Phoenix International Introduces First LTATV Platform with High Power 24VDC System
09:57 GMT, August 6, 2010 ORANGE, Calif. | Phoenix International has announced the introduction of an 80 amp 24VDC auxiliary electrical system for its Prowler multi-mission Light Tactical All Terrain Vehicle. This capability is not available on or for any other vehicle in its class.
“This is a significant and unique contribution to Prowler’s role when used as a mobile communication and/or laser technology applications platform,” said Amos Deacon, CEO of Phoenix International. Deacon added that this particular product development delivers a new dimension of improvements and capability, all leading to a significant mission multiplier effect in Prowler’s military applications.
This on board COTS capability is the latest complement to the array of proven Prowler platform capabilities when employed as a mission critical component in ISR, SAR, Mobile Anti-Armor, Assault, Perimeter Patrol, Security and Logistic Support applications, Deacon commented.
The All Terrain Vehicle Corporation division of Phoenix International initially introduced the industry’s first “quad” ATV type vehicle with rack and pinion steering and automotive controls in 2002. This was the Prowler platform, purpose designed and built to provide a light but rugged, reliable, easily configurable and powerful, commercially available mobile resource that is operable in the harshest and most demanding of terrain, climate and environmental conditions.
The Prowler LTATV, known for its ability to perform in any terrain or climate with unmatched agility, features:
• powerful 750cc DFI SOHC 4 Valve V-Twin engine
• fully automatic dual range 2WD/4WD transmission
• low center of gravity, tight turning radius and high ground clearance
• 1550lb payload/3000lb towing capacity
Supacat completes the 7th SPV400 Lightweight Protected Patrol Vehicle
13:55 GMT, August 17, 2010
Supacat has recently completed the 7th all-new, all-British Supacat SPV400, which is Supacat’s offering to win a UK Ministry of Defence £200 million Urgent Operational Requirement for a Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) to replace the Snatch Land Rover. Following completion, the vehicle was delivered to the MoD in order for trials to be conducted prior to the announcement of preferred bidder, expected to be made soon.
Supacat’s rapid development of the SPV400 has seen all 7 vehicles built since December 2009. Vehicle 1 was blast tested in December 2009, vehicles 2&3 were delivered to the MoD for evaluation in January 2010 and were subsequently subjected to further trials by the MoD in April. Vehicles 4, 5 and 6 were blast tested in May, June and July respectively. Concurrently, vehicle 2 has been running back to back round the clock trials in operational conditions and vehicle 1 has been subjected to a demanding static four-poster rig test returning some impressive accelerated reliability results against repeated battlefield missions. Subsequently, vehicle 7 has been built to the very latest configuration and has had all of the upgrades and improvements incorporated as a result of the lesson learned throughout the development period. As a result, this vehicle is close to production standard.
“We are very proud of the progress we have made throughout this demanding development programme. Supacat has a reputation for being agile and for possessing the ability to deliver quality solutions in exceedingly short timescales; our development of SPV400 has clearly underwritten that reputation. SPV400’s design maturity is now advanced and this latest vehicle is already demonstrating that by delivering improved capability and reliability on trial”, said Nick Ames, Managing Director, Supacat Ltd. “The Supacat/NP Aerospace team believe it offers the best and a British solution – the SPV400. Its selection for LPPV would strengthen the UK’s innovation and engineering skills base and support manufacturing jobs, sustaining between 1000 and 1200 jobs throughout the UK. The SPV400 is an entirely British Export and will have a potentially huge international market should it succeed in the LPPV competition”.
Purpose designed to protect British troops from the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices in Afghanistan and perform patrol tasks in areas inaccessible to heavier vehicles, the Supacat SPV400 offers unprecedented levels of mobility and protection. This combination breaks new ground in military vehicle technology for a light patrol vehicle in the 7.5 ton class. Carrying a crew of six (2 +4), the SPV400 combines an integrated blast and ballistic protection system, including a protected all composite crew pod and V-shaped hull. On the desert plain it can reach speeds up to 80mph, comparable to the Supacat designed `Jackal`.
