed in order to reduce complexity and increase reliability, together with a large reduction in weight,’ Charleston said.

The latest generation seats are smaller and lighter, offering advantages in vehicle performance, ergonomics and integration possibilities within a given envelope.

‘The basic function of how the seat operates is mostly unchanged… By improving the fit of components using extrusions they could gain much more repeatability in the seat function. This in turn allowed them to improve on the ability to better protect occupants. For instance, functions such as the automatic weight adjustment now has a higher degree of fidelity,’ Charleston said.

Vehicle manufacturer Jankel has used its knowledge of vehicle design to produce ergonomic seating that offers improved protection. Most recently the company launched its Pegasus Special Operations Vehicle last year.

buglerbilly
13-09-13, 04:14 PM
German Army Awards Polaris Contract to Supply Military ATVs

(Source: Polaris Industries Inc.; issued September 12, 2013)



MINNEAPOLIS --- Polaris Industries Inc. (PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, today announced the company was awarded a contract to provide MV850 ultra-light tactical vehicles to the German Army.

“Defense forces around the world are seeking Polaris Defense Military vehicles to take advantage of our ability to make modifications to our commercial off-the-shelf technology (COTS), insert customer requirements and quickly deliver an end product that meets their needs,” said Rich Haddad, general manager of Polaris Defense. “It is our goal to match the warfighter’s mission requirements with our best value product.”

The highly-mobile MV850 platform, which was built specifically for the U.S. military and allied forces, allows for the transport of military personnel and gear through extreme off-road terrain. It features a 600 lbs./272 kg capacity metal rack system, 11.75 gal/ 4.5 L fuel capacity, blackout lighting with IR light capability and an optional litter mount.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2012 sales of $3.2 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER and RZR side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and small vehicles.

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buglerbilly
14-09-13, 02:52 AM
Much better pics and details of the Polaris ATV from Soldier Systems blog.............

DSEi – Polaris Defense

September 13th, 2013



With a top speed of 52 MPH, the Polaris Defense Sportsman MV 850 features a 850cc, 77 hp engine that runs on Mogas from a 11.75 gallon tank. It also integrates electronic power steering and military blackout drive.



So far, Polaris hasn’t offered the Terrainarmor Non-Pneumatic Tires for use with other vehicles or for commercial sale because they were are engineered specifically for this vehicle. They will sustain the vehicle for over 5,000 miles with a full combat load, over 1,000 miles with a railroad spike driven into them, over 1,000 miles after being shot by a 5.56mm or 7.62x39mm round and over 350 miles after being shot by a .50 round.



The rear rack will accommodate 400 lbs and the front rack at 200 lbs with a total vehicle load capacity of 850 lbs. The Sportsman MV 850 has a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs.



www.polaris.com

buglerbilly
14-09-13, 03:14 AM
More on the LRV 400...........

New Supacat recce vehicle inspired by motorsport legend

Contributor: Defence IQ Press

Posted: 09/13/2013 12:00:00 AM EDT | 0



For an industry scrambling to diversify into adjacent markets such as the automotive sector as defence budgets dry up and militaries press for increasingly innovative engineering solutions, it’s edifying to see that trend be reversed with Supacat’s latest armoured vehicle variant.

The Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400), a recce vehicle for Special Forces and light strike roles, was unveiled at DSEI in London this week to “fill the gap” in Supacat’s portfolio between its heavy Jackel patrol vehicle and the smaller All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP).

The LRV 400 is based on the Wildcat off-road rally car, which was designed to tackle the turbulent and brutal Dakar course. The platform had be to be robust and flexible enough to cope with the punishment of the Dakar Rally, most of which is in the desert. Since the environment has a great deal of cross over with the British Army’s in-theatre operations, the engineers at Supacat used the Wildcat as their inspiration for the LRV 400.

Weighing just 3.5 tonnes, the LRV 400 has been designed to be a fast-moving, rapid intervention vehicle. To build a truck as light as that there had to be many compromises and creative weight-saving solutions factored into the design phase.

One example is the gunner’s seat. You may think it’s obvious to call it a seat since that is where the gunner, in fact, sits. But that's true only around 20% of the time. The rest of his journey is spent standing behind the armament, observing his surroundings and ready to react to any situation. ArmourWorks, a UK-based provider of survivability solutions, designed and manufactured a seat that fulfilled Supacat’s requirements: A lightweight, convenient solution that is primarily a standing platform but could also be used as a comfortable and safe seat.



It’s only through innovations such as this that Supacat has been able to develop its next generation recce vehicle, which can be tactically loaded onto a CH-47 Chinook with its full operational payload on board.

“We’ve taken motorsports’ best of breed in Qt’s Wildcat and modified it to military specification using Supacat’s proven expertise in developing Jackal,” said Jamie Clarke, Head of Marketing & Communications, Supacat.

“The LRV 400 meets the gap in the military market for a light reconnaissance vehicle with an overall capability as close to that of Jackal as possible, but smaller and at less cost by adopting a COTS approach."

buglerbilly
21-09-13, 06:45 AM
The Department of Cheaper Ocelots

Posted on September 20, 2013 by Think Defence in News and Information

General Dynamics have released a few interesting images of their Ocelot-S range of vehicles, the Ocelot of course being the GD name for the British Army Foxhound.

S stands for Steel which is much cheaper than the composites used on the Foxhound, it also adds nearly 2 tonnes which illustrates just how composite materials can save weight.

It was also shown at the recent DSEi exhibition with a fully GVA compliant systems fit.







The logistics variant can carry a couple of NATO standard pallets up to a total of 2 tonnes in weight, the ambulance variant can carry two stretchers and there is a 6.5m Long Wheel Base version shown in the images above.

Other suggestions include a military working dog carrier, 105mm Light Gun Limber, fuel bowser and protected shelter carrier. A 6×6 version is also reportedly possible.

This makes obvious sense, to build up the 400 Foxhound fleet to include other variants could potentially displace various versions of the the Land Rover, Duro and Pingauer fleets.

buglerbilly
23-09-13, 01:13 PM
Boeing to Showcase New and Agile Solutions at Modern Day Marine

• Exhibit includes Phantom Badger high-performance tactical vehicle, Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb

Boeing [NYSE: BA] is highlighting a diverse warfighting equipment portfolio – including an advanced high-performance tactical vehicle – during this year’s Modern Day Marine exposition.

The Marine Corps League event takes place Sept. 24-26 at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico. Boeing will display the Phantom Badger, a combat support vehicle that is small enough to fit in a MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for transport.

The Boeing exhibits at Booth 2304 also will illustrate the versatility of aircraft such as the H-6U Unmanned Little Bird and MV-22 Osprey, as well as the latest in directed-energy and secured applications to protect assets and critical information for warfighters on the ground, in the air and in cyberspace.

“With the backdrop of world events, this year’s Modern Day Marine expo gains additional importance,” said Boeing Marine Corps Systems Vice President Dewey Mauldin. “We are combining our established expertise in aircraft, weapons systems and network capabilities with innovative and cost-effective solutions for present and future Marine Corps missions.”

Source : The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA)

Published on ASDNews: Sep 20, 2013

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-51221/Boeing_to_Showcase_New_and_Agile_Solutions_at_Mode rn_Day_Marine.htm#ixzz2fiHonlDt


Meet the Phantom Badger

By Katie Perdaris


The Phantom Badger can be transported inside a V-22 Osprey.

Boeing’s latest technology is robust yet sleek, versatile and speedy, and it doesn’t even leave the ground. Meet the Phantom Badger.

To design a vehicle the customer needs Boeing turned to the Special Forces. To increase its capabilities they turned to a team of NASCAR-experienced engineers. To test the Phantom Badger engineers took it four-wheeling in North Carolina, and off-roading in the Nevada desert.

A small company in North Carolina, MSI, developed the Phantom Badger’s shocks and suspension to tackle the challenging terrain and obstacles military customers would encounter.

“This is a vehicle that will last the customer a long time, and we truly think this weight class of vehicle closes a big capability gap,” said John Chicoli, Boeing’s Phantom Badger program manager.

Check out the video to see the Phantom Badger in action.

buglerbilly
25-09-13, 02:57 AM
Oshkosh Delivers M-ATVs to UAE

Company Says It's Working on Saudi Deal

Sep. 24, 2013 - 06:24PM

By PAUL McLEARY


Oshkosh Defense recently delivered the last of the 750 M-ATVs sold to UAE. (Oshkosh Defense)

QUANTICO, VA. — Oshkosh Defense finished shipping the last of the 750 MRAP-All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) sold to the United Arab Emirates, and is working on a deal with Saudi Arabia for an undisclosed number of the lighter MRAPs, company officials here said.

John Bryant, senior vice president of defense programs for the company, said that Oshkosh is working on a long-term maintenance and supply agreement with the UAE to keep those M-ATVs humming. The UAE deal was announced in July 2012, and deliveries were completed this past August.

Since the potential Saudi deal is still in its early stages, Bryant said he could not provide any additional details, though he does expect announcements to be made by the end of the year.

Since the program came on line in 2009, the US Army, Marine Corps, and Special Operations Command purchased about 8,700 M-ATVs for use in Afghanistan, but as part of the overall divesture of its wartime MRAP fleet, the government will keep about 5,600 of them, with the Special Ops Command retaining about 250 vehicles.

Bryant said that the US government is planning on re-fitting almost all of the vehicles that come back from Afghanistan at its own government depots, but that Oshkosh’s supplier base should still see plenty of work funneling parts and technical expertise to the depots to finish up the work.

He also said that the company’s supplier base should stay pretty healthy over the next several years given the amount of work they have servicing Oshkosh’s heavy and medium vehicle fleets, as well.

“We don’t see any drying up of our supply base,” he said.

The company is also working on a series of safety, survivability, and mobility upgrades for the vehicles as they come home, including suspension upgrades and a new communications suite for international customers that would allow them to integrate more — and different — radios onto the platforms.

As one of the three finalists for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, Bryant is concerned about the fact that the program’s managers say that they’ll run out of money to continue testing by next summer, unless they receive an infusion of cash.

Still, he said, the company is continuing to perform its own testing on the JLTV, and is eager to share that information with the government if they need it.

buglerbilly
25-09-13, 12:19 PM
Oshkosh Defense Answers USMCs' Light Vehicle Needs

• Oshkosh JLTV solution on display at Modern Day Marine


Prototype L-ATV...........

The U.S. Marine Corps is reshaping its light vehicle fleet to equip Marines with the right mix of protected mobility for future missions. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has developed vehicle and upgrade offerings to meet those requirements, including a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) solution that will be showcased at Modern Day Marine in Quantico, Va., Sept. 25-27.

“The last decade of conflict combined with an aging light vehicle fleet has shaped the Marine Corps’ priorities for its future vehicle fleets,” said John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Chief among those priorities is the JLTV, a transportable vehicle that will allow Marines to operate in rugged, off-road environments, while keeping them safe in high-intensity combat situations.”

The Oshkosh JLTV solution, the Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), delivers unprecedented levels of off-road mobility for a light vehicle. Using the Oshkosh TAK-4i™ intelligent independent suspension system, the vehicle delivers a 25 percent improvement in independent wheel travel over most mobile vehicles currently fielded, giving Marines greater off-road performance across rough terrain. Marines already rely on Oshkosh’s combat-proven vehicles with today’s gold standard in off-road capability, such as the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) and MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV).

Oshkosh Defense was down selected for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the JLTV program in August 2012 and delivered its 22 JLTV prototypes for government evaluations last month ahead of schedule. Oshkosh will provide vehicle training and support for the prototypes as they undergo 14 months of robust military testing.

HMMWV Upgrade Solutions

In addition to the procuring JLTV, the Marine Corps is seeking to upgrade a portion of its aged High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) fleet. Up-armoring HMMWVs in recent conflicts has diminished key vehicle capabilities, including off-road performance, ride quality and reliability.

Oshkosh Defense has developed modular and scalable HMMWV upgrade solutions that provide varying levels of capabilities at a range of price points. The upgrades can be provided individually or as more complete solutions for upgrading all critical vehicle systems. Oshkosh’s comprehensive, cost-effective approach addresses requirements for engine and powertrain, suspension, driveline, hubs and brakes, frame and hull, electrical, cooling, and auxiliary automotive improvements to meet the Marine Corps needs.

For example, Oshkosh has tailored its industry-leading TAK-4® independent suspension system to deliver higher levels of mobility, including a 70 percent off-road profile capability, improved ride quality and a 40 percent increase in the vehicle’s maximum speed. The TAK-4 system also gives the HMMWV greater whole-vehicle durability, a restored 2,500-pound payload capacity and a restored ground clearance of 17 inches. Oshkosh also can deliver a modern engine option that’s more powerful than the HMMWV’s stock engine and provides increased fuel efficiency.


Normal Hummer (left) with Hummer with TAK-4 suspension on right..........

Source : Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK)

Published on ASDNews: Sep 24, 2013

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-51262/Oshkosh_Defense_Answers_USMCs__Light_Vehicle_Needs .htm#ixzz2ftiwd1tP

buglerbilly
25-09-13, 04:41 PM
Polish Army Eyes New Biological Reconnaissance Vehicles

Sep. 25, 2013 - 09:12AM

By JAROSLAW ADAMOWSKI

WARSAW — The Polish Defense Ministry has launched a technical dialogue to select defense manufacturers willing to supply seven new biological reconnaissance vehicles to the Polish Army, the ministry’s Armament Inspectorate said in a statement.

According to the released technical specification, the designed high-mobility vehicle will have a medium loading capacity. The vehicle must carry a crew of seven and weigh a maximum of 16 tons. The seven vehicles are also to be enabled for air transport by the Lockheed C-130E Hercules aircraft. Polish Air Force has six such transport aircraft in its fleet.

Under the plan, the vehicle contract will also cover servicing and maintenance.

Applications are to be submitted by Sept. 30, according to the Armament Inspectorate. After the applications are reviewed, the ministry aims to meet with the manufacturers to discuss the technical and financial aspects of their initial offers by Oct. 18. The Polish ministry has already established a task team to handle the application and evaluation process.

Delivery of the vehicles to the Polish Army is scheduled for 2014.

Wolftrap
25-09-13, 06:40 PM
According to the released technical specification, the designed high-mobility vehicle will have a medium loading capacity. The vehicle must carry a crew of seven and weigh a maximum of 16 tons. [...] Delivery of the vehicles to the Polish Army is scheduled for 2014.

Sounds about right for Patria AMV 6x6.

buglerbilly
26-09-13, 01:32 AM
Yup, the 6x6 was listed from the beginning as a possibility for the Polish Army and this need seems to be ideal?

buglerbilly
26-09-13, 01:44 AM
GD Inks 2nd SOCOM Ground Vehicle Contract in a Month

Sep. 25, 2013 - 12:45PM

By PAUL MCLEARY


General Dynamics' Advanced Light Strike Vehicle, a variant of the Flyer vehicle, was awarded a test and evaluation contract by US Special Operations Command. (General Dynamics)

QUANTICO, VA. — General Dynamics has scored a perfect two for two this year when gunning for US Special Operations Command ground vehicle contracts. It won the $562 million Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 bid in August — though the award is stalled by protests from AM General and Navistar — and has now secured a $5.8 million evaluation contract for a lighter, CV-22 Osprey transportable vehicle on Sept 12.

On Wednesday, GD spokeswoman Laurie VanBrocklin confirmed that the company’s Advanced Light Strike Vehicle — a variant of the “Flyer” vehicle that won SOCOM’s GMV contract — was awarded the 12-month test and evaluation contract that includes training and parts.

A government website outlines a contract “for a minimum basic quantity of 2 vehicles each with the ability to purchase 8 additional vehicles.”

The idea behind the program is to give operators a fast, protected, but lightly armored off-road vehicle that can roll out of the back of an Osprey and begin firing mounted weapons within 60 seconds.

In May, Defense News reported on comments made by Marine Lt. Col. Ken Burger, program manager for the Family of Special Operations Vehicles, who told an industry gathering that SOCOM’s plan is to request funding for the program beginning in the fiscal 2015 budget, and that Air Force Special Operations Command will begin doing combat evaluations of prototypes in 2014.

buglerbilly
27-09-13, 01:42 AM
Pentagon Kicks Off JTLV Testing

By Michael Hoffman Thursday, September 26th, 2013 12:10 pm



QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va. — The three competitors in the program to build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle remain confident in the program despite budget uncertainties as the Defense Department kicks off testing as part of the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the program.

AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense — the three companies awarded EMD contracts — delivered 22 prototype vehicles to the Army and Marine Corps for testing this summer. Each one delivered the vehicle ahead of schedule.

The Defense Department has started the earliest phases of testing to include weighing each component of the vehicle. Of course, the weight may be one of the most important aspects of the JLTV to the Marine Corps.

Corps officials have harped on the size and weight of the JLTV emphasizing the need for the vehicles to fit on ships and be transported by helicopter. Arguments over weight requirements almost killed the program as costs skyrocketed as defense companies experimented with new materials to reduce the weight.

The Army and Marine Corps have since pared down the requirements for the program and similarly the price per vehicle to $250,000. However, the Marine Corps has wavered in its commitment after Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos said his service would have to re-evaluate its position in the program because of the sequestration budget cuts.

Initial plans had the JLTV replacing the Humvee in the Army and Marine Corps fleets. Budget restraints have forced the service to temper their initial plans. The Army now plans to acquire as many as 49,000 JLTVs and the Corps plans to buy 5,500. As a whole, the Defense Department has about 180,000 Humvees in its fleet.

Thus far, officials from the defense companies who have submitted prototype vehicle have received very little feedback, if any at all.

“The testing has only just begun so there’s not much feedback yet,” said Chris Vanslager, AM General’s executive director for program management.

John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense, said he is looking forward to seeing how the vehicles stand up to the wear and tear following the significant mileage the Army testers will put on the vehicles.

Kathryn Hasse, Lockheed Martin’s JLTV program director, explained that for all three of the companies, many of the tests the Defense Department will do on the vehicles, have already been carried out by the companies. However, she said Lockheed has an advantage because it is the only company to win an EMD contract that also took part in the Technology Development phase of the contract.

All three companies supported the decision by the JLTV’s joint program manager to not delay the testing schedule and reevaluate the program next summer. Col. John Cavedo, the JLTV’s joint program manager, made the announcement in August.

“It shows he’s committing to staying on schedule,” Bryant said at the Modern Day Marine Exposition here on Monday.

buglerbilly
27-09-13, 02:25 AM
Via DiD........


The US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is working on an Ultra Light Vehicle (ULV) prototype with DARPA’s help to try and revert the trend of ever heavier military vehicles. Their website is offline at the moment, but here’s a short video ..............




TARDEC - Ultra Light Vehicle (ULV) Research Prototype Advanced Testing Phase [1080p]
arronlee33
Published on 16 Sep 2013

9 Sep 2013. Ultra Light Vehicle (ULV) is U.S. Army's latest "research prototype".
Hybrid tactical vehicle targets safety, fuel-efficiency and versatility.
Using commercial technologies, only 16 months from design to build.

U.S. ARMY DETROIT ARSENAL, WARREN, Mich. - While no military strategist can predict with absolute certainty where future conflicts will happen, Army researchers have designed the Ultra Light Vehicle (ULV) Research Prototype to meet a wide range of challenges by making it fuel efficient, versatile and survivable in nearly any environment.

At the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), final testing is beginning on the ULV vehicle platform with technologies to equip Soldiers for missions across a full spectrum of mobility challenges while keeping occupants safe and using fuel efficiently.

Funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the ULV project was set up to design, develop and build three identical lightweight tactical research prototype vehicles emphasizing survivability for occupants and meeting four research objectives:

Payload - 4,500 lbs
Performance - at 14,000 lbs curb weight
Protection - comparable to the currently fielded Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles
Price - $250,000 each in a hypothetical 5,000-unit production run.

TARDEC's Ground System Survivability group partnered with non-traditional defense contractors bringing the engineering expertise of both to the project. In only 16 months, the team moved from design to prototype.

"The Army's approach was to create synergistic survivability," explained TARDEC GSS Associate Director Steve Knott. "Soft deliverables — such as data and lessons learned — and hard deliverables — such as test assets and spare automotive components — will help shape, inform and support tactical vehicle programs, technology demonstrator efforts and/or TARDEC Innovation Projects to maximize the overall return on investment."

The team produced three vehicles: two will be used for mobility, mine blast and ballistic survivability testing and the third is moving into TARDEC's Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory (GSPEL) for mobility and fuel efficiency testing. Results are expected to be available in early 2014.

Vehicle information — including specifications, photos and videos — is located here:
http://tardec.army.mil/ulv/index.html

Highlights of ULV's powertrain, design, communications and protection, focusing on mobility and survivability, include:

Powertrain -- With two electric motors (front and rear) the ULV's hybrid powertrain improves both mobility and survivability. By eliminating the need for a driveshaft, the underbody can be designed to perform well in a blast event. And either of the electric motors can power the vehicle, providing redundancy. A lightweight diesel engine powers the electric motors and also enables:

 Immediate launch
 Stealth drive
 Silent watch
 Exportable power generation
 High torque at low/near zero speeds
 Improved fuel economy

Design -- ULV's final design was developed by lead contractor Hardwire LLC
(www.hardwirellc.com). The relatively spacious crew-accommodating cab provides increased interior space than similarly equipped tactical vehicles. Remote-mounted and remote-controlled vehicle electronics reduce HVAC loads and create space. "Clamshell" front and rear doors open away from the B-pillar creating a protected area for Soldiers to exit.

"The cab is designed to have seven egress points facilitated by quick-release and removable components, stowage space for personnel and mission-specific items and 360-degree situational awareness through front- and rear-mounted ultra wide-angle thermal imagers," explained TARDEC engineer Vladimir Gendlin.

Communications -- ULV features lower-weight Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) technologies focused on warfighter needs.

Survivability/Ballistic Protection -- The hybrid design allows for a "clean underbody" through the elimination of various automotive components potentially allowing for blast-mitigation technologies to perform uninhibited during a blast event. This design provides added opportunities to integrate various blast-mitigating kits under the hull for higher threat levels. Interior technologies include a crushable floating floor system that decouples the crew's feet and legs from the steel hull and absorbs energy, adjustable stroking seats, five-point restraint systems, and spatial accommodations to mitigate head impacts and flail injuries. ULV also utilizes highstrength steels and advanced composite materials offering lightweight ballistic protection from a number of threats to include a newly developed transparent ceramic armor system to keep the vehicle's overall weight down.


To be honest, this prototype looks better than some of the production vehicles being developed..............:1010

buglerbilly
03-10-13, 10:26 AM
Guns Up for Australian Army 6x6 G-Wagons



The Australian Army will soon take delivery of the first Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 6x6 surveillance reconnaissance vehicles (SRV) fitted with a new customised weapons suite.

Under Phase 3A of Project Land 121, around 200 G-Wagon 6x6 SRVs will each receive front and rear weapon mounts developed by Australian weapon mount specialist W&E Platt.

In a AUD$2.5 million contract with Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), the company is currently building the mounts at a rate of about 10 sets per week. The contract also includes a spare parts package and technical documentation.

In collaboration with the DMO, Platt undertook extensive in-house design and engineering evaluations of the bespoke weapon mount solutions throughout much of 2012, including Commonwealth of Australia sponsored live fire trials of advanced prototype mounts.

Designed specifically for the unarmoured 300 CDI G-Wagon 6x6 SRV platform, the weapon mount fit comprises a front rail mount for both left and right-handed gunners that is installed on the upper dash structure for the vehicle commander; and a rear skate mount fixed to the rear stowage compartment. The latter enables the gunner to engage targets left, right and to the rear of the vehicle but not to the front of the vehicle, where arcs of fire are restricted by rotation stops.

Each weapon mount can accept a Minimi 5.56mm light machine weapon or a MAG-58 7.62mm general purpose machine gun.

Australian Army units earmarked to receive the 6500kg gross vehicle mass G-Wagon 6x6 SRV include the three Regional Force Surveillance Units: the Pilbara Regiment, NORFORCE and the 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment. It is understood that Royal Australian Air Force Airfield Defence Guards units will also receive the vehicle.

Delivery of the Platt weapon mounts will continue through the first quarter of 2014.

Source : W&E Platt Pty Ltd

Published on ASDNews: Oct 2, 2013

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-51420/Guns_Up_for_Australian_Army_6x6_G-Wagons.htm#ixzz2ge4pCqc6

buglerbilly
09-10-13, 04:12 PM
October 4, 2013 at 13:00

Colombia has Shown Interest in an Israeli MRAP

Posted by newsdesk

The MKII Zibar Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) developed by Zibar in Israel has been demonstrated to the Colombian Army and Marine Corps, reportedly arousing great interest in its performance.


Photo: Zibar

The Zibar is offered also as MRAP, with shields allowing it to successfully withstand explosions IEDs, as well as impacts of 5.56 x45mm caliber ammunition and 7.62 x39mm.

This version has been developed for use in desert environments and for COIN type operations, thanks to 4×4, which provides great maneuverability in rough terrain, having the ability to carry up to six men, with their respective team-and also having weapons station in the middle of the vehicle to which it is accessed by a turret, that can mount a machine gun – a Browning M-2HB-QCB 12.7 mm or a U.S. Ordnance M-60 7.62 mm.

One option is to fit a Rafael remote controlled weapon station on the Zibar.




zibar pick up 2013
noa559016
Published on 26 Feb 2013

ZIBAR PICKUP 2013 VERSION

buglerbilly
16-10-13, 02:09 AM
BAE Shutters Texas Factory, JLTV Production Moved

Oct. 15, 2013 - 04:19PM | By PAUL McLEARY


Moving JLTV: Lockheed Martin will shift production of the JLTV to its Camden, Ark., facility after BAE Systems announced it would close its facility in Sealy, Texas. (Lockheed Martin)

WASHINGTON — In a surprise announcement with serious implications for the US Army’s ground vehicle industrial base, BAE Systems announced today that it is shuttering its Sealy, Texas, production facility by the end of June 2014.

A total of 325 employees will be put out of work between November and June, and some of the work being done at the facility will be moved to other BAE facilities, a spokesperson for the company said.

The facility at Sealy was focused on wheeled vehicle production. With orders having dried up for mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles and the family of medium tactical vehicles, and no new orders coming in, the company said it didn’t have enough work to keep the line open.

“We explored every possible option to maintain the viability of the facility, but the decline in US defense spending has made it necessary for us to continue rationalizing our business base,” said Erwin Bieber, president of BAE Systems Land & Armaments sector, in a statement. “This was a difficult decision, but it in no way reflects upon the hard work and commitment of the employees. We will do all we can to assist them during this difficult transition.”

The move has implications beyond BAE Systems. The company had an agreement with Lockheed Martin to manufacture Lockheed’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at Sealy, but the company said that it will still provide the armored cabs, protection solutions and manufacturing expertise.

Lockheed said today that it is moving production of the JLTV to the company’s Camden, Ark., manufacturing facility.

Kathryn Hasse, director – JLTV at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said on a conference call Monday afternoon that “BAE remains a key partner with us on our JLTV team,” but with the shift in production locations, “the terms and conditions of the agreement will be modified” between the two companies.

Hasse wouldn’t elaborate on those new conditions might be, but said it is almost certain that some engineers who had worked for BAE at Sealy would come aboard at Lockheed and move to the Arkansas plant.

She also said that since production is moving to a new facility, the company will have to invest to make some modifications to the new plant in order to accommodate JLTV production. But given that the next milestone in the program won’t come until 2015, the work would be done well before then.

Lockheed is also claiming that the shift to a Lockheed facility will allow the company to reduce overall production costs from the program, but when asked why they didn’t make the move earlier in order to reduce costs, Hasse said that it was due to the teaming agreement with BAE.

In August, 22 JLTV prototypes left the Sealy line en route to the Army as part of the program’s Technology Development and Engineering and Manufacturing Development phases.

“BAE Systems remains committed to Lockheed Martin and our JLTV program,” Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles for BAE Systems said in a statement.

Lockheed Martin’s Camden line has already produced gear such as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense ground vehicles.

BAE executives have been warning of layoffs for some time. During a tour of the company’s experimentation facility in Michigan in September, Signorelli expressed concern about the company’s manufacturing facility in York, Pa., as well. While the company has reached deals with the Army to keep the production line there humming through 2014, the work will run out about halfway through 2015.

“We mitigated the major risks in ‘14,” he said, but “we still can’t support the entire supply base. There will be layoffs.”

BAE Systems acquired the Sealy plant as part of its purchase of Armor Holdings in 2007.

Email: pmcleary@defensenews.com.

buglerbilly
17-10-13, 02:01 AM
Pentagon Slows Ground Vehicle Purchases

By Michael Fabey

Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

October 16, 2013


Credit: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Army and Marine Corps are in no hurry to rebuild their ground fleets following the accelerated acquisition of vehicles capable of protecting troops from improvised explosive devices (IED) and related threats in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Such is the case as the services develop the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), a program the Army shares with the Marine Corps, to replace the Humvee, which has been in service since 1985.

“They are being very deliberate,” says John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense, which along with AM General and Lockheed Martin received JLTV Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contracts in August 2012, worth a total of $185 million for the program. The JLTV Technology Development contracts were awarded in October 2008 and the planned single, low-rate initial production contract is not scheduled until 2015.

Congress and defense analysts took the Pentagon to task for spending large sums of money to quickly ramp up production and deployment of mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles for Iraq, as well as other specially built vehicles for Afghanistan. But now the services are throttling back a little with JLTV, Bryant says, to make sure requirements and capabilities match up at a reasonable cost.

Right now government estimates put the research and development costs for a program to develop and buy 54,599 vehicles at about $497.1 million, while the procurement cost is estimated at about $22.2 billion, for a total funding package of about $22.7 billion.

Bryant says the JLTV program should fare well as it comes under scrutiny—like other major acquisition efforts—from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and Government Accountability Office (GAO). CRS notes there could be some congressional concerns over “reported possible JLTV budget shortfalls starting in fiscal 2015.”

Bryant also acknowledges there could be some funding issues later in the program associated with sequestration. And, as GAO points out, JLTV will have to battle it out with other major ground-related Army programs.

“The Army plans to move ahead with the procurement of JLTV at about the same time that it plans to start the procurement of other new and costly programs like the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) and the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV),” GAO says. “The procurement of all three programs is expected to continue for a decade or more.”

The AMPV fleet is the proposed replacement for the M113 family of vehicles in the heavy brigade combat team, focusing on five missions: general purpose; medical evacuation; medical treatment; mortar carrier; and mission command. The proposed Army AMPV buy runs higher than 3,100 vehicles.

The first GCV variant is intended to be the service’s next infantry fighting vehicle, replacing a portion of the current M2 Bradley fleet. The total GCV program price tag is estimated at $37.9 billion, with $7 billion of that needed for research and development and $25.4 billion for procurement.

The Army needs about 30 development models and plans to buy 1,874 production models, according to defense analysts’ estimates.

buglerbilly
18-10-13, 03:48 AM
REF Lab Finds Fix for MRAP Weakness

by Matt Cox on October 17, 2013



Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles are tough but their tires have not faired well in Afghanistan. Last year, the air valves that protrude off of MRAP tires were breaking easily when the vehicles brushed up against other vehicles or dirt walls, causing the tires to go flat and bringing vehicles to a halt.

The Rapid Equipping Force soldiers and engineers, working out of the REF’s Expeditionary Lab in Afghanistan, found out about the problem last year and and ginned up a simple, bolt-on fix that has saved a lot of tires since then, Master Sgt. Willian Pascual, operations NCO with the REF at Fort Belvoir, Va.

“The trucks run up against the wall or a berm or something and that little stem valve gets broken, tire goes flat and the unit is left out there until another unit can help pick them up,” Pascual told reporters during at an Oct. 16 tour of one of the labs at Belvoir.



REF officials at the lab designed several prototype covers for the valves, using the lab’s 3D printer to build them out of plastic. They fit tested them, made changes and then milled them out of alluminum for testing. It took about five weeks to create a finished product.

The REF deployed two of these highly-mobile labs to Afghanistan last year. These “Ex Labs” cost about $2.8 million each and include state-of-the-art equipment such as a Rapid Prototyping 3D Printer, a machine that can produce plastic parts that may not even exist in the current inventory. There’s also a similar device known as a Computer Numerical Control Machining system for producing parts and components from steel and aluminum.

In addition to the high-tech prototyping equipment, the labs include portable equipment carts filled with tools such as plasma cutters for precision metal cutting, welders, magnetic mounted drill-presses, electric hacksaws, routers, circular saws and jig saws.

“We can build stuff out of plastic; w can build stuff out of metal,” Pascual said. “We can well, we can help with their electronic components … and we can help them with their kit work – say their is a certain part of their bag they need moved from one part to the other, we can do that as well.”

The labs also include satellite communications equipment for conducting video teleconferences with REF officials and engineers in the states. Once in theater, these expeditionary labs can be transported by truck or airlifted by helicopter to wherever they are needed.

As the Pentagon begins to drastically scale down its presense in Afghainstan, the REF may shrink in size but these labs can be used anywhere troops are deployed, said REF Director Col. Steven Sliwa.

“I’m pretty sure that the Army wants to resource its operations globally,” Sliwa said. “ Under this new fiscal environment … what is the right size of the REF? How do we expand and contract so we are right sized but also to be able to grow to the required size in order to meet the demands of any operation? We don’t want to lose the 12 years of lessons that we have learned.”

buglerbilly
21-10-13, 04:57 PM
Pakistan Struggles To Fund Counterinsurgency Vehicles

Oct. 20, 2013 - 12:04PM | By USMAN ANSARI


Pakistan has ordered three Serbian-built Lazar 2 multirole armored vehicles for evaluation to improve its land warfare capabilities. (Wikimedia image by Srdan Popovic)

The Pakistani's need high mobility armoured vehicles so they go to SERBIA!!???? Gee, don't remember many of them being in Iraq or Afghanistan! IF they truly wanted such vehicles then BAE South Afrca or Oshkosh could easily, and happily, help......a huge range of vehicles to pick from too, from real heavy duty down to LW armoured 4x4's..........totally stupid to go to Serbia!

ISLAMABAD — Economic problems are hampering Pakistani efforts to acquire needed counterinsurgency vehicles, but domestic and international options offer some hope, officials said.

The deaths of Maj. Gen. Sanaullah Khan and Lt. Col. Tauseef Ahmed in a Sept. 15 Taliban improvised explosive device (IED) attack near the Afghan border hammered home the need to improve counterinsurgency vehicles. Khan and Ahmed had been inspecting troops in the region.

Years of efforts to acquire more suitable counterinsurgency vehicles have not borne fruit, and even the long-awaited indigenous Burraq mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle has not entered service. A spokesman for state-owned Heavy Industries Taxila said, “Burraq is on hold,” but gave no reason.

Brian Cloughley, former Australian defense attaché to Islamabad, said, “the major problem, as always, is cash.”

Any substantial procurement would be difficult to make as Pakistan is seeking aid from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, he said.

Foreign offers of surplus vehicles have also been declined however, again mainly for financial reasons.

“The Army didn’t want the surplus US vehicles from Afghanistan, not just because they want to cut reliance on US equipment wherever possible, but because of operating costs and complexity,” Cloughley said.

Nevertheless, options are being explored.

At the Serbian “Partner 2013” defense exhibition in June, local media quoted the nation’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Aleksandar Vucic as saying that Pakistan had ordered three Lazar 2 eight-wheel-drive multirole armored vehicles developed by state-owned Yugoimport SDPR.

These are thought to be for evaluation, with local production in Pakistan a possibility.

The Lazar 2 is a more multirole version of the Lazar 1 vehicle and is configurable for a wide range of roles with various weapon options.

Yugoimport SDPR would not comment on details of a deal, and the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Serbian Embassy in Beijing, (from where Serbia is represented in Pakistan), also declined to comment.

The Ministry of Defence here was unable to give any details.

The spokesman for Heavy Industries Taxila, however, confirmed no co-production deal had yet been signed.

Cloughley said the company can quickly manufacture the Lazar 2, but added, “The Army doesn’t need a [multirole combat vehicle] for the eastern front, and the armoured/mech infantry divisions seem to be comparatively low priority at the moment,” he said.

Analyst Usman Shabbir of the Pakistan Military Consortium said the Army may have to think smaller.

The Army “certainly needs better 4x4 vehicles in [the Federally Administered Tribal Areas] region, ... something that could provide a certain level of protection against small arms fire and limited protection against small size IEDs,” he said.

One possible option is a new version of the Mohafiz four-wheel-drive security vehicle developed by Taxila. Now based on a Toyota Land Cruiser 79 chassis, the Mohafiz III offers improved protection.

“The Mohafiz III is most likely the cheapest and easiest solution available,” Shabbir said, but it remains to be seen if it will enter service the Army.

Wolftrap
21-10-13, 11:11 PM
The Pakistani's need high mobility armoured vehicles so they go to SERBIA!!???? Gee, don't remember many of them being in Iraq or Afghanistan! IF they truly wanted such vehicles then BAE South Afrca or Oshkosh could easily, and happily, help......a huge range of vehicles to pick from too, from real heavy duty down to LW armoured 4x4's..........totally stupid to go to Serbia!

Maybe so, especially as Pakistan seems quick to acquire chinese aircraft and naval vessels but apparently _not_ chinese armor ?yet? The article states the rationale: reduce dependence, operating costs and complexity. Maybe they don't only want to hedge western hardware with far eastern but do something else as well ...

You can argue about Serbia's industry but they do have a coherent wheeled armor portfolio built around military logistics vehicles as a base platform. Be it mere trucks, APC's, MLRS or artillery and Serbia might be desperate enough to get large orders to make negotiations with them interesting again. And what is Taxila Heavy manufacturing these days anyways? :)

buglerbilly
22-10-13, 01:20 AM
DARPA, Army Researchers Working on New IED-Proof Vehicles

Oct. 21, 2013 - 03:49PM | By PAUL McLEARY


Roadside bombs have caused the majority of US combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. (US Army)

WASHINGTON — Over the next 18 months, the US Army, DARPA and Alcoa Defense are getting together to work on producing single-piece aluminum hulls for ground combat vehicles which, the thinking goes, would improve crew protection against buried roadside bombs.

Since a single-piece underbelly would obviously do away with welding seams that can break apart and endanger soldiers when an IED hits the vehicle, the structure would be lighter and more likely to stay in one piece.

IEDs have been the biggest killer of US and coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“For decades, the Army has recognized the survivability benefits of a single-piece hull due to its thickness, size and shape for ground combat vehicles,” Ernest Chin of the Army Research Laboratory said in a statement.

Alcoa has already designed a single-piece aluminum hull that allows engineers to tailor the thickness where it’s most needed, which also allows for weight savings, since some sections of the hull would be a bit thinner.

The Army Research Laboratory kicked off its Affordable Protection from Objective Threats program in 2012. An Army planning document explaining the program says the service is looking for “new high performance alloys with little to no exposed weld/joints capable of meeting the next generation underbody blast requirements.”

Alcoa has already helped the Pentagondevelop a single-piece forging for the Joint Strike Fighter bulkhead as well as multiple replacement parts using new alloys for the US Air Force.

buglerbilly
22-10-13, 01:23 AM
Industry Working To Give the MRAP New Life

Oct. 21, 2013 - 05:57PM | By PAUL McLEARY


The US Army is keeping about 3,000 Navistar-made MaxxPro MRAPs.

The US Army is keeping about 3,000 of the 9,000 Navistar-made MaxxPro MRAPs it purchased between 2007 and 2011 while it divests thousands more MRAPs for which it no longer has a need.

Since Navistar won the sweepstakes as the main MRAP that US forces will ride into the future, the hulking vehicle, which was built rapidly to provide protection against roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, is going to need some serious upgrades, however.

Chief among the coming tweaks that Navistar is planning is adding the communications and connectivity capability that the Army is pushing across the force, a capability that allows leaders to access streaming video, text and voice messages from soldiers in the field and intelligence assets overhead.

Given this, the MaxxPro is headed to the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., next spring to participate in the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation exercise, so the service can assess the company’s Mission Command on the Move technologies.

The new technology suite will allow brigade commanders to stay connected to dismounted troops and brigade and battalion headquarters while on the move in austere environments.

The Mission Command MaxxPro seats five passengers and features several workstations that allow soldiers to monitor the information being sent from dismounts, access feeds from UAVs and keep track of where all units in the area are operating.

One of the other big selling points that the company is pushing is the vehicle’s ability to kick out 120 kilowatts of power while sitting at idle, reducing the load of power generators deployed units need to transport on missions.

The power generation capability would also allow commanders to power an entire tactical operations center with one MRAP, allowing the unit to set up a semi-permanent base of operations and be able to access the full suite of communications and intelligence gathering technologies, all without hauling any generators

While it is heading down to White Sands for operational evaluations, the vehicle’s technology suite is only at the start of its test and evaluation process with the Army. After its trip to White Sands next spring for its initial evaluation in an operational environment, it will head back for formal testing next fall, after which the Army will make a decision about how to move forward.

Navistar is also working on signing parts and sustainment contracts with the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, since it has sold about 9,000 military and commercial vehicles of various makes to each nation in recent years, said Bob Walsh, vice president of Navistar Defense.

buglerbilly
22-10-13, 02:47 PM
General Dynamics to Deliver V-22 Internally Transported Vehicles to U.S. Special Operations Command

(Source: General Dynamics; issued Oct. 21, 2013)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems was awarded a contract by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for non-developmental V-22 Internally Transportable Vehicles (ITV).

The three-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract is for up to 10 vehicles, with integration and logistical support and training. The total value of the contract is $5.8 million if all options are exercised.

General Dynamics' Flyer ITV is a modular and mobile vehicle that traverses severe, rugged and restrictive terrain while providing off-road, cross-country mobility in all types of weather. Easily and rapidly reconfigured in the field, the Flyer ITV can be used for a variety of combat and humanitarian efforts including light assault, search and rescue, command and control and reconnaissance missions. Its modular, armored design allows it to meet an array of threat levels and environmental conditions without vehicle modifications.

The Flyer ITV is on display through Wednesday, October 23, in General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems' booth (#707) at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C.

"This award positions General Dynamics as a key provider to the U.S. SOCOM for internally transportable vehicles. By using a high percentage of non-developmental technology the Flyer can be fielded quickly and cost-effectively," said Tim Neaves, senior director of lightweight tactical vehicles for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. "The combined knowledge and manufacturing expertise of General Dynamics and Flyer Defense will enable us to meet SOCOM's demanding requirements, along with those of other U.S. and foreign customers seeking affordable internally transportable light-strike vehicles."

Flyer Defense, LLC, has over 15 years of experience and expertise in innovative, operationally relevant design, modeling, simulation and manufacturing of high-mobility off-road tactical vehicles and provides an array of capabilities in system design, development, and prototyping.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems manufactures large-, medium- and small-caliber direct and indirect-fire munitions; weapon, armament and vehicle survivability systems; as well as propellants and non-lethal and force-protection products.

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buglerbilly
22-10-13, 11:10 PM
Army Full Speed Ahead on JLTV, Marines Choosing Words Carefully

Oct. 22, 2013 - 05:05PM | By PAUL McLEARY


The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program will replace US Humvees, shown here. The government shutdown temporarily halted testing of JLTV candidates. (US Army)

The two-week federal government shutdown halted Army and Marine Corps testing of the 66 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles that Oshkosh, AM General and Lockheed Martin delivered in August for 14 months of test and evaluation, Army officials said today.

“Some of the test sites didn’t shut down at the same time and they didn’t come up at the same time,” which complicated matters as far as coordinating across multiple sites performing multiple tests, said US Army Col. John Cavedo, program manager for the JLTV program.

Even when the funding spigot was turned back on after the two-week shutdown, “starting back up has been a very difficult proposition,” he added. “We are behind our current ideal test plan right now,” but he said he’s confident the Army and Marine Corps will be able to make op for those delays over the next nine months.

But that isn’t the end of the program’s fiscal troubles.

Cavedo told Defense News in August that if sequestration remains in place and the program doesn’t receive a new infusion of cash by July, the services will have to begin curtailing test and evaluation activities, pushing back the program’s schedule.

A production award is expected in late fiscal 2015 for approximately 50,000 JLTVs for the Army, with their Marine Corps partners purchasing another 5,500 vehicles.

The Marine Corps has made noises in recent years about possibly pulling out of the program because of the $250,000-per-vehicle price tag and weight issues. But Lt. Col. Michael Burks, Marine Corps program manager, Light Tactical Vehicles, reiterated that the Marines are all in on the program — with a significant caveat.

“The Marine Corps is emphatic on maintaining a combat capacity, so we’re absolutely focused on more tooth to tail,” even as the size of the force falls over the next several years, he said.

“The focus right now is on what is good enough. I won’t speculate on how that’s going to impact across ground combat tactical vehicle strategy … so in terms of what’s good enough, I offer that right now, in the current conversation, in the context of the size of the Marine Corps that we’re looking at, 5,500 JLTVs is good enough to meet deployed commanders critical mission needs.”

Hard decisions about the testing program and the overall schedule for awards will have to be made in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 if sequester remains in place, Cavedo said. In the 2014 budget, the program took a $5 million hit under the sequester, with another $11 million taken out of its coffers by congressional marks.

Overall, the Army requested $84 million for JLTV work in fiscal 2014, while the Marines have asked for $50 million.

Kevin Fahey, head of Army PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support, added that “our problems have had nothing to do with the program, and everything to do with the budget” in recent years, and that he needs a budget decision in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 in order to keep everything moving ahead as planned.

“Right now we’re on the path where we’re on track,” he said.

But even with those rough deadlines set for later this year, “we can’t even begin to tell you what the actual date is that we run out of money” Cavedo warned.

buglerbilly
23-10-13, 04:26 AM
Army Vows JLTV Commitment Despite Cuts

By Brendan McGarry Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 12:34 pm



The U.S. Army and Marine Corps still plan to buy a total of almost 55,000 light-duty trucks known as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle despite the prospect of continued budget cuts, officials said.

The Army aims to purchase about 49,000 of the vehicles, designed to replace about a third of the Cold War-era Humvee fleet, while the Marine Corps plans to acquire about 5,500 of them, officials from both services said at the second day of the Association of the United States Army conference.

“JLTV is a priority,” Kevin Fahey, the Army’s program executive officer for combat support and combat service support, said during a briefing with reporters. He appeared alongside Col. John Cavedo, the Army’s project manager for joint light tactical vehicles, and Lt. Col. Michael Burks, the Marine Corps’ deputy to the Joint Program Office for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles.

“We still have a train on the tracks,” Cavedo said.

“We are in,” Burks said.

The comments added context to statements yesterday from top Army officials that major acquisition programs, including the Ground Combat Vehicle, were in jeopardy because of the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. That may mean the Army will seek to replace Humvees before Bradleys.

Lockheed Martin Corp., based in Bethesda, Md.; Oshkosh Corp., based in Oshkosh, Wis.; and AM General LLC, based in South Bend, Ind., are developing JLTV prototypes.

The Army is still trying determine how many trucks it needs as it downsizes, Fahey said. It plans to submit a report on the subject to Congress sometime next year, he said.

The service already plans to shrink from about 520,000 active-duty soldiers today to about 490,000 around 2017. That figure, however, may drop to 380,000 if sequestration remains in effect, Pentagon officials have said.

The Pentagon faces about $500 billion in automatic cuts through 2021. That’s in addition to almost $500 billion in reductions already included in 2011 deficit-reduction legislation. The first installment totaled about $37 billion and began March 1 after lawmakers were unable to reach an alternative agreement on taxes and spending. The second installment totals about $52 billion and is set to take effect Jan. 1.

If and when the cuts slice into the Army’s light tactical wheeled vehicle fleet, officials will try to steer them toward the existing inventory of Humvees rather than the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs, Cavedo said.

The JLTV quantity for the Army and Marine Corps “remains the target that we’re shooting for and reductions to match force structure may come at reduced numbers of 30-year-old Humvees,” he said.

The recent government shutdown and short-term funding measure known as a continuing resolution have disrupted prototype testing, Cavedo said. Sometime after Jan. 1, the program office will decide whether to slow spending on the program, he said. The congressional deal that reopened the government will fund agencies through Jan. 15 and raise the federal debt limit through Feb. 6.

