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    Defense Plans to Buy 348 Wheeled Combat Vehicles In First Phase

    (Source: compiled by Defense-Aerospace.com; posted April 04, 2017)

    Spain plans to initially buy 348 Piranha 5 eight-wheeled armored combat vehicles from General Dynamics’ Mowag unit, with fleet numbers to eventually exceed 1,000 vehicles at a total cost of 1.6 billion euros. (GDELS photo)

    Appearing last week before the Parliamentary Defense Committee, Spanish Undersecretary for Defense Agustin Conde provided some insight into the Spanish Army's 8X8 Wheeled Combat Vehicle program. According to Conde, the first five test vehicles will arrive be delivered to the Army from 2018, and the first phase of the program provides for the acquisition of 348 units out of a total of 1,000.

    Conde also said the entire program has an estimated cost of 3,836.29 million euros, of which 1,587.60 million euros for acquisition and 2,248.68 million euros for maintenance and modernization over their 30 years of service life.

    The objective of this national program, led by a joint venture between Santa Bárbara Sistemas, Indra and Sapa, is to obtain an 8x8 Wheeled Combat Vehicle to replace the Army’s obsolete BMR wheeled armored personnel carriers.

    First phase

    The first phase will consist of the development, verification and validation on test-beds of five technology building blocks: Increased Security (PT-1); Situational Awareness (PT-2); Advanced Artillery Observer Vehicle (PT-3); Integration of Electronic, Communications and Information Systems (PT-4) and Powertrain Group (PT-5).

    In addition, it is planned to develop a sixth technological program called, PT-0, Integration of Systems in Platform, which will integrate the five other technological programs in five demonstrators for verification and validation in an operating environment.

    The System Analysis Phase has now been completed with the approval of the Requirements Review Document and the Operational Analysis of the Mission System. In addition, work is being carried out on the Conceptual Design Phase and the Preliminary Design Phase.

    Starting in 2018, it is planned to receive the five technological demonstrators, which will certify the feasibility of the process and know if the requirements for this type of vehicles are met.

    Once the demonstrators have been tested, it is planned to initially buy 348 vehicles, for four tactical groups, as the first phase of a a program which will comprise approximately 1,000 vehicles in total.


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    LAAD 2017: Urutu upgrades edge forward

    04th April 2017 - 22:54

    by Tim Fish in Rio de Janeiro

    The Brazilian Army programme to upgrade its EE-11 Urutu 6x6 APC is continuing to move forward albeit slowly.

    However, at LAAD 2017, the vehicle on display was fitted with a new manned turret from Singapore Technologies' Brazilian subsidiary, Technicae, which has been facilitating the work on this project.

    The new cupola has been developed in response to a Brazilian Army requirement, which has yet to be approved, but a spokesperson from the company told Shephard that it was an example of a transfer of technology to Brazil from Singapore.

    It was stressed that should Technicae be selected it would be able to build, integrate and weaponise the turret in Brazil.

    Technicae has been working on the upgrade to the Urutu and the EE-9 Cascavel vehicle under Project Phoenix for a decade and it will continue until 2035 when the new Guarani family of vehicles has entered service to completely replace both types.

    The Brazilian Army has been awarding contracts to Technicae to upgrade small numbers of Urutu and Cascavel vehicles on a yearly basis, usually for 15-20 vehicles at a value of around $10 million. The company is working on Cascavels but is waiting for an order to do more work on another batch of Urutus.

    These are not huge amounts but it means that the vehicles will get a new Mercedes Benz engine with 200hp, automatic Allison SP 3000 tranmission, breaks, power pack, air conditioning, 24V electrical systems and optical systems.

    The spokesperson said that the upgrade solution aimed to address two issues: firstly the operational support and secondly the supply chain. They added that the vehicles are so old that many of the parts are no longer produced. He continued that the army gives the requirement and Technicae will find the solution that can be easily found on the market and can be supported long-term.

    Technicae has a facility in Brasilia and also works at a Brazilian Army facility, AGSP, in Sao Paulo where it completes the upgrade work.

  3. #783

    Published: Tuesday, 04 April 2017 23:42

    LAAD 2017: IVECO adds new member to the Guarani family of armored vehicles

    A new member of the VBTP-MR*Guarani Family of armored vehicles appeared at the LAAD 2017 defense and security exhibition. Showcased on Iveco's booth was the latest vehicle delivered to the Brazilian Army, a 6x6 version fitted with a new modular add-on armour kit and the Remax remote controlled weapon station produced by the Brazilian company Ares.

    The*VBTP-MR*Guarani*6x6 armored vehicle fitted a Remax remote controlled turret

    Ares' Remax turret is a remote controlled weapon station, fully stabilized, for 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm machine guns, designed under the requirements of the Brazilian Army. It features EO/IR optical systems, a laser rangefinder, as well as four 76mm smoke grenade launchers.

    The Brazilian Army has signed a contract worth about €2.5 billion with Iveco for supplying VBTP-MR armoured personnel carriers to replace the ageing EE-11 Urutu armoured vehicle employed today by the Brazilian armed forces.

    The Guarani Project was created with the objective of reconciling mobility and mission safety in the most diverse terrains. It consists of the development of combat vehicles on the 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 platforms, which will not only be powerful for military attack operations, but will also represent a qualitative leap forward in defense, patrolling, and peace missions.

    Planned to withstand different climates and terrains, the Guarani Family of armored vehicles was developed for rapid displacement, as well as crossings rivers and streams.