Over 90% of the SPV400 is UK sourced with a 30 strong supply chain stretching from Darlington, where Cummins UK produce the engine, down to Devon, where the SPV400 is designed by Supacat. Half of the key suppliers are concentrated in the West Midlands around NP Aerospace’s Coventry production facility where the SPV400 will be built. They include GKN Aerospace and GKN Driveline, Pailton Engineering, CSES Engineering, Park Sheetmetal Ltd, Garforth & Goodman, Christy Hydraulics, Dana UK Axles, AFS Ltd, Lighting Aerospace.
Supacat and NP Aerospace, are respectively world leaders in high mobility, all terrain vehicles and in composite armour protection systems. NP Aerospace designed the SPV400’s composite crew pod and protection system with access to the UK’s classified armour technology. The materials used offer protection from a range of threats and at much lower weight than a traditional steel design.
Both have significant experience in working with the British Army, with Supacat currently supplying the Jackal and Coyote vehicles while NP Aerospace integrates and supplies the Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound vehicles.
U.S. Army Acquires First Next-Generation Cargo Vehicles from Oshkosh Defense
(Source: Oshkosh Defense; issued Aug. 18, 2010)
OSHKOSH, Wis. --- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, has delivered its first next-generation Palletized Load Systems (PLS) to the U.S. Army. The new PLS model, known as the PLS A1, features design improvements creating a more secure and robust vehicle for logistics missions that face increased combat exposure.
“Working closely with our Army customer, Oshkosh has improved the PLS to provide our troops increased protection and mobility demanded in today’s critical distribution and resupply missions,” said Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The military can only move as fast as its supplies. Improved armor, common with the proven armor solution on the HEMTT A4, and enhanced off-road capabilities will better protect logistics missions from blasts and other threats. PLS A1 updates make a good truck even better and will secure the vehicle’s role in Army logistics operations for many years to come.”
The vehicle, developed to load and unload a variety of heavy-payload cargo, now features a Long Term Armor Strategy (LTAS)-compliant cab, a 600-horsepower engine and a six-speed transmission. It also uses the Oshkosh-patented TAK-4 independent suspension on the front axle positions, which provides greater off-road mobility and enhances protection in harsh terrain, like Afghanistan.
The initial deliveries of 11 vehicles are part of an order for more than 725 PLS vehicles issued under the U.S. Army’s existing Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) contract. Production for this order is scheduled to be completed in September 2011.
The PLS is the backbone of the Army's distribution and resupply system. Built to carry ammunition and other critical supplies needed in battle, the PLS has proven its ability in front-line resupply missions in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Together, the PLS truck and trailer form a complete system that reduces the need for forklifts or other material-handling equipment. They both carry a demountable cargo bed, also known as a flatrack, which features a 16.5-ton payload capacity.
The PLS is a part of the Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV), produced by Oshkosh, which also includes the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT A4) and the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET A1). Oshkosh works with armed forces to deliver world-class vehicles that are built to withstand harsh combat conditions and overcome challenging terrain.
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection.
Army Determining Cost, Scope of Humvee Recap Program
Will Operate Huge Fleet for Years Despite New Programs
By KATE BRANNEN
Published: 16 August 2010
The U.S. Army is working to better manage its weapon portfolios, including a tactical wheeled vehicle fleet with 154,000 Humvees that will be with the Army for years to come.
"We're going to have them in the Army for a long time because no matter what, it's going to take a long time to replace 150,000 vehicles," said Kevin Fahey, program executive officer for combat support and combat service support.
After reviewing the tactical wheeled vehicle portfolio, an effort led by Gen. Peter Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army, the service concluded that it had reached its requirement for Humvees. With the unveiling of the 2011 budget in February, the Army announced that it would halt Humvee purchases.
"The Army made the decision that basically, we have bought to the requirement," Fahey said. There were many reasons behind the decision, but the number of mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles bought over the last few years was an important factor, he said. Of the 154,000 Humvees, roughly 60 percent of them remain unarmored.
Even with MRAPs and the next-generation Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Army will still need to manage its large fleet of Humvees for many years to come, Fahey said. "That's where the idea of a recap program came up."
After releasing a request for information in the spring and collecting responses, the Army is reviewing what could be done to improve the Humvee and how much would it cost.