The services requested a total of about $135 million for the program in fiscal 2014, which began Oct. 1, including $84 million for the Army and $50 million for the Marine Corps, according to budget documents. But that funding — which is about $50 million more than last year — is at risk under the continuing resolution, which only provides funding at levels similar to last year, Fahey said.

buglerbilly
23-10-13, 12:50 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:53 PM

Lockheed Martin presents the latest version of JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle at AUSA 2013.

At AUSA 2013, Lockheed Martin presents the latest version of the JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) which was just delivered to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps on Aug. 14, 2013 for 14 months of test and evaluation. A production award is expected in late fiscal 2015 for approximately 50,000 JLTVs for the Army, with their Marine Corps partners purchasing another 5,500 vehicles.


The latest version of the Lockheed Martin JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle)

The primary goal of Lockheed Martin JLTV is to provide a Family of Vehicles (FOV), with companion trailers, that are capable of performing multiple mission roles designed to provide protected, sustained and networked mobility for personnel and payloads across the full range of military operations.

Designed as a more capable and survivable replacement for many of the current Army and Marine Corps HMMWV “Humvees,” the Lockheed Martin JLTV is systems engineered to return crucial protection, mobility and transportability to Soldiers and Marines. In refining its JLTV EMD design, the Lockheed Martin team optimized a vehicle already proven in testing during the program’s previous Technology Development phase. The result is a lighter, more blast-resistant and more agile JLTV that maintains the proven force protection, mobility, transportability and reliability of the earlier model, while significantly reducing weight and cost.

BAE Systems is responsible for providing the JLTV's armored cabs and the vehicle’s innovative geometrically enhanced protection system, a design that enables levels of blast protection never before achieved in this vehicle class.

Designed-in reliability and supportability are hallmarks of the Lockheed Martin JLTV, with the result being reduced life-cycle costs. The vehicles showed exceptional reliability and superior fuel efficiency in more than 180,000 miles of testing.

The JLTV program creates a family of vehicles consisting of the general purpose (4-door) and utility (2 door) variants, which can be enhanced with mission kits. The variants share a high degree of commonality which reduces operations and support costs, and enhances training.

buglerbilly
24-10-13, 05:12 AM
Via Soldier Systems blog.......

AUSA – BRP

October 23rd, 2013



This is a sneak peek of the Scarab from Bombardier Recreational Products. Look for more info soon.

buglerbilly
24-10-13, 08:05 AM
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 08:53 PM

AM General ready to produce its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle JLTV BRV-O for US Army and Marines.

The U.S. Defense Company AM General which has manufactured more military light tactical vehicles than any other in the United States is poised to produce the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the next-generation Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) for Soldiers, Marines and other American service members performing their missions around the world.


AM General JLTV BRV-O at AUSA 2013, defense exhibition in Washington D.C.,United States.

AM General delivered 22 of its Blast Resistant Vehicle Off-Road™ (BRV-O™) JLTVs for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the program, to the United States Government in August ahead of schedule. The company manufactured the vehicles on the same Light Tactical Vehicle Assembly Line that has turned out approximately 300,000 High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) for all branches of the U.S. military and more than 50 international customers.

“We are unique in the JLTV program with our fully tooled production line; long experience in high- quality, lean manufacturing; successful track record of on-time and at-cost delivery; highly skilled workforce, and network of 1,700 suppliers across 43 states,” said AM General Vice President Business Development and Program Management Chris Vanslager. “Low-risk, high-quality and affordability is what our customer requires, and we at AM General, have more than five decades of experience and the heritage of manufacturing light tactical vehicles to deliver those requirements to the men and women of the armed services.”

The company’s LTV Assembly Line has the flexibility and tooling to economically and efficiently produce the BRV-O as well as HMMWV simultaneously, in multiple variants and volumes, to meet the needs of military customers. Besides its dedicated Military Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Ind., AM General’s manufacturing capability is supported by its Engineering and Product Development Center in Livonia, Mich., its engine manufacturing plant in Franklin, Ohio, its logistics support operations stretching from Indiana and around the globe, and its extensive LTV testing and training facilities in the South Bend, Ind. area.

“We alone bring to the table everything needed for successful, affordable and flexible manufacturing and life-cycle support to meet the needs of U.S. and international armed forces for decades into the future,” said Vanslager.

AM General has more than 50 years of experience building more than 1.5 million tactical wheeled vehicles, in the process earning recognition from the U.S. Army, Defense Logistics Agency, and other customer organizations for outstanding production, service parts and training contributions.

buglerbilly
24-10-13, 08:21 AM
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:58 PM

Textron Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle System SCTV increases crew protection of HMMWV.

At AUSA 2013, Textron Marine & Land Systems and Granite Tactical Vehicle present an upgrade of armour to increase the crew protection of HMMWV light tactical vehicle. The Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle (SCTV™) System offers occupants an armored monocoque v-hull crew capsule and restores tactical mobility with proven components.


HMMWV fitted with Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle (SCTV) system at AUSA 2013, Defense Exhibition in Washington D.C., United States.

The Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle Capsule is the protective capsule that replaces the current HMMWV crew compartment in a one-for-one exchange and is an integral component of the Textron/Granite total system integration.

The SCTV™ is a lightweight, highly protected system that is low in maintenance, rotary wing transportable, and compatible with all versions of HMMVWs currently in service. The solution capitalizes on previous training and maintains the characteristics of the original HMMWV cab by utilizing most of the existing controls, linkages and drive systems - the familiar and proven characteristics that make the HMMWV the vehicle of choice.

The SCTV™ HMMVW integrated vehicle system protects in-theater troops against blast and IED threats during combat operations on the asymmetric battlefield. The continuing need for substantial and sustained deployments across the full spectrum of operations requires innovative solutions to protect troops. Crew survivability has become a key performance parameter for all vehicle platforms. The SCTV™ has a lower center of gravity than an up-armored HMMVW and is resistant to small arms fire, blasts and the secondary effects of blasts such as fire, crushing, rollover and collision.

Pre-assembled SCTV™ components are easily transported by road, sea or air. The retrofit can be accomplished in fewer man-hours than the current armor and frag kits. The SCTV™ is low maintenance and supported by the military's existing parts inventory.

buglerbilly
24-10-13, 04:01 PM
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:58 PM

Textron Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle System SCTV increases crew protection of HMMWV.

At AUSA 2013, Textron Marine & Land Systems and Granite Tactical Vehicle present an upgrade of armour to increase the crew protection of HMMWV light tactical vehicle. The Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle (SCTV™) System offers occupants an armored monocoque v-hull crew capsule and restores tactical mobility with proven components.


HMMWV fitted with Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle (SCTV) system at AUSA 2013, Defense Exhibition in Washington D.C., United States.

The Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle Capsule is the protective capsule that replaces the current HMMWV crew compartment in a one-for-one exchange and is an integral component of the Textron/Granite total system integration.

The SCTV™ is a lightweight, highly protected system that is low in maintenance, rotary wing transportable, and compatible with all versions of HMMVWs currently in service. The solution capitalizes on previous training and maintains the characteristics of the original HMMWV cab by utilizing most of the existing controls, linkages and drive systems - the familiar and proven characteristics that make the HMMWV the vehicle of choice.

The SCTV™ HMMVW integrated vehicle system protects in-theater troops against blast and IED threats during combat operations on the asymmetric battlefield. The continuing need for substantial and sustained deployments across the full spectrum of operations requires innovative solutions to protect troops. Crew survivability has become a key performance parameter for all vehicle platforms. The SCTV™ has a lower center of gravity than an up-armored HMMVW and is resistant to small arms fire, blasts and the secondary effects of blasts such as fire, crushing, rollover and collision.

Pre-assembled SCTV™ components are easily transported by road, sea or air. The retrofit can be accomplished in fewer man-hours than the current armor and frag kits. The SCTV™ is low maintenance and supported by the military's existing parts inventory.

Looking at this vehicle, and there are other manufacturers with the same sort of major replacement scheme, I'd view them as major opposition to the successful adoption of JLTV in a period of fiscal rigidity (or is that stupidity?)..........doing this sort of body transplant is hugely cheaper than any JLTV competitor........................

buglerbilly
24-10-13, 04:11 PM
USSOCOM Awards Polaris Contracts to Supply All Terrain Vehicles

(Source: Polaris Industries Inc.; issued October 23, 2013)

MINNEAPOLIS --- Polaris Industries Inc. (PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, announced the company was awarded a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to provide MRZR Lightweight Tactical All-Terrain Vehicles.

This contract award spans up to five years, and allows SOCOM to manage their ultra-light tactical mobility needs to meet mission demands and emerging threats.

The MRZR2 and MRZR4 are highly-mobile, CV-22 transportable, multi-configurable off-road platforms, and will be supplied with accessories, spare parts, mechanical and operator training.


MRZR2.........


MRZR4..............

“Polaris is proud to supply the U.S. Special Operations Forces with our high-performing MRZR vehicles,” said Rich Haddad, general manager of Polaris Defense. “As a recognized industry leading original manufacturer of off-road vehicles, Polaris is uniquely positioned to rapidly develop and provide the military with purpose built mobility platforms.”

This award comes on the heels of the five-year contract awarded to Polaris, in August, to provide MV850 ATVs to USSOCOM. The MV850 is a highly-mobile single operator ATV platform, designed for the U.S. military and allied forces. These recent contract awards reflect Polaris’ commitment to serve the U.S. military and favorably positions the company to supply the US and allied militaries with ultra-light tactical vehicles and mobility solutions.

“These platforms are a modular design to meet the demanding needs of U.S. and international special operations, expeditionary and light infantry forces,” added Haddad. “Both of these vehicles are deployed and in use around the globe, in all of the U.S. military branches and special operations forces along with several allied militaries and special operations forces.”

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2012 sales of $3.2 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER and RZR side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and small vehicles.

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buglerbilly
28-10-13, 03:34 PM
Despite Budget Crunch, JLTV Purchase Plans Remain Unchanged

(Source: US Army; issued October 25, 2013)

WASHINGTON --- Despite budget cuts, furloughs, sequestration, continuing resolutions, ongoing changes in force structure, and a government shutdown, both the Army and Marine Corps are committed to buying the same amount of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles they initially set out to purchase.

The JLTV is designed to replace the Humvee, and to bring additional capability to both the Army and the Marine Corps. It is lighter and more mobile than the mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, but it also provides more survivability than the Humvee.

The Army expects to buy 49,000 of the vehicles, while the Marine Corps expects to buy 5,500.

Col. John Cavedo, manager of the Joint Program Office for the JLTV, said even as the Army changes in size due to end-strength reductions, and the force structure changes as a result, the Army will still want the same number of vehicles.

"Reductions to match the force structure would come at a reduced number of 30-year-old Humvees," he said, indicating that the Army expects to buy all 49,000 JLTVs, and will simply eliminate Humvees more quickly than expected.

Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mike Burks, deputy manager of the Joint Program Office for the JLTV said the same.

"Let me be clear on the front of Marine Corps commitment to JLTV: We are in," he said. "Right now, in the current conversation, in the context of the size the Marine Corps is looking at, 5,500 JLTVs is good enough to meet deployed commanders critical mission needs in the Marine Corps' most dangerous combat mission profiles."

There are currently three defense contractors in competition to be named manufacturer of the JLTV for the Army and Marine Corps. Those competitors are Oshkosh Defense, Lockheed Martin, and AM General. AM General manufactured the Humvee.

In August, each of the three manufacturers delivered 22 of their vehicle prototypes to the Army and Marine Corps for testing. A total of 66 vehicles in all were delivered. Today, those vehicles are spread out across multiple sites for testing.

Kevin Fahey, Program Executive Officer, Combat Support and Combat Service Support, said the JLTV program is, despite some budget issues, largely on schedule.

"Everybody has been on schedule or ahead of schedule," he said. "The perturbations we've had have all been driven by budget and continuing resolution authority. The hardest part of what we are going through is not knowing."

Fahey said that the recent government shutdowns had an unusual impact on the JLTV program. While the program had prior-year funding available to continue testing on the vehicle, the funding doesn't cover the operating costs for the sites where the testing actually occurs.

"The proving ground was basically shut down," he said. As a result, testing had to stop on the vehicles.

When the government came back on line, the testing program was not able to start back up as quickly. "Starting back up has been a very difficult proposition," Fahey said.

The stoppage of testing during the shutdown, plus the slow restart, has delayed JLTV testing somewhat, he said, but at this point it is not significant.

"We are behind our current ideal plan, but that doesn't mean we are behind our macro schedule," he said, adding that the program office is looking daily at how it can make up for that schedule slip over the course of the next nine months. "We are pretty confident we can do that."

Right now the JLTV is funded by a continuing resolution that ends in early 2014, the second quarter of the fiscal year. Fahey said the program is on track now, but definitely by the third quarter of the fiscal year, a confirmed budget decision will need to be in place.

"The JLTV is one of those programs where if we don't get a budget approved it will impact the program," he said.

Cavedo said that for now, he's operating as though funding will arrive when the CR ends, and he thinks the JLTV program will continue to stay on track.

"We are planning for success here, and we are going to keep the train on track for as long as we possibly can keep it on there," he said. "Some really hard decisions are going to have to be made in the second quarter, mid-second quarter of this (fiscal) year. And from where I sit, I certainly hope that for JLTV, the hard decision is to keep it on the tracks. But that may not be what the Army decides."

Fahey, Cavedo and Burkes spoke Oct. 22 during a press conference at the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

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buglerbilly
29-10-13, 01:59 AM
Oshkosh: JLTV will have C4 built in

Oct. 28, 2013 3:50 PM

Written by MICHAEL PECK

Oshkosh Defense is touting an ability to build C4 capabilities directly into the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

The 22 prototypes that Oshkosh delivered to the government in August for the JLTV engineering and manufacturing development phase had C4 capabilities integrated during manufacture.

“Unlike a third-party aftermarket integration approach, which requires vehicle disassembly and a trial-and-error design approach, Oshkosh Defense integrates C4 equipment and a full range of weapons and other systems in the initial vehicle design process to reduce potential system conflicts or interference,” the company said in a news release. “Complete assembly line installation and quality control processes also eliminate the cost and quality issues related to tearing apart and reassembling the vehicle to run wiring harnesses and connectors.”

Oshkosh demonstrated this integration capability on the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle earlier this month at the 2013 Association of the United States Army convention in Washington, D.C.

buglerbilly
30-10-13, 01:36 AM
Officials Concerned About Stable Funding For JLTV

By John M. Doyle

Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

October 29, 2013


Credit: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Army and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) remains a top priority for both services, although officials are hinting that the program could suffer setbacks if Congress fails to approve adequate funding for fiscal 2015.

Army Secretary John McHugh and Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army chief of staff, speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) symposium in Washington last week, both raised concerns about future cutbacks to signature acquisition programs.

But they declined to identify which among the Army Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) and JLTV programs could be in trouble.

“We need all of that, but the bottom line is we can’t afford all of that,” Odierno said. McHugh said it was too soon to make a decision about the GCV, which is seen as the most vulnerable because of its anticipated high cost. But he called it “difficult to envision any significant number of our developmental initiatives that won’t be affected — some very significantly.” Some will have to be canceled, he added.

But officials overseeing the JLTV program told reporters at another AUSA briefing that replacing part of the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (Humvee) fleet with more than 50,000 JLTVs — 49,000 for the Army and 5,500 for the Marine Corps — was still on track despite testing delays brought on by the 16-day government shutdown.

Total funding for the program from research and development through procurement is estimated at more than $22 billion.

“We still have a train on the tracks,” said Col. John Cavedo, the Army’s JLTV program manager. Kevin Fahey, Army program executive officer for combat support, said JLTV remains “a priority.”

But both officials said if a new budget isn’t approved and Congress decides to keep the government running under a continuing resolution, which only provides funding at 2012 levels, JLTV could see its schedule slide along with other ground vehicle programs.

Lockheed Martin, Oshkosh Defense and AM General have sent a total of 22 prototypes for field tests at Aberdeen, Md., Yuma, Ariz., and other government proving grounds.

The Army has said it expects to make a downselect based on the testing outcomes by summer 2015.

buglerbilly
31-10-13, 02:34 AM
Pentagon Inspector General to Audit JLTV

By Brendan McGarry Monday, October 28th, 2013 5:08 pm



The U.S. Defense Department’s inspector general over the next year will audit the program developing a replacement to the iconic Humvee.

The so-called Joint Light Tactical Vehicle was among nearly a dozen weapons acquisition programs and other projects identified in the inspector general’s “audit plan” for fiscal 2014, which began Oct. 1.

The objective is to determine whether the Army and Marine Corps office in Warren, Mich., overseeing the effort “is effectively managing and developing the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for the low-rate initial production phase of the acquisition process,” according to the document released this month.

The services want to buy a total of almost 55,000 of the vehicles to replace about a third of the fleet of Humvees, a light-duty utility truck that entered military service in 1985 and whose vulnerability to roadside blasts was exposed during the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Program managers last week said they still plan to purchase the total number of vehicles, including about 49,000 for the Army and about 5,500 for the Marine Corps, despite the prospect of ongoing budget cuts.

The forthcoming audit, however, may give more ammunition to critics of the program.

The Pentagon has already estimated the effort to develop and build the vehicles at almost $23 billion, or about $400,000 per truck, according to a June report from the Congressional Research Service. Leaders have maintained each vehicle will cost about $250,000.

“As budgets come under increasing scrutiny with the current fiscal constraints, the Department will be challenged to evaluate the usefulness of all programs,” the audit plan states.

“We will focus on the Department’s efforts to improve acquisition by focusing oversight on procurement quantities, effectiveness in preparing the program for the next major milestone decision, adequacy of testing and evaluation, and the meeting of user needs,” it states.

Lockheed Martin Corp., based in Bethesda, Md.; Oshkosh Corp., based in Oshkosh, Wis.; and AM General LLC, based in South Bend, Ind., won contracts to develop JLTV prototypes.

Lockheed, the world’s largest defense contractor, recently began running radio advertisements for the program in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region.

Other acquisition efforts targeted for audits include the Army’s Joint Tactical Radio System’s Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit, the Army’s OH-58F Kiowa Warrior Cockpit and Sensor Upgrade, the Air Force’s Global Positioning System Ground Control Segment, the Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper drone, the Navy’s Global Positioning System-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Service and the Navy’s Ohio-Class Replacement Submarine, according to the report.

buglerbilly
07-11-13, 01:49 AM
Thailand is also building a MRAP-style amoured vehicle..............considering the burgeoning vehicle-manufacturing capability Thailand has, not too surprising they want to expand to further military vehicle capability

Chaiseri Metal Rubber Company is the builder of the ‘First Win’ – a 4×4 armored vehicle











They also have a lightweight, short wheelbase, proposal..............

buglerbilly
15-11-13, 03:06 PM
Test, Evaluation Squadron Receives First Guardian Angel Air-Droppable Rescue Vehicles

(Source: U.S Air Force; issued November 14, 2013)



This was one of the candidate vehicles for the SpecFor GMV program but lost out to the GD Flyer-based vehicle...........this vehicle is based on the HDT STORM......

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. --- The 88th Test and Evaluations Squadron received the first set of Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Rescue Vehicles in the Air Force's inventory Nov. 12.

The GAARV is a multi-purpose utility vehicle intended to help combat search and rescue teams retrieve individuals that have been isolated and can expand the ability to quickly reach further into the battle space to provide a more mobile rescue capability.

"The GAARV may provide capability enhancements for maneuverability, force protection and technical rescue capabilities within the ground domain," said Capt. Francis Hallada, the 88th TES Guardian Angel Test Division commander.

Operational testing of the GAARV will start in March 2014 to evaluate its suitability and effectiveness for the Guardian Angel weapon system. The GA is a non-aircraft, equipment-based weapon system and is organized into nine specific capabilities -- prepare, mission plan, insert, movement, actions on objective, medically treat, extract, reintegrate, and adapt.

"The GAARV is the first multi-purpose tactical ground vehicle intended to support combat search and rescue operations and other Guardian Angel missions," said Master Sgt. Michael Butler, the 88th Test and Evaluations Squadron Guardian Angel Test Division section chief. "This delivery marks the first vehicles delivered for operational testing of a new combat search and rescue capability that ultimately may enhance the Air Force's personnel recovery core function."

The new vehicle can enhance mission effectiveness as well as have dual roles. The vehicle will be able to move through rubble and debris fields during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts to transport survivors and rescue equipment.

"The (GAARV) may be employed in a variety of physical environments across the range of military operations," Hallada said. "During a major combat operation, the vehicle has the potential to provide a capability for the rescue team to keep terrain and distance separation from enemy forces in order to provide enough time for the recovery package to reach the objective area."

The mission of the 88th TES is to maximize HH-60 Pave Hawk, HC-130 Hercules, and the GA weapon systems capability by fielding combat-ready solutions to combat search and rescue forces through innovation, test and evaluation, and tactics development in order to perfect lethality, survivability, and sustainability of the nation's forces.

With the first GAARV on hand, the combat search and rescue team members who use this equipment will be able to remove isolated individuals quicker, which in the end could save lives.

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This is an early shortwheelbase version of it from 1-2 years ago..................

buglerbilly
18-11-13, 12:36 PM
Interesting little Australian ATV, the TOMCAR TM-5 UTILITY Version..............Israeli orgins and the British SPRINGER is from the same family, the Brit one has a crap reputation but the Aussie one looks far more robust (not sure if that is true tho?)

http://www.tomcar.com.au/tm5-model/



..........obviously the guys masked out in the image are Hunters they're wearing Camo............:)

buglerbilly
19-11-13, 12:44 AM
UAE To Bolster Armored Vehicle Fleet

Nov. 18, 2013 - 04:40PM | By AWAD MUSTAFA


The United Arab Emirates is making additional purchases of Nimr six-wheel-drive armored personnel carriers and four-wheel-drive multipurpose combat vehicles. (NIMR)

DUBAI — The UAE Armed Forces has signed a contract worth more than $820 million for the supply of armored personnel carriers (APCs) and multipurpose combat vehicles (MPCVs) with Emirati auto manufacturer NIMR Automotive, according to a statement released Nov. 18.

The deal, signed at the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces with NIMR Automotive, a member of Tawazun group, will provide for the supply of six-wheel-drive Nimr APCs and four-wheel-drive Nimr MPCVs.

The UAE Armed Forces purchased 500 MPCVs that were delivered between 2007 and 2011 and are used primarily by the elite Presidential Guard units.

Another 800 MPCVs were purchased in February, and the intent to purchase another 1,000 vehicles was announced at the International Defense Exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

The latest announcement is a culmination of that work, according to a UAE source. The vehicles will be delivered within the next five years to the armed forces, he added.

The company said the deal was signed following extensive all-terrain tests for the vehicle in the UAE.

The purchase of the six-wheel-drive APC will be the first for the UAE military. The carrier was revealed and launched in January, and was designed and manufactured in the UAE over 18 months, according to Tawazun.

NIMR developed the vehicle based on requirements from the armed forces to withstand desert heat and provide comfort and protection to troops on board.

“The APC was designed with a V-shaped hull to withstand blast weights of up to 8 kilograms,” a spokesperson for NIMR Automotive said.

“We have tested the vehicle in all terrains, and it can handle 7.62mm armor-piercing rounds, and has run-flat tires with a central tire inflation system.”

The 14-ton vehicle has a range of 700 kilometers on one tank of fuel, has a top speed of 135 kilometers per hour, and can withstand chemical, biological and nuclear attacks.

“The air conditioning system is designed to operate by blocking out poisonous materials from biological, chemical and nuclear environments,” the spokesman added.

The Armed Forces General Headquarters said the decision to purchase the two variants emanated from its keen interest to keep abreast of the latest in global defense industries and to support national industrial capabilities.

“The vehicle exceeded the GHQ’s required operational standards in terms of design, performance, mobility and others,” a statement from the UAE Armed Forces said.

Tawazun CEO H.E. Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri expressed determination to use all resources, capabilities, expertise and best practices to ensure timely delivery of the vehicles.

The contract is timed with the company’s plans to open its state-of-the-art facilities within Tawazun Industrial Park in Abu Dhabi to meet the huge demand for Nimr armored vehicles, said NIMR Automotive CEO Fahad Saif Harhara.

This is the 6-wheeled APC version, images via Army Reco...............

buglerbilly
19-11-13, 12:48 AM
This is an Extended Cab Utility version shown previously...........none ordered yet as far as I know altho there "may" be some in this latest order...............

buglerbilly
20-11-13, 02:37 AM
Renault Trucks Defense and Thales Present A New Mobile, Integrated Command Post

(Source: Renault Trucks Defense; issued Nov. 19, 2013)



MILIPOL - VILLEPINTE, France --- Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) and Thales are presenting, for the first time, the new version of the MIDS tactical command post vehicle, integrating a mobile system for managing large-scale events and crises. The two firms, both leaders in their fields, have joined forces to offer a solution for armoured vehicles designed for forward operations and crisis centres.

This new turnkey packaged solution is designed for public security missions, protection and coordination for urban events, and for crisis management and law enforcement.

The mobile, interconnected command post is equipped with all the systems required to keep track of a tactical picture in real-time, using a suite of communications and command systems (professional mobile radio, LTE or 4G technology, satcom). The vehicle is thus able to centralise information from field units and issue new instructions in real-time. Thanks to its collaborative systems, MIDS can share information with its command centre and higher levels of command as operations proceed.

The vehicle presented at Milipol is equipped with three workstations and two commanding officer stations. It incorporates perimeter videosurveillance subsystems, a mini-UAV and an observation camera. The crew can deploy the mini-UAV to provide visibility one kilometre ahead and collect images in real time.

The vehicle is very mobile and well protected, allowing the crew to monitor an event and/or crisis continuously in complete safety. The Battlenet Inside network seamlessly integrates all the systems to bring real-time on-screen information to the vehicle’s driver and commander.

Renault Trucks Defense and Thales are long-standing partners. Together, they offer customers packaged solutions combining C4I1ready platforms from Renault Trucks Defense and information and command systems from Thales.

The MIDS is a public order vehicle based on the Midlum civil vehicle chassis. More than 50 vehicles have been sold in two countries. Several versions of the vehicle are available for transporting troops or prisoners, or to serve as a command post. The armoured vehicle provides protection against 7.62-mm munitions for a crew of two and 10 police officers. Its 24-m3 compartment is able to carry a large amount of equipment and offers sufficient comfort for long-duration missions. The MIDS comes with a 4x4 or 4x2 driveline and offers excellent urban mobility. It has already been deployed in the field for a number of operations.

Renault Trucks Defense, a benchmark manufacturer for land forces, designs and develops a complete range of armoured vehicles, with the Sherpa. A historic supplier to the French Army, with more than 4,000 VAB armoured personnel carriers in service, Renault Trucks Defense serves more than 65 client countries around the world. Renault Trucks Defense owns several brands worldwide, including ACMAT and Panhard.

Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets. In 2012, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements.

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buglerbilly
25-11-13, 03:15 PM
Final Negotiations on HGVs

(Source: Swedish defense procurement agency, FMV; issued Nov. 22, 2013)

(Issued in Swedish; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)

Another big win for MAN..........

As part of the evaluation of the bids, FMV tested 12 different vehicles from four different manufacturers.

The Norwegian procurement authority FLO and FMV have begun final negotiations with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) for the supply of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

FMV and its Norwegian counterpart, FLO, are jointly buying HGVs within the framework of Nordic cooperation for their respective armed forces. The intention is to establish a framework agreement with a supplier who can supply trucks from 2015 to 2025. The framework agreement will be a contract involving over a billion Swedish krona, says Hanan Ĺberg, FMV. Jon Inge Stensrud, FLO, the two agencies’ project leaders.

“Deliveries of the new heavy vehicles will provide the Armed Forces increased ability to operate. As older vehicles are phased out and the vehicle fleet becomes more uniform operational costs will be reduced,” says the head of the FMV vehicle department Hanan Ĺberg.

“To work with another country usually do not lack challenges. But this extra work, that all partnerships entail, has really paid off in this case,” says Ĺberg.

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buglerbilly
26-11-13, 02:00 PM
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia Hosts LAND 121 3B Supplier Days

(Source: Rheinmetall Defence; issued November 25, 2013)

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) hosted a series of Supplier Days in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney in November 2013. The response has been overwhelming with more than 500 companies attending Australia wide.

These Supplier Days provided Australian industry with an opportunity to engage with RMMVA and some of its key subcontractors in order to explore opportunities relating to the LAND 121 3B defence project.

The Commonwealth of Australia has contracted with RMMVA to supply and support mission systems for a medium heavy wheeled logistic vehicle capability consisting of approximately 2,500 vehicle systems and approximately 3,000 modules under LAND 121 Phase 3B.

As RMMVA Managing Director Peter Hardisty explains, “RMMVA, in close cooperation with our key subcontractors, is actively engaging with Australian industry to enable as many Australian companies to be part of this exciting program as possible.”

“The products and services we are seeking include the design, development and production of specific hardware such as modules, some vehicle bodies, sub-systems and components as well as project management and systems integration, developmental, test and evaluation work”, adds Hardisty.

RMMVA is working together with the respective State Governments, DMO Business Access Offices and Australian Industry Associations to involve Australian industry in this ground breaking defence project.

Rheinmetall is one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology, including wheeled and tracked military vehicles, weapons, ammunition, simulation solutions, command and control technology, force protection systems and sensor technology.

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buglerbilly
28-11-13, 01:01 PM
Army's Ultra Light Vehicle now in survivability testing





Two of the three vehicles in the Army's "Ultra Light Vehicle" program have now entered survivability testing in Nevada and Maryland to evaluate both their blast and ballistic protection capability.

The third vehicle remains at the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center for testing there.

The TARDEC began development of three ULVs in fall 2011, at the request of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. While the ULV will not be fielded as a combat vehicle, it does serve as a research and development platform that will ultimately yield data that can be used by other TARDEC agencies and program managers, as well as sister services to develop their own vehicles and equipment in the future.

"It's all about sharing the data," said Mike Karaki, the ULV's program manager. "If we have an ability to share the data internally within TARDEC, and externally within the program managers and program executive offices, and beyond that with other government agencies, we will attempt to do that. It's helping shape and inform future programs."

Karaki said the ULV program might help development of survivability in future vehicles, and may also help development of other hybrid vehicles as well.

"You want to be able to use anything and everything you can from this program to help reduce the duplication of efforts in the future," he said.

The ULV is a hybrid vehicle that includes lightweight advanced material armor, lightweight wheels and tires and other automotive systems, blast-mitigating underbody technology and advanced C4ISR equipment inside.

"We tried to push the envelope in terms of state-of-the-art and out-of-the-box materials throughout the entire development process," said Karaki.

The vehicle, from design to delivery, took only 16 months, Karaki said.

"We show there are some successes in the rapid design, development, fabrication and integration of the effort," Karaki said. "It's doable. It's high risk and high reward. Can you do it in a rapid time frame? We've proven we can do that."

The ULV is hybrid vehicle powered by a diesel engine that drives an electric generator. That generator in turn powers two electric motors that turn the wheels. Two electric motors provides redundancy should one of the motors fail.

Karaki said choosing a hybrid system came from the need to develop a more survivable vehicle for Soldiers. He said the contractor was concerned about how to make the vehicle perform better in a blast event, and came to the conclusion that a hybrid was the better choice.

Because it is a hybrid vehicle, it has none of the standard equipment underneath the vehicle. It features instead a "clean underbody" that makes it more capable of withstanding something like an explosion from an improvised explosive device.

"If you keep less equipment, accessories, systems underneath the vehicle, and you allow the underbody geometry to do what it needs to do -- have a clean underbody -- you will be able to improve your chances of being able to direct a blast away from the vehicle," he said.

The primary customer for the ULV vehicle, which is a test vehicle, is the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The program came with four research objectives, which are a 4,500 pound payload, a vehicle weight of 14,000 pounds, protection that is comparable to the currently fielded mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, and a price of $250,000 each for a hypothetical 5,000-unit production run.

Karaki said the program is meeting or is expected to meet those objectives.

"On paper, the stuff upfront, the size, the weight, the cost, the timeframe, we checked those boxes," he said. "The testing and evaluation of all these advanced survivability systems are in process right now."

Two of three vehicles are undergoing survivability testing now. The third vehicle is in Warren, Mich., at TARDEC's Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory undergoing automotive testing and to evaluate its hybrid electric setup. Karaki said eventually the two ULVs undergoing survivability testing will be destroyed as part of that testing. The third vehicle, the one at TARDEC, will be kept as a test platform.

The ULV is not a replacement for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program or the Humvee. It is an experimental vehicle used for testing purposes. The program will wrap up in fiscal year 2014.

By C. Todd Lopez

Source : US Army

Published on ASDNews: Nov 27, 2013

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-52412/Army_s_Ultra_Light_Vehicle_now_in_survivability_te sting_.htm#ixzz2lwKtHhyg

Some interior shots.........love the steering wheel!

buglerbilly
28-11-13, 01:04 PM
A few more images.............

buglerbilly
03-12-13, 03:21 PM
Thai Defense Company Chaiseri and DRS Technologies Team for Integration Project On Chaiseri's New 4x4 Multi-Role Armored Vehicle

(Source: DRS Technologies; issued December 2, 2013)



ARLINGTON, Va. --- DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced that its Network and Imaging Systems group and Thailand's Chaiseri Metal & Rubber Co Ltd. have entered into an exclusive teaming agreement to integrate DRS's C4InSight™ mission command capabilities into the new Chaiseri First Win multi-role armored 4x4 tactical vehicle.

The partnership enables the Chaiseri/DRS team to deliver a combination of innovative Thai engineering with DRS's leading-edge ground vehicle mission systems integration to customers in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Central to this initiative is the integration of DRS's Data Distribution Unit (DDU) into the Chaiseri vehicles. The DDU enables centralized communication between the C4ISR platform and weapon subsystems and provides a wide range of services including tactical router, voice cross-banding and call management, tactical server, network video distribution, cellular communications, GPS distribution, vehicle power management, peripheral control and vehicle health management. All of these systems are accessible from a connected common tactical workstation via a configurable interface. Third-party applications such as battle management systems can be hosted on a virtual machine and run concurrently with multiple VM services.

C4InSight™ system is a modular, scalable and open architecture communications system with the ability to interface and control a wide range of HF and VHF radios, SATCOM and other line of sight and below line of sight communications mediums. The DDU also provides embedded Wi-Fi for inter-vehicle and intra-vehicle communications.

"This new partnership is an exciting venture for DRS, providing us with the opportunity to establish a relationship with a world-class defense manufacturer like Chaiseri," said Mike Sarrica, president of DRS's Network and Imaging Systems group. "We are excited to team with a company that values the full spectrum of unique capabilities and experience that DRS has to offer in this field on a superior vehicle like the First Win multi-role armored vehicle," Sarrica continued.

Hiran Koolhiran, CEO and Chairman of Chaiseri said, "This teaming agreement represents a big step for our company in the development of a fully integrated and world-leading tactical vehicle that is designed from the ground up for modern network-centric operations."

DRS mission systems solutions are drawn from more than 15 years of successfully supplying its products into some of the largest military tactical command and control projects, including the U.S. Army's Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below (FBCB2) and the Blue Force Tracking program, with over 180,000 systems delivered; the U.S. Army's Movement Tracking System (MTS) program with over 25,000 systems delivered and the U.K. Bowman program with 15,000 systems delivered.

Continuing this proven track record, DRS was recently awarded a $455M indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract (IDIQ) contract for the supply of the U.S. Army's next generation of tactical computing. As part of this newly announced effort, a number of these new capabilities will be integrated into the Chaiseri First Win multi-role armored 4x4 tactical vehicle.

Chaiseri will be responsible for in-country installation and on-going support and maintenance of the mission system products and systems. DRS will provide its world-class systems engineering support from its facilities in Melbourne, Florida U.S.A and Farnham U.K.

Chaiseri Metal & Rubber Co., Ltd. is a Thai company located in the province of Pathumthani, which is situated to the north of Bangkok, Thailand. One of the major new product initiatives of Chasieri is the development of the first Thai designed and manufactured multi-role tactical armored vehicle, the 'First Win'. First Win is already in service with the Royal Thai Army (RTA) and is available in a number of formats including Armored Personnel Carrie (APC), Patrol vehicle and Interior Security Vehicle.

DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide and is the 2013 recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence as well as three James S. Cogswell Awards for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA, which employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide.

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buglerbilly
04-12-13, 04:09 PM
Ricardo Joins Forces In UK Partnership to Sustain and Upgrade the Mastiff

(Source: Ricardo; issued Nov. 28, 2013)

Ricardo is one of three leading defence companies that have formed an exclusive partnership to bid for the continued support and upgrade of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound fleet of Protected Patrol Vehicles (the Mastiff family of vehicles)

The three companies - Morgan Advanced Materials, Ricardo and Ultra Electronics - are all UK-based and owned, with their technology development in the UK. Their combined expertise, experience and history of innovation provides an outstanding option to support and enhance the unique capabilities of the Mastiff family of vehicles for the foreseeable future.

“Ricardo is extremely pleased to be joining forces with Morgan and Ultra in what represents a highly effective and all-British partnership, drawing together world-class engineering capabilities and extensive experience in military vehicle design, development, manufacture and overhaul,” commented Ricardo UK managing director Martin Fausset.

Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Systems business (formerly NP Aerospace) has world-leading expertise in specialised armour technologies. It designed, developed and integrated UK-specific, specialised armour protection and electronic systems into the entire Mastiff family of vehicles from base platforms purchased from the USA. Morgan also implemented and operated the spares support processes, including configuration management, stocking and supply chain management, which kept the fleets running during combat operations.

Ricardo is renowned for its automotive engineering expertise and was responsible for the initial design, development and engineering of the Foxhound vehicles, manufacturing all 376 units ordered to date. Ricardo was prime contractor on the Vixen and RWMIK+ upgrade programmes and has also undertaken a project for the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) to identify improvements to the fuel efficiency of Mastiff vehicles.

Ultra Electronics is an international pioneer in vehicle information and power systems and has worked extensively on behalf of customers including the MoD, US Department of Defense and leading Tier 1 suppliers into the defence sector. Ultra is currently under contract to provide multiple electronic systems for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme and Scout SV development. It is the only Tier 2 supplier involved in all aspects of Generic Vehicle Systems Architecture (GVSA), Generic Soldier Architecture (GSA) and Generic Base Architecture (GBA).

The three businesses are complementary in their technological capabilities, maintain critical competencies in-house and have the financial backing of substantial parent companies. This has enabled them to demonstrate remarkable agility and innovation in meeting demanding requirements for protecting UK soldiers over the last decade. This collaboration creates an agile partnership which maintains that capability in the UK and offers the possibility of optimising electronic and power system synergies between vehicle, future soldier and base systems.

The MoD will shortly award contracts for Post Design Service, Coherence and future upgrade work. Morgan will lead the group and is bidding as prime contractor.

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buglerbilly
06-12-13, 03:41 PM
NZDF Receives New Trucks In Record Time

(Source: New Zealand Ministry of Defence; issued Dec. 6, 2013)

Pretty quick off the mark unless these are re-assigned trucks from the UK Forces production?

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the NZDF has officially received 40 new Medium-Heavy Operational Vehicles at a handover ceremony in Auckland today, just seven months after they were purchased.

“The new Rheinmetall-MAN military medium and heavy vehicles are a significant step up in capability for the NZDF, replacing the old Unimog and Mercedes trucks. They are designed for modern military operations and offer better mobility, better protection, enhanced technology, and greater capacity.

“By purchasing these trucks off the same production line as the UK, the Government has ensured value for money, and has achieved a fast delivery in record time.

“This project is a good example of smart and efficient procurement. The Government is keen to work closely with our international partners to identify future procurement opportunities which could achieve similar results.

“The NZDF’s continuous drive to deliver back office savings and efficiencies means that reinvestment into frontline capabilities like these new trucks can be made. The new trucks are part of a wider programme of equipment upgrades and investment into Navy, Army and Air Force frontline capabilities.”

A total of 194 trucks are being delivered at a cost of $113 million. This includes armour protection kits, weapons mounts, a range of specialist equipment, spare parts, logistic support arrangements, and training packages.

The NZDF expects to start training personnel in February-March 2014. The trucks will be rolled out to Army and Air Force bases and they will be fully introduced into service by the end of 2015.

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buglerbilly
08-12-13, 04:56 AM
Slovakia trials new Tatrapan armoured container carrier vehicle

Miroslav Gyürösi, Bratislava, Slovak Republic - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

04 December 2013


Slovak Armed Forces put the new Tatrapan 8x8 CC through its cross country paces. Source: M Gyurosi

The Slovak Armed Forces completed an initial phase of testing with the VYVOJ Martin joint stock company's new Tatrapan 8x8 Container Carrier (CC) truck jointly with the manufacturer in late November.

The company began development of the 8x8 Tatrapan in 2009 using private company funding, but closely targeting the Slovak Armed Forces' MOKYS communication system programme.

Construction began at the company's headquarters in Martin in early 2012, with developer and builder trials in January 2013, and the final prototype design is a universal armoured platform capable of carrying ISO-1C and ISO-1D containers across all terrain types in a combat environment, according to VYVOJ Martin.

It is based on a Tatra T815-7 four-axle chassis, which is bought directly from the Czech manufacturer and outfitted with an armoured cab, container interfaces and handling system by VYVOJ Martin.

As such, it is just over 10 m long and 2.74 m tall (or 3.132 m when fitted with a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun on the roof of the cab), with a wheel gauge of 2.071 m and overall maximum width of 2.55 m. Ground clearance can be raised from 28.5 cm to 48 cm, with front and rear departure angles of 38° and 40° respectively.

Kerb weight is set at 18.7 tonnes (+/- 2%), with a maximum technically allowed weight of 38 tonnes, however the vehicle has been rated with a maximum trailer weight of 16,000 kg offering a substantial cargo boost. Irrespective, the maximum recommended weight is limited to 36 tonnes by the Michelin runflat tyres when crossing soft sand or mud.

It is powered by a EURO 3-standard Tatra T3C-928.90 turbodiesel producing 300 kW (402 hp) at 1,800 rpm. This drives all eight wheels through a Tatra 14 TS 210L main gearbox (with 12 forward gears and 2 reverse) and a Tatra 2.30 TRS 0.8/1.9 ancillary step down box.

This combination is sufficient to accelerate the vehicle to 113 km/h on road and power it up 65% slopes, with maximum slopes of 30%. The Tatrapan can cross 2.2 m wide trenches and climb 60 cm steps, with the increased ride height enabling the truck to ford 1.5 m-deep streams (STANAG 2805)

The all-welded steel three-man airtight folding cab has two doors and a circular roof hatch. Protection varies around the cabin, with STANAG 4569 Level 3 on the roof, Level 2 on the belly and glass, and Level 1 for the peripheral case and rear plate. This can be uparmoured to Level 2 or 3 all round, using pre-prepared installation kits. The additional plate can be fitted by the vehicle crew in the field in three hours for Level 2 or circa 4.5 hours for Level 3.

The vehicle is transportable to STANAG 3548, able to be carried into theatre in a C-130, ship or train and can operate in temperatures ranging from -30°C up to +50°C.

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buglerbilly
08-12-13, 05:14 AM
Poland purchases 910 Jelcz 4x4 military trucks

Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

01 December 2013


Poland has ordered 910 Jelcz 443.32 4x4 trucks Source: Jelcz-Komponenty

The Polish Armament Inspectorate has ordered 910 military trucks from Jelcz-Komponenty company, for the Polish Armed Forces, it was announced on 29 November.

Worth PLN673.9 million (USD218 million), the order will see the firm (a subsidiary of Huta Stalowa Wola - HSW) delivery of 910 Jelcz 442.32 trucks. The first batch of vehicles are expected for delivery in 2014, with deliveries completed in 2018.

Polish Armed Forces currently have over 16,000 military trucks in service, some 13,000 of which are variants of the Star 266/266M, manufactured by FSC Star between 1973-2000; or the derivative Star 944 and Star 1466 vehicles, produced by MAN between 2000-2006.


The Star 944 light utility truck is a workhorse of the Polish military


The Star 1466 general utility truck uses a number of MAN automotive components

The order also includes a logistic package comprising repair and overhaul kits, portable diagnostic sets, and a training package for the Polish Army's Logistic Training Centre in Grudziadz.

The Jelcz 443.32 is powered by a 326 hp MTU 6R106TD21 engine with 9+1 manual ZF transmission. The vehicle is 7.98 m in length, 2.25 m wide, and weighs 15.6 tons. It is the first Jelcz-Komponenty truck powered by the German-made MTU engine, which is planned to be manufactured at the Military Engines Centre in Poznan.

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buglerbilly
09-12-13, 03:10 PM
'Make-A-Thon' to Design Tactical Vehicle Via Online Collaboration

(Source: U.S Army; issued December 5, 2013)

WASHINGTON --- The Army's Rapid Equipping Force will host a "Make-A-Thon" event, Dec. 9-13, at Fort Benning, Ga., to develop a mobile command post that is mounted on a commonly available Army Lightweight Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle.

The effort is part of a proof-of-concept to show that the Rapid Equipping Force's, or REF's, "ArmyCoCreate" concept can use "crowd sourcing" to quickly produce viable solutions for tactical problems.

"The proof of concept is the process that could help the REF continue to innovate," said Gary Frost, the deputy director for futures at REF. "For the REF, the hardest thing we have is time. There are a lot of solutions out there, and there are a lot of people we could get to, if we had a year to go find a solution. For the REF, we have to figure out how in a very short period of time to get the most users and the most material solution providers together, so we can do a rapid prototype."

The REF set up a and invited interested individuals to sign on to be participants in an online problem-solving community. Today, the site has more than 800 participants. They include both Soldiers and civilians, many with engineering and technical backgrounds.

The idea being tested is "in a very short period of time, can we generate enough users, and enough people who would be able to provide solutions, get them in a virtual room, and come up with a solution, and then be able to build something quickly," Frost said.

Within the online community at ArmyCoCreate, about 120 ideas were submitted as challenges that the community might solve together. Ultimately, the REF picked one of those suggestions as the challenge the community would solve. That selected challenge was to create a mobile command post.

Frost said the idea was among those with the highest number of votes from the community, which he said REF felt would keep the community involved, and Soldiers as well, and which also "made the most sense."

The challenge will be to modify an existing, commercially available Kawasaki Teryx 750cc LTATV, to carry a command, control, communications and computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability. The resulting mobile command post must be able to serve platoon and company-sized units, or approximately 30-150 Soldiers.

During development of the project, he said, there is a focus on mobility, weight, visibility, payload, operations, and transportability.

During the Make-A-Thon event at Fort Benning, the first of two such events scheduled, Soldiers with the Maneuvers Center of Excellence Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate will work with members of the online community at ArmyCoCreate to design the prototype mobile command post.

During the first event, participants will work on such aspects as vehicle platform specifications and payload capacity to see if "something needs to be tweaked" on the ATV to be able to add heavier equipment.

"What we'd expect at the end is a locked-down design," Frost said. "The design could be a cardboard cutout -- like this is how we will fit everything. That you could turn into [computer aided design] drawings, for the engineers to start building and measuring and cutting. And it will turn into 'this is the size and shape of the power and the batteries we need.' And then over the next couple weeks we are going to go procure whatever we need to modify it -- if it's batteries, a communications package, etc. -- and we will figure out online how to put this together."

By having Soldiers on the ground at Fort Benning participating in the design, he said, the effort will get much-needed feedback to ensure that what is being designed is actually usable.

"You get a user feedback; we call it a 'user jury,'" he said. "It's hands-on for that week that will kind of vet what we talked about online."

Later, at a second Make-A-Thon event, participants on the ground will actually build the mobile command post. Soldiers participating will look at the more finalized design to see if the idea is working the right way, Frost said. A second user jury will look at the design to see if it "makes sense."

"The intent is, if we can build what we think, and we are successful in it, it is a candidate to deploy to a unit," Frost said, "especially a unit in Afghanistan."

Ultimately, what is being tested is the process of defining a problem, proposing and selecting solutions, and executing those solutions using crowd-sourced expertise. This is something Frost said industry is already doing, and something he said the Army must do if it wants to be competitive.

"If we are going to keep being fast and innovate, we can't just do it on our own," he said.

Frost said that this iteration of the ArmyCoCreate concept is unclassified. But he said if need be, the same concept could be moved to a classified Army network, involving thousands of Army engineers to solve problems that require a security classification.