    With a capacity for 11 men, the armored vehicles have a series of technological innovations, such as a low thermal and radar signature, which makes it difficult to locate them by the enemy. Aiming for greater security for its users, the Guarani Family also has GPS navigation, night vision, and armored protection against incendiary armor piercing ammunition.

    The Remax RCWS here fitted with a 12,7 mm heavy machine gun

    With all its technology developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DCT) and the Iveco company, the so-called Guarani Armored Vehicle, 6x6 category, will have more than ten types of versions, such as mortar (to be used by Infantry and Cavalry weapons), communications, workshop, ambulance, engineering, and chemical and nuclear defense, among others.

    This factor demonstrates the versatility of the equipment and its wide range of use with Ground Forces. In this category, at least 203 units were delivered to military organizations across the country. In addition, another 60 have already been produced and are awaiting distribution.

    The heaviest category of the 8x8 armored family on wheels is under development by DCT engineers. The light 4x4 multitasking vehicle is being purchased. By the end of the project, the Army will have more than 3,000 vehicles divided among the three categories.

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    LAAD 2017: Guarani slows down

    05th April 2017 - 14:04

    by Tim Fish in Rio de Janeiro

    As the Brazilian defence budget gets more constrained the army is being forced to delay it major programmes.

    The VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 armoured vehicle programme is the flagship procurement project for the army but since it signed the €2.5 billion contract in 2012 for 2,044 units, only 248 APC variants have been built.

    It was originally intended that over 100 vehicles would be built per year, but at the existing rate since production began in 2013 it is averaging at just half this at about 50-60 vehicles per year. The figure in April 2015 was 178 built, therefore in the past two years only 70 vehicles have been delivered.

    A spokesperson from manufacturer Iveco Defence Vehicles told Shephard that they are contracted on an annual basis for a set number of vehicles depending on the Brazilian Army requirement. This does not seem to offer much long-term stability for production at Sete Lagoas.

    Furthermore, high hopes from two years ago that a contract for an 8x8 VBR-MR variant of the Guarani would be signed, which would provide a medium wheeled armoured reconnaissance vehicle capability, have not materialised.

    However, there is still a development programme for a turret for the 8x8 underway. There are also supposed to be C2, ambulance, mortar, armoured recovery and fire control variants. These vehicles will replace the Brazilian Army's EE-11 Urutu and EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 vehicles by the early 2030s.

    Meanwhile, the Iveco spokesperson said that the company had been selected to build the 4x4 Light Multirole Vehicle at its facility in Brazil at the same plant that builds the Guarani. This will use up some of the spare capacity at the facility as a result of the slowdown in Guarani production.

    The spokesperson said that Iveco was selected to provide LMV in late-October 2016 beating competition in the final from Avibras which offered a Sherpa. The company is building 32 vehicles to meet the VBMT-LR light 4x4 requirement of the Brazilian Army.

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    France's DGA orders 319 Griffon and 20 Jaguar armoured vehicles

    Frédéric Lert, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    27 April 2017

    On 21 April France's defence procurement agency (DGA) placed the first production order with Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense (RTD), and Thales for 319 Griffon Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles (VBMRs) and 20 Jaguar vehicles. The contract value was not disclosed.

    The VBMR will be available in four versions within this first batch: troop carrier, artillery observation vehicle, ambulance, and command post vehicle. The mortar version, equipped with the Thales-TDA 120 mm MEPAC mortar, will not be ordered before 2020. The Griffon is a 25-ton 6x6 vehicle that will replace the current VAB in French service.

    The Jaguar armoured reconnaissance and combat vehicle, also a 25-ton 6x6, has a 40 mm gun as a main armament, two ready-to-launch MMP missiles, and a remotely controlled machine gun.

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    General Dynamics European Land Systems Demonstrates the Piranha 8X8 Wheeled Armoured Vehicle to the Bulgarian Army

    (Source: GD European Land Systems; issued April 28, 2017)

    The Piranha IV, armed with a 30mm remote-controlled weapon station and an anti-tank guided missile system, seen here during its demonstration in Bulgaria, where it is competing for the Battalion Battle Group contract. (GDELS photo)

    KAZANLAK, Bulgaria --- The Piranha Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), a member of the Piranha family of vehicles, was officially presented on April 27th at the Military polygon Tylbeto near the city of Kazanlak in Bulgaria. The Military Unit Tylbeto in Kazanlak hosted the vehicle demonstration event, with a broad military audience, state officials and authorities and local industry in attendance.

    Together with its partners, General Dynamics Mission Systems and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, General Dynamics European Land Systems successfully conducted the three-day vehicle demonstration and live firing event with a Piranha IFV equipped with a 30mm NATO-compliant remote controlled weapon station, an anti-tank guided missile system and a fully integrated communication information system. The vehicle is a candidate for the Bulgarian Army’s Battalion Battle Group acquisition project.

    “General Dynamics European Land Systems is honoured to have the opportunity to present the full range of the Piranha system capabilities to the Bulgarian Army. With our proven technology and advanced system capabilities, we are confident in our ability to provide the Bulgarian Army with a compliant solution,” said Dr. Thomas Kauffmann, Vice President of International Business & Services of General Dynamics European Land Systems.

    General Dynamics European Land Systems, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a business unit of General Dynamics, and conducts its business through five European operating sites located in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. With over 1,800 highly skilled technical employees, the company designs, manufactures and delivers world-class land combat systems, including wheeled, tracked and amphibious vehicles, bridge systems, armaments and munitions, to global customers.


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