"We're also working through the process of how would we get it funded if we come up with what we believe is a cost-effective recap," Fahey said.
Recap is not a reset. The goal of a recap program is to improve the vehicle's capabilities, not return it to its former condition, he said.
If recapping Humvees costs the same as buying new ones, the Army might select to do the recap if it brought additional capability, Fahey said.
Of the Army's various portfolio reviews, the tactical wheeled vehicle was "probably the most challenging," because of the number of items and vehicles being considered, Fahey said.
"Combat vehicles are important and they're at the tip of the spear, but in numbers, they're a magnitude less," he said.
There are roughly 30 versions of the Humvee and 18 different kinds of medium tactical vehicles. Heavy vehicles are a little easier because they are fewer in number, Fahey said.
The Army is rewriting its tactical wheeled vehicle strategy.
"The driving question, first and foremost, is, how many do we need and how many to meet the missions and functions of tactical vehicles?" Fahey said. "And that's the tough part because unlike combat vehicles, tactical vehicles are with every unit in the United States Army, Reserve and Guard."
After deciding how many are needed, the next priority is to establish how much is needed to armor the fleet, he said.
These issues will be addressed in the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Strategy. A similar document was written last year but now is being updated to include the MRAP-All Terrain Vehicles and what was learned through the portfolio review, Fahey said.
"We worked really hard to get a good baseline on the status of each vehicle - where is it and what condition is it in," he said.
The Army's emerging Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Strategy "is lock step with the Marine Corps," said Fahey. "Everything we do affects them also, especially when you're talking light tactical vehicles."
The Army is also preparing to send to Congress a Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Acquisition Strategy. This document will outline what the Army is doing from an acquisition perspective to buy and sustain the equipment.
When purchase of the latest batch of Jackal vehicles was announced at Defence Equipment & Support's Defence Vehicle Dynamics event in June 2010 it took the number of Jackal vehicles procured for UK forces to more than 500.
Jackal 2 vehicles in Afghanistan
[Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]
The announcement, by Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Minister Peter Luff, to procure another 140 of the 2A version of the weapons-mounted patrol vehicle at a cost of £45m was another vote of confidence in a vehicle which has enabled British patrols to keep in touch with the enemy, often in the toughest of Afghan terrain. Around 40 of the Jackal 2As are due to be delivered this month.
Jackal is the best known of the high mobility transporter vehicles delivered by Babcock over the last few years. The original contract to produce the vehicles was signed as an Urgent Operational Requirement in 2007. The contract has since delivered with huge success.
Jackal vehicles are produced by Babcock under an alliance with Supacat, the prime contractor and design authority. Supacat is responsible for design, development, prototyping, integration and programme management, while Babcock takes responsibility for detailed production planning, purchasing and manufacture at its Devonport factory.
Perfect partnership has been the key for the project co-ordinators at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). Alan Stephen, DE&S' high mobility transport vehicle project manager, said:
"The success of the Jackal programme has been grounded on a combined effort between the project team and industry, who have shown great will to achieve and the ability to take risk to continue delivery.
"My team is thoroughly committed to achieving the best solution for the soldier on the ground, as early as possible, as economically as possible.
Jackal vehicles in production at Babcock
[Picture: via MOD]
"We can't rest on our laurels though, and are continually examining ways of making an excellent vehicle even better. Regular good communications direct with theatre and excellent backbriefs from returning brigades assist in identifying where we should be looking at improvements.
"Of course it does help motivation that it's a very well-liked vehicle which has delivered an important capability to Operation HERRICK."
The vehicles are built by a team of up to 130 Babcock employees working on the Devonport pulse production line, along with a smaller project management team of 25.
The pulse production line involves dividing the total manufacturing activity into a series of 12 equally balanced packages or 'cells', and the vehicle is physically moved, or 'pulsed', from one area assembly to the next on a daily basis.
Application of a 'lean' philosophy has identified and eliminated any non-value-adding activities, and serves to ensure that the demanding delivery schedules and critical quality and reliability requirements are met.
This is coupled with highly effective supply chain management to reduce lead times, ensure quality and reliability, manage obsolescence, and ultimately drive down the cost of construction and ownership. Production runs at a rate of one vehicle a day.