Assessment of effectiveness of the ArmyCoCreate project will involve looking at how long it took to build the online community, if the right kinds of people participated in the community, if enough good ideas were submitted, and how worthwhile the effort was in creating the end product.

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buglerbilly
12-12-13, 02:27 PM
Court Delays Billion-Dollar Defence Procurement

(Source: Radio Sweden; posted Dec. 11, 2013)

The Administrative Court in Stockholm has delayed a SEK 20-billion defence procurement of military trucks, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports. The deal should have been signed before Christmas, and is a joint procurement by the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) and its Norwegian counterpart, FLO.

The German company Rheinmetall MAN placed the winning bid and was expected to have been awarded the substantial order, but competitors in the bidding process claim that the German military vehicle manufacturer raised its prices in the procurement process.

The competitors for the deal, Scania and Mercedes, claim that MAN's final bid is SEK 1.5 billion more expensive than their bids, and last week Swedish Scania appealed the procurement process to the Administrative Court.

Mats Ĺhammar, judge at the Administrative Court in Stockholm, told Svenska Dagbladet that it could take weeks before a new deal is reached.

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buglerbilly
12-12-13, 02:53 PM
Lockheed Martin Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Completes Successful Manufacturing Review

(Source: Lockheed Martin; issued December 11, 2013)

DALLAS --- The Lockheed Martin Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) team successfully completed the government's Manufacturing Readiness Assessment (MRA), an important milestone on the path to vehicle production at the company's Camden, Ark., manufacturing complex.

The MRA, which measures manufacturing maturity and assesses technical risk, took place at Lockheed Martin's Camden Operations on Nov. 18 and 19. In October, the company announced plans to produce the JLTV at the award-winning Camden facility, where program officials expect to gain significant production efficiencies and cost reductions.

"We look forward to adding another joint U.S. Army/Marine Corps vehicle-manufacturing program to our Camden Operations," said Scott Greene, vice president of Ground Vehicles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "With proven assembly methods, a keen focus on efficiency and a highly skilled workforce, we are confident that the tremendous success we've achieved producing the HIMARS launcher for the Army and Marines will translate to an outstanding JLTV for those very same customers."

The Lockheed Martin JLTV is designed to replace many of the current Army and Marine Corps HMMWV "Humvee" vehicles, providing significant advances in survivability and capability.

Lockheed Martin's Camden Operations has received more than 60 awards over the last decade, including the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the Shingo Silver Medallion Award for Operation Excellence.

The Lockheed Martin JLTV is systems-engineered to provide the crew protection of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, while returning crucial mobility, reliability and transportability to Soldiers and Marines. A patented Meritor Pro-TecTM all-independent air-ride suspension brings unprecedented agility and off-road mobility to this class of vehicles, while the dependable Cummins turbo diesel and Allison transmission combine abundant power with exceptional fuel efficiency. Rounding out the vehicle's portfolio of capabilities are an exportable power-generation with substantial margin for future growth, and state-of-the art connectivity with other platforms.

For more than three decades, Lockheed Martin has applied its systems-integration expertise to a wide range of successful ground vehicles for U.S. and allied forces worldwide. The company's products include the combat-proven Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) M270-series and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) mobile launchers, Havoc 8x8, Common Vehicle, Light Armored Vehicle-Command and Control, Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme, Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and pioneering unmanned platforms such as the Squad Mission Support System (SMSS).

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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buglerbilly
17-12-13, 03:19 PM
Rheinmetall Delivers Vehicles to New Zealand Military

(Source: Rheinmetall Defence; issued Dec. 16, 2013)

New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys R. Jones recently accepted the first 40 vehicles from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia.

The New Zealand Defence Force started replacing its current fleet of Unimogs and type with high mobility 6-tonne HX60 4x4 with cargo tray and cargo tray with winch variants. The new trucks can carry more, use up-to-date technology to deliver maximum performance and efficiency, and can be equipped with armour and weapons to protect the crew and allow them to function effectively on today’s battlefields.

The delivery is part of the contract which was awarded to Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) in April 2013 to supply the country’s armed forces with up to 200 vehicles. The contract is worth NZ$113 million (€74 million).

The order encompasses trucks in three basic sizes: the 6-tonne 4x4, the 9-tonne 6x6 and the 15-tonne 8x8, in ten variants. Some of the trucks will be fitted with winches and cranes to allow completely independent operation. They include dump trucks for combat engineers, trucks fitted with specialized pallet and container handling equipment, and tractor/semi-trailer combinations to carry heavy vehicles and equipment. RMMVA is the Australian subsidiary of Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV), the Rheinmetall Group’s specialist for logistical and tactical wheeled vehicles.

Pietro Borgo, member of the executive board of Rheinmetall Defence, said “We are delighted to provide the NZ Defence Forces with its first vehicles on time after only having signed the contract in April this year. Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles prides itself on being a dependable supplier of an outstanding vehicles system and providing reliable customer support.”

The contract includes vehicles, armour protection kits, weapons mounts and an extensive range of specialized military equipment. It also covers spares, logistic support arrangements, project management and extensive training packages.

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buglerbilly
21-12-13, 03:20 AM
Newest Army recovery vehicle wields claws, can handle most anything

December 18, 2013

By T. Anthony Bell







FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 18, 2013) -- The Ordnance School is continuing to fulfill the training requirements of Soldiers deployed in combat environments.

Providing training on the Army's newest recovery vehicle -- the Modular Catastrophic Recovery System -- is its latest effort to prepare Soldiers for tasks and missions they are likely to encounter in the field.

The Modular Catastrophic Recovery System, or MCRS, which is currently fielded only in Afghanistan, is a multi-component recovery system that has been used in Southwest Asia for several years. The Ordnance School implemented the MCRS module into the H8 Recovery Specialist Course, a three-week Additional Skill Identifier course, in October of 2012.

Gary Winter, chief of the Recovery Division in the school's Track, Metalworking and Recovery Department, said the course has trained roughly 400 students on the MCRS thus far, and he is enthusiastic about its training value.

"I feel the Soldiers who have trained on it can be combat multipliers for the combatant commander out there," said the former Soldier. "It's basically three systems combined into one. In my opinion, it (the MCRS) makes the job easier for Soldiers who are recovering damaged or catastrophically damaged vehicles when compared to traditional wreckers."

MCRS is comprised of a M983A4 Light Equipment Transporter, Fifth Wheel Towing and Recovery Device and Tilt Deck Recovery Trailer. It can recover and tow a variety of wheeled vehicles in a variety of situations, said Adam Jenkins, senior instructor.

"The strength of the system is its versatility," he said. "The fact is that it can tow many vehicles that others can't. It's not going to replace a wrecker, but it is an awesome recovery trailer that we can use as an asset to complement our existing wreckers (the M984 and M1089)."

MCRS was originally developed as a Stryker recovery vehicle. Its trailer can hold 35 tons, giving it the capability to handle many of the mine-resistant armor-protected vehicles, known as MRAPs, that are relatively new to the Army's vehicle inventory.

Because the armored wheeled vehicles play important roles in Afghanistan from a strategic standpoint, hands-on training with them is imperative during the course of study, which is weighted heavily around several scenarios, said Sgt. 1st Class Nelson Walker, an instructor/writer.

"The scenarios we use for the MCRS provide a full range of recovery capabilities for all wheeled vehicles to include both MRAP and Stryker," he said. "They include operating the Tilt Deck Recovery Trailer, sledding a catastrophically damaged vehicle onto the Tilt Deck Recovery Trailer and performing a 90-degree pull with the Fifth Wheel Towing and Recovery Device."

During a training day last week, teams of Soldiers endured cold, wet weather to arduously perform a myriad of tasks to secure a "catastrophic" MRAP (RG33) vehicle. Winter said students are generally enthusiastic about the training.

"When they come to MCRS training, they are very highly motivated," he said. "They want to be out in the field hands-on and don't want to be in the classroom. On the end of course surveys, they always ask for more time in the field and on that vehicle because they feel like they don't get enough time."

Those who have previously operated the vehicle and later receive training at the school are grateful, said Sgt. 1st Class John Durousseau, chief instructor.

"Those who are coming back from the theater appreciate the training they are getting here because there are a few things they didn't grasp until they got here," he said. "At the schoolhouse, all the processes are worked out by the book. We are honing their skills here and they are returning to theater using the equipment to its full capacity."

MCRS is currently being added to the unit equipment rolls, but has not been fielded Army-wide, said Winter. He added no dates have been announced for when a service-wide rollout is likely to occur. In the meantime, the course is set to graduate 300-500 students during the next fiscal year.

buglerbilly
04-01-14, 02:34 AM
Via DiD..........

Fuel Efficiency for Army Vehicles

■ Today’s video comes from the US Army Tank Automotive R&D Center (TARDEC) and shows the FED Alpha vehicle [PDF] they have been developing for about 5 years to demonstrate fuel efficiency improvements for an M-113 type of infantry vehicle:

buglerbilly
06-01-14, 02:25 AM
Majority of US MRAPs To Be Scrapped or Stored

Jan. 5, 2014 - 09:54AM | By PAUL McLEARY


A US soldier walks alongside Maxxpro mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles in Afghanistan in May. The Army plans to keep 2,633 Navistar-made MaxxPro Dash vehicles, and 301 MaxxPro ambulances, according to Army documents. (Dibyangshu Sarkar / Getty Images)

I can understand them scrapping some in position in Afghanistan BUT there are a lot of places in S America and Africa that could happily use such vehicles. You can get rid of the Spares aspect by giving away more vehicles than people require, use the extra for scrappin for spares..........IF they give them away for free, it'd be cheaper than scrapping and disposing of them in the USA or elsewhere...........Hell, Mexico could do with a thousand or two..........M-ATV's in particular
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WASHINGTON — The US Army estimates it will need to spend $1.7 billion in supplemental wartime dollars over the next several years to modernize and retain 8,585 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, while divesting itself of another 7,456 MRAPs it no longer needs.

But the majority of those the service will keep will be mothballed in prepositioned stocks, according to an internal Army document.

Even with thousands of vehicles sitting in warehouses awaiting the next conflict, the MRAPs that will remain in the force represent only one third of the 25,000the Pentagon bought since 2007, costing $50 billion.

Since it was a rapid acquisition program, the Defense Department had no long-term plans for the platform, and the Army and Marine Corps have been wrestling with what to do with the 25 variants in their fleets.

Saddled with so many expensive, hulking vehicles bought solely as a wartime contingency, the services are getting rid of as many MRAPs as possible — even going so far as to shred thousands in Afghanistan instead of sending them home. The military is selling the shredded metal parts to local Afghans for scrap.

But the MRAPs the service is keeping won’t come home cheaply. In addition to the $1.7 billion in overseas contingency operations (OCO) funds to be spent by the end of 2016, the Army anticipates it will require $17.6 million in base funding in fiscal 2016 and 2017 to complete the work, according to service briefing slides obtained by Defense News.

Dated Dec. 2, the slides outline Army thinking about what will be required in fiscal 2016-2020 to fund its programs of record. Army officials said they were unable to comment on the documents by press time.

The documents are part of the annual weapons systems review that all programs endure when officials put together the program objective memorandum budgets that look out five years.

As such, the numbers in the documents are not set in stone and will likely change as budgets and priorities shift in subsequent years. But they do provide a good snapshot of the current thinking in the Pentagon, and offer clues as to where managers are trying to drive their programs after absorbing guidance from Army leaders.

The documents show that if OCO funding ends before its expected expiration date of fiscal 2016, MRAP modernization activities will have to be shifted to the base budget, “which may result in the program, in its current status, becoming unaffordable.”

The defense bill passed by Congress in December includes $80 billion for the Afghanistan war, which includes $321 million for MRAP reset. While the 2015 OCO request hasn’t been made public yet, the slides reveal that the Army will request $304 million more in wartime funding in 2015 to fix up MRAPs.

Though the OCO account will decrease along with US forces in Afghanistan this year and beyond, there should be plenty of money for the Army to finish its MRAP refurbishment, said Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assess*ments.

“I don’t think getting $1.7 billion in funding through OCO will be a problem,” he said. “DoD is getting some $80 billion in OCO funding this year — nearly as much as last year but with half as many troops deployed. I think they will continue to receive robust OCO funding in 2015 and 2016, so resetting MRAPs should not be an issue for the Army.”

So, what will the Army get for that money?

A full 5,036 of the 8,585 MRAPs the Army plans to keep will be stored in prepositioned stocks all over the world, with another 1,073 assigned for training activities. The remainder will be spread among the active force.

The Army will keep 5,651 Oshkosh-produced MRAP all-terrain vehicles (M-ATVs) out of the 8,700 DoD has bought since 2009, along with 2,633 Navistar-made MaxxPro Dash vehicles and 301 MaxxPro ambulances.

The M-ATV is smaller and more maneuverable than the original MRAP variants and was rapidly fielded once the Pentagon’s focus shifted to Afghanistan in 2009. The dirt roads, narrow mountain passes and weak bridges could not handle the size and weight of most MRAPs, leading to a quick fix that ended up being the variant the Army most wants to keep.

The Army is getting rid of thousands of Cougars developed by General Dynamics/Force Protection, some MaxxPro models from Navistar Defense, and several Caiman models from BAE Systems.

And the price to reset the vehicles isn’t cheap. The service estimates spending about $150,000 to reset each vehicle at the Red River Army Depot in Texas, and about $87,000 per vehicle at Livorno, Italy — the two depots that will see the majority of the work over the next three years.

Other recent Army estimates of the costs to bring MRAPs home from Afghanistan and repair them have hovered closer to the $250,000 to $300,000 mark.

An Army spokesman said the remaining MRAPs will be made available for use to other US government agencies and posted for Foreign Military Sales opportunities. If there are no takers, “the vehicles will be de-militarized and the raw materials recycled.”

It costs $12,000 to demilitarize each MRAP in Afghanistan before shipping it out of the country, so even if there are no buyers, the US will still have to pay tens of millions of dollars to clean and ship all the of the 11,000 MRAPs that it has deployed there.

As Defense News reported Dec. 4, the US has put about 2,000 MRAPs in Afghanistan up for auction on the international market instead of sending them home or destroying them in place — provided the foreign buyers pay to ship the trucks out of the country.

Overall, the US military is destroying about $7 billion worth of material in Afghanistan as US troops head for the exits, including the MRAPs.

A Pentagon spokesman said several foreign countries have expressed interest in buying the MRAPs in Afghanistan but no final agreements have been signed.

Now that the Army has a few thousand MRAPs in its formations going forward — using a vehicle that didn’t exist anywhere in its long-range plans six years ago — the critical question, as CSBA’s Harrison said, is “how many MRAPS do they need to keep and for what purpose? How do 8,000-plus MRAPs fit into DoD’s strategy for fighting wars in the future?”

buglerbilly
09-01-14, 12:33 AM
Oshkosh Defense Canada Delivers MSVS SMP Bid with Next-Generation Capabilities for Canadian Armed Forces

Industry team members and a growing network of more than 700 Canadian suppliers set to return exceptional value to the Canadian economy



The Canadian Government is taking important steps in modernizing its logistics vehicle fleet by advancing the Standard Military Pattern (SMP) component of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project. Oshkosh Defense Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), responded to the Government of Canada’s MSVS SMP Request for Proposal (RFP), offering a high performance, low risk solution to meet the Canadian Department of National Defence’s (DND) mission requirements and protect Canadian Soldiers for decades to come.

“Working closely with our Canadian industry partners and a growing network of Canadian suppliers, our Oshkosh MSVS SMP offering provides superior vehicle performance, sustainment across six continents, and ultimately, the best overall value for Canada,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh MSVS SMP family of vehicles is the next generation of the world’s most trusted, battle-proven military platform in the field today. We are proud to present the Government of Canada with our MSVS SMP bid that meets or exceeds all project requirements, and most importantly, provides Canadian Soldiers with the modern logistics vehicles they need to perform their missions.”

The Best Value for Canada

Oshkosh, in collaboration with its Canadian team members and suppliers, will return 100 percent or more of the MSVS SMP contract value to the Canadian economy. Oshkosh’s strategic team members for the project include DEW Engineering and Development, General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, and Link Suspensions of Canada – Raydan Division.

“Our MSVS SMP team aligns core Oshkosh design, production and sustainment strengths with Canada’s finest technology, manufacturing and services capabilities,” said John Lazar, senior director of Global Strategic Initiatives for Oshkosh Defense. “We are committed to supporting MSVS SMP and future Canadian vehicle modernization programs by working with companies across Canada and creating new economic value in the process.”

Exceptional Performance, Without the Risk

Oshkosh designed, extensively tested and built its MSVS SMP solution to bring the latest ground vehicle technologies to the Canadian Armed Forces. The Oshkosh MSVS SMP vehicles and trailers are built to serve a full range of logistics missions from disaster recovery at home to major conflicts abroad. Key vehicle subsystems, including a high-performance drive train, advanced suspension and braking systems, and a state-of-the-art armour protection system, allow the Oshkosh MSVS SMP to achieve a 70 percent off-road mission profile and a 98 percent mission reliability rate – both of which will enable Canada’s ground forces to more safely operate in a vast array of threat levels, climates and terrains.

The Oshkosh MSVS SMP builds upon decades of in-theatre experience around the globe and more than one billion real-world operational kilometres accumulated on the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) platform. The acclaimed HEMTT platform is a purpose-built military vehicle that has been chosen by the United States Department of Defense and more than 20 allies worldwide – consistently outperforming commercial vehicle derivatives in competitive scenarios.

Canada’s MSVS SMP RFP also includes five years of In-Service Support (ISS). With Canadian troops more frequently mobilized around the world for defence and humanitarian missions, complete life cycle sustainment is increasingly important to ensure mission readiness.

The Oshkosh team’s ISS offering leverages decades of performance based contracting and major repair/overhaul programs experience to minimize MSVS SMP life cycle costs while maximizing reliability and readiness rates. “Our ISS plan is based on a robust global supply chain and a mature logistics system that spans six continents,” added Lazar. “By applying our logistics supportability analysis methodology to manage fleet health, Oshkosh has helped reduced military vehicle fleet life cycle costs as much as 70 percent.”

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-52911/Oshkosh_Defense_Canada_Delivers_MSVS_SMP_Bid_with_ Next-Generation_Capabilities_for_Canadian_Armed_Forces. htm#ixzz2pqv5KJHm

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09-01-14, 01:21 PM
I can understand them scrapping some in position in Afghanistan BUT there are a lot of places in S America and Africa that could happily use such vehicles. You can get rid of the Spares aspect by giving away more vehicles than people require, use the extra for scrappin for spares..........IF they give them away for free, it'd be cheaper than scrapping and disposing of them in the USA or elsewhere...........Hell, Mexico could do with a thousand or two..........M-ATV's in particular


An Army spokesman said the remaining MRAPs will be made available for use to other US government agencies and posted for Foreign Military Sales opportunities. If there are no takers, “the vehicles will be de-militarized and the raw materials recycled.”

It costs $12,000 to demilitarize each MRAP in Afghanistan before shipping it out of the country, so even if there are no buyers, the US will still have to pay tens of millions of dollars to clean and ship all the of the 11,000 MRAPs that it has deployed there.

As Defense News reported Dec. 4, the US has put about 2,000 MRAPs in Afghanistan up for auction on the international market instead of sending them home or destroying them in place — provided the foreign buyers pay to ship the trucks out of the country.

Looks like that's exactly what they're doing to me...

buglerbilly
09-01-14, 02:14 PM
I could agree except from what I hear the most interest is being shown by people looking at the scrap value NOT the future Military use............only time will tell exactly what and how they are disposed of.

The countries most interested from a Military viewpoint are also the ones least capable, in most cases, of actually arranging the movement from Afghanistan, possibly why scrapping on-location could come to the fore.

buglerbilly
12-01-14, 02:21 AM
AM General Sues SOCOM Over Vehicle Contract

Paul McLeary / 1 day ago


GD's winning design.........based on the Flyer

On January 6, Humvee maker AM General headed to Federal Claims Court to file a lawsuit against the the US Special Operations Command over its decision to award a $562 contract to General Dynamics for its Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV) program.

After losing out to General Dynamics in August 2013 on the coveted contract for the competition, both AM General and fellow losing bidder Navistar submitted a formal protests with the Government Accountability Office.

The protests were denied on Dec. 19.

While the complaint is sealed, General Dynamics has also stepped in to file a Motion to Intervene and now also has legal representation involved in the case, a GD spokesman confirmed to Defense News.

The special ops command has said that it wants to buy 1,297 GMVs to replace the current 1,072 Humvee-based GMVs it has in its inventory. We reported back in May of last year that SOCOM had already planned to spend about $24 million on the program in fiscal 2014 for the first 101 vehicles, at a price tag of at $245,000 per vehicle.

“We believe our GMV 1.1 offering provides the Special Operations Command with the strongest candidate vehicle in terms of innovation, mobility, survivability and affordability,” said AM General spokesman Jeff Adams. He declined to comment further, as did representatives from General Dynamics.

When the contract was awarded in August, Defense News reported


“Barring any protests, the loss will come as a bitter pill for current GMV-maker AM General and Navistar International, companies who are looking for more business at a time when the buys of Humvees and MRAPs have ended. Oshkosh Defense was eliminated from the competition in January, after which it filed a protest which was then withdrawn in April.

Requirements documents released last year said that the GMV would have to weigh less than 7,000 pounds, have the ability to carry up to seven passengers and be transportable in an M/CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

In today’s notice about the award, the government said that it plans on spending about $14 million in already allocated fiscal 2012 and 2013 budgets for research, test and evaluation on the GMV.

Final deliveries of all GMVs are expected to be complete by September 2020.

January 10, 2014 in Acquisition, Budget, Industry, Intercepts, New Tech.

buglerbilly
13-01-14, 01:13 AM
And now for something completely different!!!

January 11, 2014 by Tamir Eshel

Transformer Vehicle Sets for Flight Testing in California Next Month

A hybrid vehicle combining an off-road automobile and multirotor helicopter is set to become the worlds first roadable, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.


The ˜Black Knight Transformer’ is based on an innovative technology pioneered by Advanced Tactics, that combines the capabilities of a rotorcraft, and an off-road vehicle. Photo: Advanced Tactics

A small California based aerospace company named Advanced Tactics Inc. (AT) released first details about the AT Transformer vehicle technology this week. AT is set to test its AT Black Knight Transformer technology demonstrator within the next month, following the completion of driving tests last month. The tests are performed n Southern California. Following the first flight which will be unmanned (remotely piloted) and tethered, the Black Knight Transformer will enter more expansive, iterative flight testing program leading to a full-capability demonstration in late 2014.

AT Black Knight Transformer is based on an innovative technology pioneered by AT, that combines the capabilities of a rotorcraft, and an off-road vehicle. “This design is simple and robust, by eliminating the mechanical complexity and cost of the articulated rotor system that stabilizes and controls a conventional helicopter and replacing it with a high-speed computerized feedback control system.” Rustom Jehangir AT’s Chief Engineer told Defense-Update, “Additionally, the configuration negates the need for a tail-rotor or engine transmission.” while the multirotor concept has been familiar for almost 90 years (the first helicopters, designed in the 1920 were in fact quadrotors), their application was extremely complex and unreliable using mechanical synchronization and control. “Today we can run the rotors through direct drives, while leaving the stabilization, elevation and attitude control to the computerized system that controls the engines.” Jehangir said, adding that AT developed an application that controls the rotation speed of gas or diesel engines in the resolution that enables dynamic stabilization of the octocopter.


The full-scale transformer technology demonstrator was tested on land in December, clearing the design for the flight tests in January-February 2014. Photo: Advanced Tactics


AT engineer, Rustom Jehangir, is standing next to the transformer vehicle for scale. He is six feet tall. Photo: Advanced Tactics

The Black Knight Transformer is designed for autonomous casualty evacuation and manned or unmanned cargo resupply missions. The interior volume is comparable to a Blackhawk helicopter, thus making it suitable for cargo resupply and support missions. An unmanned transformer could be used for combat casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) while a similar optionally manned configuration could be optimized for Special Operations missions. On an typical CASEVAC mission evacuating a wounded soldier under fire from a hot battle zone, a Black Knight Transformer would dispatch to the site landing zone designated by the wounded soldier's squad. The flexibility of the vehicles transportation capability means they can drive the vehicle to areas which otherwise cannot support safe rotorcraft operation.



Development began in 2010, under congressionally funded ˜Special Interest Program" to develop an unmanned platform for combat casualty evacuation. For the first two years the program was supported by the US Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) but in 2012 the Marine Corps and Air Force Research laboratory (AFRL) have joined and expanded its scope. Despite the early start AT was not selected for the DARPA Transformer program, where transformer type vehicles are developed for similar applications. Now, with the relative maturity of the program, AT is scouting the industry to collaborate and seize joint development opportunities taking its innovative technologies into full production.


Each of the propulsion units comprises a gas-powered internal combustion engine, two-blade rotor, and fixed mounting arms carrying the gas feed and engine controls. For the operational concept design, the arms are extended with actuators. The actuators would allow the vehicle to be reconfigured in less than one minute. Photo: Advanced Tactics

In fact, the operational configuration of the Black Knight Transformer would meet (and possibly exceed) the DARPA Transformer requirements. It will be configured with 19 foot long cargo hold (19x4x4), carrying five passengers or payload capacity of over 1,000 lbs (454 kg). Loading will be supported by a loading ramp for quick roll-on roll-off loading and offloading. The Black Knight Transformer will be able to deploy in flight over a 250 nm range (463 km) and dash for 30 km over road or rough terrain at a speed of 70 mph (112 km/h). In the aircraft mode it will cruise at a speed of 130 kts (240 km/h). Designed from the start for special ops, the entire vehicle will be transportable inside the CV-22 cargo hold. An inherent difference from the DARPA Transformers will be the use of turbo diesel engines and open rotors, instead of electrical motors and ducted fan or counter-rotating rotors developed under the DARPA program.

AT began work on the Black Knight Transformer in 2010 and, beginning with electrically powered models. Two years later, AT tested the first sub-scale gas-powered ‘Panther Transformer’ and by the end of 2013 the full-scale vehicle completed the first test runs on land.


Advanced Tactics are proposing a tilt-multi-rotor propulsion system to vertically lift and operate a Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drone from ships. Drawing: Advanced Tactics

The Black Knight and Panther Transformers both utilize the AT Transformer technology, which leverages the simplicity and robustness of a “multirotor” helicopter at a full-scale size. Like the small electric multicopters that are prevalent today, the AT Transformer uses engines with a direct drive connection to prop-rotors. The vehicle is stabilized in flight by balancing the thrust generated by opposing rotors – four pairs are employed for the Black Knight application. The vehicle is designed with commercial off the shelf elements, including the motors and rotor systems.

By using direct drive, the drive chain is simplified and more reliable. Overall, the structure and automotive systems are configured into modular, field replaceable components. To support off-road mobility the vehicle has automotive suspensions and drive-trains similar to those used in off-road trucks. Large truck tires and shocks provide excellent terrain handling and soften the vehicles’ landings. The wheels are driven by an independent engine and transaxle for speeds up to 70 mph (112 km/h).

For instance, each of the eight propulsion subsystems can be replaced in the field by two people and the payload bay can be changed from casualty evacuation life support equipment to cargo for multi-mission capabilities. Additionally, the modular automobile portion of the vehicle can be replaced with a boat hull or an amphibious hull for water operations. The AT Transformer has the ability to perform controlled engine-out flight in case of a critical component failure.


General dimension and design concept of AT Black Knight Transformer

buglerbilly
16-01-14, 04:17 PM
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV): Background and Issues for Congress

(Source: Congressional Research Service; issued January 9, 2014)

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is being developed by the Army and the Marine Corps as a successor to the High Mobility, Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) that has been in service since 1985. On October 28, 2008, awards were made for the JLTV Technology Development (TD) Phase to three industry teams: (1) BAE Systems, (2) the team of Lockheed Martin and General Tactical Vehicle, and (3) AM General and General Dynamics Land Systems.

Once testing was completed and technology requirements established, a full and open competition was expected to be conducted in the late summer of 2011 for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase; the Department of Defense (DOD) planned to award two contracts for the EMD phase, which was scheduled to last 24 months.

In February 2011, it was announced the award of the EMD contract would be delayed until January or February 2012 because the Army changed requirements for the JLTV. DOD had planned to award two contracts for the EMD phase, which was scheduled to last 24 months, but instead proposed a 48-month-long EMD. There will be two JLTV variants—a Combat Tactical Vehicle (CTV) that can transport four passengers and carry 3,500 pounds and a Combat Support Vehicle (CSV) that can transport two passengers and carry 5,100 pounds.

On January 26, 2012, the Army issued the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the JLTV’s EMD phase. Up to three EMD contracts could be awarded, and contract award was scheduled for June 2012. The period of performance for EMD contracts is 27 months, with the overall EMD phase scheduled to last 33 months. Vendors would be required to provide 22 JLTV prototypes for testing 12 months after contract award. The target cost for the base vehicle is $250,000 excluding add-on armor and other kits.

On August 22, 2012, the Army announced the award of three firm-fixed price JLTV EMD contracts totaling approximately $185 million. The three companies awarded the EMD contracts were AM General, LLC (South Bend, IN); Lockheed Martin Corporation (Grand Prairie, TX); and Oshkosh Corporation (Oshkosh, WI).

On September 3, 2013, the Army began JLTV testing, which will occur over a 14-month period at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; Yuma, AZ; and Redstone Arsenal, AL. The Army then plans to select a single vendor by 2015, with the first Army brigade being equipped with JLTVs by 2018.

The FY2014 Budget Request for JLTVs is $84.2 million for Army Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) and $50.4 million for Marine Corps RDT&E, for a program total of $134.6 million. The House and Senate recommended fully funding the Administration’s FY2014 JLTV Budget Request. The House Appropriations Committee recommended fully funding the Army’s FY2014 JLTV Budget Request but recommended a $1.3 million cut to the Marines’ Budget Request citing program management growth.

Potential issues for Congress include a possible examination of why there is no longer any foreign interest in the JLTV program and how the Army’s study to revise overall tactical wheeled vehicle requirements might affect the JLTV program. This report will be updated.

Click here for the full report (11 PDF pages) hosted on the website of the Federation of American Scientists

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RS22942.pdf

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buglerbilly
22-01-14, 02:28 AM
California start-up readies first flight of roadable, VTOL vehicle

By: Erik Schechter New York5 hours ago

I've posted this here for now for continuation from the initial thread above BUT I may move this to the DARPA Flying Car thread in the Air Warfare thread (OR start a new one as this has nothing to do with DARPA?)

California-based Advanced Tactics plans to attempt the first flight test in a few weeks of the Black Knight Transformer, an unmanned vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft designed for the medical evacuation mission.

The vehicle, resembling a Soviet-era commuter bus with eight fixed-pitch propeller-driven engines, is designed to reach urban areas where helicopters are unable to land.

“You just can’t land a helicopter right next to the the guy and pick him up because it’ll be shot down,” Rustom “Rusty” Jehangir, chief engineer for Advanced Tactics, explains.


Image courtesy of Advanced Tactics.

The Black Knight Transformer is designed to overcome this challenge by morphing into a road vehicle for close-in extraction. The 1,810kg (4,000lb) unmanned vehicle lands at a safe distance from the firefight. The vehicle then retracts its rotor engines and drives to the casualties.

Both the US Army Telemedicine & Advanced Technologies Research Centre, in Fort Detrick, Maryland, and the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, in Quantico, Virginia, have shown interest in the operational concept and are backing the Advanced Tactics project.

Despite its ungainly look, the Black Knight Transformer sports 76.2cm (30in) tires and can clock 113km/h (70mph) on a city street.
In mid-December, the Advanced Tactics team took the vehicle for its first test drive out in the Anza-Borrego Desert, northeast of San Diego. “Our driving tests were done in rough terrain and sand, and it performed pretty well in those situations,” Jehangir says.

Now the team is planning a short, tethered flight test sometime between late January and February. Should that go well, Advanced Tactics will continue to “push the performance envelope” on the gas-powered technology demonstrator.

The ultimate goal is to build a sleeker aircraft with turbo-diesel proprotors that can ferry a maximum payload of 454kg up to 230nm.

This operational vehicle will have a cruise speed of 130kt (241km/h) and will hover out of ground effect above 15,000 ft MSL.
No Program of Record is scheduled, but company officials hope that a series of flight test successes with their demonstrator will convince military customers to fund “a more complete version that can be certified for military use,” he says.

California-based Advanced Tactics plans to attempt the first flight test in a few weeks of the Black Knight Transformer, an unmanned vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft designed for the medical evacuation mission.

The vehicle, resembling a Soviet-era commuter bus with eight fixed-pitch propeller-driven engines, is designed to reach urban areas where helicopters are unable to land.

“You just can’t land a helicopter right next to the the guy and pick him up because it’ll be shot down,” Rustom “Rusty” Jehangir, chief engineer for Advanced Tactics, explains.

The Black Knight Transformer is designed to overcome this challenge by morphing into a road vehicle for close-in extraction. The 1,810kg (4,000lb) unmanned vehicle lands at a safe distance from the firefight. The vehicle then retracts its rotor engines and drives to the casualties.

Both the US Army Telemedicine & Advanced Technologies Research Centre, in Fort Detrick, Maryland, and the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, in Quantico, Virginia, have shown interest in the operational concept and are backing the Advanced Tactics project.

Despite its ungainly look, the Black Knight Transformer sports 76.2cm (30in) tires and can clock 113km/h (70mph) on a city street.
In mid-December, the Advanced Tactics team took the vehicle for its first test drive out in the Anza-Borrego Desert, northeast of San Diego. “Our driving tests were done in rough terrain and sand, and it performed pretty well in those situations,” Jehangir says.

Now the team is planning a short, tethered flight test sometime between late January and February. Should that go well, Advanced Tactics will continue to “push the performance envelope” on the gas-powered technology demonstrator.
The ultimate goal is to build a sleeker aircraft with turbo-diesel proprotors that can ferry a maximum payload of 454kg up to 230nm.

This operational vehicle will have a cruise speed of 130kt (241km/h) and will hover out of ground effect above 15,000 ft MSL.
No Program of Record is scheduled, but company officials hope that a series of flight test successes with their demonstrator will convince military customers to fund “a more complete version that can be certified for military use,” he says.

buglerbilly
30-01-14, 05:04 PM
General Dynamics European Land Systems Awarded Contract for 130 Additional DURO Armoured Personnel Carriers for the Swiss Army

(Source: General Dynamics European Land Systems; dated Dec. 20, 2013)



KREUZLINGEN, Switzerland --- On December 20, 2013 General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation, was awarded a contract by the Swiss Army for 130 DURO Armoured Personnel Carriers (GMTF).

General Dynamics European Land Systems previously delivered 290 DURO GMTF vehicles to the Swiss Army during the period 2008 to 2010.

The 130 additional DURO GMTF vehicles will be manufactured at the General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag facility in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, with deliveries to take place between 2015 and 2017. Several other Swiss companies will contribute to this high-value program for the Swiss Army.

“The General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag workforce is very proud to have received this follow-on contract, as it underlines the confidence and satisfaction of our Swiss customer,” said Robert Kauth, Vice President of Wheeled Vehicles at General Dynamics European Land Systems and Managing Director of GDELS-Mowag.

About the DURO GMTF

The DURO GMTF Armoured Personnel Carrier, which was developed wholly in Switzerland, has a gross vehicle weight of 14 tons with very high ballistic, mine and IED protection, mobility and flexibility. The DURO GMTF enables the protected transport of 11 soldiers at a top speed of 100 km/h on road. The DURO GMTF manages gradients of up to 60 percent and lateral inclines of up to 30 percent. It uses a 250 hp Cummins turbocharged diesel engine, an Allison 5-speed automatic transmission, unique De-Dion axle system with patented roll stabilizer, tire pressure control system and permanent all-wheel drive. All DURO GMTF vehicles are equipped with an air conditioning system and a NBC overpressure system for enhanced comfort and protection.

General Dynamics European Land Systems, headquartered in Madrid (Spain), conducts its business through four European operating sites located in Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With 2,240 highly skilled technical employees, the General Dynamics European Land Systems operating sites design, manufacture and deliver land combat systems, including wheeled, tracked, and amphibious vehicles, bridge systems, armaments and munitions, to global customers.

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buglerbilly
30-01-14, 05:07 PM
U.S. Marine Corps Begins Testing Oshkosh Defense P-19R

(Source: Oshkosh Defense; issued Jan 29, 2014)



OSHKOSH, Wis. --- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, has delivered three Oshkosh P-19 Replacement Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle prototypes to the U.S. Marine Corps to undergo testing.

The Marine Corps selected the Oshkosh P-19R in May 2013 to serve as the Marines’ off-road firefighting vehicle of the future. Oshkosh will display the P-19R at Marine West, Jan. 29-30, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

“We delivered three P-19R prototypes in December and will support them as they undergo rigorous government testing through this summer,” said John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh P-19R will replace the fleet of Oshkosh P-19A ARFF vehicles, which were first fielded with the Marine Corps in 1984 and are reaching the end of their service lives. With this vehicle, we’ve rolled into one platform our decades of experience producing military and ARFF vehicles to give Marines more advanced firefighting capabilities.”

The next-generation Oshkosh P-19R is based on the proven Oshkosh Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) platform. It incorporates the latest tactical wheeled vehicle technologies to support fire emergency missions at military bases and expeditionary airfields.

The Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system – today’s gold standard for heavy, medium and light tactical wheeled vehicles that are required to operate off-road – gives Marines greater all-terrain performance for off-runway emergencies. The Oshkosh Command Zone integrated diagnostics and automation system helps crews carry out firefighting missions with increased situational awareness.

Oshkosh Defense leveraged the expertise of the Oshkosh Airport Products Group, the industry-leading ARFF vehicle producer, to equip the Oshkosh P-19R with the advanced Striker firefighting systems. The P-19R also meets the modern requirements of the NFPA 414 standard, which sets the design, performance and acceptance criteria for ARFF vehicles.

Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available to discuss the P-19R and the company’s broad portfolio of vehicles, technologies and services at Marine West at booth #8.

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions.

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buglerbilly
05-02-14, 10:08 AM
Pentagon testers pleased with M-ATV's underbody kit

Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

02 February 2014


The first Oshkosh Defense M-ATV arrived on 1 October 2009 at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Source: USAF

Enhanced underbody protection on the US military's mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle has won praise from Pentagon testers, although the armoured truck's special operations variant was criticised for limiting "situational awareness".

The MRAP All-Terrain Variant's (M-ATV's) underbody improvement kit (UIK), which underwent classified testing last year, was found to provide "protection beyond its required level". The revamped truck was judged "a significant improvement over the baseline M-ATV" by the fiscal year 2013 (FY 2013) report from the Office of the Director for Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E).

M-ATVs, built by Oshkosh Defense, were fielded in earnest in 2009 as a more mobile off-road MRAP designed for Afghanistan's difficult landscape, but officials soon ordered greater protection against roadside bombs, manifested in the UIK.

Military services are now, however, working to shift towards lighter-weight vehicles and to offload their MRAP fleets, retaining only 12,092 trucks from a vehicle family totalling about 27,700.

While testers praised the UIK, the DOT&E's report, published on 29 January, noted unresolved deficiencies in the M-ATV's Special Operations Forces (SOF) variant.

SOF M-ATV crews "continued to possess poor situational awareness due to the small rear windows and the limited field-of-view of the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station II (CROWS II)".

In addition, the report said crews operating CROWS "experience the same weapon-firing and ammunition-jamming failures", which the SOF M-ATV's initial operational test and evaluation identified and found to degrade the platform's reliability.

M-ATVs for special operators are modified to add protection to the cargo area and rear area access, and to fit five passenger positions including a gunner. The special operations community also commissioned an M-ATV variant that mounts tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missiles.

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buglerbilly
05-02-14, 01:22 PM
GD Awarded $26 M for Cougar Survivability Upgrade Program



The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va., has competitively awarded General Dynamics Land Systems – Force Protection a contract valued at $26 million for survivability upgrades for Cougar combat vehicles previously delivered under the Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) program.

The company will develop, design and produce 468 Seat Survivability Upgrade (SSU) kits for the MRAP vehicles. The kits will include energy absorbing seats, five-point seatbelts and blast mats to enhance the survivability and operation of the Cougar. Additional improvements include a reconfiguration of the internal crew Automatic Fire Extinguisher System, upgrades to the driver and co-driver compartments, and other improvements to the interior layout and stowage.

General Dynamics will complete delivery of the kits by July 2015.

Source : General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD)

Published on ASDNews: Feb 4, 2014

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-53343/GD_Awarded_$26_M_for_Cougar_Survivability_Upgrade_ Program.htm#ixzz2sRw7zrRJ

buglerbilly
10-02-14, 04:31 PM
The Division of General Armaments (DGA) of the French Ministry of Defence Orders 250 Military Logistic Vehicles

(Source: Iveco Defence; dated Feb 06, issued Feb 10, 2014)



On 24th January 2014, the Division of General Armaments (DGA) of the French Ministry of Defence placed an order for 250 logistic military trucks with the Iveco (CNH industrial Group) and Soframe (Lohr group) consortium. This batch forms part of the “Porteurs Polyvalents Terrestres” (PPT) programme, launched in 2010 to provide the French land forces with a fleet of modern logistic vehicles. Delivery of the batch will start in 2016.

Included in the “Loi de programmation militaire 2014-2019,” this order demonstrated the French Army’s drive to modernise its logistic capabilities.

The PPT range includes two variants: a logistic vehicle (Porteur polyvalent logistique - PPLOG) and a recovery vehicle (Porteur polyvalent lourd de dépannage - PPLD). Both vehicles share the same chassis with 4 axle 8 wheel drive (8x8), ensuring on and off road mobility in all climatic conditions (for example on snow covered mountain roads). The logistic vehicle will feature an independent hook-lift body for load-handling operations, with a payload up to 19 tonnes, whilst the recovery vehicle will be supplied with a crane for recovering military vehicles.

The PPT cabs offer a high level of crew comfort and are designed to accommodate a variety of modern military communication and command systems. All of the 200 vehicles ordered in 2010 (150 PPLOG and 50 PPLD) feature a protected cab with ballistic and mine blast protection.

This further batch of 250 PPT will be configured as unprotected PPLOG. Protected and unprotected cabs can be interchanged and can be mounted on all chassis according to the assessed level of threat.

The first PPT units were handed over to the customer in July 2013 and immediately saw service in Mali for the Serval operation. Users appreciated the vehicle’s payload, the high mobility provided through the use of all wheel drive, and the crew comfort in demanding conditions.

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buglerbilly
12-02-14, 01:41 PM
The Pickup Truck Era of Warfare

Jack Mulcaire

February 11, 2014



Readers, let’s take a moment to salute a true workhorse. In the world of war machines, the expensive and high-tech items get all the attention and budget—drones, anti-ship ballistic missiles, cyber warfare, and the like. But, on the battlefields of the twenty-first century, a humble and under-rated weapon has quietly showed up these expensive attention-hogs: the pickup truck.

Today, primarily irregular, infantry-centric forces fight almost every conflict in the world. Pickup trucks are their mainstays. In Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Mexico, Syria, Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic, irregulars reach the battlefield more often than not in the cabs and beds of Toyota Hi-Luxes and Land Cruisers, Ford Rangers, and Mitsubishi L200s. When they arrive, the same pickups are often carrying the crew-served weapons that offer that allow a light force to pack a punch on the cheap. Pickup trucks are ideal for the wars of the twenty-first century: they’re readily available, cheap, fuel efficient, easy to operate and repair. And, they are more modular than the Littoral Combat Ship. They can operate off-road in the bush or in the downtown of a major metropolis. All of these characteristics make the pickup truck a war-winner for non-state or weak-state forces that can’t get their hands on purpose-built military vehicles, can’t afford extensive logistic chains, and need to quickly move through and between rough terrain and urban environments.

The “technical” (light truck mounted with weapons) was born in the Sahara and won its greatest glory there. The history of the technical goes back to the exploits of the Long Range Desert Group in the Second World War. But, the pickup-truck era of warfare really began on March 22, 1987, when 2,000 Chadian soldiers riding in technicals armed with heavy machine guns, AA guns, MILAN anti-tank missiles and recoilless rifles emerged from desert wadis in the depths of the Sahara and overran the massive Libyan air base at Wadi Doum, Chad in a surprise attack that killed thousands of Libyans, destroyed dozens of tanks and aircraft, and shattered Libyan air power. The Chadians would go on to repeat their success several months later with an attack against the Libyan airbase at Maaten al-Sara, in Libya itself. Again, thousands of fighters in armed pickups crossed the desert to hit with speed and surprise. Libya agreed to a cease-fire six days after Maaten al-Sara fell, bringing the “Toyota War” (so named because Chadian forces were mainly composed of Toyota trucks) to an end. The Chadians had defeated a larger and far better armed Libyan force, holding a well-fortified position, and they couldn’t have done it without their trucks.

The speedy all-terrain mobility of the Chadian technicals allowed them to cross the Sahara into Libya undetected, masking their approach by following wadis and dunes. The trucks could carry the heavy weapons necessary to destroy Libyan armor and suppress Libyan positions at long range, unlike infantry or camels. Chadian drivers even discovered that their trucks could drive over anti-tank mines without detonating them, as long as they drove faster than 100 km/h. The Chadians are still masters of technical warfare; convoys of Toyota Land Cruisers carrying Chadian mercenaries led the Seleka alliance’s charge into Bangui, pushed back a South African infantry company and overthrew President Francois Boizize last March in the Central African Republic.

No history of the pickup-truck era of warfare would be complete without mentioning the Somalis. The term “technical” originated in Somalia: international NGOs would use “technical assistance grants” to hire and equip local guards, and “technical” quickly became the shorthand term for their armed trucks. Somali politics are clan-dominated, and the strength of a Somali clan is measured in how much livestock they own and how many technicals they can field. Muhammad Farah Adid, perhaps the most powerful single warlord to rise and fall since the collapse of Somalia, and victor of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu against American Rangers, was carried to his grave in the back of one of his Toyota Land Cruiser pickups.

The wars of the Arab Spring have brought us into the golden age of the battle truck. Colonel Moammar Qaddafi probably thought that his truck problems had ended after his forces withdrew from Chad, but he would live to be tormented by Toyotas one final time. The Mad Max ingenuity of Libya’s rebel mechanics, born of desperation during the country’s 2011 civil war, surpassed anything that other pickup-warriors in Chad, Somalia, Lebanon and other hotspots had ever come up with. They quickly became the stuff of legend: the Chinese auto company that produced most of the rebellion’s trucks used Libyan technicals to advertise that their trucks were “stronger then war.” The Libyans weren’t the best soldiers, or the best tacticians, but they were the most innovative engineers. They attached armor plate-mated office chairs with ZPU AA guns, sawed off the roof to increase the arc of fire for the recoilless rifle in the bed. They produced hundreds of trucks armed with huge S-5 Soviet rocket pods, intended for aircraft. They even cut the turret off of a BMP-1 Soviet Armored Personnel Carrier and mounted it on the back of a Toyota.



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Throughout the conflict, the revolutionary militias captured hundreds of tanks and APCs, but even in the war’s last battles, technical trucks provided the majority of rebel firepower and transport. The superior speed, mobility and fuel economy of the trucks more than compensated for their lack of armor and firepower compared to captured T-72 tanks and BMPs. The description of the rebellion’s final push from Zawiya into Tripoli in Irish-Libyan rebel Hussam Najjair’s memoir of the campaign highlights the unique assets of the pickups. The speed and fuel efficiency of the pickups let the rebel Tripoli Brigade cover ground so fast that disparate pro-Qaddafi units weren’t able to link up and support each other, and when the superior firepower of the government troops became too heavy, the pickups could quickly scatter off-road, duck down alleys, or make a speedy u-turn. At the moment, Libya’s militias are engaged in mopping up the last remnants of a simultaneous uprising and incursion over the border from Chad by former pro-Qaddafi fighters. Militiamen assembled in central Tripoli to make a show of strength before going south to put down the threat. What sort of vehicles were they parading in? You guessed it, Toyota Land Cruiser pickups.

The battle pickup continues to evolve. In Syria, rebel mechanics built this homemade tank with a remote-controlled machine gun operated by a PlayStation controller onto the frame of a truck. As long as great-power rivalries stay suppressed and large-scale conventional warfare is rare, the pickup-truck era of warfare will continue. The pickup-truck era is an era of small wars, often fought in marginal places by weak states or forces with no state to back them. Winning strategies and forces in the pickup-truck era of warfare should share the characteristics that have made the light truck a successful weapon. A winning strategy should involve a light resource footprint and it should be easy to implement with irregular, semi-professional light troops. It should be applicable to urban and rural areas because the forces of the pickup truck era freely cross the border between both. It’s easy to forget the strategic lessons that the pickup truck can teach us because they’re not very glamorous. But, for me, a convoy of swaggering militiamen speeding down the road in the bed of their modded Toyota Hi-Luxes is the modern version of a line of medieval knights charging at full gallop.

Jack Mulcaire is a contributor to War on the Rocks. During the 2011 Libyan Civil War, he helped lead a group of international volunteers that aided and consulted with local rebel councils and units. He has written for Small Wars Journal on the Syrian conflict and has aided New York Times writer Damien Spleeters in tracking arms shipments to Syria.

Photo credit: Magharebia

buglerbilly
19-02-14, 01:54 PM
AM General rolls out new RHD patrol HMMWV

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

16 February 2014


AM General M-1165 DRGN-V demonstrator displayed at the Singapore Airshow 2014. In this configuration, it is equipped with a roof-mounted .50 calibre machine gun, and a total of four light machine guns on the sides and rear of the vehicle. (IHS/Kelvin Wong)

US-based AM General debuted its new M-1165 Deployable Reconnaissance Ground Network-Vehicle (DRGN-V) platform at the Singapore Airshow 2014, with the controls shifted over to the right hand side of the vehicle as befits the local traffic regulations.

The full-scale M-1165 DRGN-V demonstrator at the 2014 Airshow was equipped with a Browning M2 .50 calibre machine gun on a roof mount, a sponson-mounted light machine gun (LMG) on each side of the vehicle, and two LMGs on the rear deck.

The M-1165 DRGN-V is based on the M-1165 version of the company's popular High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), which was displayed at the 2012 Singapore Airshow.

Gerritt Peck, AM General's Regional Director for Far East International Sales, said that the M-1165 DRGN-V features a 3,000 kg payload capacity, which offers operators greater flexibility in selecting armaments, armour and electronic equipment. He added that the company is interested to push the DRGN-V in the region for border patrol, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), and reconnaissance missions.

The M-1165 DRGN-V is offered in two basic variants with either a 205 hp engine or 270 hp engine. The vehicle is capable of fording water up to 0.75 m in its standard configuration, but can traverse twice that depth with a fording kit. The vehicle is air-transportable inside the cargo bay of the CH/MH-47 Chinook helicopters or as an underslung-load. Peck said the vehicle is also capable of parachute-deployment from a transport aircraft.

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buglerbilly
20-02-14, 01:47 PM
AUSA Winter 2014: Army to seek new medium truck family in mid-2020s

Daniel Wasserbly, Huntsville, Alabama - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

19 February 2014


In 2009 Oshkosh Defense was awarded the FMTV programme over incumbent BAE Systems in a competitive 'rebuy' programme. Source: BAE Systems

The US Army is considering buying a new group of medium tactical vehicles in about 10 years and would seek additional commonality in the fleet.

The Legacy Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) trucks are still being purchased and this year a limited numbers of Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) trucks are to be ordered as well, but "around 2025" the army hopes to buy a new medium truck, according to Kevin Fahey, Program Executive Officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (CS CSS).

Buying a new medium truck is "probably the next priority" for his vehicle fleet, Fahey told reporters during an Association of the United States Army (AUSA) symposium in Huntsville, Alabama.

He said the CS CSS office was working with army sustainment centres and others to formulate a programme strategy, but noted that it would likely be similar to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) project in keeping requirements rather unspecific in order to see what industry can provide. Then in the mid-2020s, when the army would know what can be done technologically and how much it would cost, the service would build, test, and buy new medium trucks.

Fahey said he believes some of the tactical vehicle roles - including those filled by the Palletized Load System (PLS), Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT), and Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) - could be done from a common chassis.

The trucks will also have mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) levels of survivability and likely be lighter than current systems, he added.

Science and technology planning efforts for a new medium truck family have begun in collaboration with the US Marine Corps and US Navy, and Fahey said the services would co-ordinate on requirements, technologies, and programme management.

The FMTV comprises a series of vehicles different variants and models, with payloads from 2.5-5 tons that are deployable in C-5, C-17, and C-130 transport aircraft. The platforms are based on a common chassis, engine, tyres, and cab to claim 80% commonality across the models and weight classes.

The trucks perform functions ranging from cargo, line haul, wrecker and dump truck, and serve as platforms for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and support vehicles for Patriot missile systems.

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buglerbilly
06-03-14, 10:40 PM
Turkey's Otokar Wins Armored Vehicle Contract From UN

Mar. 6, 2014 - 12:51PM | By BURAK EGE BEKDIL


The UN is buying Cobra armored vehicles from Turkish company Otokar for use on peacekeeping missions. (Otokar)

ANKARA — Turkey’s leading armored vehicles manufacturer, Otokar, has said that it won a $24.6 million contract from the United Nations.

In a news release March 6, Otokar said the contract was for an unspecified number of the company’s Cobra vehicles. The UN will use the Cobras in peacekeeping operations, the company said.

Cobra, used by the armies of 15 different countries, is Otokar’s best known vehicle. Turkish security forces use the four-wheel-drive Cobra for reconnaissance and area control.

Otokar reported 40 percent growth in 2013, with exports of $117 million.

The company also is the developer of the Altay, Turkey’s first indigenous, new-generation main battle tank. In 2008, Otokar signed a $500 million contract with the Turkish procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, to produce four prototypes under the Altay program.

buglerbilly
12-03-14, 02:10 PM
Germany orders 76 more Eagle Vs

Nicholas de Larrinaga, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

09 March 2014


Germany has ordered 76 more Eagle V 4x4 armoured vehicles from GDELS. Source: General Dynamics European Land Systems

Germany has ordered 76 more General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) Eagle V 4x4 protected command vehicles, the company announced on 10 March.

The vehicles are being ordered as part of the Geschützten Führungs- und Funktionsfahrzeugs (Armoured Command and Multi-functional Vehicle) der Klasse 2 (GFF Class 2) programme for the German Army.

Germany first ordered the Eagle V in June 2013, with the possibility of an additional order of 76 vehicles - now taken up - being included as an option in the earlier contract. The German procurement agency the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) is understood to have taken up the option on 20 February.

According to GDELS all of the additional vehicles will be delivered to the German Army (Bundeswehr) by the close of 2015.

The Eagle V is an evolution of the earlier GDELS Eagle IV 4x4 - procured in large numbers already by the Bundeswehr - providing a higher level of internal volume, payload, and protection as the Eagle IV; while retaining the same mobility and external size as the earlier model.

Germany has now ordered a total of 505 Eagle IVs and 176 Eagle V 4x4 vehicles under the GFF Class 2 programme. The GFF programme comprises four different vehicle classes: 5 tonne (GFF 1); 7.5 tonne (GFF 2); 12.5 tonne (GFF 3); and 25 tonne (GFF 4). In addition to Eagle IV/V for GFF 2, Germany has purchased the Mercedes-Benz Enok Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle for GFF 1; the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Dingo 2 for GFF 3; while the KMW Grizzly 6x6 and the Rheinmetall Landsysteme Wisent 8x8 are being offered for GFF 4.

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buglerbilly
27-03-14, 06:20 AM
French Buy of Special Forces Vehicles Seen as Safe Despite Budget Cutting

Mar. 26, 2014 - 05:04PM | By PIERRE TRAN


The French intend to replace special forces vehicles, including the Panhard VPS. (Panhard)

PARIS — A French order for a fresh batch of light special forces vehicles would cost some €40 million (US $55.3 million), seen as a relatively small amount and vital for equipping the elite units, an industry executive said March 26.

“In budget terms, that is ‘zero,’ ” the executive said. The special operations forces hold a “privileged” position as France increasingly relies on the units for overseas interventions.

The special operations forces allow Paris to project power on the ground, a capability seen as “very political,” the executive said.

A €40 million amount was based on ordering 100 vehicles at a unit price of €400,000. That is seen as an affordable figure despite the government’s commitment to cutting €50 billion from the national budget.

A contract this year is important, as no new defense orders are expected in 2015, the executive said.

Last year at a trade show and conference, named Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar, or SOFINS, Renault Trucks Defense displayed its Sherpa light special forces vehicle fitted with a pintle-mounted Nexter 20mm gun.

RTD, a unit of the Volvo group, pitched the Sherpa for the tender, aiming to replace an aging fleet of P4 SAS vehicles and 51 Panhard VPS (véhicule protégé SAS) for the special forces.

Heavy use has worn out the VPS, the executive said. The vehicles were bought in 2008.

A replacement order could come from the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement office or the Army’s maintenance department.

Know-how of a systems approach will be key as the deal is expected to include armaments, communications and jamming systems for the vehicle.

The government is also expected to launch tenders this year for a troop carrier and a light tank.

Those two vehicles would launch the Army’s long awaited Scorpion program, seen as needed to modernize the land forces.

In the Mali campaign, dubbed Serval, French troops battled guerrilla fighters who were using pickup trucks armed with the Russian 14.5mm gun, which has a range of 1.2 kilometers, greater than that of the 12.7mm, or 0.50-inch, NATO standard weapon.

The lessons learned from Serval fed into the requirements for the light special forces vehicle. Other Army acquisition plans include a light tactical vehicle, véhicule léger tactique polyvalent, replacing the P4 jeep and other vehicles. ■

Email: ptran@defensenews.com.

buglerbilly
27-03-14, 01:57 PM
FIDAE 2014: Textron seeks additional Commando vehicle sales in Colombia

Daniel Wasserbly, Santiago, Chile - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

25 March 2014


The export version of the Commando for Colombia in the APC configuration has a longer wheelbase for greater internal volume and is shown here fitted with a protected weapon station. Source: Textron

Textron Marine & Land Systems officials are hoping to expand their Commando Advanced 4x4 armoured vehicle programme in Colombia by, among other things, branching beyond cavalry units.

The Colombian military has purchased a total of 67 Commando vehicles - 39 were bought in an original order without turrets and another 28 were more recently ordered with 40 mm/.50 calibre remote turrets - and Textron expects to finish building platforms from the second order sometime in March, Mike Gelpi, vice-president land systems and life cycle support at Textron Marine & Land Systems, told IHS Jane's .

Turrets are to be retrofitted on the original Commandos as well, he added.

Gelpi said that Colombian cavalry units are the main customer within Colombian army, and the company hopes to expand to other missions and units in the country, as well as expand elsewhere in the region.

Other Latin American countries have expressed interest in the Commando, he said, but none of the discussions are "mature enough to talk about at this point".

The Colombians, meanwhile, are exploring means of logistics support for the fleet by ordering spares and requesting two field service representatives for two years.

According to Gelpi, the army there has been pleased with the Commandos and has been employing the vehicles in day and night operations that range from jungle to highway terrain.

The 4x4 vehicles have a unique balance in survivability and off-road mobility, and weigh around 36,000 lbs (16,200 kg). The platforms have a V-shaped hull bottom and 360-degree direct fire. According to Textron, the Commando Advanced can be upgraded to higher crew protection levels through an Enhanced Survivability package.

The Colombian Army ordered its first tranche of Commandos in 2009 and that order was filled by July 2010, equipping three armoured support squadrons with troop transport variants and command-post units. A second order for 28 came in August 2013.

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buglerbilly
04-04-14, 02:50 PM
Rheinmetall to Supply Norway with New Fleet of Military Trucks

(Source: Rheinmetall AG; issued April 4, 2014)

Rheinmetall AG of Düsseldorf has just won another major order for military wheeled vehicles. The Norwegian armed forces will soon be taking delivery of a large number of logistical vehicles made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV). RMMV is a joint venture with Rheinmetall AG holding 51% and MAN Truck&Bus AG holding 49%.

Signed at RMMV’s Vienna plant, the framework contract for military logistical vehicles runs through 2025. It is linked to an additional agreement under which RMMV will provide the Norwegian armed forces with long-term service support.

Simultaneously, a first firm order was placed for new trucks. Worth over €100 million, this contract also includes integrated logistical support such as the supply of spare parts and maintenance services. Delivery of the first batch of vehicles – a mix of different models – is set to begin in mid-2015 and finish in mid-2017.

First and foremost, the new vehicles are intended to enhance the transport capacity of the Norwegian military’s logistical arm as well as expanding its operational capabilities. The new high-tech vehicles, which include many different variants, will be meticulously configured to meet the exacting specifications of the Norwegian armed forces. Some of the trucks will feature an integrated armoured cab, providing vehicle crews with effective protection from ballistic threats and shrapnel.

Fostering added force protection and maximum operational effectiveness, the trucks will also feature state-of-the-art communications and command technology as well as a remotely operated weapon station mounted to the roof of the cab for an integral self-defence capability.

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buglerbilly
04-04-14, 03:02 PM
Norway signs RMMV contract

Nicholas de Larrinaga, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

01 April 2014


Norway has placed an order with RMMV for new logistics vehicles for its armed forces. Source: FMV

Norway has signed a NOK1 billion (USD167.2 million) deal with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) for military trucks, a Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 2 April.

Two contracts were signed by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) and RMMV on 31 March: an initial purchase contract and a through-life logistics support contract. Deliveries of the vehicles are expected to run from 2015 to 2017.

Norway will purchase an entire range of new logistics vehicles from RMMV under the arrangement, with nine variants to be purchased in this initial order, the spokesperson stated. However, the total number of vehicles included in the contract is currently unknown. This is because the final number will depend on how many of each different variant Norway opts to purchase - a decision the MoD and NDLO have yet to make.

"This is the first order and will give us everything from heavy goods vehicles and hook lifters to various cargo trailers and some easier transportation for airport operations," the NDLO stated. The vehicles will principally be used by the Royal Norwegian Army's Brigade North, according to the NDLO.

Norway's purchase of new logistics vehicles forms part of a Nordic defence co-operation programme with Sweden, in which a simultaneous purchase of the same vehicles was intended. RMMV was selected in November 2013 for this programme.

However, Sweden has delayed the signing of its part of the contract while its competition authority investigates the conduct of the procurement processes. At issue is the fact that with Norway acting as project lead, the programme was conducted under the Norwegian Acquisition Regulations for the Defence Sector (ARF) procurement laws. As such, the competition authority is investigating whether the conduct of the programme under Norway's ARF laws complied with Sweden's Law for the Procurement of Defence and Security (LUFS).

One of the biggest differences between ARF and LUFS is the ability under the former to change the absolute requirements on bidders during the procurement process, IHS Jane's understands. Also at issue is that as a non-EU member, Norway's procurement laws may not align with EU procurement regulations embedded in LUFS (Sweden being an EU member). In parallel, Norway is a member of NATO, while Sweden is not. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) is hopeful that the Swedish competition authority's investigation will be positively concluded by May. As part of Norway's signing of the contract with RMMV, an NDLO statement said that "Sweden may sign the contract later".

When questioned by IHS Jane's on the competition authorities investigation and the compatibility of the ARF and LUFS laws, a spokesperson for the FMV stated that "there are obstacles related to most defence materiel collaborations but there are still lots of benefits, such as cost-sharing".

This is the second time that the Swedish side of the joint logistics vehicle procurement programme has been held up - a contract was initially expected by the end of 2013. One of the unsuccessful bidders, Scania, had lodged an appeal against RMMV's selection in December with the Administrative Court in Stockholm. IHS Jane's understands that this appeal was withdrawn after Scania majority shareholder the Volkswagen Group (which has a 60% stake in Scania) weighed in - the group also owns a large stake of RMMV.

Meanwhile, compensation negotiations are understood to still be continuing between Norway and Sweden over Norway's decision in December 2013 to pull out of the joint Swedish-Norwegian Archer self-propelled artillery (SPA) programme.

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buglerbilly
07-04-14, 02:56 PM
Japan Buys Thales Bushmasters

(Source: Thales Australia, issued April 7, 2014)

Formal notice from Thales.............four vehicles means a trial number to see if they mean to buy/build more.............perhaps they can sell us some decent subs? <----kidding, I think.............

The Japanese Ministry of Defence has ordered four Bushmaster vehicles for deployment with the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF).

The vehicles, all troop carrier variants, will be manufactured at the company’s facility in Bendigo, Victoria in Australia, for delivery in late 2014.

Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said: “This new export order demonstrates the ongoing significance and versatility of the Bushmaster vehicle.

“With effective operational deployment across Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bushmaster has proven its effectiveness across urban landscapes as well as mountainous regions, making it uniquely suited to Japan’s geographic and urban environments.

“This is the first time that Thales is providing platforms to Japan. Our aim is to be customer focused and to offer Thales Group’s seamless and convenient services and technologies to our customers in Japan. We look forward to working closely with the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force as these vehicles enter service.”

The Thales Bushmaster is a true success story with over 1,000 vehicles already sold in Australia, the Netherlands and Jamaica.

Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues of AUD 1 billion in 2012.

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buglerbilly
09-04-14, 01:36 PM
Boeing's Phantom Badger vehicle cleared for V-22 carriage

Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

08 April 2014


The Phantom Badger vehicle has now been cleared for internal carriage aboard the V-22 Osprey. Source: Boeing

Boeing's Phantom Badger tactical ground vehicle has been certified for internal carriage aboard the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, the company announced on 8 April.

The US Navy (USN) certified the vehicle in March, having conducted a series of form-fit checks and pressure tests. Structural evaluations were also conducted to beyond 4 g s.

Since being unveiled in May 2013, the Phantom Badger has completed more than 5,000 miles of rugged terrain durability testing and successful airdrop tests from a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter. According to Boeing, the C-17 can carry 10 such vehicles, while the CH-47 Chinook helicopter can carry two. As well as being transported internally, the Phantom Badger can be underslung from the V-22 and helicopters.

Boeing and its Motorsport Innovations (MSI) partner have designed the Phantom Badger to leverage commercial off-the-shelf technology into a simple yet capable all-terrain vehicle. The vehicle features four-wheel drive for enhanced manoeuvrability, a removable and interchangeable storage or mission module for tactical flexibility, fully adjustable ride height for comprehensive off-road performance, and parts commonality with existing vehicles for increased sustainability in the field.

Weapon loads include a .50 calibre (12.7 mm) machine gun or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher mounted to the roll cage, and rear facing seats that can also be equipped with 7.62 mm general purpose machine guns and other squad weapons. Alternatively, this rear crew area can be outfitted with a modular mission bay, for roles such as casualty evacuation, which can be installed in under 30 minutes.

In October 2014 the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) disclosed that it had chosen the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD OTS) Flyer Advanced Light Strike Vehicle (ALSV) over the Phantom Badger for its V-22 Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV) contract. However, at that time Boeing officials told IHS Jane's that the company was continuing with development, saying; "We have the best, most affordable solution for the warfighter, and the Boeing-MSI team is prepared to deliver a superb combat support vehicle that exceeds every customer expectation .... Boeing continues to see considerable domestic and international interest in Phantom Badger".

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buglerbilly
09-04-14, 01:51 PM
Indonesia, Japan buy Bushmasters

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

06 April 2014


Thales Australia has secured its first Asian orders for the Bushmaster. Source: Thales

Thales Australia has secured sales of its Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle to Indonesia and Japan, marking the first Asian orders of the 4x4 wheeled armoured vehicle.

The sale to Indonesia was concluded, but not announced, in late 2013 and features three Bushmaster troop variants that were delivered to the Indonesian Special Forces (Kopassus) in February 2014, a spokesman from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) confirmed to IHS Jane's on 4 April.

The sale to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) was announced on 7 April and covers four units of the same design, with deliveries scheduled before the end of 2014, Thales Australia said in a statement.

A Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) official told IHS Jane's that the four Bushmasters had been purchased to provide "land transportation for Japanese evacuees" in the event of an overseas contingencies, such as the January 2013 In Amenas hostage crisis in Algeria. Ten Japanese citizens were killed in the siege, which the official said had exposed a gap in the Self-Defence Forces Law in how the JGSDF was allowed to operate overseas.

Chris Jenkins, chief executive officer of Thales Australia, said: "This is the first time that Thales is providing platforms to Japan. Our aim is to be customer-focused and to offer Thales group's ... services and technologies to our customers in Japan. We look forward to working closely with the JGSDF as these vehicles enter service."

The Japanese MoD official said that the four Bushmasters would cost about JPY200 million (USD1.9 million) per vehicle and "will be focused on overseas transport operations in case of an emergency - either natural or man-made". He added that there would be no further purchases.

The acquisition of "protected carrier vehicles" was outlined in the MoD's supplementary budget for fiscal year 2013/14, which was released in December 2013. It was included in a section detailing "measures that facilitate the JGSDF to maintain and operate various equipment and defence facilities in a stable manner" and also included the acquisition of fire-control radar parts for F-15 fighter aircraft and soundproofing of homes and private facilities close to Japanese air bases.

The Indonesian contract is valued at AUD2.7 million (USD2.5 million) and the Japanese deal is expected to be worth around AUD3.6 million, with both including the provision of training covering vehicle operations, maintenance, and repairs.

The Indonesian deal progressed as a government-to-government deal overseen by the Australian Military Sales Office, which was established in 2012 to facilitate the export of platforms and components on behalf of Australia's defence industrial base. The sale to Japan is understood to be a commercial contract.

Other potential export orders for the Bushmaster include the Royal Thai Army, which has maintained its interest in acquiring the vehicle for use in the country's turbulent south, and Libya, which is reported to have expressed a requirement to acquire between 100 and 400 Bushmasters. A Thales Australia spokesman said: "I can't confirm anything about other potential exports for commercial reasons, but we continue to explore opportunities."

To date, the Australian Defence Force has ordered and taken delivery of a total of 1,052 Bushmasters, and exports include 86 vehicles supplied to the Dutch Army, 24 to the British Army, and 12 ordered by the Jamaica Defence Force in December 2013.

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buglerbilly
10-04-14, 12:46 AM
AM General Lawsuit Against SOCOM Rejected; GD Starts Work on Special Ops Vehicle

Apr. 9, 2014 - 05:36PM | By PAUL McLEARY


The prototype of the winning vehicle for the Ground Mobility Vehicle program. (General Dynamics)

WASHINGTON — On April 7, the US Federal Claims Court rejected military vehicle maker AM General’s lawsuit against the US Special Operations Command over its decision to award a $562 contract to General Dynamics for the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV) program, Defense News has learned.

After losing out to General Dynamics in August 2013 on the coveted contract to build 1,297 new light troop carriers for the command, both AM General and fellow losing bidder Navistar submitted formal protests with the Government Accountability Office.

The protests were denied on Dec. 19.

AM General then went a step further and sued on Jan. 6, after which General Dynamics also stepped in to file a Motion to Intervene, but a judge ruled on Monday that the AM General suit was to be dismissed.

AM General spokesman Jeff Adams said in a statement that the company “is disappointed” with the ruling, and “while we appreciate certain portions of the court’s evaluation which resulted in recognition of several of the points we contested, AM General continues to believe in the overall merits of its protest. Nonetheless, we have decided to accept the court’s ruling and will not pursue further action for review of our protest.”

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems spokeswoman Laurie VanBrocklin told Defense News in a statement that “we are very pleased that the award has been upheld and look forward to working closely with our USSOCOM customer. Our team’s combined knowledge and expertise in manufacturing lightweight high-mobility vehicles will help ensure we deliver a highly capable lightweight vehicle that meets the needs of the US Special Forces.”

The special ops command has said that it wants to buy 1,297 GMVs to replace the current 1,072 Humvee-based GMVs it has in its inventory. Budget documents show that SOCOM had previously planned to spend about $24 million on the program in fiscal 2014 for the first 101 vehicles, at a price tag of at $245,000 per vehicle.

With a marked decrease in ground vehicle production and repair that is coming along with the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the loss is a tough one for current GMV-maker AM General, whose Humvee is largely being phased out of the US Army and Marine Corps fleets with the coming introduction of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

Oshkosh Defense had also been eliminated from the competition in January 2013, after which it filed a protest which was then withdrawn that April.

Requirements documents state that the GMV 1.1 will have to weigh less than 7,000 pounds, have the ability to carry up to seven passengers and be transportable in an M/CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

Final deliveries of all GMVs are expected to be complete by September 2020.

The ruling comes just days after the April 4 rejection by Army Materiel Command of a General Dynamics Land Systems protest disputing the fairness of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) competition. The company still has the option of lodging a more formal protest with the Government Accountability Office, however. ■

Email: pmcleary@defensenews.com.

buglerbilly
10-04-14, 12:33 PM
Croatia receives donated Maxxpro MRAPs

Nicholas de Larrinaga, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

08 April 2014



Croatia received 30 Navistar Maxxpro 4x4 mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from the United States on 7 April, the Croatian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced.

The vehicles were delivered free of charge under the US Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme, and form the first batch of a total of 212 military vehicles Croatia will receive under the EDA system.

In addition to the 30 Maxxpros, the Croatian Army will receive 162 4x4 Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs), and 20 6x6 BAE Systems RG-33 Heavy Armoured Ground Ambulance (HAGA) vehicles.



Speaking to IHS Jane's on 9 April, a spokesperson for the MoD said that Croatia first requested MRAPs under the EDA programme in January 2013, with the US Congress granting approval for the transfer of 170 vehicles in August 2013 and for a further 42 vehicles in March 2014.

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buglerbilly
11-04-14, 02:40 AM
Navy’s New 80-MPH Mini Combat Vehicle Can Drop From the Sky

By Allen McDuffee

04.10.14 6:30 am


Image: Sally Aristei/Boeing

Master Chief, your new combat vehicle is ready.

The U.S. Navy has certified the Phantom Badger, a 240-horsepower combat support vehicle that’s about the size of a Mini and tough enough to traverse damn near anything. It’s designed to fit inside several different aircraft, including the V-22 Osprey, and airdropped to provide ground troops with superior mobility.

“This certification validates Phantom Badger’s versatile design while offering the warfighter increased battlefield access and deployment options,” John Chicoli, who leads Boeing’s internally transportable vehicle program, said in a statement.

The vehicle, which looks a lot like a squished HumVee, was developed by Boeing Phantom Works with an assist from Motorsport Innovations. Those guys are known more for their work on the racetrack than the battlefield, and helped Boeing develop an adjustable suspension system tough enough for the rigors of battle. Together they engineered a four-wheel steering system that gives the Badger a 24-foot turning radius.

“The agility, the speed of this vehicle is unmatched right now,” Chicoli said.

The Badger will hit 80 mph running flat out, and unleash hell doing it. Weapon loads include a .50-caliber machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher bolted to the roll cage. The rear-facing seats can be equipped with general-purpose machine guns or ditched for hardware supporting resupply or medevac duties.

The vehicle is just 60-inches wide, and it was designed to fit in the cargo hold of a V-22 Osprey—a tilt-rotor aircraft so narrow the Pentagon doesn’t have a ground support vehicle that fits inside it. The CH-47 Chinook helicopter and the C-130 cargo plane can carry two Badgers apiece, while the C-17 transport plane can carry 10.

The Badger had completed 5,000 miles of testing over a wide variety of terrain and has been successfully dropped from a C-17. Boeing says it’s tough as nails and ready for duty.

“This is a vehicle that will last the customer a long time, and we truly think this weight class of vehicle closes a big capability gap,” said Chicoli.

buglerbilly
11-04-14, 03:15 PM
Volvo Defense Signs Contract with the Estonian Ministry of Defense

(Source: Volvo Defense; issued Avril 11, 2014)



Volvo Defense and the Estonian Ministry of Defense have signed a contract for Volvo FMX trucks with hook lift system, trailers and special purpose mobile containers.

Volvo FMX is developed to make driving in rough conditions easier and safer – from the robust bumper and advanced steering to the new comfortable rear and ground clearance capabilities.

Volvo Defense supplies Volvo branded vehicles to defense authorities, organizations, and companies. The Volvo Defense portfolio consists of specially adapted trucks, construction and engineering equipment. Being part of the Volvo Group, thus utilizing the driveline and chassis components used for civilian vehicles, Volvo Defense can put greater focus on the special equipment such as ballistic and mine protection.

In its strive to become a leader when it comes to supplying vehicles to governments, Volvo Defense does not only provide vehicles; the Volvo ILS back-up and support provide military users with ultimate comfort based on a well-functioning service network throughout the world.

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buglerbilly
14-04-14, 11:04 PM
Meet Greece's Futuristic & Deadly Hummer With A Mutt-Like Pedigree

Tyler Rogoway



The HMMWV comes in countless guises, from up-armored urban war wagons, to Stinger missile packing air defense models, to stripped down no-frills pickup trucks. Considering the fact that the "Hummer" serves around the world with dozens of nations, form Uganda to China, it is of no surprise that many operators put their own tactical touch on this adaptable combat vehicle. Yet of all the configurations out there, possibly the coolest looking, and one of the most deadly, is Greece's M1114GR.

Greece's M1114GR Hummers have a very mottled "international" pedigree. They are based on an American design, assembled locally by military vehicle maker ELVO, up-armored via Israel's armored vehicle masters Plasan Sasa Ltd, and pack a Russian anti-tank missile. The results of this strange but deadly globe-spanning collaboration of sorts is a specialized Hummer with a futuristic appearance and a deadly punch.



The M1114GR designers, or should I say arrangers, took a "balanced approach" to survivability and mobility. Its armor can protect its occupants from small arms fire, air blasts and certain mines and buried improvised explosive devices. It also features an enhanced clamshell rear bed cover and Plasan's updated "low profile" turret hatch, but what makes the M1114GR so deadly is that is packs the proven and powerful "Kornet" anti-tank missile.



The M9113 Kornet-E is a laser guided anti-tank missile that was designed by Russian engineers to take on main battle tanks and even low flying helicopters. The missile can pack a tandem high-explosive-anti-tank (T-HEAT) or a thermobaric (concussive hot air blast) warhead. The Kornet's tandem high-explosive warhead is extremely deadly against tanks and armored personnel carriers that primarily pack reactive armor to defend themselves against attack. When the T-HEAT Kornet detonates, it first blasts through reactive armor using a secondary charge, and then sends a jet-like primary charge spewing forward into the hull of the target.

The Kornet-E has a capable and reliable guidance system. Once the target is being actively "painted" by an operator using an accompanying laser designator, witch can feature thermal optics, the Kornet is fired and can reach out almost 5 miles. The slightly lighter, but extremely deadly when used against soft targets, thermobaric warhead equipped version can fly out to over six miles before turning its targets into burnt mush.

The Kornet has been known for its rugged simplicity and effectiveness even against some of the most heavily armored vehicles ever constructed. The M114GR can pack up to ten, but usually five, Kornets in a custom armored box installation in the truck's rear bed with ample space remaining for other supplies and small arms ammunition.



Although, the M1114GR is the most deadly of Greece's Hummer contingent, other models that also feature Plasan's futuristic armor kits exist, including models that have Heckler and Koch grenade launchers or machine guns attached to the upper turret, as well as non-armed versions with raised rooflines. Still, for a wheeled vehicle that consists of intellectual and real property from a multitude of nations spanning the globe, the M1114GR is one seriously mean Hummer that even the world's best tanks should fear, and not just for its deadly handsome looks.

Pictures via public domain, ELVO, Plasan

buglerbilly
16-04-14, 11:40 AM
Black Knight Transformer Completes First Flights



Advanced Tactics Inc. announced that it has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

The AT Black Knight Transformer completed driving tests in December 2013 and completed its first flight tests in March 2014. The Black Knight Transformer is the world’s largest multicopter that is controlled and stabilized with propeller speed.

The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 4,400 lb. The flight test was performed at a private location in Southern California and the aircraft was remotely piloted for safety. The stability and attitude of the aircraft was controlled entirely by the autopilot. The only commands from the remote (human) pilot were to increase or decrease power. Outrigger landing gear was attached to the aircraft to prevent it from rolling over in case of any mishaps.

The aircraft completed multiple short hover flights. Although the aircraft is capable of hovering at thousands of feet above the ground, the altitude was limited to less than 10 feet above the ground for safety. The aircraft was stable, controllable, and performed as expected. An electric quadcopter drone was used to capture aerial footage of the flights

Source: Press Release - See more at: http://www.uasvision.com/2014/04/16/black-knight-transformer-completes-first-flights/#more-30970

buglerbilly
17-04-14, 11:46 AM
TenCate awarded important US defense contract of US$30 M



TenCate Advanced Armor in Newark (Ohio), USA, has been selected by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, the prime contractor for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle, to provide the GMV 1.1 armor solution. This order has a value of about US Dollar 30 million. Revenues will be generated in the next three to four years. Initial production will start during the second half of 2014.

The Pentagon awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems a US Dollar 562 million contract for the Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV 1.1). SOCOM plans to purchase up to 1,300 GMVs over the next 6 years to replace SOCOM’s current fleet of specialized High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs).

Complete vehicle survivability solution

TenCate Advanced Armor offers complete vehicle armor and occupant survivability solutions for tactical and combat vehicles. Utilizing a wide range of armor materials and technologies, survivability products of TenCate include lightweight passive armor as well as advanced active underbody IED protection. “We are extremely excited to be a part of the GD-OTS team. The GMV platform is a perfect platform for our lightweight armor solutions”, says Mark Edwards, President of TenCate Advanced Armor USA. “The GMV program is certainly an important part of the future enabling technologies for the United States Army Special Forces and we are proud to be able to participate on such an important program.” The TenCate GMV armor solution consists of the primary vehicle armoring solution including transparent armor. TenCate will design and manufacture the armor and provide it to GD-OTS as a complete kit ready for installation.

Order book of projects

This order of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems forms part of a total order book of projects in excess of US Dollar 100 million, which TenCate Advanced Armor is expecting to receive during 2014. Revenues out of this order book will be generated during the next four years.

Source : TenCate

Published on ASDNews: Apr 16, 2014

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buglerbilly
22-04-14, 11:08 AM
LM Team's JLTV Tops 100,000 Testing Miles During EMD Phase



The Lockheed Martin Team’s [NYSE: LMT] Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) has achieved 100,000 miles in the government’s Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) testing. In August 2013, Lockheed Martin delivered 22 JLTVs to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps for EMD testing, which will continue through the fall.

RAM testing involves a combination of primary on-road, secondary road and rigorous off-road/trail driving. Since the JLTV program began in 2007, the Lockheed Martin Team’s JLTVs have compiled more than a quarter of million miles for all vehicle testing.

“Our JLTV continues to demonstrate excellent reliability,” said Scott Greene, vice president of Ground Vehicles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “With this 100,000-mile milestone now in our rear-view mirror, we look forward to continue proving to our Army and Marine Corps customers that our JLTV delivers the most capability at the right price.”

The Lockheed Martin Team’s JLTV is systems-engineered to provide the crew protection of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, while returning crucial mobility, reliability and transportability to Soldiers and Marines. A patented Meritor Pro-TecTM all-independent air-ride suspension brings unprecedented agility and off-road mobility to this class of vehicles, while the dependable Cummins turbo diesel and Allison transmission combine abundant power with exceptional fuel efficiency. Rounding out the vehicle’s portfolio of capabilities are an exportable power-generation with substantial margin for future growth, and state-of-the art connectivity with other platforms.

As the only defense contractor in the JLTV competition to have won a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Manufacturing Excellence, Lockheed Martin, with support from long-time military vehicle manufacturer and partner BAE Systems, will perform final assembly of JLTV at its award-winning Camden, Ark., Operations.

For more than three decades, Lockheed Martin has applied its systems-integration expertise to a wide range of successful ground vehicles for U.S. and allied forces worldwide. The company’s products include the combat-proven Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) M270-series and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) mobile launchers, Havoc 8x8, Common Vehicle, Light Armored Vehicle-Command and Control, Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme, JLTV and pioneering unmanned technologies such as the Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) and the Autonomous Mobility Applique System (AMAS).

Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT)

Published on ASDNews: Apr 21, 2014

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-54607/LM_Team_s_JLTV_Tops_100,000_Testing_Miles_During_E MD_Phase.htm#ixzz2zbX7h19Z

buglerbilly
23-04-14, 02:55 PM
New Defence Trucks Delivered to Units

(Source: New Zealand Ministry of Defence; issued 23 April, 2014)

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the first batch of new Medium-Heavy Operational Vehicles have been delivered to NZDF units.

“It is great to see these vehicles being used by the NZDF just 12 months on from when they were purchased,” says Dr Coleman.

“The Government achieved a fast delivery and ensured value for money by purchasing these trucks off the same production line as the UK. This project is a great example of smart and efficient procurement, and we are keen to identify future procurement opportunities which could achieve similar results.

“The new Rheinmetall-MAN military medium and heavy vehicles are a significant step up in capability for the NZDF, replacing the old Unimog and Mercedes trucks. They are designed for modern military operations and offer better mobility, better protection, enhanced technology, and greater capacity.

“The new trucks are part of a wider programme of equipment upgrades and investment into Navy, Army and Air Force frontline capabilities.”

2 Combat Service Support Battalion in Linton and 3 Combat Service Support Battalion in Burnham have both recently received seven trucks. A total of 93 new trucks have been delivered to the NZDF, and they will be rolled out to units later this year once personnel complete driver and maintenance training.

A total of 194 trucks are being delivered at a cost of $113 million. This includes armour protection kits, weapons mounts, a range of specialist equipment, spare parts, logistic support arrangements, and training packages.

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buglerbilly
30-04-14, 11:30 PM
French 'Flying Car' Undergoes Testing for Special Forces

Apr. 30, 2014 - 04:48PM | By PIERRE TRAN


Pegasus, a French-designed hybrid of a dune buggy and an ultralight aircraft, can stay in the air up to three hours at 60-80 kilometers per hour. (Vaylon)

PARIS — In “Live and Let Die,” a black-clad James Bond silently flies in the night in a black hang glider and lands on a mountain.

More than 40 years later, French special operations forces seek to do something similar, this time using a combination hang glider-dune buggy under development.

A prototype flying dune buggy designed for the military is going through tests at an air base, said Jerome Dauffy, chairman of Vaylon, a start-up company that developed the vehicle.

The prototype is a light all-terrain vehicle that can take off and fly in powered flight and paraglide.

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The need for a stealthy air transport was apparent in an attempted night rescue of a French secret service agent held hostage in Somalia in January 2013. Insurgents heard the French helicopters flying in and were armed and ready to thwart the mission.

France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement office placed a December 2012 order worth €200,000 (US $276,000) to build the prototype, which was delivered in early December 2013.

Vaylon designers see the vehicle filling missions such as reconnaissance, hostage rescue, transport of equipment and air drop.

The company would supply the vehicle, leaving the special forces to decide what equipment to install, Dauffy said.

“One of the options would be to arm later versions of the vehicle with a bigger payload with weapons such as machine guns, 2.75mm rocket, or the light multi-role missile from Thales UK,” said Francis Rodriguez, business development director for Vaylon. That larger payload would be 200 to 300 kilograms.

The prototype carries two seats. The design allows taking out the passenger seat out to allow arms and equipment to be stored for the mission, Dauffy said.

Vaylon pitched the Pegasus concept to the DGA in 2010, he said. As the special forces had a requirement for an all-terrain vehicle, the procurement office agreed to back the project and inject €60,000 to partially fund two years’ development.

The company also raised finance from state-owned Banque Publique d’Investissement and its own funds. Total development cost is undisclosed.

Vaylon hopes to receive further funding for a second phase comprising pre-production and full-scale production in 2015.

Once on the market, the unit price is expected to be €100,000.

Meanwhile, the company is working hard to promote the vehicle. The company will have a stand at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition in Jordan, which opens May 6, showing a mock up and video footage.

The company also plans to put the Pegasus on display at the French Eurosatory land armaments trade show, opening June 16.

The flying car was on display in November, at the entrance of Ecole Polytechnique university, which played host to the DGA Innovation Forum, a technology showcase.

Vaylon is one of some 20 start-ups in Starburst Accelerator, which offers strategic marketing, help finds institutional funding and rents office space to the small company members, said François Chopard, a managing partner at Impulse Partners, a consultancy that set up the business angel.

Vaylon sees civilian applications for the vehicle, including civil security, crisis management and tourism.

The prototype runs on petrol, but a later version would also use diesel. On costs, flight would be €20 per hour, rising to around €50 including maintenance.

Pegasus can take off in 50-100 meters, fly at a height of 3,000 meters and land under 10 meters.

Vaylon is also a member of Astech, an association for aerospace industry competitiveness. ■

Email: ptran@defensenews.com.

buglerbilly
02-05-14, 03:23 PM
Corps doubles the number of MRAPS it will keep

May. 1, 2014 - 06:00AM


The Marine Corps intends to keep about 2,500 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, almost twice as many as planned just a few months ago. (Cpl. Dustin D. March/Marine Corps)

By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff writer

In a move that reflects a changing Marine Corps mission increasingly focused on global crisis response, service officials have decided to double the number of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles the Corps will keep following the end of fighting in Afghanistan.

The Marine Corps now plans to keep 2,500 MRAPs, said Lt. Gen. William Faulkner, deputy commandant for installations and logistics, rather than the 1,230 they had originally planned to retain. That decision, he said, was reached less than two months ago at the behest of Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos.

“We revisited our number, and things had changed,” Faulkner told Marine Corps Times in an interview. “Over the last 12 months, as you know, [special-purpose Marine air ground task forces], every geographic combatant commander wants one. … Our commandant gave us some pretty specific guidance, and said ‘Hey, look, if we believe we have a requirement for this capability, which has been battle-tested and combat proven and saved a lot of Marines’ lives, I’d rather hold onto these items, get them reset and put them in an admin storage program, than dispose of them.’ ”

But because of its large size, weight and design for land operations, the MRAP has been seen as ill-suited for the Marine Corps’ pivot to the Asia-Pacific region and the amphibious missions there that the service has crafted for itself after 2014. The recent decision to keep more of the vehicles may signal a plan to focus more intensely on the African continent in coming years, a strategy that has become increasingly central to Marine Corps rhetoric.

Various Marine Corps officials, including Amos and Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox, commander of Marine Corps Forces Africa, have addressed the need for a crisis-response force in western Africa, either offshore in the Gulf of Guinea or land based in one or more countries.

Speaking at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Expo in National Harbor, Md., in early April, Amos outlined the plan to get a a crisis response unit forward-based in the region and highlighted potential flashpoints, from youth unrest to hunger.

“There’s a great need, as you look at the Gulf of Guinea and you go east — that part of central and south Africa — if something happens in that part of the world, then it will be very difficult for U.S. forces to get down there [without a base in Africa],” Amos said.

Marine officials also have announced plans to stand up SP-MAGTF Cent, a crisis response unit that would fall under U.S. Central Command and focus on missions within the Middle East.

The 14-ton MRAP, with its armored hull and built-in resistance to improvised explosive devices, was considered a life-saver when it was first deployed to Iraq in the mid-2000s under then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The vehicle also has been intrinsic to the Afghanistan mission; the Corps purchased more than 4,000 of the vehicles for the war zones and still maintains well over 3,000 in its inventory, with about 1,200 still in Afghanistan as of late last year.

Wherever MRAPS might be used in the future, the decision to keep more of them will require a revision of the Corps’ storage and disposition strategy as well.

Faulkner said the 2,500 MRAPs the Corps now intends to keep will be divided among prepositioning programs around the globe, including Kuwait; the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., where they would be used for training; and a Marine Corps long-term storage facility in Barstow, Calif.

The Marines don’t plan to destroy any functioning MRAPs remaining in Afghanistan, Faulkner said. Rather, they’re planning to reach agreements with partner countries to take about 400 vehicles that are unneeded, but still serviceable. While obstacles to this plan exist — the bureaucratic process of transferring the MRAPs can take 210 days or more to complete — Faulkner said the Corps is already in negotiations with an unnamed partner nation to divest 162 of the vehicles. Five or six other entities, he said, have also entered the pipeline to receive Marine Corps MRAPs.

While Marine officials have not identified potential recipients of the excess MRAPS, Military Times has reported that Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have all expressed interest in acquiring the vehicles. That list is somewhat controversial; some experts have expressed doubt over whether Afghan troops have the resources to maintain the costly vehicles, and Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, has said that Pakistan will not receive any MRAPs from Afghanistan, though the country is reportedly in negotiations to obtain some 160 of the vehicles stored elsewhere.

But Faulkner asserts that process of distributing MRAPs to partner nations is “all goodness.”

“Not only does it help grow relationships between the U.S., Central Command and these other nations,” he said, “it helps build partner capacity.”

buglerbilly
05-05-14, 11:34 AM
Oshkosh Defense Introduces New M-ATV Variants at SOFEX 2014



Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), is introducing new Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) variants at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference (SOFEX), taking place May 5-8 in Amman, Jordan. Oshkosh is evolving the combat-proven M-ATV family of vehicles to meet a more diverse range of mission requirements and needs for armed forces in the Middle East, North Africa region, and around the world.

The expanded global M-ATV family of vehicles includes two multi-mission models – the M-ATV Standard and M-ATV Extended, each with multiple variants. The M-ATV Standard is designed to provide response and support capabilities for a range of offensive and defensive missions in off-road environments. The M-ATV Extended delivers increased capacity for additional troops and equipment to support a wider assortment of mission profiles, such as mounted infantry support, explosive ordnance support and command-and-control. Variants include:

• M-ATV Standard Base (SXB)
• M-ATV Standard Upgrade (SXU)
• M-ATV Standard Special Forces (SXF)
• M-ATV Extended Intervention (EXI)
• M-ATV Extended Engineer (EXE)
• M-ATV Extended Command (EXC)

All M-ATVs deliver industry gold standard off-road performance and feature common components, such as the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system, and offer integrated cab crew protection. Collectively, the family meets a wider range of protection, performance, payload and transportability requirements for peacekeeping, internal security, border security, special forces, counterinsurgency and conventional military operations.

“The Oshkosh M-ATV already stands alone as the battle-tested, highly mobile MRAP of choice for a full range of missions,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “Our new M-ATV variants expand on this life-saving platform to address a more diverse mix of mission profiles and specialized functionality, threat levels and cost targets, so troops get the vehicle that’s right for their specific needs.”

The latest generation Oshkosh M-ATV will be on display at SOFEX 2014. The M-ATV has been in service with U.S. Forces since 2009 to meet an urgent need for a lighter, more mobile MRAP vehicle. The global M-ATV family of vehicles are configured to perform in various mission profiles, in a standard or extended wheel base.

Oshkosh Defense’s unique systems integration processes and expertise allows command, control, communications and computer (C4) equipment for the M-ATV to be integrated at the vehicle design stage. A “first-pass” approach helps optimize ergonomics, reduce system interference and minimize costs. Oshkosh also offers the full range of sustainment services through its Integrated Product Support (IPS) group to support everything from M-ATV training and technical manuals to maintenance and parts support.

To date, Oshkosh Defense has received orders for nearly 10,000 M-ATVs from the U.S. military and Middle East armed forces, including the United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Source : Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK)

Published on ASDNews: May 5, 2014

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-54802/Oshkosh_Defense_Introduces_New_M-ATV_Variants_at_SOFEX_2014.htm#ixzz30pdygE9h

buglerbilly
07-05-14, 02:48 PM
Army's Humvee Replacement Lauded As 'Model' Acquisition Program

By Dan Parsons


Lockheed Martin's JLTV

The Army’s lone active vehicle acquisition program is receiving high marks from Pentagon officials and members of Congress who hold its purse strings.

Three companies — Oshkosh Corp., Lockheed Martin and AM General — are competing to replace thousands of Army and Marine Corps Humvees with their version of the joint light tactical vehicle.

Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said the hotly contested competition is already benefitting the Army by forcing the developers to focus on providing vehicle capabilities superior to the aging, thin-skinned Humvee.

“When we think about the capability we will need in the future, JLTV is a model program,” Shyu said May 6 at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference in Reston, Virginia. “We have just done an exceptional job at executing that program.”

“There is a huge focus on capability as opposed to a sole-source up front,” she said. “When there is a competition, I guarantee every one of those companies wants to win.”

Competition between the three companies chosen for the current engineering and manufacturing development phase is spurring an arms race in vehicle capabilities that will ultimately benefit the Army when a downselect is made, she said.

Engineering and manufacturing development contracts were awarded to the three truck makers last year. Each company has delivered 22 EMD prototypes for the current battery of field tests. Lockheed’s vehicle surpassed 100,000 test miles in April.