Babcock Land Systems Director, Chris Dunn, said:
"The Jackal vehicle has been a resounding success, having proved its versatility; combining speed and manoeuvrability with unparalleled cross-country performance over Afghanistan's harsh terrain.
Troops in Jackal vehicles provide reassurance to the local population in Lashkar Gah
[Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]
"We are delighted to be working in alliance with Supacat to deliver these vehicles reliably and consistently within the shortest possible timescales.
"Further, we have established Babcock as a company that can be relied upon to deliver vehicles of exceptional quality at record pace and, being OEM [Original Equipment Manufacture] independent, we are also talking to other vehicle designers about building their vehicles for upcoming programmes in the UK and abroad."
Jackal - the story so far...
In service are three Army variants based on the high mobility transporter - the 4x4 Jackal in three variants (1, 2 and 2A), the 6x6 Coyote and the 6x6 MEP (Military Enhancement Programme) vehicle.
The MEP was procured as the base vehicle for the Soothsayer programme, which was cancelled in 2009 - 35 vehicles were produced.
The first Jackal contract was placed on 28 July 2007, and the first vehicles entered service in November 2007 - vehicles were in theatre in early 2008.
Follow-on buys occurred in 2008 to bring the total to more than 200.
On 9 April 2008, the contract was signed for more than 100 more Jackals - these were at the Jackal 2 build standard and entered service in August 2009.
On 12 May 2010, a contract was signed for around 140 Jackal vehicles, at the Jackal 2A build standard.
Approximate contract value of the various buys is £174m for Jackal 1 and £45m for Jackal 2A.
More than 70 Coyote vehicles have been built - the Coyote is the light vehicle in the Tactical Support Vehicle family and entered service in August 2009.
The Jackal 2 contract and the Coyote contract were awarded together, with the number of vehicles changing during the buy - the combined value of the two contracts is £140m.
This article is taken from August 2010 edition of desider - the magazine for Defence Equipment and Support.
Someone PM'd about these vehicles and this part of Overlander.........here are the pics.......
Mercedes Benz G-Wagon 4x4 and 6x6:
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken delivery of its first new Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon cross-country vehicles - the first to be delivered on Australian soil. These first locally delivered vehicles, nine in total, follow on from the initial hand-over of the first two units at the G-Wagon’s factory in Austria, which took place late last year.
All eleven vehicles so far delivered are part of the 1200-strong tactical fleet order placed by the ADF in October 2008, a national undertaking known as “Project Overlander”. As planned, all vehicle units delivered to-date have been both on time and budget.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon military vehicles being delivered to the ADF include:
Four-wheel-drive station wagons;
Four-wheel-drive cab-chassis units;
Six-wheel-drive units in both single- and dual-cab chassis configuration
All vehicles are powered by the German auto-maker’s proven 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine, the popular powerplant fitted to many of the marque’s passenger cars, SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles) and vans.
Specific models will be fitted with specialist modules built by Australian engineering firm G. H. Varley, and all model variants are being subjected to a rigorous test regime by the Australian Defence Force prior to full production later this year. Mercedes-Benz will also provide an armour-kit that can be fitted should armoured protection be required.
The delivery of these G-Wagons continues Mercedes-Benz’s long involvement with the Australian Defence Force, which includes the delivery and support of Unimog cross-country trucks, Actros 8x8 fuel tankers, buses and vans.
Mercedes-Benz also recently participated in the ADF’s trial of medium and heavy trucks. The ADF tested a range of Mercedes-Benz trucks including the latest armoured Unimog, four- and six-wheel variants of the Zetros truck, and the massive armoured 8x8 Actros (nicknamed ‘Optimus Prime’ - the animated “Transformer” character - by Canadian soldiers on deployment).
Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific meets the ADF’s specialised military requirements with its resources, component commonality and technical support base – the result of being part of one of the world’s largest and most advanced automotive manufacturers. Mercedes-Benz is confident it can meet all the requirements of the Australian Defence Force with its comprehensive military vehicle range, and its extensive Australian support base.
Hybrid vehicle? Sort of a CanAm Trike crossed with a SkiDoo.............I somehow doubt its longevity in some of the rock-and-scrub Bush that predominates in huge chunks of places like Australia, Afghanistan etc
Sand-X Motors Introduce the Sand-X T-ATV Desert Patroller
From a Recreational Vehicle Developed for the Emirates' Royalty, the Tracked All-Terrain Vehicle Turns into a Special Operations Desert Warrior
Where conflicts are waged in remote inhibited and desert lands, mobility becomes a major concern for military planners. Movements are predictable and vulnerable, with convoy restricted to known transportation routes, where they are exposed to IED and ambushes. Elsewhere, security forces and border guards are tasked with exhaustive mission of sealing long and porous borders in an attempt to block illegal immigration, stop drug smuggling, and monitor pipelines and mines, eliminating theft of oil and minerals. For these tasks and many more, all-terrain mobility becomes a must.
The SAND-X T-ATV is build to cross the desert as fast and safe as possible and support the troops. SAND-X T-ATV pilots can cross the dunes in every directions and can follow the given navigation route or choose theirs own path without large detours. Hard reaching locations in the desert, so called black spots, are now easy, fast and safe accessible for land forces with this new generation of desert vehicles. Photos: Sand-X Motors
Defense-Update has reviewed several innovative manned and unmanned platforms, including tracked, wheeled all terrain vehicles, quad ATVs and motorcycles. But the new Sand-X Tracked-all-terrain vehicle (T-ATV), deserves a category in itself. Originally adopted as a recreational vehicle by the emirate's elite, it was recently introduced as a desert patrols vehicle, tailored for security and military market, special operations and military applications.
T-ATV is an ATV category defined by a hybrid traction system combining low-pressure tires supported by a continuous track in the back, providing the traction, adding stability and safety at all speeds, slope angles and terrain. Like a motorcycle or snowmobile The T-ATV is steered by handlebars. As the name implies, it is designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles.
The tires used can be matched for every terrain while the track, made of tough Kevlar composite, is designed for operation over different types of terrain including deep and dry sand, rocks, gravel and loose dirt, shallow water, mud, snow or ice. The vehicle is said to be much safer for riding off-road or when travelling over pavement and roads. The new militarized model of the Sand-X T-ATV introduced recently is powered by a Rotax 4 stroke fuel-injecting 1,200cc petrol engine, with automatic transmission, operating over such rough terrain without refueling at distances exceeding 350 km. The developer, Sand-X Motors of the UAE has recently introduced two versions of this recreational vehicle, designed for special-operations, military and security applications. According to the manufacturer, Sand X T-ATV is faster and safer than any other sand vehicle and can carry more gear combined with bigger fuel range for longer range operations.
The motorbike-style Control-handle acts on the two tires on the front-axle. This allows precise tracking and directional control. Furthermore the stability in the roll axis is dramatically increased. The point of gravity is exceptionally low and the Kevlar made track provides optimum grip for precise power and speed control. The risk of roll-over or directional instability is reduced to a minimum with the low center of gravity, and wide stance roll over protection. Furthermore, with a single track providing traction, the Sand-X T-ATV does not need any ground clearance to overcome obstacles. On desert missions teams riding the Sand-X can cross the terrain to the target in a straight line, through dunes, rocks or other obstacles impeding mobility with other vehicles.
Traveling cross country at high speed enables security teams or special forces to save time, effectively chase fleeting targets and control larger areas with fewer forces. The vehicle accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds, and can reach a top speed of 185 km/h cross country. It can carry a payload up to 300 kg weight, is equipped with extra strong cooling system supporting operations in tropical/desert conditions.
Specially fitted cargo trucks are now carrying the U.S. military logistics load in Afghanistan.
Designed to be stronger and more survivable than earlier designs, Oshkosh Defense’s Palletized Load Systems (PLS) vehicles have become a mainstay for the rough and rugged terrain in the country’s remotest regions.
“It has become [the] backbone of over-the-road logistics for Afghanistan,” says Mike Ivy, Oshkosh vice president and general manager for Army programs.
Historically, he says, the Army has used commercial-grade tractors and trailers for over-the-road logistics. “Those trucks don’t do well in Afghanistan,” he says. “Particularly in northern Afghanistan.”