The Army plans to buy 49,000 JLTVs, and the Marine Corps 5,500. The Army is expected to make a source selection based on the outcome of those tests and take delivery in July 2015.

The Army’s fiscal year 2015 budget request included $210 million for JLTV, which will allow low-rate initial production for 176 vehicles.



So successful has the JLTV acquisition model been, that Shyu said the same competition construct would be used when the Army buys new medium and heavy trucks.

The anticipated but currently unnamed medium truck, which would be created jointly with the Marine Corps, could be fielded in the mid-2020s, Kevin Fahey, the Army’s program executive officer for combat support and combat service support, said in February. The technology development phase for that vehicle could begin as early as 2018.

Erica Striebel, chief of staff to Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., said JLTV is on a “great track” and enjoys support in Congress. Decreasing budgets favor platforms like JLTV that provide capabilities to troops other than simple transportation, she said.

Not only will the vehicle have crew protection equal to that of the heavy mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, each will have communications and data links to the Army’s battlefield network currently in development.

“When you look at the service’s budget, no platform can be one platform anymore,” Striebel said. “You’re getting rid of the kind of gear that can only accomplish one thing and JLTV is a world above what a Humvee used to be and brings a huge advantage to the fight when it comes to the Army and Marine Corps.”

Congress is more likely to fund vehicles that are networked and improve significantly on the systems they replace, she said.

“There is definitely a commitment [on Capitol Hill] that this is something we need for the future force,” she said. “We need to do it also to maintain and sustain an industrial base that we have used robustly in this last conflict … and is something we are going to need again in the future.”



Congress is shifting its thinking about military vehicles, given the “tremendous sophistication, connectivity, networking, sensor capability that is now inherent across the tactical wheeled vehicle fleet,” said Steve Cortese, executive vice president of DRS Technologies.

“It was a discussion about transportation,” Cortese said of Congress’ funding of Army truck programs. “It was a discussion about logistics and the movement of people and materiel. It’s now a discussion of the architecture for how the Army fights and how … that sensing and communications integration mission is central to it.”

The recognized value of vehicles that are communication hubs as well as trucks that move stuff has benefited the industrial base that builds them, Cortese said.

“It has put this component of the budget in good stead as we’ve seen other major programs face the budget ax or become viewed as ultimately too expensive to go forward,” he said. “We’ve seen a strong commitment evinced by the Congress to upgrade the Humvee fleet. … We see JLTV moving forward in the procurement budget, … something people three years ago would have been highly skeptical of.”

Posted at 3:22 PM by Dan Parsons

buglerbilly
08-05-14, 04:25 PM
Company releases helicopter-ambulance test flight video

By: Erik Schechter New York

Source: Flightglobal.com

This story is sourced from Flightglobal.com 8 hours ago

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Advanced Tactics, a small aerospace company based in El Segundo, California, has released a video of its first test flight of the Black Knight Transformer, an unmanned vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle that morphs into an ambulance in order to evacuate wounded troops from an urban battlefield.

The test flight of the boxy, 1,810kg (4,000lb) Black Knight Transformer demonstrator featured in the video was the first in a series that took place in late March on a small, prepared landing zone in the Anza-Borrego Desert, northeast of San Diego, says Rustom “Rusty” Jehangir, chief engineer at Advanced Tactics.

“We did a number of short flights,” Jehangir says. “They were all under 10 feet above ground level.”

Though the VTOL was controlled and stabilized by onboard computer, the test included a backup remote pilot on the ground to correct for any flight errors. “There was also an electrical tether that was attached to a kill switch” which, if pressed, could shut off all of the vehicle’s eight fixed-pitch propeller-driven engines, he adds.

The US Army Telemedicine & Advanced Technologies Research Centre, in Fort Detrick, Maryland, and the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, in Quantico, Virginia have both supported development of the Black Knight Transformer. And Advanced Tactics is set for a follow-on Marine Corps demonstration in September.

But beyond that, Jehangir wants to see the vehicle follow in the path of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which transformed its own flying car program into the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System, a modular VTOL carrier frame that can transport cargo or ground vehicles.

“It’s basically a flight system that can be attached to anything. We think that the best future option for our technology is to do something similar,” he says, adding that, unlike a conventional helicopter, the Black Knight Transformer’s engines are all contained within the rotor arms to make reconfiguration easier.

Finally, Advanced Tactics hopes to pair its vehicle with the advanced navigation and sensor package being developed under the Navy’s Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program. “We think that an ideal fit for our technology would be as a platform for AACUS,” Jehangir says.

buglerbilly
09-05-14, 01:31 PM
Truck Manufacturers See Potential Business Partnering With Army Depots

By Dan Parsons



Billions in procurement funding over the past decade allowed the Army to build up a fleet of tactical trucks that was more than adequate to meet its needs.

Those trucks, which number about 278,000, are now an average age of just two to three years — the youngest fleet in modern Army history, said Col. Doyle Lassiter, commander of Red River Army Depot.

As procurement budgets continue to recede, the Army must transition from buying new vehicles to sustaining the ones it will keep after the war in Afghanistan, said Don Tison, assistant deputy chief of staff for Army G-8.

The Army has more than the 240,000 vehicles its published requirements prescribe for fiscal year 2014, he said at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference in Reston, Virginia.

“From a numbers standpoint, we’re fine,” he said. “These years of large procurement accounts have helped us fill out the fleet. Modernization and obsolescence are another matter.”

Now the fleets need to be progressively modernized, he added. The 8,500 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles the Army is keeping need to be formally integrated into its brigade combat team structures and lighter tactical vehicles need to be better capable of carrying heavier armor than the Humvee, he said.

On that score, the Army is on track. The joint light tactical vehicle that will replace the Humvee is on schedule to begin low-rate initial production in 2015. Still, Humvees will be a part of the Army inventory for several years, Tison said. A sustainment plan should be in place by 2018 that includes integrating up-to-date communications equipment and modular armor packages.

“We think we’re in pretty good shape for light tactical vehicles,” Tison said. “I don’t see a real challenge with light tactical vehicles as long as we can continue with JLTV. That really is our modernization effort.”

The Army plans to keep around 11,100 MAXX-Pro, M-ATV and route-clearance vehicles of the 16,000 total it has now, Tison said.

“They are all relatively new. They’re not in bad shape,” he said. “The trick will be … to get them out of theater, do whatever upgrades we need to them and then have a sustainment conversation.”

The Army’s fleets of medium and heavy tactical vehicles also are in good condition, Tison said.

“Over the last 10 years, we were helped a lot with procurement,” he said. “A lot of the conversation we’re going to have to do is for sustainment, some recap with the depots and industry.”

“We need to be able to recapitalize,” Tison said. “We need to look at service-life extension wherever possible. … From an equipping standpoint, I would argue we’re not in too bad of shape. From a modernization standpoint, it’s going to get each year more and more challenging.”

Much of the needed recapitalization will take place in the Army’s depots and other maintenance facilities, said Gen. Dennis Via, commander of Army Materiel Command.

As the Army transitions from a procurement footing to a sustainment footing, it will increasingly rely on its “organic industrial base” for maintenance and sustainment, Via said.

Via encouraged industry officials to consider partnering with the Army in sustaining its truck fleets by using its facilities and equipment, lessening the cost burden on both the government and commercial sides.

Public private partnerships will be a “tremendous opportunity for industry,” Via said. AMC has invested billions in the infrastructure and equipment at its various facilities nationwide.

Lassitter said the depots were actively seeking business opportunities with industry to ensure that both Army maintainers and the tactical truck industrial base are supported through the impending peacetime lull in vehicle procurement.

“The purpose of the depots is to ensure that the war fighter has the capability to go to war now and be supported through sustainment and maintenance,” Lassitter said. “It works hand in glove with the commercial industry whose job is to come alongside of us. We buy you the time so you can ramp up the industrial might of this country to support any long-duration war.”

Industry officials were open to the prospect of partnering with the Army to sustain its fleet, recognizing that other than the joint light tactical vehicle, the Defense Department will have little funding to buy new vehicles in the near term.

“We have to be really realistic on what is possible now so that we can be successful in the future,” said Clint Herrick, director of global integrated product support for Oshkosh Defense. “With our common interest in preserving the tactical wheeled vehicle industry base … we need to keep our smart people engaged and working.”

Brian Butler, executive director of the Army Life Cycle Management Command’s integrated logistics support center, said both government and industry must communicate better for such partnerships to work.

“We’ve got to open ourselves up a little bit more, both on the government side and on the industry side in order to form a more collaborative-type relationship,” Butler said. “If we can’t accurately communicate our requirements to industry and you can’t communicate back to us where the shortfalls are, then we’re just never going to get there.”

Scott Greene, vice president of ground vehicles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, agreed, saying a lack of transparency was one of the tallest hurdles that must be cleared before partnering with government depots makes sound business sense.

“When you look at some of the challenges … to actually partnering, from the depot perspective, communication is one of the key challenges between the parties,’ he said.

James Grooms, vice president of logistics and sustainment for Navistar Defense, said that truck manufacturers that have had to shutter production facilities because of the downturn in government orders must find business elsewhere if they are to retain their ability to ramp up production in wartime.

“When we draw down capacity, as an industry partner, there has to be something that replaces that,” Grooms said. “When we think about total performance sustainment … there obviously are things that the government is going to win on, but there have to be things that industry wins on.”

[I]Photo Credit: Army

Posted at 9:18 AM by Dan Parsons

buglerbilly
15-05-14, 01:50 PM
Ghana takes delivery of OTT Hunter light strike vehicles

Helmoed-Römer Heitman, Pretoria - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 May 2014



The South African company OTT Technologies has delivered 12 of its Hunter light strike vehicles to the Ghanaian Armed Forces under a ZAR8.75 million (USD850,000) contract, South African defence export documentation has revealed.

The Hunter uses the chassis of surplus SAMIL 20 light tactical trucks: a vehicle that was developed to provide South African Army sections with outstanding cross-country mobility.

The new vehicle is designed for raiding and patrol operations by special forces and similar units and has a road range of 800 km; the fuel which can be stored on the vehicle's racks extends this by another 480 km.

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buglerbilly
19-05-14, 03:34 PM
Mexico - M1152 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs)

(Source: US Defense Security Cooperation Agency; issued May 16, 2014)



WASHINGTON --- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico for M1152 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $556 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 16, 2014.

The Government of Mexico has requested a possible sale of 3,335 M1152 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, communication equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $556 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner. Mexico has been a strong partner in combating organized crime and drug trafficking organizations. The sale of these HMMWVs to Mexico will significantly increase and strengthen its capability to provide in-country troop mobility to provide security.

Mexico intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing army architecture to combat drug trafficking organizations. This will contribute to the Mexican military’s goal of updating its capabilities, while further enhancing interoperability between Mexico and the U.S. and among other allies. Mexico will have no difficulty absorbing these vehicles into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be AM General in South Bend, Indiana. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require at least four U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to Mexico for a period of three years to provide operational and maintenance training.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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buglerbilly
20-05-14, 01:46 PM
BAE unveils new RG35 MIV variant

Helmoed-Römer Heitman, Pretoria - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

19 May 2014


The RG35 MIV has a larger hull and can carry up to eight dismounts. (BAE Land Systems South Africa)

BAE Land Systems South Africa has developed a new Motorised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) variant of its RG35 mine-protected vehicle family.

The RG35 MIV is similar to the Reconnaissance, Patrol and Utility (RPU) variant that was offered to Canada for its Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle project, but has a larger hull (almost 80 cm longer) and a door on the right side where the spare wheel is mounted on the RPU variant.

It has seating for the driver and co-driver, with an escape hatch above the driver, two men under an overhead weapon station or one in a manned turret, and six infantry in the back in outward-facing seats, with a rear door and a roof hatch.

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This is the original APC/IFV from a couple of years ago...........



Original 4x4............

buglerbilly
27-05-14, 02:23 PM
5/26/2014

Advice to Military Vehicle Suppliers: Find New Customers

By Sandra I. Erwin



At the height of war spending, the Pentagon bought nearly $5 billion worth of trucks in just one year. Orders are expected to plummet to under $400 million in 2015.

It is indeed a depressing outlook for military vehicle manufacturers that rely predominantly on Defense Department business, analysts said. Many companies might not survive this downturn unless they figure out how to wean themselves off government sales.

"There are very few opportunities on the horizon in the tactical wheeled vehicles market," noted James Tinsley, managing director at the consulting firm Avascent.

The only new truck the Army and Marine Corps still plan to buy is the joint light tactical vehicle, or JLTV, to replace old Humvees. But one program alone cannot sustain the current supplier base, he said. Three companies — Oshkosh Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and AM General — are competing for a future production contract.

The next several years are going to be a “very quiet time from an engineering perspective," Tinsley said. He has advised companies to shift gears and become less dependent on U.S. military contracts. In the truck market, that means courting commercial and non-U.S. government buyers, and investing significantly more money in research and development rather than wait for government funded R&D.

"Some companies might first introduce international variants of a vehicle. Since tactical wheeled vehicle price points are much lower globally than in the U.S., starting with a low-cost vehicle may broaden the addressable market," suggested an Avascent white paper written by Tinsley and senior associate Kristin White.

Truck manufacturers cannot afford to wait around for the next opportunity, Tinsley told National Defense. "After JLTV, there's very little that can sustain the manufacturing base." Surprisingly, he added, some companies still harbor illusions that the Pentagon will somehow find a way to protect its suppliers. "What I'm most cynical about is when industry tells me the U.S. government is going to make it all right," Tinsley said.

The largest buyer of military trucks is the U.S. Army. At a recent tactical wheeled vehicles industry conference in Reston, Va., the Army's senior acquisitions executive Heidi Shyu hailed JLTV as a "model program" because it offered the Army a wide array of designs and technologies to choose from. About a dozen companies competed in various phases of JLTV since it was launched in 2007.

JLTV has been successful because there was a thriving industry that had been bolstered by war funding, Tinsley said. "In the future, will there be an industry there to have a competitive landscape like the one that led to JLTV?"

A belief that future programs should be like JLTV assumes the vibrancy of the industry, said Tinsley. Again, this is wishful thinking. "In five years, I don't know who will come."

It is remarkable that five years ago, the "model" truck program at the Pentagon was the mine-resistant ambush protected MRAP. The program earned loads of praise as a poster child for rapid procurement and for mobilizing the "best of industry," Tinsley said. "That was an expedient model when the money was flowing."

The Army is now holding up JLTV as a template that is the complete opposite of MRAP. The new light truck is a protracted development program that is focused on reducing risk and is designed to eventually be maintained in Army government-owned depots. In JLTV, the government will own the rights to the vehicle's design so it can compete future maintenance and production orders. "That is a shift back to where we were before MRAP," he said. "It's a healthy shift, because MRAP was not a healthy way to continue to develop capabilities."

Many industry CEOs believe there will still be lucrative work in vehicle maintenance and upgrades as new production orders dry up and the Army is forced to invest in the current fleet. That might be an overly optimistic assumption, however, said Tinsley. The Army views its contractor logistics support contracts as "unaffordable," he said, and intends to insource more work to its depots. "This market is due for some changes over time, to more of a balance between depots and contractors."

To survive, military contractors need flexible production lines that can cater to defense and civilian customers, he said. The Pentagon also would benefit from industry diversification, as it can no longer afford to develop most of the technologies it buys, and will have to purchase commercial equipment that can be militarized.

The conventional wisdom during the post-Cold War downturn was that defense companies were ill suited for commercial work and should focus on their "core" military products. That worldview no longer holds for the majority of the industry, said Tinsley. Financially strong defense conglomerates such as Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are under less pressure to diversify and will always be around to support the Pentagon. But niche players, many of which are in the vehicles sector, cannot expect the Pentagon to save them.

In fact, the Army increasingly is focused on building up its in-house industrial base at the expense of the private sector, Tinsley said. Army depots are "very much in competition with the organic base of private industry. Everybody realizes that." The Army encourages companies to "partner" with depots and share work but that does not preserve a manufacturing base at all, he said. "Nationalization is not the way to go. But it's clear that not everyone in industry will survive. You can't wait for the government check to come."

Survivors have to find a way to be competitive commercially, said Tinsley. "I don't think the depots are going to help them. I think they are just more competition."

The government at times has taken steps to help its suppliers become more commercially competitive, he noted. A case in point is the Navy’s investment in the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The Navy encouraged NASSCO to adopt commercial practices from world leading South Korean shipyards. "This is exactly what should be done in the tactical wheeled vehicles sector," he said. The Defense Department should cheer industry efforts to not depend on the U.S. government as its only customer and help them find alternative pathways, instead of trying to preserve the industrial base through the traditional means, by manufacturing vehicles the military doesn't want.

The Pentagon also should help companies market internationally and identify opportunities not linked necessarily to U.S. military objectives, said Tinsley. The goal ought to be to "create a self-sustaining industrial base, rather than try to save the industrial base."

Chart Credit: Avascent

Posted at 1:21 PM by Sandra Erwin

buglerbilly
28-05-14, 02:52 PM
Rheinmetall Wins Major Contract from Sweden for Military Trucks: Joint Order with Norway Could Push Total Value to €2 Billion

(Source: Rheinmetall; issued May 28, 2014)

Alles ist wunderbar...............fur Rheinmetall! :wave

Rheinmetall has just booked another big order for its state-of-the-art, high-mobility truck families. In the medium term, Norway and Sweden intend to buy as many as two thousand military logistics vehicles with a total value of over €1 billion.

Following the Norwegian procurement authorities, today Sweden too signed the framework agreement for joint procurement of military logistics vehicles from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV).

As a first step, the Swedish armed forces have placed an order for a first lot of 215 vehicles in various configurations. Of these, 51 will have specially protected driver’s cabs, developed and manufactured by Rheinmetall.

Together, the armed forces of Sweden and Norway have thus ordered a total of 335 vehicles now in 14 different configurations, worth some €200 million. The first lot – consisting of a mix of different models – will be delivered between the end of 2015 and end of 2017.

Although the framework agreement does not contain details concerning the number of vehicles to be purchased, it expresses the intent of the procurement authorities of Sweden and Norway to buy up to 2,000 military logistics vehicles during the 2014-2026 timeframe. As a result, the total order value of the joint procurement programme would exceed €1 billion.

A service agreement covering all of the vehicles supplied has also been signed. Covering an optional period of three decades, it could potentially mean over €1 billion in additional sales.

This new generation of vehicles will improve the transport and logistical capacity of the Swedish and Norwegian armed forces while simultaneously boosting their operational capabilities. Customized to meet the specific needs of both armies, a number of these vehicles will be equipped with protected cabs that provide the crew with optimum protection against mines, ballistic threats and shrapnel.

In order to further enhance crew survivability and combat effectiveness as well as the operational performance of the vehicles, they will be equipped with advanced communications and command technology and in some cases with remote control weapon stations mounted on the vehicle roof.

Headquartered in Munich, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH is a joint venture of Rheinmetall AG (51%) and MAN Truck & Bus AG (49%).

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buglerbilly
30-05-14, 04:30 PM
Automotive Engineers Explore Future Mobility, Protection

(Source: U.S Army; issued May 27, 2014)



DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. --- When Gen. Dennis Via, U.S. Army Materiel Command commanding general, visited the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center earlier this year, he said, "We don't know where the next contingency will be, but there will be another contingency."

Via emphasized that regardless of where, "they're going to expect units to be ready to go with the equipment and materiel needed to accomplish the mission and come home safely."

With that in mind, engineers with the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as TARDEC, are surging forward with projects to support the Army of the future.

"By improving the current vehicle fleet and developing new capabilities, our engineers and scientists are making progress in shaping the Army of 2025 and changing the way Soldiers in the next generation will fight," said TARDEC Technical Director Dr. Paul Rogers.

FUTURE MOBILITY

Envisioning how future mobility will look and function started with the Mobility Demonstrator. Some of those ideas have spun into other key projects, such as the Combat Vehicle Prototype, known as CVP, and the Ground experimental vehicle, known as GXV. The GXV is a joint project with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

Engineers explored future mobility concepts that offer modularity, advanced drive trains and component commonality. They looked at systems such as common chassis, wheels-to-tracks transformation systems, high-power-dense engines, advanced suspension systems, electrified propulsion systems, advanced energy storage systems and advanced thermal management systems. These exercises evolved into future research initiatives, including the GXV.

The GXV has initiated several seedling evaluations involving other Army agencies and academic partners exploring the technical feasibility of advanced -- and in some cases, radical -- mobility concepts and performance assessments for a smaller, lighter, more agile vehicle that could move over previously inaccessible terrain.

"Operational forces have been limited to the terrain they encounter, and we're researching how GXP could travel over different kinds of terrain," said Paul Decker, deputy program manager for DARPA GXP and Advanced Vehicle Make. "A vehicle with rapid deployability, radically enhanced mobility, lethality and enhanced survivability is within the realm of the possible."

DRIVERLESS MOBILITY

TARDEC demonstrated autonomous vehicle technology at Fort Hood, Texas, earlier this year. Engineers equipped two unmanned Palletized Load System cargo haulers and an M915 tractor trailer to interact with a manned Humvee gun truck escort, negotiating oncoming traffic, following rules of the road, recognizing and avoiding pedestrians and obstacles, and then using intelligence and decision-making abilities to re-route their direction through a maze of test areas to complete both complex urban and rural line-haul missions.

The system may provide flexibility and adaptability to augment Soldier capabilities and protection. Engineers designed the system to provide a wide range of military vehicle platforms with optionally manned capabilities to increase safety and provide Soldiers with additional flexibility.

Equipped with GPS, LIDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging systems) and RADAR, along with a host of sensors and other high-tech hardware and software components, the system's intelligence and autonomous decision-making abilities can be installed in practically any military vehicle, transforming an ordinary vehicle into an optionally manned version.

Another demonstration with more vehicles and more complex notional scenarios is scheduled for later this year.

"We are very happy with the results, but the AMAS must undergo more testing before it becomes deployable," said Bernard Theisen, TARDEC's lead AMAS engineer. "The vehicles and systems are replaceable, but nothing can replace the life of a Soldier. These systems keep Soldiers safe and make them more efficient."

MODULAR VEHICLE DEMONSTRATOR

TARDEC leadership periodically selects a series of innovation projects featuring new technology development with potential to change how ground vehicle platforms are designed. The Modular Vehicle Demonstrator proposes to assemble interchangeable vehicle pods on a common chassis in the 30 to 55 ton weight class, transforming the way the Army produces vehicle fleets.

The concept would allow a common platform and powertrain system as a base, combined with a series of removable pods to assemble mission-specific configurations. The concept would preclude the requirement for vehicle variants built to perform specific missions, such as carrying a squad, hauling supplies, assault or reconnaissance. The demonstrator program even allows for a driverless application.

"It's all conceptual," TARDEC engineer David Skalny said. "The propulsion unit doesn't change. We're looking at a standard unit length for the chassis and you could put together whichever pods you need to achieve the goal. There's a four-man pod configuration, a six-man configuration, and there are pods for carrying ammunition, supplies, a crane or weapons."

The team has transitioned to full-size vehicle testing to demonstrate the chassis, drivetrain performance and armor solutions using an existing mine-resistant ambush-protected hull as a test bed.

"The intent of the program is to design a vehicle with extensive modularity, commonality, adaptability and flexibility to perform a variety of missions," TARDEC engineer Mazin Barbat said. "The ability to quickly reconfigure the vehicle for mission-specific needs would give us a significant advantage in speed and flexibility."

The Army has made meaningful investments in laboratories and facilities to validate these technologies. For example, the Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory, which opened in April 2012, provides eight laboratories under one roof to test automotive systems under climate-controlled conditions.

In addition, the Vehicle Characterization Laboratory combines a series of vehicle performance and durability simulator devices. And the soon-to-open Vehicle Electronics Architecture Systems Integration Technology Hangar will allow engineers to address power and electronic integration issues, along with in-vehicle hardware and software solutions verification.

At the heart of this strategy is investment in exceptional facilities and talent to achieve the right technology solutions for Soldiers. "If we are successful as a science and technology community, we will fundamentally change the capabilities future Soldiers have to give them overwhelming superiority," Rogers said.

The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.

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buglerbilly
04-06-14, 02:51 PM
New reconnaissance vehicle breaks cover in Kazakhstan

Miroslav Gyürösi, Astana - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

02 June 2014


The BRDM-KZ is clearly based on the BRDM-2, but is easily identified by the revised front end and wider track. Source: Miroslav Gyurosi

Kazakhstan Engineering debuted a prototype vehicle based on the BRDM-2 - designated BRDM-KZ - at the KADEX 2014 arms fair, developed in anticipation of the Kazakh Armed Forces raising a requirement for a new light armoured reconnaissance vehicle.

The vehicle was developed with Semey Engineering and Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering (responsible for sensors and remote weapon system integration). The team had been working on the design since December 2013 (having agreed to team the previous month) and the group told IHS Jane's that the prototype should begin field trials in July.

The hull has been extensively altered to offer greater space for the crew, fitted with new armour on the front glacis, new side-access doors, and re-engined with a cleaner-burning powerpack. The latter work saw Semey Engineering reshape the rear part of the hull to accept a 111 kW (149 bhp), EURO IV-compatible Iveco diesel, mated to a six-speed (and one reverse) manual gearbox in place of the BRDM-2's legacy GAZ-41 petrol engine.

The vehicle retains its amphibious ability, but the legacy single, central waterjet has been swapped for two smaller jets, improving steering when swimming.

Mobility has also been improved on the road, with the removal of the two pairs of extendable wheels located under the centre of the vehicle and replacement of the original semi-elliptical springs with torsion bar and hydraulic dampers, and axles taken from the BTR-80 to widen the vehicle's track.


Rear view of the BRMD-KZ shows the revised twin waterjet configuration, with the ACAR radar and PSN/Falconeye electro-optic sensors elevated on telescopic masts. (Miroslav Gyurosi)

The BRDM-KZ is 5.75 m long and, at 2.9 m across, substantially wider than the BRDM-2's 2.35 m. Its combat weight is 7-8 tonnes, depending on configuration, enabling the new engine to propel it to a maximum of 110 km/h and a range of up to 1,300 km, a great improvement on the BRDM-2's 750 km.

Its reconnaissance package mounts a PSN panoramic observation package and Falconeye surveillance system on a single telescopic mast, with an ACAR radar on a second mast. The PSN features 12 modules - each containing one thermal and one daylight camera - in four groups of three each to provide 360 coverage.

The Falconeye also has thermal and daylight cameras as well as a laser rangefinder (LRF) and a GPS antenna, all fitted on the top of the mast, offering panoramic pan/tilt to investigate individual items of interest picked up by the PSN. The thermal camera covers the 3-5 µm band with 640x512 pixels and features a x2 electronic zoom facility, able to switch between a 25x20 wide field of view (FOV) and a 2x1.6 narrow FOV.

Aselsan is developing a long-wave version of the thermal camera in the 8-12 µm wavelength. That system's wide FOV is 10.3x8.3 and 3.7x3 in narrow FOV.

For the rest of the package, the daylight TV camera has x12 electronic zoom and the LRF uses a 1.54 µm wavelength eyesafe laser source.

The ACAR ground surveillance radar is a Ku-band low-probability-of-intercept, solid-state design with 'advanced' digital signal processing, track-while-scan, and multi-target tracking capability. It has a maximum instrumented range of 40 km, able to pick up a dismounted individual at up to 12 km. The scan azimuth can be narrowed from 360 down to 10, with elevation positioning of ±24.

Armament is essentially defensive, with a DUBM-12.7 RWS mounting a .50-calibre NSVT heavy machine gun fitted to the vehicle on show at KADEX. The weapon can rotate through 360 and tilt from -10 and +60, with 400 rounds of ready use ammunition on the mount. It is aimed via its own ATS-40/60 thermal weapon sight.

Minor amendments over the BRDM-2 that nevertheless help with identifying the new design include the revised front end design with new armoured glass panels and revised lights.

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buglerbilly
04-06-14, 03:44 PM
CombatGuard – go-anywhere 4×4 armored vehicle

Jun 3, 2014

Very interesting extreme mobility combat vehicle.........certainly could have a great usefulness in a variety of roles...........not sure how long some of the exposed suspension bits would survive in Combat?

IMI will unveil the CombatGuard - a light, agile off-road armored vehicle at the Eurosatory. Adapted to asymmetric and high intensity warfare, IMI claims it offers unprecedented protection, speed and mobility even in the most rugged terrain for an armored vehicle of its class.


At a six-ton gross vehicle weight the vehicle can carry 1.2 tons of payload over rough terrain in sand, rocky and rugged terrain. With custom 54 inch tires, ground clearance of 0.7 meters and an approach and departure angle of 90 degrees CombatGuard can handle vertical obstacles up to 0.80 meter high with ease. It can also ford water obstacles up to 1.5 meter deep. Photo: IMI

IMI is unveiling the ‘CombatGuard’, an armored combat vehicle designed to offer protected off-road mobility. The CombatGuard supports different levels of protection, and has demonstrated mobility levels matching or exceeding tracked combat vehicles in certain conditions. IMI will be introducing the new vehicle at the Eurosatory international defense and security exhibition in Paris, France on June 16-20, 2014.

According to IMI the new vehicle is designed to address a wide range of missions and battlefield conditions, from high intensity combat through stability and peacekeeping operations.



CombatGuard is designed as a modular vehicle, enabling specific customization into combat or combat support variants, such as scout, command, intelligence and communications support and others. The protected mobility it provides enable combat units to rapidly deliver effects where and when required, supporting different operational missions on low or high-intensity warfare. Typical missions could range from border security, supporting counter-terror operations, to deployment in dense urban areas or other challenging terrain.

The vehicle was developed by IMI, providing the design design authority for the vehicle and protection suite, with off-road mobility design and engineering provided by Ido off road center, the developer and designer of the Zibar offroad racer. The vehivle is powered by a rear mounted 300HP Chevy Cobra diesel engine coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission powering all four custom 54″ wheels. It can travel over 600 km (373 miles) range, travelling at up to 150 km/h (93 mph) on roads or 120 km/h (75 mp/h) off-road. At a six-ton gross vehicle weight the vehicle can carry 1.2 tons of payload over rough terrain in sand, rocky and rugged terrain, ford water obstacles 1.5 meter deep, travel a 66% side slopes and climb vertical obstacles up to 80 cm in forward drive and in reverse.


At Eurosatory the CombatGuard is displayed with the Bright Arrow remotely controlled weapon station coupled with the ‘Iron Fist’ active protection. The systems’ three RPS-10 radar sensors can be seen at the fore and aft sections. Photo: IMI

According to IMI, CombatGuard is based on ‘clean sheet design’, and is optimized for the military missions. Unlike armored vehicles based on modified commercial or military chases, which are worn out quickly, the CombatGuard is prepared for decades of reliable and efficient operations under harsh terrain and environmental conditions.

The monocoque capsule protected hull accommodates six fully equipped troops along with modern, advanced weapon systems. Locating the wheels on the capsule’s sides also enhances the capsule’s protection. The modular design enables the application of different level, including protection against advanced threats such as EFP, land mines and blast.


The monocoque capsule protected hull accommodates six fully equipped troops along with modern, advanced weapon systems. Locating the wheels on the capsule’s sides also enhances the capsule’s protection. The modular design enables the application of different level, including protection against advanced threats such as EFP, land mines and blast. Photo: IMI

Wolftrap
04-06-14, 05:49 PM
Rheinmetall Wins Major Contract from Sweden for Military Trucks: Joint Order with Norway Could Push Total Value to €2 Billion

(Source: Rheinmetall; issued May 28, 2014)

[B][I]Alles ist wunderbar...............fur Rheinmetall! :wave

More interesting is what happens with the loser! Both MAN and Scania have become subsidiaries of VW. Scania did tender for this as well and upon losing, they lost in their home market and most certainly lost critical mass for future production. Scania did protest the decision to hand the contract to RMMV but did not ask for approval from the VW board prior. Bad style but for a reason.

All looks as if Scania Military Trucks goes down for good alone. VW hasn't been particularly hot to pursue military contracts or ... what remains of Scania becomes a target for some M&A activities. In the latter case, who wants to bet on the preferred partner for negotiations for some production facilities ...

buglerbilly
04-06-14, 11:28 PM
More interesting is what happens with the loser! Both MAN and Scania have become subsidiaries of VW. Scania did tender for this as well and upon losing, they lost in their home market and most certainly lost critical mass for future production. Scania did protest the decision to hand the contract to RMMV but did not ask for approval from the VW board prior. Bad style but for a reason.

All looks as if Scania Military Trucks goes down for good alone. VW hasn't been particularly hot to pursue military contracts or ... what remains of Scania becomes a target for some M&A activities. In the latter case, who wants to bet on the preferred partner for negotiations for some production facilities ...

I've thought Scania a dead duck for Military trucks for the last 10-15 years, like some of the British companies that don't exist any more............I'm NOT sure if there is ANYTHING worth picking up?

buglerbilly
04-06-14, 11:32 PM
Another pic of the wonderful Israli CombatGuard vehicle in action...............

Wolftrap
05-06-14, 05:07 PM
I've thought Scania a dead duck for Military trucks for the last 10-15 years, like some of the British companies that don't exist any more............I'm NOT sure if there is ANYTHING worth picking up?

Your probably right. Service centers? Always business there and PPP is a concept that is not entirely dead. Cheers. :dunno

buglerbilly
05-06-14, 10:33 PM
Protest Delays UK Mastiff Upgrades

Jun. 5, 2014 - 09:30AM | By ANDREW CHUTER


A Mastiff protected patrol vehicle operates in Helmand, Afghanistan. A protest has delayed a deal to upgrade the vehicles. (SAC Dek Traylor/Crown Copyright)

LONDON — The signing of a contract between the Ministry of Defence and a General Dynamics company to update British Army Mastiff armored vehicles has been held up after a losing bidder lodged a protest over the selection criteria, according to industry sources.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Force Protection Europe (GDLS-FPE) recently secured the position of preferred contractor to upgrade a number of Mastiff patrol vehicles but the deal remains unsigned following a protest from Morgan Advanced Materials — Composites & Defence Systems, said the sources.

The exact nature of the protest is unknown but industry executives said price may have been one of the factors.

The deal is reckoned to be worth about Ł50 million (US $83.7 million) to the winning contractor.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman confirmed a protest had been lodged but declined to name the contractor involved or the cause of the challenge.

“Following the selection of the preferred bidder, a formal challenge was received from a competitor and until the objection is reviewed, the MoD is not able to enter into a contract,” she said.

GDLS-FPE and Morgan Advanced Materials declined to comment.

The British Army requirement involves the winning contractor undertaking a mix of conversions on the Mastiff and Ridgback vehicle fleets.

The deal involves a number of Mastiffs and Ridgback’s receiving enhanced communications and command fits. Some early purchase Mastiff 1s are being upgraded to Mastiff 2 standard and a small number of battlefield ambulance variants are also being improved to Mastiff 2 capabilities.

Mastiff is the name of the British version of the six-wheeled Cougar vehicle produced by Force Protection in the US and Ridgback is the four-wheeled variant of the highly protected patrol vehicle made in large numbers to counter IEDS in Iraq and then Afghanistan.

The British acquired large numbers of Mastiffs, Ridgbacks and other blast protected vehicles over several years to meet urgent operation requirements.

The vehicles were built in the US by Force Protection but underwent significant modifications to UK standards locally. Force Protection was acquired by General Dynamics in 2011.

Morgan Advanced Materials — Composites & Defence Systems, then known as NP Aerospace, carried out the integration work at its Coventry, England factory.

Most of those vehicles now are returning from Afghanistan and being overhauled and upgraded as they are taken into the Army’s core vehicle fleet.

In April, Morgan Advanced Materials, along with British companies Ricardo and Ultra Electronics, won an MoD contract to undertake postdesign services on the Cougar fleets, including the Wolfhound variant acquired by the British as a protected logistics vehicle.

The deal runs for two years but could be extended for as long as seven year. Initial value is put at Ł20 million.

Last December, the MoD announced that 400 Mastiffs and 160 Ridgbacks would be among nearly 2,000 vehicles acquired for the Afghan campaign that would be incorporated in the Army’s core equipment program.

The Defence Equipment & Support arm of the MoD said at the time the likely cost of the conversions and other work across the entire fleet of armored vehicles was expected to be in the region of Ł300 million.

Email: achuter@defensenews.com.

buglerbilly
10-06-14, 03:31 PM
East Timor selects Weststar cargo military vehicles

10th June 2014 - 14:04 by the Shephard News Team



Weststar group subsidiary, Global Komited, will supply ten Weststar General Service (GS) cargo military vehicles to the East Timor defence force under a new contract signed on 10 June. The vehicles are being acquired as part of the East Timor defence force’s plans to expand its military vehicle fleet.

The vehicles will be delivered within the coming four months. According to the company, a further 40 vehicles are ‘in the pipeline’ to be delivered later in 2014, with the total worth of the contract estimated at approximately RM11 million (Ł2 million).

The 4x4 light utility Weststar GS Cargo military vehicle is designed for a range of security and defense roles. The 750kg vehicle is available in various configurations that include hard and soft tops as well as manual and automatic transmissions, and can carry up to ten soldiers with full gear and cargo.

The air-transportable vehicle has been designed to operate efficiently on road and cross-country operations, with robust operational flexibility and advanced mobility and maneuverability capabilities.

Dato' Nik Hamdan, senior vice president, Weststar Group, said: ‘This particular deal inked with the Timor Leste government outlines our conviction stemming from the confidence the group as a whole exudes about growing our market share in each of the sector we have vested interests in.

‘We strongly believe, with the strong partnerships that we have forged with our synergistic knowledge and technical partners, we will be able to break more grounds and penetrate more new markets beyond local shores.’

buglerbilly
12-06-14, 12:51 PM
Via Soldier Systems blog..............

What a Great Photo

June 11th, 2014



As special operations elements of the US Army, South Carolina National Guard, and US Air Force conduct urban assault training, a Lightweight All Terrain Vehicle is loaded onto a MH-47 Special Operations Chinook at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

(Air National Guard photo by TSgt Jorge Intriago)

buglerbilly
14-06-14, 01:42 PM
Posted: June 11, 2014 10:23 AM

Navy Uses 3D Modeling, Laser Scanning to Develop Cougar Family of Vehicles for Marines

By DAN BROADSTREET

NSWC PCD Office of Corporate Communications

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Cougar 3D Project Engineer Randy Whitehead showcased a 3D model of the Mine Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Cougar May 15 to U.S. Marine Corps’ Program Executive Office — Land Systems MRAP Family of Vehicles (FoV) Lead Systems Engineer Brent Ingraham.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC PCD) stood up an Expeditionary 3D Modeling and Laser Scanning Center in early 2014 to support warfare systems required by joint forces and the Department of the Navy for expeditionary maneuver warfare.

“The Cougar 3D Modeling Project uses the latest in metrology technology to develop baseline 3D parametric models. In this case, we used it to develop government-owned and controlled models of the USMC MRAP Cougar FoVs,” said Whitehead.

According to Whitehead, the controlled 3D model baseline configuration of each Cougar variant reduces the time required to incorporate engineering changes and aids to verify interfaces with Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) replacement parts. These added capabilities will result in a reduction in total ownership cost for the Cougar’s lifecycle.

“The 3D modeling and laser scanning capability allows us to produce a high precision technical data package,” said Whitehead.

According to Ingraham, the modeled variants include the MRAP Cougar CAT II A2, CAT II A1, CAT 1 A1 vehicles and an Ambulance Kit.

“This technology will empower the Navy and Marine Corps to maintain an optimized configuration of the entire MRAP Cougar FoV,” said Ingraham.

Ingraham said the American warfighters’ initial need for the armored platform was so critical, its development and delivery to the American warfighter was justified as an urgent need and expedited by the Department of Defense.

“That is why we’re now refining its technical data package with the 3D modeling and laser scanning technology. This technology enables us to identify any discrepancies that existed in the earlier variants of the MRAP Cougars, correct them for the whole family of vehicles and deliver an optimized baseline configuration to warfighters,” said Whitehead.

According to Whitehead and Ingraham the level of precision gained in using the Expeditionary 3D Modeling and Laser Scanning Center will dramatically impact reliability, maintainability and sustainability for the Marine Corps’ MRAP Cougar FoV and do so consistently regardless of what engineering changes or modernizations are made.

“It will optimize mission capability and save lives by facilitating upgrades and engineering changes,” said Ingraham.

buglerbilly
14-06-14, 01:47 PM
Czech Republic seeks command vehicles

Jiri Kominek, Prague - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

11 June 2014

Surplus MRAP's would have to be the favourite for that sort of money!

The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) intends to launch a procurement programme this year for 30 wheeled armoured command and control vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR), Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said on 11 June.

"The ministry plans to procure 30 wheeled armoured vehicles that will fulfil a command and control mission for the Czech army and complement the existing fleet of 107 Czech army Pandur 8x8 armoured vehicles", Stropnicky told local media. Stropnicky said the MoD has funding set aside for the procurement in its defence budget.

"At this point there is CZK2 billion (USD9.8 million) set aside for up to 30 new vehicles.

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buglerbilly
14-06-14, 02:10 PM
Armed Forces of Ukraine and National Guard Will Be Supplied with ‘Dozor-B’ Armored Vehicle to Put It Into Service

(Source: Ukroboronprom State Concern; dated June 6, web-posted June 12, 2014)


Ukrainian industry will provide 200 Donor-B light armored vehicles to the Ukrainian armed forces and National Guard; the vehicles are particularly well-suited for security operations. (Ukroboronprom photo)

Dozor-B armored vehicle in amount of 200 units of Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau production - member enterprise of Ukroboronprom State Concern - will be supplied to Armed Forces of Ukraine and National Guard to put it into the service.

It was announced by Oleksandr Turchinov, Acting President of Ukraine on June 4, 2014 at the Chuguyev firing range (Kharkov region) during the presentation of ‘Dozor-B’ main specifications. The armor was also inspected by Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and commanders of the battalions involved in Kiev’s so-called "anti-terrorist operation" in the country’s east.

"The small armored personnel carrier Dozor-B is necessary both for mobile units of Armed Forces of Ukraine and National Guard. It is manoeuvre, fast, all-terrain mobility with the speed of 120 km/hour, has rather powerful weaponry and, what is the most important, it is much cheaper than other armored personnel carriers,” Mr. Turchinov reported.

According to the executive, state is interested in provision of Armed Forces of Ukraine and National Guard with armored vehicles of such type. From Turchinov’s conviction, setting of serial production of ‘Dozor-B’ will strengthen the defensive capacity of Ukrainian military units and provide the enterprises of national defense industrial complex with the relevant orders.

“Vehicle has recommended itself well. We make an emphasis on the orders of Ukroboronprom,” Mr. Turchinov noted.

In its turn, Oleksandr Veretennikov General Designer of Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau underlined the vehicle’s advantages. First of all, it is a high manoeuvrability of Dozor in the comparison with other armored vehicles of the same class.

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buglerbilly
14-06-14, 02:17 PM
More pics............

buglerbilly
14-06-14, 02:19 PM
Thales Awards Vehicle Component Subcontract To Geelong Manufacturer

(Source: Thales; issued June 11, 2014)

Thales Australia has pre-awarded a $5 million contract to RPC Technologies, an Australian specialist engineering company, to manufacture dashboard assemblies for the company’s new Hawkei vehicle.

The work is conditional on Thales securing a long-term contract with the Department of Defence for Hawkei. It would be carried out at RPC’s manufacturing facilities in Geelong, Victoria, and help sustain jobs over the four-year period of the contract.

Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said: “RPC has the expertise required for the production of military vehicles. Their commitment to excellence in manufacturing and value for money will benefit the Hawkei project, while also securing supply chain skills in Victoria.”

Tony Caristo, Managing Director of RPC Technologies, said: “RPC is thrilled about the opportunity to work with Thales on the Hawkei project supplying the dashboard assemblies. RPC has a history of supporting Thales, having been involved with the Bushmaster program and also Thales Underwater Systems. This contract will help to secure the workforce of the Geelong plant and build RPC’s presence in Defence.”

Thales Australia is currently leveraging its specialist procurement experience developed during the Bushmaster program to source industry participants to supply Hawkei components. The company is also using the industry’s technical and design capabilities to help reduce cost and weight.

The Bushmaster supply chain itself comprises around 120 Australian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), with more than 100 based in Victoria and 30 in the Bendigo area. The Bushmaster vehicle contains 65% Australian content, generating long term revenues for a wide range of local component manufacturers and supporting hundreds of Australian jobs.

Thales has delivered six Hawkei vehicles to the Department of Defence, which are currently undergoing testing under the LAND 121 Phase 4 project that seeks to provide up to 1,300 protected light vehicles. Subject to successful testing, final approval of the project is expected around 2015.

RPC is a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of fibre composites and advanced materials. Specialising in the Defence, Infrastructure, Environment, Pipe Systems, Resource, Energy, Oil, Gas and Transport sectors, RPC offers integrated engineered and manufactured solutions to meet the needs of industry, from design and delivery to site installation to through-life support. RPC operate from high volume / low cost manufacturing through to the most advanced and complex of engineering challenges.

Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets. In 2013, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues of AUD 1 billion in 2013.

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buglerbilly
17-06-14, 06:30 AM
Thales Sees Potential UK Market for Hawkei

Jun. 16, 2014 - 05:48PM | By ANDREW CHUTER


Thales displayed its multirole Hawkei protected vehicle at Eurosatory. (Thales)

PARIS — British Army requirements for a multirole protected vehicle is a potential target for Thales as the company brings its Hawkei machine to Eurosatory as part of an international sales drive.

The Australian arm of Thales had left-hand and right-hand drive variants of the vehicle on display at the defense show, which opened here Monday.

“We expect to be a bidder” for the multirole vehicle protected program, said Alex Cresswell, Thales executive vice president for land and air systems.

The right-hand drive vehicle is being shipped to the UK immediately after Eurosatory closes its doors on Friday to take part in the Ministry of Defence’s DVD exhibition at Millbrook, Cresswell told reporters.

The British Ministry of Defence is in the concept phase of a program to buy a protected multirole machine able to undertake command-and-control, logistics and passenger-carrying duties.

The executive said the UK was among several sales prospects in Europe and the Middle East being eyed by Thales.

The Netherlands was another export target, said Cresswell. The Netherlands and Britain already field the company’s Bushmaster mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle.

Hawkei is a helicopter-transportable, 7-ton, four-wheel-drive vehicle developed in Australia using a Plasan-supplied armored cab built in Israel.

The vehicle remains on track to meet an Australian requirement for 1,300 Hawkeis to replace part of their large Land Rover fleet.

Thales supplied six Hawkeis to the Australian Department of Defence last year for testing.

Cresswell said the vehicle had met all of its Australian program milestones and he was as “confident as I can be of an order next year.” ■

Email: achuter@defensenews.com.

Redcoat
17-06-14, 09:59 AM
"The British Ministry of Defence is in the concept phase of a program to buy a protected multirole machine able to undertake command-and-control, logistics and passenger-carrying duties"

Do me a favour - the MOD is making work to justify its miserable existence this billet is currently occupied by the Panther (allegedly in service but rarely seen) and the Foxhound which is actually popular and effective ( I suppose that means Withams will be clearing space fo them)

buglerbilly
17-06-14, 11:04 AM
"The British Ministry of Defence is in the concept phase of a program to buy a protected multirole machine able to undertake command-and-control, logistics and passenger-carrying duties"

Do me a favour - the MOD is making work to justify its miserable existence this billet is currently occupied by the Panther (allegedly in service but rarely seen) and the Foxhound which is actually popular and effective ( I suppose that means Withams will be clearing space fo them)

I must admit I found this a bizarre comment.............FOXHOUND has lots of stretch in it and the Ute version is particularly nice altho I'd have thought a tray back better for Pallets and Loads...............there are already enough Types in service now all of the UOR's are brought into the main forces, without adding another one................

buglerbilly
17-06-14, 12:26 PM
Eurosatory 2014

Finland orders logistic trucks (ES14E2)

SHAUN CONNORS

15 June 2014


Scania has been awarded a contract to supply 184 logistic support trucks to Finland's defence forces.

Finland’s defence forces have awarded Scania (Hall 6, Stand H303) a contract for 184 logistic support trucks. The contract is valued at about €66 million, and includes an option for an additional 69 trucks plus service and maintenance contracts for six plus six plus three years. A variety of three- and fouraxle configurations are involved, including 99 (8x4), 52 (8x6) and 27 (6x4) vehicles.

The bulk of the chassis (172) will be fitted with hooklifts of the DROPS/PLS type, some supplemented by materials handling cranes or container handling units; all of these are supplied by Hiab.

The Finnish order also includes 20 (6x4) hooklift chassis configured for driver training and 12 tractor units in a mix of 6x4 and 6x6 drive configurations.

Chassis are manufactured at Scania’s Södertälje plant in Sweden, with all bodybuilding and associated work to be undertaken by Scania Suomi Oy in Jyväskylä, Finland. Deliveries will commence later this year and run until 2017.

Scania’s trucks offered for defence applications are based on the modular use of components from the company’s heavy commercial range. Finnish deliveries are an all construction grade chassis fitted with a sleeper-type cab. Motive power is provided by a Scania 12.7-litre diesel engine that meets current EURO 6 emissions requirements; this is coupled to a Scania OptiCruise automated gearbox with 12 forward and two reverse gears.

Prior to the award of this latest contract, since 1999 Scania had supplied Finland’s armed forces with approaching 450 assorted trucks. Unusually 36 for military-use trucks, these were all supplied with a dealer network supported service and maintenance contract that limits downtime to 24 hours. As of May 2014, some 395 trucks were on contract, the oldest of these being delivered in 1999.

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buglerbilly
17-06-14, 01:01 PM
Export Hawkei On Show At Eurosatory

(Source: Thales Australia; issued June 13, 2014)

EUROSATORY --- An export version of Thales’s innovative Hawkei light protected vehicle will be on display at Eurosatory, the largest international land and air-land defence and security exhibition in Paris this week.

The brand new left-hand drive version will be appearing in the live demonstration zone, offering potential international customers a first opportunity to see the vehicle in action.

A right-hand drive version will also be on the Thales stand, along with many of the company’s other capabilities.

Chris Jenkins said: “The Hawkei’s bolted modular design enables Thales to support technology transfer to countries where industrialisation can be performed at lower cost, giving customers the opportunity to develop their own in-country protected mobility capabilities and skills.”

The 7-tonne, 4x4 Hawkei is designed for rapid airmobile deployment.

Available in a variety of variants including command, reconnaissance, liaison and utility, it is a compelling choice for operations with limited point-of-entry options.

In 2013 Thales delivered six Hawkeis to the Australian Department of Defence under Stage 2 of the Manufactured and Supported in Australia option of Land 121 Phase 4. The vehicles, comprising two Command, two Utility and two Reconnaissance variants, plus a trailer, have been subject to an extensive 130,000 km testing programme.

The LAND 121 Phase 4 programme plans to acquire 1,300 Hawkei vehicles next year to replace the current Australian Army Land Rover fleet.

“We developed Hawkei to appeal to the global market from the outset, based on class-leading foundations of protection, mobility and payload combined at an affordable price point. These ensure the vehicle can be readily configured to meet the specific needs of countries looking to keep their soldiers safe on operations,” said Chris Jenkins, CEO Thales Australia.

KEY POINTS

-- During Eurosatory, Hawkei export version will make its international debut on track at the live demonstration zone, twice daily, from 16-19 June at 10.30am and 3.00pm.
-- Press briefings on Thales’s stand (A690) will be organised on Monday 16th from 10:00am to 10:30am and on Tuesday 18th from 2.00pm to 2.30pm.

Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets. In 2013, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements.

Employing around 3,200 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues of AUD 1 billion in 2013.

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buglerbilly
17-06-14, 01:09 PM
STREIT Launches Four New Models at Eurosatory 2014

(Source: Streit; issued June 16, 2014)


VARAN 6x6..........

PARIS --- When a leading armored vehicle manufacturer's records show that not a single fatality has ever resulted from confrontations involving its products, buyers are sure to take a particular interest in anything new it brings to the market.

Eurosatory is renowned as the number one platform for defense product launches which makes it the perfect launch pad for STREIT's newest models.

STREIT's new releases at the show include: Varan 6x6 is an APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) designed to give unrivalled protection against IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), landmines, sideblasts and RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) attacks. Another of its APCs is the Warrior, offered with an integrated anti-tank guided missile system and protection against threats such as ballistic assaults, mines and grenades.



The STREIT Typhoon 6x6 is an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle, developed and built to withstand attacks, including ballistic arms fire, mines and IEDs. Also on show is the bomb disposal variant of STREIT's Shrek MRAP range, which features an extendable mine or IED arm as well as excellent blast and ballistic protection.

Along with these newcomers STREIT will showcase Scorpion APC, which has been tested and certified to STANAG3 blast protection standard and is ready for STANAG4 testing. This vehicle will be available to experience on the live demonstration track.

In addition to their practical and life-saving features and benefits, each product offers a major affordability advantage, as STREIT Chief Executive Guerman Goutorov explains: "We are passionate about creating high-quality, innovative and dynamic vehicles, but our other top priority is to make them cost-effective. Our aim is to bring high standards of protection within the reach of more people, so their safety is not limited by budgets."

He adds: "We are able to do this thanks to the efficient operation of our 12 production facilities around the globe, and the dedication and skill of more than 300 craftsmen who share our philosophy."

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buglerbilly
17-06-14, 02:52 PM
More on this new vehicle.............

IMI Unveils Self-Defending Armored Troop Transport

Jun. 14, 2014 - 12:34PM | By BARBARA OPALL-ROME


New Capability: Israel Military Industries' CombatGuard will be unveiled at Eurosatory. (Israel Military Industries)

TEL AVIV — State-owned Israel Military Industries (IMI) has concluded initial prototype testing of an armored, actively protected, wheeled vehicle designed to defend maneuvering ground troops against anti-tank missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.

The 6-ton, four-wheel-drive CombatGuard is built to deploy up to six infantrymen while Bright Arrow, the active protection system (APS) mounted on top of the vehicle, independently searches and responds to incoming threats.

IMI plans to unveil the Bright Arrow-equipped CombatGuard vehicle this week at the international Eurosatory exhibition in Paris, executives here say.

“As far as we know, it’s unique in the world because it was designed from the very beginning for optimum operational performance in harsh, high-threat conditions,” said Alon Fridman, manager of IMI’s Infantry and Special Forces Directorate.

“It’s built to rapidly deploy protected forces into and across theaters … and to transition seamlessly from routine border control and stability operations to high-intensity warfare,” said Fridman, a brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reserves.

In a June 2 interview, Fridman said the APS-equipped CombatGuard embodied central, hard-learned lessons from Israel’s 2006 Lebanon War, where he served on theater command staff of the IDF’s Northern Command.

“It’s a very flexible vehicle that allows forces to come in from different directions despite the threat and without having to be concerned about terrain obstacles.”

Israeli forces in the 34-day war against Lebanese-based Hezbollah suffered significant setbacks due to poor maneuvering capabilities in the face of anti-tank missiles and other threats.

Bright Arrow, he said, is now in final phases of developmental testing. It combines hard-kill and soft-kill active protection with a stabilized, automatic 7.62mm machine gun all integrated in a single pedestal and mounted atop the armored off-road vehicle.

Based on the firm’s Iron Fist APS, Bright Arrow uses electro-optical and radar sensors to search for threats. Once threats are classified and designated, the system’s multi-layered countermeasures determines whether to neutralize threats through electro-optical jamming, deflect them by smoke or destroy them by firing hard-kill projectiles.

“It will give you the ability not only to protect your forces, but to attack the enemy that fired at you,” Fridman said.

According to IMI material, CombatGuard can carry a 1.2-ton payload at maximum road speeds of 150 kilometers per hour. Off-road performance provided by customized 54-inch wheels and its 300-horsepower diesel engine allow it to ford water up to 1.5 meters deep and climb vertical obstacles up to 80 centimeters high while driving forward or reverse.

Fridman said the modular design allows for vehicles customized for multiple missions, including scout, command, combat intelligence and communications support.

“We’re going public with this system; and we’re ready to hear feedback that will help us integrate new requirements and performance specifications for follow-on versions based on customer demand,” the IMI executive said.

Developed with subcontractor Ido Off Road Center of Pardes Hana, Israel, CombatGuard is a self-funded initiative by IMI, Fridman said, with input and feedback provided by the Israel Defense Ministry and IDF Ground Forces Command.

When asked about the system, an IDF officer involved in ground warfare development programs said the vehicle promised “significant operational advantage.”

He noted, however, that IDF budget constraints mean “very low likelihood” of IDF funding before 2017, pending conclusion of higher-priority programs in various stages of downsizing and schedule delays.

In a recent interview, IMI Chairman Udi Adam said the firm’s business portfolio for the coming years will accent systems that are “multipurpose, highly maneuverable, very defended and affordable.”

Adam cited the Iron Fist APS, from which Bright Arrow was based, as a future growth engine for IMI, which, he insisted, continues to invest in research and development and grow its portfolio, despite ongoing privatization plans.

In November, an Israeli government ministerial committee unanimously endorsed a plan to privatize the debt-ridden, yet strategically significant and potentially profitable defense firm.

Aside from classified and critical technologies, such as heavy propulsion for ballistic missiles and launch vehicles, which will remain in government hands, the firm will be sold as a single unit, with an estimated value exceeding 2.5 billion shekels (US $720 million).

The firm has a backlog of some US $1.5 billion extending through 2016 and annual sales of some $550 million.

The government is expected to release a competitive, international bid for the purchase of IMI in early 2015.

“At the end of this process, IMI will operate as a privately owned defense company focused on core capabilities and leading technologies optimized to the dynamic and changing market,” he said. ■

Email: bopallrome@defensenews.com.

buglerbilly
17-06-14, 03:16 PM
Oshkosh Defense Showcases New Variants of MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles at Eurosatory 2014

(Source: Oshkosh Defense; issued June 16, 2014)



OSHKOSH, Wis. --- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, will unveil its new MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) variants to military leaders and dignitaries from around the world at Eurosatory 2014 in Paris, starting today through June 20. Oshkosh has expanded its combat-proven M-ATV Family of Vehicles to serve a spectrum of mission requirements and needs for armed forces around the world.

“Our M-ATVs provide extreme off-road mobility and are consistently selected as the MRAP of choice by leading militaries for a full range of missions,” said U.S. Army Major General (retired), John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “We’ve worked closely with our customers to develop, test and produce our new M-ATV variants – each one equipped for a specific mission profile with specialized functionality to support the most challenging operations you can imagine.”

Expanded M-ATV Family of Vehicles

The global M-ATV Family of Vehicles includes two multi-mission models – the M-ATV Standard and M-ATV Extended – with many variants. The M-ATV Standard model provides response and support capabilities for a range of offensive and defensive missions in off-road environments. The M-ATV Extended model delivers increased capacity for additional troops and equipment to support a wider assortment of mission profiles, such as mounted infantry support, explosive ordnance support and command-and-control.

The M-ATV Family of Vehicles includes:

-- M-ATV Standard Base (SXB)
-- M-ATV Standard Upgrade (SXU)
-- M-ATV Standard Special Forces (SXF)
-- M-ATV Extended Intervention (EXI)
-- M-ATV Extended Engineer (EXE)
-- M-ATV Extended Command (EXC)

All Oshkosh M-ATVs deliver the industry’s highest level of off-road performance and feature common components, such as the Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension and integrated crew protection systems. The M-ATV platform meets a wide range of protection, performance, payload and transportability requirements for peacekeeping, internal security, border security, special operations, counterinsurgency and conventional military operations.

Oshkosh L-ATV on Display

Oshkosh Defense also will have its Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) on display at Eurosatory 2014. The L-ATV meets a global need for a new level of protected mobility for a light vehicle and replaces decades-old vehicle fleets that lack protection capabilities against today’s most significant threats, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and rocket-propelled grenades.

The Oshkosh L-ATV platform was selected for the U.S. Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program’s current Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase and is undergoing rigorous U.S. Government testing. The JLTV program will fill the current tactical wheeled-vehicle capability gap between larger MRAP vehicles and the aging High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) fleet.

The Oshkosh L-ATV uses the company’s proprietary TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system to deliver 25 percent improved wheel travel. Based on extensive testing that represents 85 percent of the Earth's terrain, the L-ATV is proven to perform at speeds 70 percent faster than traditional MRAP vehicles in off-road environments.

Exhibit Information

The Oshkosh M-ATV SXF variant and L-ATV Base variant, in addition to an integrated product support (IPS) kiosk showcasing Oshkosh’s vast support services will be showcased on-site at Eurosatory in Hall 5 at Booth D657. Leaders will be available to discuss the vehicles and the company’s broader portfolio of technologies and services.

There will also be live demonstrations of Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology on an M-ATV SXB variant equipped with a mine roller at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during the show outside of the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions.

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buglerbilly
17-06-14, 03:30 PM
RENAULT TRUCKS DEFENSE SAS-RTD [Hall 5, Stand F122]

The BMX 01 is a 6x6 technology demonstrator for the VBMR. The multipurpose armoured vehicle has a payload of 4.7 tonnes with 11 seats and a 12.7mm remote controlled weapon station.

buglerbilly
17-06-14, 03:32 PM
Interesting shot of the new CombatGuard armoured, high mobility vehicle.................great articulation................

buglerbilly
18-06-14, 06:34 AM
Iveco Unwraps New Version of LMV

Jun. 17, 2014 - 05:58PM | By TOM KINGTON


Iveco debuted a new version of its successful Light Multipurpose Vehicle (LMV), which boosts payload by about 50 percent and is described by the firm as a radical overhaul of earlier designs. (Tom Kington / Staff)

PARIS — Italy’s Iveco has given a show debut to a new version of its successful Light Multipurpose Vehicle (LMV), which boosts payload by about 50 percent and is described by the firm as a radical overhaul of earlier designs.

The new generation LMV, which was shown at the Eurosatory exhibition here, is due to be delivered to Norway this year and responds to a host of recommendations made by Norway after that country used earlier versions of the vehicle in Afghanistan.

Payload has grown from about a ton to 1.5 tons, the vehicle’s weight increases from 7.2 tons to 7.8 tons, while internal volume has been increased by 10 percent, said Flavio Marchesoni, sales and marketing manager for Iveco Defence Vehicles.

“It’s a really important change,” he said, noting that Norwegian troops in Afghanistan had requested more room in the cabin of the vehicle.

The January 2012 order by Norway for 62 vehicles raises the country’s total order to 170, part of an overall order of about 4,000 vehicles placed by 10 nations, including the UK.

After starting life with modular armor, which was later made permanent, and a modular roof, which has become rigid, the LMV has evolved radically, as nations requested changes while placing orders for successive tranches, often based on experience in Afghanistan.

“Customers always want something new,” said Marchesoni.

The latest Norwegian vehicle will sport a Kongsberg 12.7mm gun turret and features improved electro-magnetic capability, cutting down on interference between electrical equipment on board like the radio and the jammer. The bonnet is now armored to protect the engine from gunfire.

Marchesoni said the new version would be offered as a standard format and possibly as a successor to the 1A version recently purchased by Italy.

Iveco also expects soon to land its first Middle East customer for the vehicle, Marchesoni said. ■

Email: tkington@defensenews.com.

buglerbilly
19-06-14, 12:06 PM
Eurosatory: RMMV and Achleitner produce CBRN vehicle

18th June 2014 - 10:03 by Tim Fish in Paris



A new prototype 4x4 Survivor R vehicle specialised for CBRN missions has been built by RMMV and Achleitner. On show at Eurosatory, the vehicle was built by the companies following a strategic cooperation agreement to provide a light vehicle for the CBRN market.

A spokesperson from Rheinmetall told Shephard that the Survivor R is based on the Fuchs 6x6 vehicle but at 15t is much lighter than 18t (of the Fuchs] and as a result is ‘quicker across the ground’ when on hard road surfaces and ‘does not need to handle rough terrain’.

He added that the vehicle on show is the first prototype and has been built with a launch customer in mind.
Details provided by RMMV show that the vehicle is designed for the detection, identification, marking, sampling of CBRN contamination and to provide this information to other units in or near to an affected area.

The equipment on the vehicle is COTS-sourced and includes a double wheel sampling system and automatic sampling wheel changer from OWR; FIDO B2 aerosol detection system from FLIR; a MM2 mass spectrometer from Bruker; Quatro real-time weather sensor from Lambrecht; LCD 3.3 ion mobility spectrometer from Smiths; a fire suppression system from Kidde Deugra; NBC Inspector from Roda; and a SVG 2 radiation detector from ThermoFisher Scientific.

Survivor R is also fitted with a Nordic Protector 12.7mm RWS; software defined radio from Rohde & Schwarz; and the 40mm Rapid Obscuring System (ROSY) from Rheinmetall.

The vehicle has a crew of two and has a payload capacity of 4t. It is powered by a MAN 6.9l six-cylinder engine providing 330hp and can operate in +49 Celsius to -32 Celsius climate conditions.

buglerbilly
20-06-14, 11:42 AM
Eurosatory: Streit introduces Warrior and Varan LAVs

20th June 2014 - 8:44 by Jonathan Tringham in Paris



Streit Group has used Eurosatory to unveil two new light armoured vehicles (LAV), dubbed the Warrior and Varan.

According to the company, the 14-seater Warrior armoured personal carrier (APC) is a new design featuring a long wheel-base to provide increased operational room inside, and offers protection from ballistic assaults, light mine and grenade blasts.

The Warrior uses a Ford chassis, which Streit claims translates into lower over-all lifecycle costs and easy access to spare and replacement parts.

Streit Group spokesman Marat Takabaev told Shephard the company had partnered with a Russian firm to develop a specific prototype of the Warrior equipped with the Shershen-D portable anti-tank guided missile system.

‘The Warrior’s advanced anti-tank armament has a range of 5km, and can be armed with up to four rockets, with space inside for an additional five,’ said Takabaev.

The Shershen-D is designed to defeat modern armoured vehicles, bunkers, pillboxes, earth-and-timber emplacements, and low-speed low-altitude targets like helicopters, and UAVs.

The company also showcased the Varan APC, a six-wheeled amphibious prototype currently in development.

‘The Varan is putting us into a different market segment where we have not been previously active. The 6x6 platforms are closer to the main battle tanks, so they’re more like defence fighting vehicles,’ Takabaev explained.

The 18t Varan is armoured up to STANAG level 4, and can carry up to ten people in its current configuration, with an armament payload capacity of up to 2t. Testing of the Varan APC prototype is slated to commence in 2014.

Looking to the future, Takabaev said the company was optimistic both the Warrior and the Varan would be popular with its main customer base in the Middle East and Africa.

‘However, we are now moving into Asia – we are already manufacturing in Thailand, and we’re opening a new factory Malaysia. We have a very wide range of LAVs covering most configurations, except for 8x8 - although we have plans for developing that platform as well - but for now we will finish with the 6x6.’

buglerbilly
20-06-14, 01:21 PM
Eurosatory 2014: Renault debuts BMX-01 6x6 demonstrator

Nicholas de Larrinaga, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

19 June 2014


RTD displayed their BMX-01 6x6 vehicle demonstrator for the French Army's VBMR requirement. Source: IHS/Patrick Allen

Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) has unveiled for the first time at Eurosatory 2014 in Paris their BMX-01 6x6 armoured vehicle.

The vehicle has been designed as a risk reduction demonstrator for the French Army's future Véhicule Blindé MultiRole (VBMR) programme, a company official told IHS Jane's .

The VBMR will be created by a consortium of French defence industry companies comprising RTD, Nexter Systems, and Thales. A contract for the development, qualification, production, and logistics support for the VBMR programme is expected to be signed this year. France has an eventual requirement for 2,080 VBMRs, across seven different variants (APC, mortar carrier, anti-tank team carrier, ambulance, command, logistics, and forward artillery observer), the bulk of which will be of the APC variant although the eventual split has yet to be decided.

Previously the French Army has targeted a per unit cost of EUR1 million (USD1.4 million) for the VBMR and RTD stated their offering is sitting at around that price point.

The BMX-01 displayed at the exhibition was created as part of a 2011 contract between RTD and the French defence procurement agency (DGA), and is one of a pair of demonstrator vehicles, the second of which was used for extensive ballistic testing.

The vehicle weighs 22 tonnes (with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 24 tonnes) and has been designed to offer a high level of off-road performance and a high level of ballistic protection through its modular armour system (up to NATO STANAG 4569 Level 4). Displayed in an armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration, capable of carrying three crew and eight dismounts, and armed with a new RTD remote weapon station demonstrator armed with a 12.7 mm (.50-calibre) heavy machine gun - and also capable of mounting a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL), as per the French VBMR requirement.

The BMX-01 is entirely a RTD product, a company official told IHS Jane's at Eurosatory, adding that the eventual design of the VBMR will be extrapolated off the design of the vehicle - although Nexter and Thales will also have significant input into the eventual configuration and design of the VBMR.

The demonstrator is powered by a 400 hp commercial Renault-Volvo diesel engine, with an automatic transmission, independent hydro-strut suspension, and front and rear axle steering. The BMX-01 features full nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) protection, with internal overpressure and air conditioning.

The BMX-01 features an all-steel monocoque hull, although the company is currently in discussions with Nexter and the DGA on whether the eventual VBMR will have an aluminium or a steel hull.

Although designed as a demonstrator for the VBMR requirement (part of the wider Scorpion programme), the company official added that RTD was confident BMX-01 would meet future British Army requirements (for the Future Protected Battlefield Ambulance: FPBFA) as currently written.

buglerbilly
25-06-14, 11:13 PM
June 21, 2014 at 19:00

Brazil: Police Aquired Israeli-Made Armored Vehicles

Posted by newsdesk


Image: Plasan

Israeli companies continue to expand their HLS activities in Latin America. Recently police in Brazil acquired Israeli-made armored vehicles.

Israeli company Plasan won a 9.5 million dollar contract and will provide the Sao Paolo special police units with specially-made armored vehicles. According to the contract Plasan will design and develop six 4X4 vehicles seating 24 troops, capable of crossing and maneuvering in any terrain. The vehicles include advance defense systems in addition to surveillance, navigation and driving systems. Plasan will deliver the new vehicles during 2014.

The armored vehicles include NBC solutions, internal fire retardant systems, night vision and power management. They feature a hydraulic back door for easy access while the side doors come with a door assist system. A hydraulic system for breaching and road clearing is located in the front.

In addition to the Sao Paolo special police forces Plasan will also provide the Sao Paolo federal police with armored vehicles aimed at fighting organized crime, as part of a consortium with other local companies. These additional armored vehicles are disguised as ordinary commercial vehicles, and include command and control, surveillance and communication systems.

buglerbilly
26-06-14, 11:30 PM
Check Out My Truck.................via DiD

■ New Zealand’s Army announced a deal with Rheinmetall MAN a year ago for the purchase of up to 200 Medium Heavy Operational Vehicles (MHOV). The video below explains the capability improvements these trucks offer over the vehicles they’re replacing:

buglerbilly
04-07-14, 11:51 AM
AMISOM receives Casspir ambulances

Helmoed-Römer Heitman, Pretoria - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

02 July 2014



Denel Land Systems has supplied three wide-body Casspir armoured and mine-protected ambulances to the United Nations for use with African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The vehicles are a derivative of the new Casspir NG2000 developed by Mechem: a specialised division of Denel Land Systems. The NG2000 design is a further development of the original Casspir armoured personnel carrier (APC) with improved mobility and protection.

AMISOM is the third publicised user of the NG2000 Casspir. Denel delivered 20 to the United Nations in 2013 for about USD57 million and 10 to the Benin Army for about USD3 million. Another 20 vehicles have been ordered by undisclosed customers.

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buglerbilly
10-07-14, 01:38 PM
Brazilian 4x4 programme proceeds with five competitors

Victor Barreira, Lisbon - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

08 July 2014



The Brazilian Army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is scheduled to finish its evaluation of five platforms competing for the 4x4 tactical vehicle element of the Guarani Strategic Project (PEE Guarani) at the end of this month, a source close to the programme told IHS Jane's on 8 July.

The Iveco Defence Vehicles LMV, Avibras Tupi (based on Renault Trucks Defense's Sherpa Light Scout), and Inbraland Gladiador BLSR (based on an Agrale Marruá chassis) vehicles are currently being tested.



BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M and AM General/Plasan's MLTV-BR vehicles are awaiting clearance at customs to join the CAEx, the source said.



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buglerbilly
10-07-14, 11:23 PM
Oshkosh Defense’s JLTV Solution Completes “Net-Ready” Testing

(Source: Oshkosh Defense; issued July 9, 2014)

OSHKOSH, Wis. --- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (OSK), reached a milestone in the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD's) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program by completing Net-Ready testing with the Oshkosh Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV).

“We are pleased that our JLTV has demonstrated its capability to transfer critical data from onboard systems to external networks during this testing and evaluation process,” said U.S. Marine Corps Colonel (Retired), John Bryant, senior vice president, Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “This is another important milestone in what has been an exemplary procurement program by the DoD, which will provide the protection and mobility our service men and women need for future missions.”

A core element in developing the next-generation light vehicle is fully supporting the execution of operational activities and information exchanges identified in DoD Enterprise Architecture, while satisfying the JLTV’s technical requirements for the transition to Net-Centric military operations. Oshkosh recently completed this testing at the Electronic Proving Grounds at Fort Huachuca, Arizona – the United States Army's developmental test center for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber and Intelligence (C5I) capabilities.

Oshkosh Defense has successfully completed every milestone to date throughout the JLTV program’s Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase, including the design understanding review, manufacturing readiness review and on-time delivery of 22 prototype vehicles 12 months after the start of the EMD phase. As an Original Equipment Manufacturer, Oshkosh has an in-house team of C4ISR experts who designed the C4ISR solution for the fully integrated JLTV EMD prototype vehicles it has delivered for the program.

Oshkosh is providing vehicle training and support throughout the 14 months of robust military testing during the EMD phase. The JLTV is expected to fill a significant capability gap that exists between larger MRAP vehicles and the aging High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) fleet.

Leveraging a 97-year history of innovation, Oshkosh has developed a state-of-the-art vehicle that redefines protection, extreme off-road mobility and the very meaning of the term “mission-ready.”

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions.

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buglerbilly
11-07-14, 11:28 AM
Nigeria plans to manufacture South African APCs

Helmoed-Römer Heitman, Pretoria - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

10 July 2014


The Ikri is based on DCD's Springbuck APC. Source: DCD Protected Mobility

The South African company DCD Protected Mobility has unveiled a new type of mine-protected patrol vehicle that it says will be built for the Nigerian Police Force's (NPF's) paramilitary units.

Named after a mythical Nigerian creature, the Ikri has been developed by DCD Protected Mobility and Nigeria's Mekahog in close co-operation with the NPF. It is based on DCD's Springbuck protected all-terrain armoured personnel carrier (APC), which has been in service with the NPF since 2006.

While DCD did not say when Ikri production would begin, it said that it is poised to establish a military vehicle maintenance and repair facility in Nigeria in collaboration with Mekahog. This will be followed by the commencement of local assembly of 'completely knocked down' Ikri kits and then complete assembly of the vehicles.

Mekahog was established in 1993 as an engineering, construction and procurement company and has since diversified into security and defence equipment.

Compared to the basic Springbuck the Ikri offers better protection, mobility and crew comfort, according to DCD. It has B6 level ballistic protection (capable of stopping a 7.62 x 51 mm round at 10 m), which can be upgraded to B7. Together with careful interior design, its V-shaped armoured hull protects the crew against a TM57 anti-tank mine or similar charge anywhere under the vehicle or two mines under any wheel, according to DCD.

Specific upgrades for the Ikri include improved ballistic protection of the front grille, an armour enclosure around external air-conditioner components, enclosed reservoirs for the air brakes, and protective plates for the axles.

The mobility upgrade includes a 145 kW turbo-charged six-cylinder MWM diesel, a six-speed automatic transmission, improved engine cooling, a 200 litre diesel tank, APS brakes and an upgraded suspension that provides both better off-road mobility and greater crew comfort.

Other improvements include side doors for the driver and co-driver, revised driver controls, new flip-up seats for the ten passengers to ease access and egress, improved air-conditioning ducting for greater air flow, and dark-tinted windows to reduce heat in the cabin and to make it difficult to see how many people are in the vehicle.

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buglerbilly
19-07-14, 03:16 AM
AM General BRV-O JLTV Completes Engineering Manufacturing and Development Offroad Testing

• BRV-O team focuses on upcoming Limited User Testing and Proposal Submission



AM General today announced that its entrant into the U.S. Government's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) competition, the Blast Resistant Vehicle - Offroad (BRV-O) has completed months of rugged off-road testing during the competition's Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase.

AM General has successfully completed every milestone to date throughout the JLTV program's EMD phase, including the design understanding review, manufacturing readiness assessment and ahead of schedule delivery of 22 BRV-Os to the U.S. Government for EMD testing.

"As the most experienced Light Tactical Vehicle company in the world, having designed, tested, built and fielded more than 1.5 million vehicles, we are very pleased with BRV-O's performance to date and EMD testing was very much in line with our projections," said AM General Vice President of Business Development and Program Management Chris Vanslager. "We look forward to getting this modern and innovative vehicle that provides unmatched situational awareness, protection, performance and payload at an affordable price into the hands of our customers as soon as possible. Light tactical vehicles are in our DNA and we are setting the pace on integrating components, meeting timelines and other requirements and working closely with our military customer representatives daily."

Source : AM General

Published on ASDNews: Jul 17, 2014

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-56108/AM_General_BRV-O_JLTV_Completes_Engineering_Manufacturing_and_Dev elopment_Offroad_Testing.htm#ixzz37sA2nZCr

buglerbilly
19-07-14, 03:18 AM
Oshkosh L-ATV Successfully Completes 200,000 Miles for JLTV EMD



Oshkosh Defense, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, announced today it has successfully completed 200,000 miles and all requirements for Reliability, Availability, Maintainability (RAM) testing for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract. Concurrently, Oshkosh received the draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the JLTV Production contract, which is a limited competition.

During the JLTV EMD contract, the Oshkosh Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) successfully completed every program milestone to date – the latest of which is RAM testing. The company began the EMD phase by delivering 22 fully integrated JLTV prototypes on time to the Government in August 2013. The EMD phase includes 14 months of robust military testing, training and support through November 2014.

“The nature of warfare has changed, and future battlefields will bring an unpredictable combination of terrain, tactics and threats,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired), John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Oshkosh Defense. “The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap between the HMMWV and larger MRAP vehicles in service today. The Oshkosh JLTV solution will equip our troops with a new generation of off-road mobility and protection they need to accomplish their missions.”

In preparation for the Production phase, the company produced its JLTV EMD prototypes on an active and proven production line, alongside its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV), Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) and other platforms. Using lean processes, flexible assembly lines and rigorous quality checks, Oshkosh has a history of delivering tactical wheeled vehicles on schedule and with industry-leading quality.

“Oshkosh is prepared to begin JLTV low rate initial production immediately should the company be awarded the production contract,” said Urias. “We believe that no other light tactical vehicle platform offers a comparable combination of proven technology, systems integration and manufacturing readiness at an affordable cost.”

Source : Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK)

Published on ASDNews: Jul 17, 2014

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-56113/Oshkosh_L-ATV_Successfully_Completes_200,000_Miles_for_JLTV_ EMD.htm#ixzz37sB5jIzU

buglerbilly
29-07-14, 11:47 PM
Lockheed Will Turn On JLTV Production Line In August; 6-D Truck Design

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on July 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM


Lockheed Martin’s prototype Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

LOCKHEED MARTIN “LIGHTHOUSE,” SUFFOLK, VA: “We’re in a really tough competition…a knife fight in [a] phone booth,” said Tom Kelly, who runs Lockheed Martin’s government relations for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program.


The old lighthouse around which Lockheed Martin built its “Center for Innovation” in Suffolk, Va.

In the defense contracting world writ large, Lockheed is the 800-pound gorilla. In the three-way competition to replace the aging Humvee, however, Lockheed is the odd duck next to truck-makers AM General and Oshkosh. Best known for high-tech, high-cost, and high-controversy projects like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Littoral Combat Ship, and the EELV satellite-launching rocket, Lockheed must convince the military that its space-age infrastructure is an asset, not just overhead, when it comes to building what’s basically an armored truck.

So this August, even as Pentagon brass and bureaucrats descend on all three competitors for a “production readiness review,” Lockheed Martin will turn on its JLTV production line in Camden, Arkansas, executives told me this morning. That will be especially impressive because, until this spring, the production line was 400 miles away in Sealy, Texas.

“This isn’t a new line; we literally picked up the line and moved it,” said Scott Greene, Vice-President for Ground Vehicles at Lockheed’s Missile & Fire Control division. The Sealy factory belonged to Lockheed’s partner BAE Systems, a major manufacturer of ground combat vehicles. Among other things, Sealy built the Caiman variant of the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Vehicle. MRAPs were the short-term replacement for the vulnerable Humvee but proved too massive and unmaneuverable for most missions beyond Afghanistan, which is the reason the military started the JLTV program in the first place. BAE remains Lockheed’s partner on JLTV, but they’re closing the Sealy plant, where Lockheed’s JLTV prototypes were all built.

“What would appear to some to be a disadvantage, for us is a significant advantage,” argued Harold O’Neal, VP for Production Operations, because moving the line was a golden opportunity to rebuild it with improvements drawing on both BAE and Lockheed expertise. “By the 18th of August, which is just a few weeks away,” he said, the line will be humming and running tests with an already-built JLTV prototype. “We could do it today, but we’re [first] verifying every single adjustment and modification we’ve made,” he said. Then, sometime in the fourth quarter, the Camden line will start building all-new JLTVs.


Part of Lockheed’s massive Camden, Ark. campus.

Lockheed won’t deliver those vehicles to the government: The Pentagon doesn’t plan to choose the winning bidder until 2015, and looming sequestration cuts could delay that decision. Instead, the company is building those JLTVs for its own tests, the first test being whether the relocated and upgraded line builds them perfectly as planned.

By contrast, since rival AM General delivered the contractually required 22 prototypes to the government last year, “we have not built any more [JLTVs] nor do we intend to build any more,” said program manager Chris Vanslager. Since AM General’s JLTVs were built on the same production line that is continuously building Humvees to this day, he said, “AM General does not foresee a need to do additional verification and validation of our processes.”

The third competitor, Oshkosh, says they haven’t built any additional JLTVs either, noting they built their prototypes on the same production line that builds military FMTV and M-ATV trucks.

But building more JLTVs this fall will prove an important point for Lockheed. While the company has run the Camden plant since 1981, it’s not actually built trucks there before. The award-winning facility mainly manufactures missiles and artillery, relatively simple stuff by Lockheed aerospace standards but still high-end compared to JLTV. The closest Camden’s come is to integrate missile launchers — Patriot, THAAD, HIMARS — onto truck chassis built elsewhere.

Lockheed insists Camden can build JLTV at an affordable price. “We have a skilled, trained, certified workforce in Camden,” O’Neal told me. With the campus of South Arkansas University – Tech actually on site, he said, “what we have there is at one facility are all the combined process skills, process certification, process training.” Lockheed has hired and borrowed some BAE personnel to help with JLTV, mostly for their “tribal knowledge” gained from years of hands-on experience, he said, but “we already had all the skills in place.”


A representation of Lockheed’s design tradeoff analysis software.

Lockheed also argues its high-tech skillset can actually help keep the cost down on JLTV. Before they started building, the company designed a new kind of computer program to do complex tradeoffs on how different designs would perform on different missions. “A traditional relational database typically wouldn’t help us do that fast enough,” Lockheed’s Dave Milkovich told reporters visiting the company’s modeling and simulation center, nicknamed “the Lighthouse.”

Instead, Lockheed came up with a six-dimensional framework that took inputs as varied as weight of armor, electrical power generation, and the terrain in different areas of Afghanistan, then computed outputs ranging from cross-country performance to gas consumption to the total cost to operate and maintain the vehicle over its service life.


A close-up of some of the detailed inputs into the analysis software.

Lockheed is now using a similar approach for the mission equipment it will provide for the Future Vertical Lift aircraft, a massively more complex program where Lockheed must account for multiple variants and four competing designs.

Calculating long-term operating costs is a notoriously imprecise business, however: Witness the debates over the “life cycle cost” of Lockheed’s F-35. So far, however, with more than 200,000 miles of real world tests performed, Lockheed says the actual, physical JLTV prototypes are performing the way the models and simulations said that should.

“All the miles on your test vehicles have validated your models, which in turn gives us confidence in our sustainment [plan],” said Jim McArthur, who runs the Lighthouse, to Lockheed JLTV executives. “We understand total cost of ownership.”

If Lockheed can convince a cash-strapped Pentagon that it can accurately calculate long-term operations and sustainment costs, let alone control them, that will be a major selling point across multiple programs, not just JLTV. For now, though, the immediate challenge is to make sure the relocated JLTV line works as advertised.

buglerbilly
12-08-14, 12:16 PM
Russian MoD to acquire large batch of GAZ-3344 ATVs

Nikolai Novichkov, Moscow and Peter Felstead, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 August 2014


The GAZ-3344 tracked, articulated ATV - a vehicle type long used by Western and other forces - is apparently about to be procured in significant numbers by the Russian MoD. Source: N Novichkov

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to acquire a large batch of GAZ-3344 tracked articulated all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), the civil and military versions of which were demonstrated on 4-5 August at the Russian MoD's Innovation Days 2014 exhibition at the Alabino test range near Moscow.

News of the acquisition was revealed to IHS Jane's by Valentin Kopalkin, director-general of Zavolzhsky Caterpillar Tractor Manufacturing Plant (ZZGT), which will manufacture the vehicles.

The GAZ-3344 is conceptually a new vehicle type for Russia, although Western manufacturers such as Hägglunds and Sisu have produced tracked articulated ATVs for some time, the distinctive characteristic of which is their extremely high offroad mobility. Such vehicles comprise a forward drive module and rear mission module, the tracks of the latter also being powered by an articulated drive coupling.

While touring the Innovation Days exhibition, Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu tested the GAZ-3344, after which he said the MoD would buy a large batch. Shoigu said the MoD was interested in procuring five GAZ-3344 variants: logistics vehicle, troops carrier, weapon carrier, ambulance, and firefighting vehicle.

The GAZ-3344 is due to complete trials by the end of this year and by February 2015 is scheduled to enter service with the Russian armed forces.

According to Kopalkin, the ZZGT plant will start producing 600 GAZ-3344s a year as early as January. The plant will manufacture the vehicle chassis and weapon carrier module, and will assemble the vehicle, ordering other modules and components on a co-operative basis.

The military GAZ-3344 takes the civil version as a baseline. Fully amphibious, it is not armoured but does have protected fuel tanks and an NBC protection system. Unlike Western articulated ATVs, which typically have rubber band tracks, the GAZ-3344 has metal tracks that can be fitted with rubber pads for moving on roads.

The GAZ-3344 is 9.93 m long, 2.38 wide and has a specific ground pressure of 0.21 kg/m 2 . The vehicle weighs 8,700 kg, with the front drive module having a payload capacity of 750 kg and the rear module having a payload capacity of 2,250 kg. There are five seats in the front section and 12 in the rear section (in the troop-carrying configuration).

Powered by a JAMZ-53402-10 turbocharged diesel engine developing 136 kW (182 hp), the GAZ-3344 has a maximum road speed of 60 km/h, can propel itself in water at a speed of 5-6 km/h, and can climb a 35 deg gradient.

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buglerbilly
12-08-14, 01:35 PM
Now this is an ATV...........!!!

ST Kinetics Bronco New Generation

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Think Defence in Blog

Some interesting new features, no doubt a result of analysis of the Warthog’s performance in Afghanistan

video:

I like the way they approach helicopter transportability with rear modules.


Bronco New Gen


Bronco New-Gen

With a lower curb weight than the Warthog, the Bronco New-Gen can take on higher add-on protection and payloads. Being lighter, it is capable of swimming and traversing water obstacles effortlessly at higher STANAG level protection. With a completely re-engineered chassis to maximise the crew’s operating space, it has the largest capacity in the Bronco family, accommodating crew and passengers of different body size comfortably, giving superior MMI and protection. The Bronco New-Gen’s V-shaped hull effectively deflects under belly blasts while contributing to a stiffer chassis for better all-round protection.

More pics...............

Milne Bay
14-08-14, 12:38 PM
RTV contract a winner for Port, and Army

August 6, 2014


FEDERAL Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has congratulated Port Macquarie manufacturer Bale Defence Industries on its ongoing work in both innovation and manufacturing.

This follows the completion of one of its latest projects for the Australian Defence Force, a contract for the design, manufacture and testing of Rough Terrain Vehicles for the Australian Army here in Port Macquarie at Bale Defence Industries’ Jindalee Road headquarters.

Dr Gillespie said the company had been operating in the region for more than 35 years through its Bale Engineering and Bale Defence Industries operations.

“The company has developed a solid reputation, particularly in Defence, for its innovation and supply of highly specialised and essential equipment used by the Army and Navy in their important operations both locally and abroad,” Dr Gillespie said.

“This latest contract has seen the development of a lightweight tactical vehicle that will significantly benefit the operations of our frontline soldiers.”

The new Rough Terrain Vehicles are a rugged and reliable all-terrain military vehicle capable of conducting operations anywhere in the world on all kind of adverse terrain. The vehicles can be carried inside or underneath military aircraft, which will allow insertion into even the most remote locations. It also features Tireball runflat tyre systems, a large number of customised weapon carriage suites, heavy payload capacity and also the first fully certified collapsible ROPS introduced into the ADF for a vehicle of its class. The vehicle as a platform will greatly enhance the operational effectiveness of our soldiers and will offer unpatrolled safety for a vehicle of its type, all designed, manufactured and certified here in Port Macquarie.

Bale Defence Industries currently employs 22 staff, comprising fitter machinists, boilermakers, engineers, draftsmen and technical writers, including three local apprentices.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Bob Bale and his team on the great work they have been doing over the years,” Dr Gillespie said.

“Their hard work and determination to deliver highly innovative and quality equipment and products is clearly paying off, providing greater opportunities for the Australian Defence Force and delivering important economic benefits to our region.”

Dr Gillespie was taken for a short test drive in one of the new Rough Terrain Vehicles at a media conference last Thursday, giving the vehicle a big thumbs up.

http://www.portmacquarieindependent.com/rtv-contract-a-winner-for-port-and-army/

Redcoat
14-08-14, 01:17 PM
Dr Gillespie was taken for a short test drive in one of the new Rough Terrain Vehicles at a media conference last Thursday, giving the vehicle a big thumbs up.

Its that sort of exhaustive evaluation that explains why the services end up with duff kit - would that have been the one handed thumbs up or a truly enthusiastic two handed gesture

Milne Bay
14-08-14, 01:30 PM
Dr Gillespie was taken for a short test drive in one of the new Rough Terrain Vehicles at a media conference last Thursday, giving the vehicle a big thumbs up.

Its that sort of exhaustive evaluation that explains why the services end up with duff kit - would that have been the one handed thumbs up or a truly enthusiastic two handed gesture

Haha - said Dr Gillespie is the local MP who arrives in the district for photo-ops but is seldom seen otherwise.
Ignore the self serving reporting - the little vehicle looks interesting however.
Manufactured by a small business that has done lots of little jobs for the ADF.
Most of their previous involvement has been with the RAN where they manufactured lockers, storage compartments and the like for various classes of RAN ships.
This is the first foray that I have seen them take into an Army requirement.
Interestingly, another Port Macquarie business - Birdon Marine - manufactured the bridging boats for the Australian Army.
MB

buglerbilly
14-08-14, 03:22 PM
Sorry BUT why did they give this contract to ANY Australian company? Is this leaps and bounds in front of everything else? Can it lift more, further and climb 70deg gradients?

IF the answer is no it can't, then I ask the question again WHY did we waste money on this? We are NOT going to buy hundreds, we'll be lucky to buy 10's!!!

There are a ream of vehicles from the USA in particular that will FAR ouitstrip what this wee beastie can do.................fucking mindless is what this is!

Wolftrap
14-08-14, 11:19 PM
Three totally random words: dog. pony. show. :dunno

Redcoat
20-08-14, 05:48 PM
I have just reread the original article and I am sorry I have to ask "boilermakers" ? is it steam powered ?

Exsandgroper
21-08-14, 01:02 AM
Interestingly, another Port Macquarie business - Birdon Marine - manufactured the bridging boats for the Australian Army.
MB

And for the US Army

buglerbilly
21-08-14, 01:14 AM
Supacat wins Australian special forces vehicle contract

James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

20 August 2014


The new vehicles to enter Australian service are based on the same Extenda platform that has been in service with the country since 2009. Source: Supacat

Australia has awarded UK-based Supacat Group an AUD105 million (USD98 million) contract for 89 special operations vehicles based on the latest version of the Extenda high-mobility transport (HMT), the company said on 19 August.

The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) awarded the contract for what it calls the Special Operations Vehicles - Commando (SOV-Cdo) after the April 2012 selection of Supacat as preferred bidder for its Joint Project 2097 Phase 1B (REDFIN) programme.

Since then Supacat successfully completed the programme's prototype development and evaluation phase, the DMO said.

The Extenda HMT is similar to 31 HMT Special Operations Vehicles delivered to Australia in 2009 for use by its special forces. Joint Project 2097 Phase 1B (REDFIN) seeks to replace ageing modified Land Rovers with the SOVs-Cdo.

The vehicles include crew ballistic and mine-blast protection along with an integrated logistic support package that covers operating, engineering, maintenance, supply, and training support. Elbit Systems of Australia is providing the vehicle's command-and-control systems.

The Supacat statement described the HMT Extenda as being "unique in being convertible to either a 4x4 or 6x6 configuration to meet different operational requirements … The SOV-Cdo will be delivered in four reconfigurable roles, emphasising the flexibility of the HMT platform".

The Extenda HMT will be built in Australia through Supacat Team Australia, which opened in Melbourne in January 2012. "It is the launch pad for Supacat Pty in the Australian defence market," said Mick Halloran, managing director of Supacat Pty Ltd.

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Redcoat
21-08-14, 11:44 AM
"The Extenda HMT will be built in Australia through Supacat Team Australia, which opened in Melbourne in January 2012"

That should get the price up nicely - why go to this trouble for 89 vehicles it is just silly

buglerbilly
21-08-14, 12:19 PM
More on this from the UK............

The Defence Material Organisation (DMO) has awarded a $105M contract to high mobility vehicle specialist, Supacat, to deliver 89 Special Operations Vehicles – Commando (SOV-Cdo) for the Australian Defence Forces under the JP2097 Ph 1B (REDFIN) program. The new SOV-Cdo are based on the latest MK2 version of Supacat’s HMT Extenda and designed to meet Australian Special Force’s specific requirements.

The contract follows the successful completion of the Prototype Development and Evaluation phase in which Supacat built and delivered the prototype SOV-Cdo.

Nicholas Ames, Managing Director, Supacat Group said “This is the first of the MK2 HMT Extenda’s to go into production and represents a significant increase in capability in terms of protection, transportability and firepower, while retaining the mobility and versatility for which the vehicle has become well known.”

Designed for, and used by, the world’s elite special forces, the HMT Extenda is unique in being convertible to either a 4×4 or 6×6 configuration to meet different operational requirements. Its open architecture provides for various levels of protection and great variety in the roles and missions for which it can be configured. The SOV-Cdo will be delivered in four reconfigurable roles, emphasising the flexibility of the HMT platform.

Supacat has partnered with Australian companies located throughout NSW and Victoria within Supacat Team Australia to manufacture components and assemble the vehicles at a facility in Western Sydney. In January 2012 Supacat opened offices in Australia to manage Supacat’s activities in the Asia Pacific region and which will be responsible for delivering the program.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director, Australia, said “The award of this contract is another important stepping stone in the development of our presence in the Asia Pacific market and is due recognition of the performance of Supacat and our partners in the Australian market to date.”

buglerbilly
25-08-14, 11:51 PM
Wanted: Next-Gen Armored Vehicles With Less Armor

by Bryant Jordan on August 24, 2014



The Pentagon wants next-generation armored vehicles that are more mobile, maneuverable and survivable, but without more armor.

In September, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will host a proposer’s day to give potential contractors a more clear idea of what the Defense Department wants in its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program.

“GXV-T’s goal is not just to improve or replace one particular vehicle— it’s about breaking the ‘more armor’ paradigm and revolutionizing protection for all armored fighting vehicles,” Kevin Massey, DARPA program manager, said in an Aug. 18 press release.

Historically, militaries and industry have responded to improved or more lethal attacks on its armored vehicles by adding more armor. But armor piercing weapons technology has pretty much taken the day in that competition, advancing faster than industry’s ability to come up with armor to withstand penetration, Massey said.

The more heavily armored vehicles do increase the chances of crew survivability. The Congressional Research Service, citing DoD figures in 2009, said the casualty rate for troops in an MRAP is 6 percent. For the M-1 Abrams, it’s about 15 percent and for the up-armored HMMWV – the Humvee – it’s 22 percent.

But the additional armor and weight – some MRAPs will weigh up to 24 tons – has meant significant increases in vehicle mass and cost. And that increased mass has meant sacrificing maneuverability on the battlefield, where threat environments change. Larger vehicles are limited to roads, demand more logistical support and are more expensive to design, develop, field and replace, the DARPA release said.

As a result, the U.S. military is looking for so-called “disruptive” innovations – technologies that change everything – to ensure survivability of crew and vehicle in the next generation of armored fighting vehicles, DARPA says.

The agency is looking for technologies that could be developed in 24 months and incorporated into a broad range of ground, tactical and support vehicles following the successful completion of the program.

Massey said the GXV-T program was inspired by X-plane programs that have been instrumental in improving aircraft capabilities over the past six decades.

“We plan to pursue groundbreaking fundamental research and development to help make future armored fighting vehicles significantly more mobile, effective, safe and affordable,” Massey said.

The proposer’s day, which is being held in advance of the official call for project proposals, will be at the DARPA Conference Center in Arlington, Virginia, on Sept. 5, from 9 am to 3 pm.

Read more: http://defensetech.org/2014/08/24/wanted-next-gen-armored-vehicles-with-less-armor/#ixzz3BRXCN02p
Defense.org

buglerbilly
30-08-14, 02:44 AM
Contract Awarded for New Special Operations Vehicles

(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued August 29, 2014)

The Australian Government has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide specialised vehicles for the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations.

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston today announced that Supacat Ltd will supply 89 Special Operations Vehicle – Commando, in a contract that will create approximately 150 new jobs in western Sydney and Victoria.

“This will provide significant opportunities to Australian industry during the production, integration and through-life support phases of the project,” Senator Johnston said.

“Approval has also been given to enter into a number of contracts for the provision of support vehicles, as well as various communication and networking systems that will make up a communications capability and provide additional opportunities for Australian industry.”

“The acquisition of these vehicles will enhance our Special Forces’ ability to maintain a capability edge over emerging threats to Australia’s national interests.”

Senator Johnston said the contract was valued at more than $130 million.

“These are modern, highly mobile vehicles that can be re-configured to suit the individual mission and the communications on board will provide digital connectivity to across the ADF as well as Coalition partners.”

Senator Johnston said the Government was appreciative of the participation by both domestic and international industry in assisting the ADF to meet this important capability requirement.

“This is an important step in the continued enhancement and modernisation of the ADF to provide for a safe and secure Australia,” the Defence Minister said.

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buglerbilly
30-08-14, 06:41 AM
This is the first one off the block..............

buglerbilly
05-09-14, 07:02 AM
MSPO: Szczesniak debuts new vehicles

Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

04 September 2014


Szczesniak's LST 4x4 and KPWM 6x6 were unveiled at MSPO. Source: Szczesniak

Polish company Szczesniak Pojazdy Specjalne unveiled two new vehicles at the MSPO defence exhibition, held in Targi Kielce from 1-4 September: the LST (Lekki Samochod Terenowy - Lightweight Offroad Vehicle) 4x4 and the KPWM (Kolowa Platforma Wysokiej Mobilnosci - High- Mobility Wheeled Platform) 6x6.

Designed for export under the philosophy of limiting the usage of complex mechanical and electronic systems, both vehicles were built to provide trouble-free operation in all conditions, to be corrosion resistant, and to be suitable for driving in extreme temperatures from -30 to +50 deg C.

The LST was developed by Szczesniak strictly according to the requirements of an unnamed Southeast Asian customer looking to procure a simple off-road 4x4 vehicle with very high fording characteristics suitable for moving through rough and boggy terrain to replace its current fleet of KIA pick-up trucks.

The vehicle is set to be assembled or manufactured in the customer country using parts supplied from Poland and will be used by the country's air, navy and land forces and military police.

Testing of the LST in Poland will start in October, with final qualification by the Polish Military Institute of Armoured and Automotive Technology set for 2015.

The contract with the Southeast Asian customer allows for up to 100 LST 4x4s to be initially manufactured in Poland, although IHS Jane's understands that the actual batch will be for around 50-60 vehicles. These will then be transferred to the customer country for a final eight- to nine-month test and evaluation process by different branches of the country's armed forces. Szczesniak will then take account of customer feedback before serial production is initiated locally at a rate of 750 vehicles per year.

The LST unveiled at MSPO was a prototype pick-up variant with two-door cabin and short wheelbase developed to test the vehicle's driving and fording capabilities. The final model will have a longer wheelbase and a gross vehicle weight of 3,500 kg, with the possibility of extending this to 5,000 kg.

The LST uses a special openwork frame box body, which has increased its payload capacity to nearly 1,700 kg. The vehicle is powered by a 3-litre 170 hp Iveco F1C engine coupled with a manual 5+1 gearbox and has a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The vehicle is equipped with a 70-litre fuel tank and has a ground clearence of 210 mm.

The vehicle family will consist of several variants including 4x2 and 4x4 models; soft-top and hard-top models, and an armoured version protected to NATO STANAG 4569 Level 1 or 3 that can carry up to nine people.

A more advanced variant of the LST will also be offered for the Polish LPT reconnaissance vehicle and 'Mustang' programmes to replace the ageing Honker, UAZ and Mercedes-Benz G-Class vehicles used by the Polish armed forces.

The KPMW, meanwhile, is a 6x6 truck developed from 2013 in co-operation with two Polish military institutes: the Military Institute of Armoured and Automotive Technology (WITPiS) and the Military University of Technology (WAT). It is being offered by Szczesniak as a simple and cost-effective solution to several potential customers from in the Middle East and southern Africa. The company also is offering potential customers the possibility of setting up a local KPMW production line.

Szczesniak Special Vehicles was established in 1992 as a Polish manufacturer of special-purpose civilian and military vehicles for missions such as firefighting, vehicle recovery, acting as a mobile command post, hazardous material transport, and provision of mobile criminology laboratory facilities (developed for the Polish military police). Beyond sales to Poland, the company has exported its vehicles to countries including the Czech Republic Denmark, Georgia, Guyana, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Romania, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.

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buglerbilly
05-09-14, 01:05 PM
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 09:22 PM

Szczesniak Special Vehicles introduces High Mobility Wheeled Platform at MSPO 2014

Specialized in the production of specialized vehicles in Central and Eastern Europe, Szczesniak at MSPO 2014 introduces new generation special vehicle, the High Mobility Wheeled Platform (KPWM). The High Mobility Wheeled Platform (KPWM) was designed and built as a response to market demand in cooperation with the Military Institute of Armour and Automotive and Military University of Technology.


Szczesniak High Mobility Wheeled Platform at MSPO 2014

The concept of High Mobility Wheeled Platform is to provide excellent drivability characteristics, high capacity and modularity in rough terrain and enabling further vehicle-`s construction development. The KPWM 6x6 vehicle features advantages of 4x4 vehicle and is intended to the cargo carriage.

In the construction of KPWM has been limited usage of complex mechanical and electronic systems, so that the KPWM vehicle works where typical commercial vehicles fail. In the jargon of special services such vehicle is often referred to the term of "workhorse", a vehicle that is suitable to work in all conditions. The vehicle is designed for trouble-free operation, corrosion resistant and suitable for driving in extreme temperatures (from -30°C to +50°C) and the dusted environment. Moreover, the IVECO Cursor 13 (420hp) engine and a large fuel tank (300 Liters) allows both high speed and long operational range.

The KPWM vehicle is equipped with gearbox reducer and differentials, essential when driving off-road. Strength and lightness of High Mobility Wheeled Platform was achieved by using classic chassis design, consisting of a frame made of high durability steel, made on the basis of C-shape longerons with a thickness of 10 mm. The vehicle suspension uses the elastic elements such as reinforced parabolic leaf springs (front), semi-elliptical leaf springs (rear), shocks and stabilizer, in order to reduce lateral body roll during cornering. The front drive axle has been shifted by 150 mm toward the front of the vehicle, in order to increase the approach angle, which in this version is 40 degrees.


Szczesniak High Mobility Wheeled Platform at MSPO 2014

In the chassis framework contained solutions securing chassis against damage while moving over rough terrain. All components of the chassis has been "hidden" - installing them with a high clearance from the ground, reinforced engine`s sump and used a wide bumper additionally acting as protection for the radiator and engine. Simplicity of the KPWM construction ensures ability to self-repair by the user, it is especially important when the actions are carried out away from the base service. The compactness of the modular structure characterizing the vehicle, enables its transportation by various means of transport, for example: train, boat, airplane or helicopter.

The version of KPWM presented at this year XXII International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO in Kielce, is a version dedicated to the armed forces, but it must be treated just as an example selected from a number of versions.The further development of this model will occur in the future as a response to the growing interest of users. For example, the structure can be adapted to the needs of the fire brigades or armored version adapted to the needs of the army.

buglerbilly
05-09-14, 01:12 PM
Monday, September 01, 2014 11:11 PM

Polish Company Szczesniak unveils its new LST Light Off-Road Vehicle at MSPO 2014.

The Polish Company Szczesniak unveils the LST Light off-road tactical vehicle at MSPO 2014, the International Defense Equipment Exhibition in Kielce, Poland. Light Of-Road Vehicle LST is an example of a new generation special vehicle. The vehicle was designed and built as a response to market demand by specialists of our Company in cooperation with the Military Institute of Armour and Automotive and Military University of Technology.


Szczesniak Light Off-Road Vehicle LST at MSPO 2014, International Defense Industry equipment exhibition in Kielce, Poland.

The concept of Light Terrain Vehicle is to provide excellent drivability characteristics, high capacity and modularity in rough terrain and enabling further vehicle`s construction development. LST vehicle based on the 4x4 chassis, with dimensions of Land Rover Defender 110 is designed to transport of persons.

In the construction of LST has been limited usage of complex mechanical and electronic systems, so that the vehicle works where typical commercial vehicles fail. The vehicle is suitable to work in all conditions, trouble-free operation, corrosion resistant and suitable for driving in extreme temperatures (from -30°C to +50°C) and the dusted environment. The LST vehicle is equipped with gearbox reducer and diferentials, essential when driving off-road.

The strength and lightness of LST was obtained by selection of appropriate materials. Sheathing and load bearing structure of the vehicle are made of aluminum. The body is attached to the main frame by vibration absorbing rubber components.



The LST uses a special openwork frame box body, which led to increasing of vehicle capacity to nearly 1700kg. Reinforced frame profiles, provide adequate stiffness in bending and torsion, while ensuring a low total weight of the structure, so that it has obtained great ratio power to the weight of the vehicle. Good vehicle handling has been achieved, inter alias, thanks to the use of screw springs in suspension and front axle stabilizer.

Simplicity of the LST construction ensures ability to self-repair by the user, it is especially important when the actions are carried out away from the base service. The compactness of the modular structure characterizing the vehicle, enables its transportation by various means of transport, for example: train, boat, airplane or helicopter.

buglerbilly
05-09-14, 01:17 PM
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:32 AM

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann officially unveiled new air-transportable Special Operation Vehicle

At MSPO 2014 International Defence Industry Exhibition, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann unveiled for the first time a new air-transportable light armoured vehicle designed for special forces operations. The KMW Special Operation Vehicle (SOV) should be the first of a family of products based on the Bremach chassis.


KMW new Air-transportable Special Operation Vehicle (SOV) at MSPO 2014

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann showed interest in the Bremach chassis in the mid-2000s, as German Special Forces had a requirement for a compact, CH-47-airliftable long-range patrol vehicle. In 2008-09 the Italian company carried out an 11-month test and qualification phase at the WTD 41 proving ground in Meppen, during which the vehicle covered over 10,000 km and demonstrated its capacity to cope with 100% slopes and 58% side slopes, 900 mm fords without preparation and turn in less than 13 metres.

Bremach engineers have since worked closely with KMW designers, and the result is now showcased at MSPO 2014. An open top vehicle, capable to be quickly reconfigured according to the mission, it will be capable to fit inside the principal transport helicopters. The KMW special operations vehicle based on the Bremach chassis should be the first of a family of vehicles based on that particular chassis.

KMW’s Special Operation Vehicle is a new modular system for Special Forces. Air-transportable, the SOV is feated for long-range reconnaissance and special operations. Thanks to the innovative folding roll-bar cuts, the preparation time for internal transport in CH47/53 helicopters downs to under 2 minutes.

With its IVECO 3.0 liter diesel engine (125kW, 400Nm), its heavy-duty chassis and a well-balanced power-to-weight ratio, the SOV combines outstanding mobility with maximum off-road performance, great operation range (900km) and extreme combat power. The chassis provides ballistic protection and a mine protected underside.

KMW’s SOV allows a high firepower level with three different gun mounts, permitting the use of a 12.7mm MG or 40 mm GMW, a 5.56/7.62 mm MG on pedestal mount (commander), a second 5.56/7.62 mm MG on pedestal (rear gunner) and a Wegmann 76/40 mm multi-purpose launcher.

buglerbilly
06-09-14, 12:28 PM
A bunch of shots from KMW............this vehicle looks almost quaint to me, like a WW2 Staff Car vehicle that has modern engine and lights!

It's got a 125KW engine in a 5 tonne max weight vehicle..............a bit underpowered I would have thought

buglerbilly
09-09-14, 06:51 AM
MSPO 2014: KMW unveils new 4x4 special forces vehicle

Remigiusz Wilk, Kielce - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

07 September 2014


Krauss-Maffei Wegmann unveiled their new air-transportable, modular 4x4 Special Operation Vehicle (SOV) at MSPO 2014. Source: Remigiusz Wilk

A bit more info on the background to this vehicle...........

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) unveiled their new air-transportable, modular 4x4 Special Operation Vehicle (SOV) designed for long-range reconnaissance and special operations at MSPO 2014 in Kielce.

The vehicle is the result of a German-Polish co-operation effort started in 2012. The SOV is based on an Italian Bremach chassis via KMW, while integration is conducted by AMZ Kutno, based on their experience with the discontinued Polish 'Swistak' 4x4 vehicle.

The SOV has a 3-6 person crew and is equipped with three different gun mounts (12.7/40 mm HMG on power-driven ring mount; two 5.56/7.62 mm MG pedestal mounts), remote-controlled weapon station and multi-purpose grenade launchers (76/40 mm).

The vehicle has a folding roll-bar, which cuts the preparation time for internal transport in the cargo bay of a CH-47 Chinook or CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter down to under 120 seconds. The vehicle able to be almost immediately combat ready once landed as the weapon stay mounted during transport.

The prototype vehicle was completed in June and has already been shown to the German and Austrian special forces. It is also being proposed as a solution for the Polish special forces' 'Pegaz' multirole vehicle programme.

The SOV is 5.99 m long, 1.935 m wide and 2.632 mm (1.870 m for helicopter transport) high. The curb weight is 5,000 kg with a payload capability of 2,500 kg. The vehicle is powered by an Iveco 3-litre diesel engine and has a combat range 900 km.

Alternate variants of the SOV are armoured personnel carrier with an open roof; fully armoured pick-up; and armoured version with flatbed.

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buglerbilly
10-09-14, 04:22 AM
9/8/2014

JLTV Vendors: We’re Ready for Production

By Valerie Insinna



As the joint light tactical vehicle program heads toward the end of its engineering, manufacturing and development phase, the military is testing each competitors’ manufacturing prowess.

Lockheed Martin announced Sept. 5 that its team had completed a production readiness review that evaluated the company’s manufacturing capabilities in terms of schedule, performance, cost and risk. The review was conducted at the company’s Camden, Arkansas, ground vehicle assembly facility.

“During the PRR we demonstrated to the satisfaction of the customer that the Lockheed Martin JLTV team is ready for full-rate production in Camden,” said Scott Greene, vice president of ground vehicles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We did this through two days of presentations and factory line visits where we provided a government team with proof of our ability to produce the JLTV vehicle now.”

To further demonstrate the facility’s capabilities, the company assembled its JLTV variant from the ground up during the PRR, a process that took about 10 hours, Greene said. This was not a required part of the review.

The joint light tactical vehicle is slated to replace the Army and Marine Corps’ Humvee fleets. The services plan on buying 48,000 and 5,500 vehicles, respectively.

The completion of the production readiness review was a significant milestone for Lockheed, which does not have as much experience manufacturing ground vehicles as the other two competitors in the program, Oshkosh Defense and AM General.

Incumbent AM General, which produced the Humvee, completed its PRR at the end of August, Chris Vanslager, the company’s vice president of program management and business development, told National Defense. Its blast resistant vehicle-off road vehicle, or BRV-O, would be produced at the same Mishawaka, Indiana, plant where Humvees and other light tactical vehicles are assembled.

“We have incorporated the joint light tactical vehicle production processes right into our existing hot production base for the Humvee,” he said. This allows the JLTV to benefit from lessons learned from other vehicles and the experience of AM General’s workforce, he added.

“If you talk about the Humvee line or the special forces line or the foreign military market line, the JLTV stays in line with that flexible, kitted approach, contributing to affordability without having to add special tools,” he added.

A spokeswoman for Oshkosh declined to comment on the program. The company is offering its light combat tactical all-terrain vehicle, known as the L-ATV.

Lockheed, Oshkosh and AM General entered the EMD phase in 2012 and have since built 22 vehicles for testing.

“Our prototypes were built on our production line, the first time history that’s ever been done in a Department of Defense program,” Vanslager said. Because they were manufactured in its Indiana assembly plant, its prototypes are production-level in terms of quality.

“There was only one or two items … that were not production ready, and that was because we felt we didn’t need to invest in the tooling at that time, and that we have plenty of lead time once the contract is awarded to upgrade the tooling and have it ready to go,” he said. “For example, the engine was dressed out in a cell just off the line.”

Lockheed’s 22 prototypes were manufactured in the Sealy, Texas, facilities of its partner, BAE Systems. After BAE closed that manufacturing complex, Lockheed moved the entire production line to Camden earlier this year, Greene said.

Randy O’Neal, vice president of production operations at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said, “We were able to, in this transition, make adjustments and refinements to the manufacturing process to improve it from an affordability standpoint and be able to validate all those modifications and adjustments through the production of a vehicle on that line.”

The Camden plant typically manufactures missiles and artillery, but the same manufacturing techniques that apply to those products also apply to ground vehicles, O’Neal said.

"In terms of rates, volume and flow of materials ... we have very comparable production programs ongoing today," he said. "Every single process required to build this vehicle exists today. The vehicle looks different from other products, but the processes are exactly the same."

In the coming months, vendors will move into limited user testing, which will give soldiers and Marines the chance to conduct various missions with the vehicles, Vanslager said.

The services are scheduled to downselect to a single vendor in early 2015, with full rate production starting in 2018.

Of Lockheed’s maximum rate of production, O’Neal said, “It’s well within our capability to significantly expand the rate” of production past the requirements laid out in the next 10 years.

Vanslager would not comment on AM General’s maximum rate of production for JLTV, but said that the company’s assembly line is capable of producing 100 unarmored Humvees per shift per day, and up to 85 armored vehicles per shift per day, Vanslager said.

“Multiply that by three if you’re running three shifts, and there’s significant capacity there,” he said. “But that’s not necessarily what we expect in the future. We have … developed the plans to produce smaller qualities in more various configurations based upon what we would expect to see in the future.”

Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Posted at 2:52 PM by Valerie Insinna

buglerbilly
10-09-14, 11:27 PM
UK MoD Rejects Protest on Mastiff Award

Sep. 10, 2014 - 05:11PM | By ANDREW CHUTER


A Mastiff protected patrol vehicle patrols in Helmand, Afghanistan. (SAC Dek Traylor/ / Crown Copyright)

LONDON — The British Ministry of Defence has rejected a protest over the selection of General Dynamics Land Systems Force Protection Europe to upgrade and reconfigure British Army Mastiff protected patrol vehicles.

The company has now been officially awarded a Ł30 million (US $48.3 million) deal to upgrade Mastiff 1s to the Mastiff 2 standard and configure a number of vehicles to new roles.

Morgan Advanced Materials lodged a protest midyear after the UK arm of General Dynamics was nominated as the preferred contractor. The reason for the protest was not revealed.

The deal will cover Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound vehicles acquired to meet British urgent operational requirements in Iraq and Afghanistan to combat road-side bombs.

The vehicles are all variants of the Cougar family of machines developed and built by Force Protection in the US before it was acquired by General Dynamics.

Included in the fleet conversion are plans to switch a number of Mastiff troop-carrying variants to enhanced communications vehicles.

Appropriately, given that the British Army names a lot of its vehicles after dogs, a number of Wolfhound explosive ordnance disposal platforms will be modified to become military working dog vehicles.

Senior General Dynamics executives at last week’s NATO summit in Newport, South Wales, declined to comment on the contract award and said they had been warned about talking about the deal by the MoD.

The contract has been announced in the MoD’s contract bulletin.

The British acquired over 750 Mastiffs, Ridgbacks and other blast-protected vehicles to meet urgent operation requirements in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The vehicles were built in the US by Force Protection but underwent significant modifications to UK standards locally. Morgan Advanced Materials — Composites & Defence Systems, then known as NP Aerospace, carried out the integration work at its Coventry, England, factory.

In April, Morgan Advanced Materials, along with British companies Ricardo and Ultra Electronics, won an MoD contract to undertake postdesign services on the Cougar fleets, including the Wolfhound variant acquired by the British as a protected logistics vehicle.

The deal runs for two years but could be extended for as long as seven years. Initial value is put at Ł20 million. ■

Email: achuter@defensenews.com.

buglerbilly
15-09-14, 11:49 PM
US Army Floats Requirements For Three Light Vehicles

Sep. 15, 2014 - 02:54PM | By JOE GOULD


New Light Vehicles: A prototype is shown of the winning contender for the Ground Mobility Vehicle program for Special Operations Command. The Army is pursuing a similar family of vehicles. (General Dynamics)

WASHINGTON — The US Army is looking to develop a family of three lightweight, highly mobile ground vehicles for a light infantry brigade as it conducts a joint forcible entry mission.

If the service proceeds, it would field an air-droppable light tank called the mobile protected firepower (MPF), and ultra-lightweight combat vehicle (ULCV) and a light reconnaissance vehicle (LRV). The two latter vehicles would be sling-loadable by rotary wing to replace the Humvee.

A competition for a Humvee replacement could reassemble the competitors for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) light vehicle awarded to General Dynamics, and which also featured bids by industry heavyweights Oshkosh and Navistar, analysts said.

The vehicles align with Army efforts in recent years to become more expeditionary.

“Some of this is, ‘We desperately need to move back into the air-landing force role,’ ” as the Army recasts itself, said Atlantic Council analyst James Hasik.

During the Army’s yearly maneuver conference at Fort Benning, Georgia, ground vehicle requirements officials on Sept. 10 vetted plans for the three vehicles. At one point Col. Rocky Kmiecik, director of the Mounted Requirements Division at the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, questioned whether the Army might pursue its own vehicle or SOCOM’s Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1.

After SOCOM awarded a $562 million contract in August 2013 to General Dynamics for 1,297 GMVs, AM General filed a federal lawsuit against the command, since dismissed. AM General and fellow losing bidder Navistar had submitted formal protests with the Government Accountability Office, which denied the protests. Oshkosh Defense, which had also been eliminated from the competition, filed a protest and later withdrew it.

“Because of the volumes involved, more than SOCOM, [an ultra-lightweight combat vehicle competition] should attract more companies, companies who say they have an advantage in high-volume, low-cost production,” Hasik said. “The number of companies bidding on this could not be fewer than bid on GMV.”

The three vehicles are envisioned for an airborne infantry brigade combat team (IBCT) as it conducts a joint forcible entry mission, rushing forces from their airborne insertion point to the seizure of their objective. The objective would become a forward airfield for reinforcing and follow-on forces, a Stryker brigade combat team.

Conceptually, the IBCT’s ULCV and LRV would be backed up by a company unit with the MPF.

At the highest priority of the three, the ULCV would provide a nine-soldier infantry squad with tactical mobility, carried by sling load from a UH-60 Black Hawk or inside a CH-47 Chinook in high and hot conditions, and be air-droppable from a C-130 or C-17 aircraft. Its initial operating capability is slated for fiscal 2016.

A demonstration of the technology in June at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, validated the requirements, according to an Army information paper. Six vendors took part, comparing their vehicles to the Humvee as part of a global response force mission.

At a maximum of 4,500 pounds, and with a range of 250 to 300 miles on a full tank, the vehicle is meant to be light and fast, to deliver soldiers from a drop zone far from enemy air defense artillery or indirect fire systems. Five would carry a platoon headquarters, three rifle squads and a weapons squad.

As its name suggests, the vehicle would be light and fast, eschewing armor, advanced surveillance or communications gear or weaponry except for a squad’s crew-served weapon.

The vehicle is a departure from the joint light tactical vehicle, an armored Humvee replacement, which would carry five soldiers and can use only a CH-47 for vertical transport.

“Think of this as a 21st century jeep,” Hasik said. “To make it lighter, you can either make the whole thing out of titanium or remove the protection requirements, and it seems that they have gone with the latter.”

The theory is that troops in a forcible entry mission would outpace an enemy’s ability to deploy roadside bombs, and heavier armored vehicles would be deployed later. According to Kmiecik, the light vehicles would not be used by the time troops had set up forward operating bases. “You’re not using this to do the supply from Taji to Baghdad, down the highway.”

Frost & Sullivan analyst Wayne Plucker credited the conceptual vehicles as more sustainable than the multi-ton mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle, and said they might allow troops to operate a week without support, from an “airborne beachhead.”

“My Marine colleague here called this, ‘too light to fight,’ ” Plucker said. “The Marines have several layers they can bring in via sealift, and this is the Army saying, ‘we can do this too,’ but they might need to finagle on the weights and sustainability. ... If we were inserting ourselves into Africa, say, not near a coast, it would probably work for a while.”

The LRV, envisioned for a six-scout squad, would host basic and advanced surveillance systems. Infrared systems, ground surveillance radar and links to UAVs would be among them. This would replace Humvees kitted with surveillance gear.

Not meant as a fighting vehicle, it would have a medium-caliber weapon system and baseline protection against small arms, 152mm shrapnel and anti-personnel mines, with the ability to receive heavier armor.

The LRV’s capabilities development document is still in draft form; its estimated operating time frame is fiscal 2020. The platform is considered to be in the technology development phase with plans to hold a performance demonstration in the third or fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

To be considered, the vehicles would have to be transportable inside or by sling load by a CH-47.

The MPF, envisioned for 2024, has an initial capabilities document scheduled for consideration in October by the Army Requirements Oversight Council.

In concept, the MPF would quickly engage enemy forces, protecting the infantry brigade’s freedom to maneuver.

The MPF would target bunkers, armored vehicles and objectives behind walls with modern infrared and fire control systems. Its base armor would protect it from 152mm shrapnel — which would also cover Russian-made artillery rounds — and a one-hour conversion to full combat mode would include underbelly blast protection.

The light tank would be maneuverable in urban, forest, jungle or mountainous terrain and be able to keep up with an infantry brigade’s organic vehicles. It would also carry enough fuel and ammunition to operate for 24 hours after arrival without a resupply.

“As long as the tank isn’t moving for the 24 hours,” Plucker said, “and does stationing and leap-frogging between them, which is a common technique, maybe. It’s stretching what we can do now by a decent measure.” ■

Email: jgould@defensenews.com

Wolftrap
16-09-14, 01:12 AM
Interesting ... With the ULCV they seem to basically reinvent the weapon carrier concept of the Wiesel 1 and 2 family.

buglerbilly
16-09-14, 07:17 AM
You can bet they won't pick a current vehicle............too cheap and easy to do so! (sarcasm intended)

Sling Load by a UH-60M limits things to just over 4 tons.............not a lot!

Wolftrap
16-09-14, 09:19 AM
You think they are aware that they cannot build a "wheeled GCV" to 4t?
:monkey

buglerbilly
16-09-14, 09:58 AM
After watching the DARPA kiddies cartoon on crouching armour, I'm NOT too sure what they think they can do...........perhaps they'll have Road Runner toting an RPG, as long as you can get the little fucker to stop going Beep Beep!

buglerbilly
18-09-14, 11:57 AM
Affordable, Highly Protected Vehicle Makes Debut at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014

BAE Systems today launched the latest addition to its RG series of mine protected vehicles, the RG21.



The new RG21 combines the battle proven protection of the RG series — in service in many theatres around the world — with the maturity of a commercially available host vehicle driveline, running gear, and electronics. Starting from a commercial vehicle, the host vehicle has been evaluated and customised with the support and experience of Iveco Defence Vehicles, resulting in a cost-effective vehicle with enhanced maintainability and reliability.

“Protecting soldiers is the top priority for any force and doing so cost effectively provides a great benefit to our customers,” said Johan Steyn, managing director of Land Systems South Africa. “The design concept used means this new vehicle can be manufactured and supported by local partners in any country.”

The RG21 provides users with a wide range of configuration options including availability in left or right hand variants. The vehicle provides users with a modular interior layout due to the interchangeable mounting rail system. The wide range of mission interfaces available in the vehicle allows end users the opportunity to reconfigure the base vehicle for different roles with kits. The RG21 also features superior protection levels of 21kg under any wheel and 14kg under the hull.

Designed for cost, manufacturability, and supportability, the RG21 will provide the optimum level of off-the-shelf capabilities of proven mine protected vehicles. The vehicle incorporates a high level of design maturity due to the large amount of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) items used in the driveline and powertrain. The COTS equipment in the RG21 also allows for the use of a wide range of commercial service centres around the globe.

Source : BAE Systems PLC (LSE: BAES.L)

Published on ASDNews: Sep 17, 2014

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-56913/Affordable,_Highly_Protected_Vehicle_Makes_Debut_a t_Africa_Aerospace_and_Defence_2014.htm#ixzz3DexjK WSi

buglerbilly
18-09-14, 12:40 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:59 PM

Chinese Company Dongfeng unveils two new versions of light armoured tactical vehicles at AAD.

Chinese Defense Industry unveils at AAD 2014, a new version of the Dongfeng-Mengshi with an extended chassis and fitted with armour to increase protection and payload. The vehicle can carry a total of 10 military personnel including driver and commander.


Dongfeng-Mengshi extended chassis in 6x6 configuration at AAD 2014, Africa Aerospace and Defense near Pretoria, South Africa.

At AAD 2014, two version versions of the vehicle are displayed on the booth of the Chinese Company Dongfeng. One version in 4x4 configuration and the second version using a 6x6 chassis.

The driver is seated at the front of the hull on the left with the vehicle commander to his right. Both are provided with a bulletproof windscreen to their front, which is covered by an armoured shutter, hinged at the top, when the vehicle is in combat areas. Two large doors are available on each side of the vehicle. For the rear door, the upper part of which opens to the upwards while the lower part folds down to form a step. Inside the vehicle, the soldier compartment are equipped with mine blast resistant seats . A total of four seats are available at the front of the vehicle and six at the rear. There is a large door in the rear that opens to the left.

The all-welded steel armour hull of the new Dongfeng-Mangshi provides the crew with protection from small arms fire of 7.62mm caliber and shell splinters.

The vehicle can be fitted with a ring mount or an open top turret located at the top front, which can be armed with a 7.62 mm or 12.7mm machine gun.

The 4x4 version has a total combat weight of 6,100 kg while the weight of the 6x6 variant is 8,000 kg. Both vehicles can run at a maximum road speed of 130 km.

Standard equipment of the new Dongfeng-Mengshi includes adjustable tire pressure system and one self-recovery winch mounted at the front of the vehicle.


Dongfeng-Mengshi extended chassis in 4x4 configuration at AAD 2014, Africa Aerospace and Defense near Pretoria, South Africa.

buglerbilly
22-09-14, 11:26 AM
Pakistan - Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles



The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Pakistan for 160 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, spair and repair parts, and training, etc., for an estimated cost of $198 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Pakistan has requested a possible sale of 160 Navistar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to include (110 MaxxPro Dash DXM, 30 MaxxPro Base DXM, 10 MaxxPro Dash DXM Ambulances, and 10 MaxxPro Recovery Vehicles with protection kits), spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and equipment training, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $198 million.

The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a country vital to U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in South Asia.

The proposed sale of MRAPs will ensure that Pakistan can effectively operate in hazardous areas in a safe, enhanced survivability vehicle, and improves Pakistan’s interoperability with U.S. forces. By acquiring this capability, Pakistan will be able to provide the same level of protection for its own forces as the United States provides for its forces. Pakistan, which currently possesses MRAPS, has successfully demonstrated the ability to operate and maintain the vehicles in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations, and will have no difficulty absorbing these additional vehicles into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Navistar Defense Corporation in Madison Heights, Michigan. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of the proposed sale will require approximately two (2) U.S. Government and twenty-four (24) contractor representatives in Pakistan for a period of approximately 18 months to perform inspections and deprocessing of vehicles upon delivery; provide assistance in installation of vehicle accessory kits; provide fault diagnosis and repairs; perform corrective maintenance, to include accident and battle damage assessment and repairs; conduct operator and maintainer training; and conduct inventories and maintain accountability of USG provided material.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

Published on ASDNews: Sep 19, 2014

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-56954/Pakistan_-_Mine_Resistant_Ambush_Protected_(MRAP)_Vehicles.h tm#ixzz3E2EFj0It

buglerbilly
23-09-14, 11:35 AM
Oshkosh Defense Successfully Completes JLTV Production Readiness Review

Proven assembly lines in Oshkosh, Wisconsin are prepared for full rate vehicle production



OSHKOSH, Wis.--( BUSINESS WIRE )-- Oshkosh Defense , an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, today announced that it has successfully completed the U.S. Government’s Production Readiness Review (PRR) for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ( JLTV ) Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract. The PRR milestone included a review of Oshkosh’s manufacturing readiness status, quality management system and production planning capabilities to assure schedule, performance and cost requirements will be achieved in the upcoming Production phase.

“Oshkosh Defense’s Production Readiness Review demonstrated that we are ready to start JLTV production on an active and proven production line that is already building heavy, medium and protected MRAP military vehicles for our Armed Forces today,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired), John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “Throughout the EMD phase we’ve been preparing our facilities, personnel and systems to seamlessly transition into production. In fact, we built our 22 EMD vehicles on our active assembly line in early 2013 – right alongside our MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle ( M-ATV ), Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles ( FHTV ), Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles ( FMTV ) and other military and commercial platforms.”

As demonstrated in this and past Government contract reviews for the JLTV program, Oshkosh is ready to produce world class JLTVs on its established production line. Employing lean processes, flexible assembly lines and rigorous quality checks, Oshkosh Defense has a history of delivering tactical wheeled vehicles on schedule and with industry-leading quality. In addition, Oshkosh recently announced that it successfully completed 200,000 miles and all requirements for Reliability, Availability, Maintainability (RAM) testing for the JLTV Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract.

The Oshkosh Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle, or L-ATV, is the company’s JLTV solution. The L-ATV’s lightweight, compact design leverages 10 years of research and development, as well as field operating experience to deliver an unprecedented combination of off-road mobility, survivability, speed and reliability. It merges key design elements of highly survivable combat vehicles and off-road tactical vehicles to operate in a range of threat levels and terrains. Independent testing proves that the L-ATV delivers superior ride quality at speeds 70 percent faster than today’s top-performing tactical wheeled vehicles.

Source : Oshkosh Corporation

Published on ASDNews: Sep 22, 2014

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-56975/Oshkosh_Defense_Successfully_Completes_JLTV_Produc tion_Readiness_Review.htm#ixzz3E86mnjMp

buglerbilly
23-09-14, 12:39 PM
DCD unveils Oribi high mobility truck at AAD

Written by defenceWeb, Thursday, 18 September 2014



DCD Protected Mobility has unveiled its new Oribi medium sized utility truck (MUT) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in Pretoria today. The vehicle is designed for both the civil and military markets and has already attracted interested customers.

The vehicle is designed and manufactured as part of a joint venture between medium to heavy duty vehicle customisation expert Histomart and DCD Protected Mobility and has been designed to have a balance between off-road capability, on-road comfort and operational efficiency.

DCD Protected Mobility general manager Andrew Mears said the Oribi offers a significant level of terrain clearance and an unrivalled ability to climb steep terrain. “It can operate on rails, tar roads and in severe off-road conditions. These features make the vehicle ideal for numerous industries; ranging from military and security, to agriculture, construction and mining.”

The Oribi can carry a three-ton payload and cover rough terrain with a maximum summit angle of 35 degrees, a maximum surmountable slope of 45 degrees, a front approach angle of 48 degrees, a rear approach angle of 44 degrees and a maximum fording depth of 900 mm.

Histomart executive director Idah Mabaso said the Oribi is particularly well-suited to the harsh African terrain. “With a fully innovative cab structure, the Oribi is built on sheer strength, with the principle of driver and passenger protection from the ground up. The Oribi is mechanically advanced, highly robust, and is considerably more agile than common off-road vehicles,” she stated.

“In addition to being the perfect troop carrier, the Oribi can also be configured into a pilot rescue vehicle, a logistic support vehicle, a command and control vehicle, a reconnaissance vehicle, a water and fuel bowser vehicle, as well as an armoured vehicle for multiple uses.”

Mears said the Oribi is a Unimog at half the price. He hopes the South African National Defence Force will select the vehicle for things like border patrol.

For non-military uses the Oribi can be used as a cargo vehicle, a field service vehicle to an ambulance, a fire fighting vehicle, or as a riot control vehicle. Commercially, it can be converted into a game viewing vehicle, a camper vehicle, a utility vehicle, as well as a leisure vehicle for towing a boat.

Rob King. Managing Director at DCD Group, said the concept for the vehicle came about when DCD realised the need for a support vehicle – its Husky armoured vehicle is highly mobile, but the support vehicles behind it weren’t.

Mears said the Oribi truck range would be grown depending on demand, and may be fitted with 6x6 and 8x8 drivetrains in the future. Much of this demand is expected to be from the civil sector but Mabaso said most interest generated so far has been from military users. She said that there is interest in 200 vehicles and that production can begin in six to eight months. Most potential customers are from Africa.

“I anticipate demand to rise, as the Oribi is an all-in-one utility vehicle solution to numerous industries across the vast and rapidly developing African market, which requires a reliable offering that achieves optimal performance, even in the most hostile environments,” she said.

Mears noted that the Histomart and DCD Protected Mobility joint venture was initiated in mid-2013. The Oribi is adapted entirely in-house at the DCD Protected Mobility production facility based in Johannesburg.

DCD Protected Mobility also launched its Testudo Multi-Track Machine (MTM) at AAD, which is designed for reconnaissance missions, mapping of unsafe areas, mine surveying and search and rescue operations.

buglerbilly
23-09-14, 12:45 PM
Here's one from DCD earlier this year.........

Mountain lion promises to be a game changer

March 23, 2014 



Against a background of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) playing an increasing role in regional peacekeeping and maintaining stability, DCD Protected Mobility recently demonstrated its state-of-the-art new generation Mountain Lion armoured utility vehicle to senior SANDF officials, as well as representatives from the Department of Defence and officials from Denel Land Systems.

DCD Protected Mobility has invested R50-million in the development of this vehicle over the last four years. The Mountain Lion has evolved out of the company’s hugely successful Husky Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector (VMMD) development programme that has seen more than 1 600 Husky vehicles sold internationally.

The SANDF deploys a sizeable military presence in the SADC region where it is necessary to support governments and to halt lawlessness and violence. The continental deployment of SANDF personnel is a contribution to UN Peacekeeping, Peace Enforcement or Intervention operations, in accordance with the White Paper on South Africa’s participation in peace missions. The timeous introduction of the Mountain Lion will address the necessary replacement of the SANDF’s aging fleet of Mamba and Casspir vehicles which have reached the end of their lifespan and are coming up for replacement.

The Mountain Lion promises to be a game changer in terms of value for money against performance. It is able to carry a crew of up to two plus eight soldiers, complete with their kit and special equipment for at least a 48 hour combat mission and can even be transported in a C-130 aircraft. Tactical mobility and exceptional crew comfort and endurance during missions over rough terrain is achieved by combining a powerful 360 hp engine with a six speed automatic transmission, suitably matched transfer transmission and planetary axles fitted with double wishbone fully independent suspension and coil springs integrated with high performance dampers.

The Mountain Lion is equipped with the unique Four Wheel Steer system that has been combat proven on the Husky VMMD, dramatically reducing the turning circle and enhancing the vehicle’s mobility in close terrain and urban areas. It is easily maintainable, effectively reducing lifecycle costs, with a one-piece engine hood and “platform” fenders and bumpers that provide easy access to the engine bay.

The large internal volume under-armour and payload capacity allows versatility and adaptations to various configurations, including fire control and ambulance formats, to accommodate personnel or equipment, or a combination of both.

The Mountain Lion has been independently verified at various test facilities, proving beyond question that it performs to the capability levels required by end users. The vehicle has undergone a blast test programme validated through the CSIR, as well as evaluation at Gerotek and Vastrap vehicle test facilities. Beyond South Africa, the Mountain Lion has also been tested at the Chelsea proving grounds in Detroit and the Nevada Automotive Testing centre near Carson City in Nevada, in the USA.

This vehicle ably demonstrated the feasibility of its features by recording world class results in the July 2012 UAE Summer Trials. The Mountain Lion performed best in its class throughout the trial that took 12 military vehicles produced by different manufacturers through a series of tough terrains, including tar, rocky and dirt roads, as well as sands of diverse compounds and dunes of different heights and proximities, mountain passes and dry river beds, frequently in desert temperatures as high as 55°C. The vehicle passed through all four stages with no breakdowns and no technical faults, meeting all the requirements of the UAE Armed Forces.

buglerbilly
23-09-14, 11:34 PM
Firms to Pitch Light-Duty Trucks at Marine Expo

By Brendan McGarry Monday, September 22nd, 2014 11:59 am



Truck-makers will be among the defense contractors turning out for the annual Modern Day Marine expo this week in Quantico, Virginia.

Military​.com will be dispatching team of reporters and videographers to cover the event, which runs Tuesday through Thursday at Marine Corps Base Quantico. Among the programs likely to be discussed is the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a light-duty armored truck designed to replace the iconic Humvee.

The Army aims to purchase about 49,000 of the vehicles to replace about a third of its Cold War-era Humvee fleet, while the Marine Corps plans to acquire about 5,500 of them. Both services have pledged their commitment to the acquisition program despite automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

The Pentagon has estimated the effort to develop and build the vehicles at almost $23 billion, or about $400,000 per truck, according to a 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service. Leaders have maintained each vehicle will cost about $250,000.

The Defense Department requested about $230 million for the acquisition effort in fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1, for a total of 183 vehicles, including 176 for the Army and seven for the Marine Corps, according to budget documents.

Lockheed Martin Corp., based in Bethesda, Md.; Oshkosh Corp., based in Oshkosh, Wis.; and AM General LLC, based in South Bend, Ind., won contracts to develop JLTV prototypes. One or more of them may be selected for a production contract expected next year.

“JLTV is a priority,” Kevin Fahey, the Army’s program executive officer for combat support and combat service support, said last year during a briefing with reporters.

buglerbilly
24-09-14, 12:24 PM
Manufacturers Offer Vehicles That Travel Light

Sep. 23, 2014 - 06:51PM | By JOE GOULD


Boeing's Phantom Badger could be one candidate to meet military requirements that call for a light, fast, easily deployable vehicle. (Bob Ferguson/Boeing)

QUANTICO, VA. — Got a light? Two vehicle manufacturers are banking on their stripped-down, jeep-like, ultra-light vehicle offerings, on display at Modern Day Marine this week.

Boeing showed off its Phantom Badger, a 4,000-pound tactical vehicle slightly narrower than a Mini Cooper, and Polaris Defense had its deployable advanced ground off-road DAGOR, which weighs 4,500 pounds.

A departure from the multiton, heavily armored vehicles of the recent wars, which were required to protect against improvised bombs, these cheap, fast, ultra-light vehicles are meant to run down and destroy an enemy fleeing in a speeding four-by-four pickup truck. The Army in recent weeks made public the requirements — though yet to be approved by the Army — for such an ultra-light combat vehicle (ULCV), sling-loadable by rotorcraft and unarmored at 4,500 pounds or less.

“They need to take an infantryman from an off-set drop zone, with his 80-pound ruck sack, to a rally point, safely,” said Mark McCormick, director of US government sales for Polaris Defense. “They’ve recognized that they have people to do things on foot or do things in the heavy world, but what they’ve lost is the expeditionary capability that they are seeing a lot of the bad guys use.”

The Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, which identifies the service’s mobility requirements, has told industry it needs a vehicle for light infantry movement, a light reconnaissance vehicle and a light tank. The DAGOR was among six vehicles that participated in an Army demonstration of the ultralight vehicle technology in June at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Not just a concept vehicle, the Phantom Badger has been fielded in a clandestine Pentagon program for an unnamed agency, said Garrett Kasper, a Boeing spokesman for Phantom Works, the company’s development cell. A Marine official confirmed it is a special operations vehicle.

One Phantom Badger fits inside a V-22 Osprey, two fit in a CH-47 Chinook, and more than a dozen can fit inside and be air-dropped from a C-17 Globemaster, Kasper said. Its adjustable suspension can be raised or lowered for a smoother ride or to make it fit inside an aircraft.

The Phantom Badger has four-wheel-drive, four-wheel steering, run-flat tires, a range of 450 miles and a top speed of more than 80 miles per hour, Kasper said. It was built with partner MSI Defense.

“If you are in a tight urban environment, in a mountain environment or in an environment where there are a lot of obstacles, your flexibility, power and mobility and speed are key to your survival on this vehicle,” he said.

Kasper said the Phantom Badger could compete to become the Army ULCV should the Army pursue such a vehicle, or as a replacement for the Marine Corps Growler internally transported vehicle, should the Marines pursue that.

Although Polaris has leveraged its consumer production line to build off-road vehicles for militarized all-terrain vehicles, the DAGOR represents the company’s first purpose-built military vehicle in the category, McCormick said. He said the DAGOR, like the Phantom Badger, was built for a military client that could not be named.

At 72-inches wide, the DAGOR would not fit inside an Osprey. However, McCormick said the DAGOR would meet all three of the Army’s criteria for the ULCV: weight, transportability and its ability to carry an infantry squad.

“We feel somewhat unique in that we care coming from the world of off-road experts … and feel in this ultralight combat vehicle class, we understand what it takes to meet that requirement,” McCormick said.

At the June demonstration, the Army sought a vehicle that could transport more than 3,000 pounds, and nine men, on rough terrain. It also had to be affordable enough that it could be disposed of — in essence, blown up and left — on the fly.

Officials at Humvee manufacturer AM General said they are watching the discussion over ultra-light vehicles carefully, but declined to discuss future initiatives.

“We’ve definitely got our eyes on the competitions that are out there,” said Jeff Adams, a spokesman for AM General. ■

Email: jgould@defensenews.com.

Redcoat
24-09-14, 06:30 PM
If you are prepared to dispense with armour and want to "run things down" look no further than this little beauty

http://www.supacat.com/about-us/videos/video/q/FLgVB0g88V2-n7rhLgcnMl_cIjC7xd_tz3/

http://www.army-technology.com/projects/supacat-wildcat/

buglerbilly
25-09-14, 11:48 AM
MDM – Polaris Defense – DAGOR

September 24th, 2014



This is the first public glimpse we’ve had of the Polaris Defense DAGOR.

buglerbilly
26-09-14, 11:17 AM
Army to Start Next JLTV Competition This Fall

By Brendan McGarry Thursday, September 25th, 2014 6:13 pm

Truck-maker Oshkosh Corp. and Humvee-maker AM General LLC both brought prototypes of their new light-duty tactical trucks to this year’s Modern Day Marine expo.

Lockheed Martin Corp. settled for displaying a miniature model of its offering for the Army and Marine Corp.‘s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program.

The defense contractors are eagerly awaiting the next phase of the acquisition effort to replace about a third of the iconic Humvee fleet with tougher, faster vehicles. The Army plans to begin the latest competition before the end of the year, possibly in mid-November, with a request for proposals from firms interested in bidding for production contracts.

The service next summer, possibly in July, plans to pick a winner — or winners — to begin building the trucks, which are designed to be lightweight like Humvees, but more survivable, like the blast-resistant trucks known as Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, built for the U.S.-led ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over the past decade, the Pentagon spent nearly $50 billion buying some 25,000 MRAPs as part of a rapid-acquisition effort spearheaded by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates to better protect troops from roadside bombs. Thousands of the vehicles were subsequently scrapped, mothballed or handed down to local police departments because the military never intended them to be a permanent part of the tactical wheeled vehicle fleet.

Now, the Army and Marine Corps are trying to incorporate some of the lessons learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into a replacement for the Humvee.

Each of the companies has delivered 22 JLTV prototypes to the Army for testing under engineering and manufacturing development agreements signed in 2012. They’re competing against each other — and potentially eligible outside vendors — to build 17,000 of the vehicles under low-rate initial production contracts expected to be signed in summer 2015.

Overall, the Army aims to purchase about 49,000 of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, while the Marine Corps plans to acquire about 5,500 of the trucks. Both services have pledged their commitment to the program despite facing automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

The Pentagon has estimated the effort to develop and build the vehicles at almost $23 billion, or about $400,000 per truck, according to a 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service. Leaders have maintained each vehicle will cost about $250,000.

The Defense Department requested about $230 million for the acquisition effort in fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1, for a total of 183 vehicles, including 176 for the Army and seven for the Marine Corps, according to budget documents.





At the expo this week at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Lockheed touted its design, which features a Cummins Inc. four-cylinder engine that gets as many as 14 miles per gallon — “probably better than some of the SUVs in the parking lot today,” Scott Greene, vice president of ground vehicles at Lockheed, said during a briefing with reporters.

The system doesn’t have an alternator and instead relies on an in-line power generator capable of producing 24 kilowatts of electricity, Greene said. The generator can be scaled up to produce as much as 75 kilowatts for battlefield needs, he added.

Lockheed partnered on the program with BAE Systems, maker of the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle, Caiman MRAP and other combat vehicles, which built a protection system that includes an enhanced hull, high ground clearance and blast-mitigating seats.

“We’re going to offer the greatest level of survivability,” John Stanek, JLTV program director at BAE Systems Inc., said during the briefing.

AM General built its JLTV prototypes, known as the Blast-Resistant Vehicle — Off-road, or BRV-O, on the same production line it uses for the latest Humvees going to the Army National Guard and international customers such as the government of Iraq.

“We’re offering an affordable, mature, very capable vehicle,” Chris Vanslager, vice president of business development and program development at AM General, said during an interview at the show.

The BRV-O uses about 30 percent of the same parts found on the Humvee, is up to 25 percent more fuel efficient than the Humvee — which gets almost 7 miles per gallon of diesel — and offers far more protection than the Humvee, with armor kits available as needed, Vanslager said.

Oshkosh’s offering is known as the Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle, or L-ATV, which was built on the same production line as the Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicle, Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles and MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle, or M-ATV, a lighter blast-resistant truck designed for the rugged terrain of Afghanistan.

The company’s L-ATV features the company’s TAK-4i independent suspension system, Core1080 crew protection system and digitally controlled engine.

“This vehicle … is ready for production right now,” John Bryant, senior vice president of domestic programs at Oshkosh, said in an interview.

buglerbilly
29-09-14, 09:59 AM
UAE - Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles



The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $2.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested a possible sale for the refurbishment and modification of 4,569 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles (that include 29 MaxxPro Long Wheel Base (LWB), 1,085 MaxxPro LWB chassis, 264 MaxxPro Base/MRAP Expedient Armor Program (MEAP) capsules without armor, 729 MaxxPro Bases, 283 MaxxPro MEAP without armor, 970 MaxxPro Plus, 15 MRAP Recovery Vehicles, 1,150 Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicles without armor, and 44 MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles) being sold separately from U.S. Army stock pursuant to section 21 of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, as Excess Defense Articles (EDA). Also included are Underbody Improvement Kits, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, Field Service Representatives’ support, U.S. Government and contractor logistics and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. Notification for the sale from stock of the MRAP vehicles referenced above has been provided separately, pursuant to the requirements of section 7016 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 and section 516 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended. The estimated cost is $2.5 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the U.S. by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The UAE intends to utilize the EDA MRAP vehicles to increase force protection, to conduct humanitarian assistance operations, and to protect vital international commercial trade routes and critical infrastructure. Additionally, these MRAPs will enhance UAE’s burden sharing capacity and defensive capabilities.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractors will be Navistar Defense in Lisle, Illinois; BAE Systems in Sealy, Texas; and Oshkosh Defense in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple trips to the UAE involving many U.S. Government and contractor representatives for approximately three or more years to provide program support and training.

There will be no adverse impact on the U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

Published on ASDNews: Sep 26, 2014

Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-57085/UAE_-_Mine_Resistant_Ambush_Protected_(MRAP)_Vehicles.h tm#ixzz3EgnBHFEJ

Wolftrap
29-09-14, 08:31 PM
Impressive way to get rid or the surplus and "forward-deployed material". Besides, talking about destroying the market for new-build wheeled armored vehicles ...

Riđđu
29-09-14, 08:40 PM
Impressive way to get rid or the surplus and "forward-deployed material". Besides, talking about destroying the market for new-build wheeled armored vehicles ...

What, Ferguson Police Department doesn't want those? :tazer

buglerbilly
06-10-14, 09:58 AM
Presenting The Polaris Defense DAGOR

October 6th, 2014

Lots more on DAGOR...........everything about this vehicle looks right, which you'd expect from POLARIS................good for Chinook, useless for OSPREY being 6-7 inches too wide...........Osprey is too bleedin' small, body diameter, and could easily have been a metre wider at the design stage............

During May’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference I was taken to an offsite warehouse on the edge of Downtown Tampa’s in order to see the Polaris Defense DAGOR. What I saw was a vehicle larger than anything Polaris had ever offered. You could definitely see that it was a Polaris design, but it was a step up in size from the familiar MRZR. Under development for the past year, the DAGOR was originally created for an undisclosed customer, but it turned out that it fit two other niches quite well.



One of those niches is reflected in the full name of the vehicle: Polaris Defense DAGOR ultra-light combat vehicle. The Maneuver Center of Excellence is working on a requirement for an Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle. Primarily focused on the Global Response Force mission (aka airborne forced entry), the ULCV must be airdroppable and then derigged in two minutes, cannot weigh more than 4500 lbs, offer a 250 mile radius and carry 9 troops with equipment (3200 lbs).



The Army had just released a Sources Sought notice in January of 2014. The DAGOR was one of six vehicles to participate in the Platform Performance Demonstration (ULCV-PPD) from 9-13 June, at Ft Bragg which was used to validate those threshold requirements we just laid out. While the UCLV has been referred to as a “21st century Jeep” it’s actually being asked to do more than the Jeep ever could. For instance, as you can see from these photos taken during the PPD, you can actually fit an Infantry Squad in the DAGOR.







The DAGOR has already had limited public exposure during last month’s Maneuver Conference at Ft Benning as well as Modern Day Marine at Quantico Marine Base but Polaris Defense believes in the DAGOR so much that they started low rate initial production over the Summer.



Intentionally simplistic design of the DAGOR allows for maximum capability on a light-weight platform. It also allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment in support of combat operations. Some of you will note the lack of armor. This is by design. The vehicles already at the Army’s disposal include armored mobility systems. Soldiers in the UCLV will be protected from kinetic threats by their Personal Protective Equipment and will rely on speed and maneuverability to avoid threats. Remember, the UCLV is intended primarily to satisfy a mobility requirement for airborne forces. It is meant to be light, fast and inexpensive.



The DAGOR weighs less than the 4,500 lbs requirement to maximize aircraft transport, operational range and increase vehicle payload. Most of the components that make up the DAGOR include readily available commercial off the shelf (COTS) driveline, controls and components. In fact, the initial customer insisted on such a design so that they could procure spares virtually anywhere. The engine too is a COTS component which burns diesel/JP8. These offer streamlined maintenance and operator training. But that doesn’t mean this is some simple pick-up. The DAGOR introduces a trophy truck-inspired suspension to carry 3,250 lbs of payload or an infantry squad at a higher rate of speed over terrain usually traveled on foot. The current ULCV requirement calls for 10% movement on primary roads, 10% on secondary roads, 75% cross-country and trails, and 5% in urban, rubble environment.

As you can see, it’s pretty straight forward and incorporates an open design in the cargo bed offering adaptability, plenty of room for cargo and ready access for to it. Although I wasn’t able to take any photos of the DAGOR during my brief time with the vehicle in May and I wasn’t able to drive it, I was allowed to sit in the various crew positions. To me, it is very much like a HMMWV except, smaller. In the driver’s seat, you have better visibility than with the HMMWV and the door threshold is very low. It’s very easy to ingress and egress, including the rear cargo area. Everything is closer at hand than with a HMMWV meaning it is a bit more cramped but you don’t have to reach as far for anything either.



While the DAGOR was not designed as an Internally Transportable Vehicle for the V22 Osprey, its narrow width allows rapid loading into rotary wing aircraft (CH/MH47) under ‘other than ideal’ conditions. It can also be sling loaded with the Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk in high altitude, hot weather conditions and naturally, can be rigged for Airborne insertion via fixed wing just like the MRZR. This narrow body also means it is highly maneuverable through areas inaccessible by other vehicles with its capacity.


Polaris Defense Family of Vehicles

As you can see from this slide of current and future technologies provided to the SEC last year by Polaris Defense, the DAGOR fits nicely into an expanded family of light vehicles. It also gives you an idea of its size in relation to the other Polaris Defense vehicles. In addition to the US Army’s ULCV requirement, it might well help round out USSOCOM’s Family of Special Operations Vehicles. That’s the other “niche” I mentioned at the beginning of the article.


FOSOV

All-in-all, the DAGOR is an interesting platform that can rapidly be procured and adapted to a wide variety of light vehicle duties that have been abandoned along with the entire CUCV and majority of the HMMWV fleets. No matter the branch of service or type of unit, everyone has a requirement for a light utility vehicle. Perhaps that solution is the Polaris Defense DAGOR. Be sure to check the DAGOR out at AUSA next week in Washington, DC.

buglerbilly
06-10-14, 09:58 AM
More images............

buglerbilly
08-10-14, 11:32 PM
General Dynamics Moves into Low Rate Initial Production on U.S. Special Operations Command Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 Program

(Source: General Dynamics; issued Oct. 7, 2014)


GD has begun low-rate production of GMV 1.1 vehicles for US Special Operations Command; the vehicle is derived from the company’s Flyer design and can be carried inside a CH-47 helicopter. (GD photo)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has reached a critical milestone and is moving to low rate initial production (LRIP) on the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 program after receiving notice that a Milestone C Decision has been reached by U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Under the LRIP option, General Dynamics will produce and deliver 72 vehicles to USSOCOM by 2016.
General Dynamics

Awarded to General Dynamics in August 2013, the GMV 1.1 vehicle is an extremely light, highly mobile and C/MH-47 internally transportable platform that meets USSOCOM high-priority mission requirements. The GMV 1.1 vehicle is the company's Flyer 72 platform with USSOCOM specific modifications.

Jointly developed by General Dynamics and Flyer Defense, the Flyer 72 has a top-speed of 100 mph, a cruising range of 350 miles and can carry up to nine operators with payload while traversing remote and demanding terrain. With a payload-to-weight ratio greater than 1:1, the Flyer 72 is unique in its ability to carry more than it weighs. It can easily be reconfigured to meet a wide range of specific mission sets without modifying the vehicle's base design or using any special tools.

"This is a significant accomplishment for our GMV 1.1 team. We look forward to continuing this strong partnership with USSOCOM and we are fully committed to providing this unique capability on schedule and within cost," said Tim Neaves, director of lightweight vehicle programs for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.

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buglerbilly
08-10-14, 11:36 PM
10/7/2014

Northrop Grumman Pitching New Humvee Chassis to Army

By Valerie Insinna



Northrop Grumman has designed a new Humvee chassis that would restore the vehicle’s original mobility and payload capabilities while maintaining its current level of protection, a company executive announced Oct. 7.

The service has not signed on those upgrades yet, but Northrop executives hope that its performance in testing will convince the Army to invest in the new chassis, said Greg Schmidt, vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman Technical Services’ mission solutions and readiness division.

The threat of improvised explosive devices and roadside bombs during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan prompted the Army to outfit its fleet with heavy, but protective, armor. “What this did is it greatly degraded or limited the capabilities of the Humvee,” including decreased fuel economy and mobility, he told journalists at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

That, in turn, resulted in a longer logistical tail, including more fuel tankers and larger convoys, Schmidt said. “You can see where this really becomes a spiral.”

The company has already installed the new chassis on four vehicles through a cooperative agreement with the Army, two of which have been delivered to the service for trials, he said. Northrop is putting the other two vehicles through endurance testing at sites in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada.

The new chassis enables the vehicle to accelerate to 66 miles per hour in 22 seconds and increases gas mileage to 18 miles per gallon, he said. Northrop is working with automobile component manufacturer Meritor Corp. and Pratt & Miller Engineering. Cummins is supplying the engine.

“What we're talking about doing is, through a depot operation, rolling the Humvee into the depot, removing the six attachment bolts and the electrical connections, lifting the body of the Humvee off, rolling the old chassis out and rolling the brand new chassis in,” he said. The chassis would include a new power train, transmission and transfer case.

Northrop plans on releasing more information about its upgrade plan at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting and exposition next week, Schmidt said.

A new Humvee chassis is just one of the upgrades the company is pitching to the service. With Army budgets downsizing and little money available for new-start programs, Northrop Grumman’s is pinning its hopes on modernizing the service’s land and aviation systems, officials said.

The company’s strategy is to offer mature technologies that can be rapidly installed at low cost, said Jeffrey Palombo, vice president and general manager for its land and self protection systems division. It is also focusing on keeping upgraded systems within the same size, weight and power requirements as the legacy ones.

It can be just as expensive to install a new capabilty as it is to buy the equipment itself, he said. If the engineering or installation involved with a weapons system is too pricey, the military will not buy into the program.

“The design of the upgrade, that new capability, how it gets integrated in the platform is just as important as the capability itself,” he said

One area ripe for modernization is electric warfare systems, Palombo said.

“Over the past seven years, there hasn’t been a tremendous amount of investment by the Department of Defense, or indeed globally, in the area of electronic warfare,” he said. “With not having that kind of investment from the various governments and industry over a period of time, you have to start to question the relevance and the survivability of the platforms that we do have out there.”

Electronic warfare threats grow quickly and inexpensively, he said. “We have a heck of a lot of catching up to do, he said.”

Northrop is pitching its AN/APR-39D(V)2 radar warning receiver to replace the legacy APR-39 receivers, which have been installed on almost every Army, Air Force and Marine Corps airplane or helicopter, Palombo said.

The new digital AN/APR-39D(V)2 can fit into the same space as older receivers, he said. The four antennas on the outside of the aircraft can be installed without having to redo the cabling, bracket or location of the antenna.

The platorm can also be outfitted with an additional communications card or radar jamming capability, he said.

Photo Credit: Army

Posted at 3:44 PM by Valerie Insinna

ADMk2
09-10-14, 03:31 AM
Presenting The Polaris Defense DAGOR

October 6th, 2014

Lots more on DAGOR...........everything about this vehicle looks right, which you'd expect from POLARIS................good for Chinook, useless for OSPREY being 6-7 inches too wide...........Osprey is too bleedin' small, body diameter, and could easily have been a metre wider at the design stage..........

Just needs a 12.7mm gun on a flex mount on top and yay! We've got our own technicals... :)

buglerbilly
13-10-14, 11:44 PM
Polaris DAGOR Could Meet Army’s Ultra-Light Vehicle Need

by Matt Cox on October 13, 2014



Polaris Defense announced it will start shipping its newest, lightweight combat vehicle next month.

The Polaris DAGOR, short for Deployable Advanced Ground Off-Road combat vehicle, was developed to meet a need for a combat-utility vehicle, light enough to be sling-loaded into battle from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Rich Haddad, general manager for Polaris Defense, at the Association of the United State Army’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

The U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., reached out to the defense industry earlier this year to see if it could build the new Ultra Light Combat Vehicle — a new effort to equip infantry brigade combat teams with go-anywhere vehicles capable of carrying a nine-man squad.

Polaris officials are planning to start ship the new DAGOR vehicles to U.S. and foreign special operations forces in November, but said the company plans to pursue a big-Army contract to make ULCVs if the service opens a competition.

The DAGOR has a curb weight of 4,500 pounds and a maximum capacity of 3,250 pounds. It has a turbo-diesel, JP8 engine capable of a 500-mile range.

“It will carry a nine-man squad and all their gear,” Haddad said. “It’s bare bones; there is no armor on it, but it is designed to accept armor.”
From a support perspective, spare parts are readily available through a number of commercial vendors, Haddad said.

“It was designed specifically to be easily maintained,” he said. “The guys can do all their maintenance in the field right in their battalion shops.”

Read more: http://defensetech.org/2014/10/13/polaris-dagor-could-meet-armys-ultra-light-vehicle-need/#ixzz3G40yPvyQ
Defense.org

buglerbilly
13-10-14, 11:46 PM
Oshkosh Unveils Driver-Assist Systems for Military Trucks

by Brendan McGarry on October 13, 2014



If Oshkosh Corp. has its way, military trucks will soon feature driver-assist safety systems similar to those found on commercial vehicles, from the BWM X5 to the Ford Focus.

Just a bigger, more intense system.

The Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based truck-maker on Monday unveiled the Oshkosh Surround View and Forward Collision Warning Systems on a version of its blast-resistant truck, known as the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle, or M-ATV — a hulking, 25,000-pound vehicle built to better protect troops from roadside bombs in Afghanistan.

“Troop safety is the highest concern regardless of the military duty performed,” John Urias, president of the company’s defense unit, said in a statement. “Reducing vehicle accidents large and small translates into a more productive force and significant cost savings for the Department of Defense.”

The driver-assist technology, introduced at the annual Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C., includes several cameras mounted on the top and rear of the vehicle, two electronic displays inside the cab, a flashing warning-light beneath the windshield and — as if the blinking lightsaber-like beam on the front glass wasn’t enough — a vibration device beneath the seat.



John Beck, a chief engineer at Oshkosh who helped develop the company’s TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle, said the forward-collision warning system uses a special type of camera that incorporates a computer processor running software designed to detect people, animals and other obstacles in the roadway or path.

He declined to specify the supplier of the product, but said it’s used by many companies in the automotive industry.

For the surround-view system, drivers can press a button on the center console to toggle between cameras. (This reporter couldn’t resist clicking to check out the view from behind the truck — a nice shot of the trade show floor). The entire system can be expanded to accommodate more cameras and functionality, he said.



Beck also declined to say how much the kit would cost, but it’s probably in the range of a few thousand dollars — a fraction of the overall cost of the trucks.

The Defense Department spent nearly $50 billion over the past decade to acquire some 25,000 MRAPs made by several firms. The trucks weigh 25,000– to 50,000 pounds and feature V-shaped hulls that deflected blasts outward. The rapid-acquisition effort was spearheaded by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

While thousands of MRAPs have since been scrapped, mothballed or handed down to local police departments, the U.S. military expects to keep several thousand of them in the tactical wheeled vehicle fleet and transfer thousands more to foreign governments. The Army has awarded some contracts to upgrade, or refurbish, some of the gun trucks and ambulance trucks it plans to keep in the fleet.


Read more: http://defensetech.org/2014/10/13/oshkosh-unveils-driver-assist-systems-for-military-trucks/#ixzz3G41WU1YT
Defense.org

buglerbilly
14-10-14, 11:46 PM
AM General Showcases Proven Blast Resistant Vehicle - Off Road (BRV-O) JLTV Candidate At 2014 AUSA Exposition

(Source: AM General; issued Oct 13, 2014)



WASHINGTON --- AM General will proudly exhibit its proven Blast Resistant Vehicle – Off road (BRV-O) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) candidate, at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Defense Exhibition, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C., Oct. 13-15, Booth 7415/ Upper Level/ Hall D.

Since announcing delivery of 22 BRV-Os ahead of schedule for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) Phase of the JLTV program 14 months ago, the vehicles have been engaged in both severe, off-road testing and extensive survivability challenges by the U.S. Government. Vehicles are now demonstrating their capabilities in U.S. Government Limited User Testing (LUT).

"AM General has successfully completed and/or exceeded every milestone to date throughout the JLTV program's EMD phase, including the production readiness review, manufacturing readiness assessment and design understanding review," said AM General Vice President of Business Development and Program Management, Chris Vanslager. "We are very pleased with the BRV-O's performance and its demonstrated ability to fill the Capability Gap in Light Tactical Vehicles. Our BRV-Os will continue to demonstrate the groundbreaking capabilities this innovative vehicle brings to Soldiers and Marines during the Government's Limited User Test."

BRV-O reflects more than a decade of AM General investment in research, development and testing for this innovative, next-generation vehicle and is the latest offering in AM General's five decade history of designing, producing and supporting light tactical vehicles for the U.S. military. AM General has built more light tactical vehicles for the military than any other manufacturer on its dedicated Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) production line in Mishawaka, Ind. The BRV-Os that are currently engaged in LUT include a four-seat variant Combat Tactical Vehicle in three different configurations and a two-seat variant Combat Support Vehicle to support different mission roles across the full spectrum of military operations.

BRV-O's crew capsule and modular armor have successfully completed all requirements for force protection in blast tests, and provide protection levels similar to much heavier and less mobile Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

Operationally, if armor is damaged in future combat situations, its separate components can be readily replaced while remaining in the area of operation. This will dramatically reduce the time and cost associated with higher-level repairs.

BRV-O also uses a new lightweight, fuel efficient and high performance diesel engine developed and manufactured by AM General. Additional features include a self-leveling suspension system, electronic braking and stability control, robust on-board power resources, and a C4ISR backbone with open-standard networked architecture and clustered super-computing power.

Vanslager emphasized that AM General could start producing BRV-Os immediately if Soldiers and Marines need them. "We have a hot production line right now building and delivering advanced Light Tactical Vehicles and components for the U.S. Government and International Customers."

The BRV-O can also benefit from AM General's existing relationships with more than 1,400 LTV-related suppliers across the nation, as well as the company's own extensive parts, technical support, training, and global logistics resources.

AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. AM General has more than five decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.

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buglerbilly
15-10-14, 11:58 AM
More on this...........

Northrop Offers Back-to-the-Future Upgrade to Humvee Fleet



Military.com Oct 14, 2014 | by Richard Sisk

There is no funding in the Army budget for a Humvee upgrade, Northrop Grumman officials on Tuesday presented an upgrade to the military workhorse that would lighten the truck and extend its life in the fleet.

Northrop Grumman officials said they had come up with a back-to-the-future fix that would return the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (Humvee) to its original performance and payload designs of the 1980s while keeping the armor that was added to counter improvised explosive devices in Iraq.

"It's not a program of record," said Frank P. Simpkins, director for Land Forces Programs at Northrop Grumman, but "the Army has a 25-year plan for this system. They have to pull the money from somewhere. What we're showing them is a solution." Simpkins presented the upgrade at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C.

The Army is proceeding with the program to build the Humvee-replacement, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which is scheduled to come on line by 2019-2021. However, the Army does not have the budget to completely replace the Humvee fleet with JLTV and Northrop Grumman officials said the Humvee will need to be upgraded.

"This vehicle (the Humvee) is still going to be in the inventory" through 2040, said Jeff Wood, a Northrop Grumman official. He also emphasized that the potential upgrade would not be in competition with the JLTV.

The proposed Northrop Grumman refits would involve upgrades to the Humvee's power train, suspension, dashboard, hydraulics and central tire inflation systems.

"This solution has been engineered to handle the weight of the armor. It's a bumper-to-bumper modernization," Simpkins said.

The fixes would cost about $145,000 per vehicle but would produce significant savings over the life cycles of the Humvee fleet, the Northrop Grumman officials said.

The upgrades would come in a kit and the installation could be performed while the Humvees are forward deployed, Simpkins said.

"I can turn it in a week," he said of the installation. "We've kitted it in a way that I can deliver this forward."

Several Humvees with the upgrades have been delivered to the Army for testing and training, Wood said. "I'm very confident that he have a good solution" to the degraded performance of the Humvees under the added weight of the armor, Wood said.

However, the Army has yet to render a verdict.

-- Richard Sisk can be reached at richard.sisk@monster.com

© Copyright 2014 Military.com. All rights reserved.

buglerbilly
16-10-14, 06:34 AM
Marines To Begin JLTV User Tests

Oct. 15, 2014 - 04:54PM | By JOE GOULD


The Army is analyzing its light tactical vehicle needs, and Humvee upgrades could be part of the package. (SSG TYFFANI L. DAVIS/US Army)

WASHINGTON — The US Marines are due to put the three Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) offerings through their paces during a limited user test set to begin next week, following the end of a soldier test last month, Army officials said Wednesday.

The soldier test at Fort Stewart, Georgia, over the last month included three 96-hour cycles, each meant to mimic a mission, and a live-fire exercise. The vehicles were in the midst of a reconfiguration for the Marine Corps’ single mission cycle.

“Generally, people were very positive about the vehicles, the ride quality, cross-country and off-road mobility,” said Scott Davis, program executive officer for combat support and combat service support, at the AUSA annual meeting here. “It gives me faith in what we’re doing because all of them had pretty good feedback.”

Col. John Cavedo, the program manager for JLTV, said the program “aligns perfectly” with the new Army operating concept that calls for a more agile, expeditionary force. The JLTV will carry more than its predecessor while consuming the same or less fuel, Cavedo noted.

Though an Army light tactical vehicle analysis is ongoing — contingent in part on the size of the force — the JLTV is set to cover 50,000 platforms in the armor requirement. The Army could buy more of those or pursue a Humvee upgrade, Davis said.

The Army is due to provide Congress with a tactical wheeled vehicle strategy in December, which would address how the Army operating concept will drive the total number and mix of vehicles.

The JLTV program is set to wrap its 33-month engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase for prototype vehicles, and a final request for proposals for the production phase is expected to hit the streets in early November. There’s unlikely to be much daylight between the final RFP and the previous version, which Cavedo called a “99.9 percent solution.”

In fiscal 2014, the Army requested $84 million for JLTV work overall and the Marines asked for $50 million. While the program’s requirement for a $250,000 vehicle has remained stable, sequestration would undoubtedly slow the program, and production, thus driving up the per-unit cost, Davis said.

“If there’s a future sequestration, of course it will have an impact,” he said. “If you stretch out the program, the cost will go up, and that’s just a matter of fact.”

A production award is expected in late fiscal 2015 for approximately 50,000 JLTVs for the Army and another 5,500 for the Marine Corps. The first Army unit is expected to be equipped in fiscal 2018 and the first Marine unit in fiscal 2022.

Army procurement is expected to last until about 2040 and replace a significant portion of the service’s legacy light tactical vehicle fleet with new vehicles across four configurations: general purpose, heavy gun carrier, close combat weapons carrier and a utility vehicle.

In 2012, the Army awarded contracts for the EMD phase to AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense. The contracts have a 27-month period of performance, which is soon to end.

Each delivered 22 vehicles and six trailers for the 14-month test phase due to end with the calendar year, which includes ongoing reliability, armor and blast testing. The ongoing limited user test involves soldier and Marine participation

Following the release of the final RFP, the companies are expected to submit proposals early next year.

Next summer, the program is scheduled to reach a Milestone C decision, which will lead to a low-rate initial production contract to a single vendor. Even as deliveries and fieldings begin, this phase will also include further tests into fiscal 2018. ■

Email: jgould@defensenews.com.

buglerbilly
16-10-14, 12:03 PM
Army: JLTV on Track Despite Budget Uncertainty

By Brendan McGarry Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 4:39 pm



U.S. Army officials said a program to replace a third of the Humvee fleet with new light-duty trucks remains on track despite uncertainty over future budget cuts.

Officials with the service’s Combat Support and Combat Systems Support office on Wednesday gave an update on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program during the third and final day of an annual conference in Washington, D.C., organized by the Association of the United States Army, an advocacy group based in Arlington, Virginia.

The next round of competition is set to begin early next month, with a request for proposals from companies interested in building production versions of the vehicle. Prototypes of the armored trucks were on display on the showroom floor. Defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin Corp., truck-maker Oshkosh Corp. and Humvee-maker AM General LLC are vying for the production contract.

“I am absolutely convinced that the proposals will be less than what that unit cost will be,” said Col. John Cavedo, who manages the Army and Marine Corps acquisition effort, referring to the target price tag of $250,000 per vehicle.

The Army aims to purchase about 49,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, while the Marine Corps plans to acquire about 5,500 of the armored trucks. Both services have pledged their commitment to the program despite facing automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

The Pentagon has estimated the effort to develop and build the vehicles at almost $23 billion, or about $400,000 per truck, according to a 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service. Leaders have maintained each vehicle will cost about $250,000.

Cavedo said the discrepancy was due to different methods for analyzing cost and said the average unit production cost remains stable at a quarter-million dollars.

He also pointed to a report last month from the Pentagon inspector general’s office that concluded program officials “appropriately assessed the affordability” of the acquisition effort. The document hasn’t been publicly released, though the IG’s office lists the title and some identifying information about the audit on its website.

“The onion was completely peeled back to the core and they saw that the affordability analysis was on target,” Cavedo said of the assessment.

Heidi Shyu, the service’s top weapons buyer, said the program is one of the service’s top acquisition efforts, but acknowledged even it may not be spared from budget cuts and manpower reductions.

“JLTV right now is high-priority for us, so not currently being targeted, but we don’t know how bad our cuts are going to be,” she said in a panel on Tuesday. “At this point, in the president’s budget, it looks fine. But beyond that, I can’t tell you — I can’t guarantee anything since I have no idea what our budgets are going to be.”

The Army plans to release the request for proposals in early November, Cavedo said. After receiving the proposals by early January, it will convene a selection board to review the bids over a period of several months, he said. A defense acquisition board will meet sometime next summer to identify a winning proposal, after which point a contract will be awarded, he said.

Each of the companies has delivered 22 JLTV prototypes to the Army for testing under engineering and manufacturing development agreements signed in 2012. They’re competing against each other — and potentially eligible outside vendors — to build 17,000 of the vehicles under a low-rate initial production contract.

The vehicles have been undergoing user testing at Fort Stewart, Georgia, over the past month, Cavedo said. Soldiers evaluated the trucks in three so-called mission cycles, each of which lasted four days and involved a number of tactical missions, he said. Beginning next week, Marines will do similar testing, he said.

“We’ve already gained incredible insights,” he said.

buglerbilly
16-10-14, 11:23 PM
Smoother Ride

■Today’s video, shot by Stars & Stripes at the AUSA tradeshow, shows an independent suspension developed to make FTMVs more comfortable on rough roads:

buglerbilly
18-10-14, 12:38 PM
More, interior shots of the DAGOR...............Via the link below...............too many to post here



http://soldiersystems.net/2014/10/17/ausa-polaris-defense-dagor-photos/

buglerbilly
19-10-14, 12:52 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2014 03:50 PM

Boeing Phantom Badger combat support vehicle in 120mm mortar carrier version at AUSA 2014.

During the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition which was held from Oct. 13-15 in Washington, D.C., Boeing has unveiled a new version of its Phantom Badger combat support vehicle fitted with a 120mm mortar mounted at the rear of the vehicle.


Boeing Phantom Badger 120mm mortar carrier at AUSA 2014, association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C.

In this configuration, Boeing wants to show that the vehicle can be used for a full range of mission as well for firing support. The Boeing phantom Badger is designed to be transportable in the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. With a total weight of 3,560 kg, it can easily be carried in the Osprey. Ten Phantom Badgers can be transported in a C-17 transport aircraft and two in a C-130 aircraft or CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

In April 2014, after a series of successful tests, the U.S. Navy has certified that the Boeing Phantom Badger combat support vehicle can be transported inside a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

Phantom Badger supports a wide range of missions not possible with existing combat support vehicles. Its rear section is modular and can be quickly changed for missions including reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, casualty transport, direct action with weapons mounts or explosive ordnance disposal. This combination of modularity, transportability and proven all-terrain performance provides increased mission flexibility and enhanced survivability. The vehicle can be fitted with mounts for such weapons as a .50-caliber machine gun and a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

During the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition which was held from Oct. 13-15 in Washington, D.C., Boeing has unveiled a new version of its Phantom Badger combat support vehicle fitted with a 120mm mortar mounted at the rear of the vehicle.

The Phantom badger is not an armoured vehicle. It was designed primarily for special operations missions. The Phantom Badger is motorized with the 3-litre turbo-diesel V6 from the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It can run with JP-8 jet fuel as well as diesel. The vehicle can reach a maximum road speed of 130 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 725 km.

The mortar version shows at AUSA 2014, was fitted with a 120mm mortar fitted at the rear of the vehicle. In firing position, the mortar is lowered at the rear of the vehicle and a total of 20 rounds are carried in the vehicle. A trailer can be towed by the Phantom Badger with 50 rounds.


The mortar is powered by a generator which is carried by the vehicle.

During the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition which was held from Oct. 13-15 in Washington, D.C., Boeing has unveiled a new version of its Phantom Badger combat support vehicle fitted with a 120mm mortar mounted at the rear of the vehicle.


Trailer of Phantom Badger 120mm mortar carrier with 50 rounds for mortar.

buglerbilly
29-10-14, 03:39 AM
Thales and Quickstep Team Up On Hawkei

(Source: Thales; issued Oct 28, 2014)

Thales Australia’s innovative engineering might be the first thing people notice about its Hawkei vehicle, but the company’s pioneering approach to the supply chain is also attracting attention, with Quickstep the latest Australian company to team with Thales.

“Like Thales, Quickstep is recognised for innovation and cutting-edge research,” said Kevin Wall, Thales Australia’s Vice President Protected Vehicles.

“Quickstep’s record on projects such as the Joint Strike Fighter and Lamborghini performance cars is testament to their unique skills. It’s great to see Australian companies teaming up to deliver the next generation of protected light vehicles to the Australian Defence Force.”

Thales Australia is working closely with specialist suppliers at every stage to refine and enhance the design of the vehicle’s components. This enables the company to identify savings and maximise performance advantages, resulting in a better product for the ADF.

A specialist in advanced composites, Quickstep has been awarded a pre-contract to use its patented systems to deliver strong, light and high-quality components ideally suited to the Hawkei’s tough operational requirements. Quickstep will supply the vehicle’s bonnet, side skirts and mud guards.

The work, which would be carried out at Quickstep’s Bankstown facility in NSW, is conditional on Thales securing a long-term contract to supply up to 1,300 Hawkei vehicles to the Department of Defence. Final approval of the LAND 121 Phase 4 project is expected around 2015.

Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management and ground transport systems to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues of AUD 1 billion in 2013.

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buglerbilly
30-10-14, 07:20 AM
Gabon buys ARAVIS armoured vehicles

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

29 October 2014


An Aravis carrying a ARX20 remote weapon station armed with a 20x102 mm M621 automatic cannon. Source: IHS/Patrick Allen

Gabon's battalion in the Central African Republic (CAR) will get a significant improvement in its firepower and levels of protection when it receives the 12 Nexter Systems Aravis armoured vehicles that were ordered on 29 October.

Nexter announced later that day that the contract had been signed in the presence of the French and Gabonese defence ministers. It said the vehicles would equip the Gabonese battalion that is serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA), but did not say when they were expected to be delivered.

The French company added that the Gabonese vehicles would be equipped with its ARX20 remote weapon station with a 20 mm gun (presumably the Nexter M621) and its PG-Guard anti-rocket propelled grenade system, which is a light-weight alternative to bar armour.

The deal also includes Nexter Robotics Nerva LG mini unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), which can carry a range of payloads and are operated using a PC, tablet or smartphone.

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buglerbilly
07-11-14, 10:59 AM
IndoDefence: ILSV revealed to armed forces

07th November 2014 - 9:39 by Darren Lake in Jakarta


IndoDefence: ILSV revealed to armed forces

Indonesian company PT Jala Berikat Nusantara Perkasa is exhibiting its 4x4 Indonesian Light Strike Vehicle (ILSV) for the first time at IndoDefence with the hopes of catching the eye of the Indonesian Army.

The company has developed the vehicle in collaboration with PT Dirgantata Indonesia over the last two years and has already conducted preliminary company road and cross-country trials of the initial configuration. The hope is that the vehicle will now be evaluated by the Indonesian army.

The ILSV has a welded tube and square steel chassis that is fitted with a steel support system that can then be configured either with lightweight aluminium panels to save weight or modular aramid and ceramic armour panels for added protection, which has been developed in partnership with Honeywell.

According to the company, the modular design is an important feature of the vehicle and would allow the Indonesian armed forces added flexibility. The ILSV has a powerpack situated at the front of the vehicle, which consists of a turbocharged and intercooled diesel capable of 175hp that coupled with the transmission gives the vehicle a top speed of 120km/h. The standard configuration comes with a 76l fuel tank.

As well as places for driver and commander, the basic configuration has a further four seats. The design also allows for the fitting of a crew-served weapon.

buglerbilly
09-11-14, 08:25 AM
Sunday, November 2, 2014 10:25 AM

Pindad increases its Komodo 4x4 tactical vehicles range with a new Recon variant

IndoDefence 2014, which is held at Jakarta from 5 to 8 of November, has been chosen by Pindad to highlight a new light armored tactical vehicle focused on recon missions, the Komodo Recon. The Komodo is a specific armored vehicle that enables ground troops to conduct operations that requires high maneuverability.

IndoDefence 2014, which is held at Jakarta from 5 to 8 November, has been chosen by Pindad to highlight a new light armored tactical vehicle focused on recon missions, the Komodo Recon. The Komodo is a specific armored vehicle that enables ground troops to conduct operations that requires high maneuverability.
PT Pindad's Komodo Recon variant at IndoDefence 2014



The Komodo is equipped with bulletproof body and has a defending capability through its 7.62 mm turret-mounted machine gun. Komodo has been deployed for Indonesian Army Special Forces (Kopassus) and Indonesian Police Special Forces (Brimob). PT Pindad has secured strategic partnership with foreign companies for a better armament system. The partnership has resulted satisfactory performance for the end-users.

The new Komodo Recon variant is a 4x4 light armored tactical vehicle based on the well-known Renault Trucks Defense's Sherpa chassis. Equipped with full automatic transmission and a Renault's 4-cylinder engine, which allows a power range of 230Hp, the Komodo has a max speed of 80km/h. Thanks to a fuel tank capacity of 165 liter, Komodo Recon's maximum range extends up to 450km.



IndoDefence 2014, which is held at Jakarta from 5 to 8 November, has been chosen by Pindad to highlight a new light armored tactical vehicle focused on recon missions, the Komodo Recon. The Komodo is a specific armored vehicle that enables ground troops to conduct operations that requires high maneuverability.
PT Pindad's Komodo Recon variant at IndoDefence 2014

Komodo Recon armor consists in bullet proof steel and 38 mm bullet proof glass. The Recon variant weighs 7,500 kg and has a payload capacity of max 1,500 kg. It can carry up to 5 soldiers with complete equipment. Komodo Recon can be outfitted with a 7.62 mm or a 12.7 mm turret-mounted machine gun.

Pindad new recon vehicle has a length of 5.4 m, a width of 2.3 m and a hidth of 2.2 m. It can cross trenchs and fords of max 0.75m depth.

Indonesian Armed Forces have placed an order for 40 vehicles, which 8 has already been delivered. Indonesian Military also shown interest for a Komodo mobile artillery command post variant and has signed a new contract for 56 Komodo special platform vehicles, which will be delivered by 2015 and equipped with MBDA's Mistral surface-to-air missile platform.

buglerbilly
15-11-14, 08:10 AM
Chinese combat recce vehicle displayed with copies of US killer micro-drones

PL02: Battlefield Reconnaissance System

PL02 is a vehicle mounted integrated battlefield reconnaissance comprising a ground surveillance radar with fire detection, location and artillery fire direction capabilities. The radar is mounted on a telescopic mast, along with EO payload. Target location data can be translated automatically between radar and EO, to be fed to the artillery network or precision fires units. At Airshow China 2014 the PL02 was displayed with what looks like four copied ‘Switchblade’ type micro UAVs, these could be used for target acquisition or for precision strike, if the Chinese version is capable of such function, as the US developed mini-drones.

The Switchblade developed by Aerovironment under a DARPA funded research and development program is a brand new weapon system, which has been inservice for about one year.


Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update


Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update

The Switchblade developed by Aerovironment under a DARPA funded research and development program is a brand new weapon system, which has been inservice for about one year.

buglerbilly
20-11-14, 11:51 AM
Brazilian Army set to choose its 4x4 armoured vehicle

Victor Barreira, Lisbon - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

19 November 2014


The latest RG32 LTV version is in service with Ireland and other versions are in service with Sweden, Finland, Slovakia, and the United Nations. Source: bug

Four industry teams have until mid-December to deliver offers to the Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro) for an initial tranche of 32 4x4 tactical armoured vehicles, following a request for proposals issued in October.

Italy's Iveco Defence Vehicles together with its Brazilian operation Iveco Latin America, Brazil's Avibras teamed with France's Renault Trucks Defense, BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa, and the United States' AM General teamed with Israel's Plasan are all set to participate in the competition.

A contract is scheduled to be awarded by the army's Department of Science and Technology during the first six months of 2015, with the first units expected to be inducted just six months after a contract is firmed. The package will also include nationalisation of vehicle production and delivery of training, spares, and logistics support services.

Iveco proposed the Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV); Avibras the Tupi, which is based on Renault Trucks Defense's Sherpa Light Scout vehicle; BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa the RG32LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle); and AM General and Plasan the MLTV-BR (Modernised LTV-Brazil). Those vehicles were earlier tested extensively in Brazil by the army's Evaluations Center.

The programme, known as VBMT-LR (Lightweight Wheeled Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle), is part of the service's Strategic Project Guarani and is to purchase a total of 186 lightweight multi-purpose armoured vehicles: an initial 32 and another 154 to be later bought in separate tranches of 77 each. The first 77 would be received as Complete Knock-Down kits for local assembly and second will be serial produced in Brazil.

The Brazilian vehicles are to include mine and ballistic protection, provisions for communications, and the ability to be outfitted out with 76 mm smoke grenade launchers, protected weapon mounts by Plattmounts, and an ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa REMAX (REparo de Metralhadora Automatizada X) remote weapon station that was developed for CTEx and can be armed with 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine guns.

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buglerbilly
20-11-14, 10:47 PM
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Presents Innovative Protection Concept for the Dutch Armed Forces

(Source: Rheinmetall Defence; issued Nov 19, 2014)

PIC at PDF: http://www.ressenig.at/fileadmin/downloads/Produktblatt_armoured_cabin.pdf

At the NIDV defence fair in the Netherlands, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) is presenting a forward-looking protection concept for logistic vehicles. Developed by Austrian manufacturer Ressenig Fahrzeugbau GmbH and approved by RMMV, the Discreet Armoured Cabin (DAC) can be mounted on the proven TGS chassis.

Rheinmetall’s entry in the Netherland’s planned procurement project for Defence-wide Replacement Operational Wheeled Vehicles (DVOW) is the globally tried-and-tested TGS 8x8.

The DAC, already fully qualified under NATO STANAG 4569 and AEP55, is the perfect addition to the TGS series, further expanding its flexible operational capabilities. This protected cabin is specifically designed to be inconspicuous, with an essentially civilian external appearance. Nevertheless, this modular build-on cabin, available in a number of sizes, offers a high degree of protection against ballistic fire, landmines and improvised explosive devices. When the TGS is equipped with a DAC, the level of protection is basically undetectable, thus maintaining the vehicle’s low-profile civilian appearance. This significantly enhances the vehicle’s operational versatility.

In line with customer requirements, during production RMMV can already prepare the chassis of vehicles optionally equipped with the DAC for fast replacement with a standard cabin.

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buglerbilly
22-11-14, 08:33 AM
Army, Marine Corps Finish Testing JLTV Prototypes

By Brendan McGarry Friday, November 21st, 2014 12:54 pm



The U.S. Army and Marine Corps have finished testing prototypes of the Humvee replacement known as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

But results of the evaluations haven’t been released and manufacturers are still waiting for the program office to issue a request for proposals — initially expected this month — to begin the next round of competition.

Defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin Corp., truck-maker Oshkosh Corp. and Humvee-maker AM General LLC each delivered 22 JLTV prototypes to the Army for testing under engineering and manufacturing development contracts signed in 2012. Now, the companies are competing against each other to build 17,000 of the vehicles under a much bigger low-rate initial production contract.

“Our JLTV solution draws upon real-world experience gained from supporting the ground operations that our soldiers and Marines perform every day,” Oshkosh Defense President John Urias said in a release announcing the end of limited-user testing, or LUT. The firm has built the Army fleets of medium– and heavy-duty and blast-resistant trucks.

Jeff Adams, a spokesman for AM General, said the company has completed every milestone throughout the EMD phase, including LUT. “We are very pleased with the BRV-O’s performance and its demonstrated ability to fill the Capability Gap in Light Tactical Vehicles and look forward to the program down-select decision expected sometime in mid-2015,” he said in an e-mail.

Overall, the Army aims to purchase about 49,000 JLTVs, while the Marine Corps plans to acquire about 5,500 of the armored trucks. Both services have pledged their commitment to the program despite facing automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

The Pentagon has estimated the effort to develop and build the vehicles at almost $23 billion, or about $400,000 per truck, according to a 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service. Leaders have maintained each vehicle will cost about $250,000.

“I am absolutely convinced that the proposals will be less than what that unit cost will be,” Col. John Cavedo, who manages the Army and Marine Corps acquisition effort, said at an Army conference in October.

The testing took place at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where soldiers and Marines evaluated 30 of the trucks in several mission scenarios, including off-road, towing and pushing cars from the road.

“We have 30 JLTVs out here from three different vendors, all prototypes, all running concurrently,” Col. Ron McNamara, a director with the Army’s Operational Test Command, said, according to a release. “Make no mistake – this is a very large test.”

Feedback from troops is vital to improve the design of the vehicles, he said.

“They figure out ways to make things work or not work that you’d never dream of in a laboratory, so you have to get this equipment into the hands of soldiers and then do an operational test,” he said. “See if it’s soldier proof.”

He added, “What you don’t want are soldiers to drive it like it’s a borrowed Lamborghini. We want them to use it like they will in a combat situation.”

Sgt. Tayler Cole, an infantryman with th 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, didn’t say which type of JLTV he thought outperformed the others. But he did say all were better than the Humvee.

“Overall I think the JLTVs are way better than the Humvee,” he said. “I hope they get them to us as fast as they can.”

buglerbilly
24-11-14, 10:40 PM
BMC Speeds Up Production of MRAPs for Turkish Army

Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:04AM | By BURAK EGE BEKDIL


BMC will speed up production of the Kirpi MRAP. (Turkish Government)

ANKARA — Turkish armored vehicles maker BMC has increased the pace for production of the Kirpi, the country’s first mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, after it was penalized €8 million (US $9.9 million) for late deliveries.

Procurement officials said the company promised to deliver the remaining 141 Kirpis within the next six months.

The Turkish Army recently appealed to the Defense Ministry, saying delivery of the vehicles as soon as possible is an “urgent matter.” The Army said if there are further delays, an alternative producer should be found.

An official from BMC said deliveries would be completed in the first half of 2015.

In May, a private investment fund, ES Mali Yatirim, acquired BMC for US $370 million. Before that, a fund administered by the Turkish government had put the troubled armored vehicles maker up for sale. BMC was seized in May 2013 due to financial obligations that its parent company, Cukurova Holding, failed to fulfill. The group’s debts amounted to $455 million.

Under a 2009 contract with the Turkish government, BMC produced and delivered an initial 473 Kirpis but failed to comply with the original delivery schedule for the remaining batch of 141.

The Kirpi can accommodate 13 personnel and can move over any terrain at a maximum speed of 105 kilometers per hour. ■

Email: bbekdil@defensenews.com.