Oshkosh has improved the PLS to provide troops the increased protection and mobility demanded in the region’s tougher distribution and resupply missions.
The PLS is a part of the Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV), produced by Oshkosh, which also includes the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) and the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET).
Oshkosh recently delivered its next-generation PLS A1s, with enhanced off-road capabilities and better protection from blasts and other threats.
The Army has 725 PLS vehicles on order under the FHTV contract. “We have strong orders on the Army side through Fiscal 2011,” Ivy says.
Wheeled vehicle programs ranked fourth among the top Pentagon expenses in 2009, racking up about $3.6 billion worth of contracts and contract modifications, according to an Aerospace DAILY analysis of contracting data provided by the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.
Wheeled vehicles have become increasingly important as the Pentagon has transitioned from Iraq to Afghanistan, which has a far less developed road infrastructure.
“The recapitalization market is going to be much bigger going forward,” Ivy asserts. “As you have the soldier and Marine Corps head count go down, equipment is flowing out of Iraq and into the plant for recapitalization.”
Vehicles sent to Iraq to support the invasion will have different missions requiring upgrades and other work. “That business will probably carry on for some time, as [the] Army rebuilds the fleet for a postwar environment,” Ivy says.
In the case of the PLS, “We bring [them] in as carcasses and build into the A1 configuration,” Ivy notes. The work includes independent suspension installation and a new engine with more horsepower. The Army also wants to restore the mobility lost when it added armor to the truck.
Luxembourg Orders Mine, Ballistic Protected Trucks from Scania
September 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm
Luxembourg will get Scania G480 all-terrain 8x8 trucks, similar to this G420 used by the Dutch Army. Netherlands bought 555 trucks from Scania in 2003.
Scania announced receiving new orders for 8×8 all-wheel drive, mine protected trucks from the NATO military procurement & sustainment agency (NAMSA), to deliver 13 Type 8×8 G 480 trucks for the Luxembourg Army.
The new, add-on mine-protected V-hull was presented at Eurosatory 2010 by Akers Krutbruk's. The armor system for the Scania truck was launched at Eurosatory in 2008, and was since installed on several hundred trucks. The design implements ballistic protection in an internal installation, thus maintaining a 'non aggressive' look. At the 2010 Eurosatory Akers introduced an additional facet of this system - an add-on V-shaped hull, attached to the standard chassis, improving the cab's protection from mine blast and IEDs. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense Update
Scania will also deliver 18 additional trucks without mine protection. According to Scania, this is the first application of the new STANAG Level 3 armor on a 13 ton truck. These new trucks will mostly be used on peace-keeping missions. Scania in cooperation with Swedish armor expert Akers Krutbruk has developed an add-on mine protected V-hull tailored for these trucks. 28 of the trucks will be fitted with hooklift bodywork and three with recovery body. Deliveries will take place during 2011.
In addition, Scania announced another order for 88 logistics trucks from Sweden, part of an ongoing delivery agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). The new order includes 80 three-axle Scania G 400 6×2 logistics vehicles with hooklift bodywork. Four vehicles to be used for driver training are specified with four individual seats in the cab. FMV has also ordered eight four-axle Scania P 400 8×2 with crane and platform bodywork. These vehicles are fitted with the Scania Communicator 200 on-board data collector for remote follow-up of vehicle and driver performance via a web portal. Deliveries are scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. Scania introduced military vehicles built to meet NATO standard in 1998. Mine and ballistic protected vehicles were introduced in 2001.
First Order for 1,700 Caiman Multi-Terrain MRAP Vehicles
September 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm
Caiman MTV. Photo: BAE Systems
BAE Systems will upgrade 1,700 Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, under a $629 million contract awarded by the MRAP Joint Program Office (JPO).
The upgraded vehicle will include a refurbished and improved armored capsule, derived from existing Caimans. Unlike the classic ‘floating floor’ blast-protected floor, the new capsule is integrated with ‘enhanced monolithic floor’, strengthened frame and blast protected seats, improving the survivability of the passengersand crew. The new vehicle uses an uprated automotive power train, chassis and independent suspension. The upgraded interior also includes an upgraded HVAC temperature control system to protect soldiers and critical computer equipment from hot and cold extremes. The vehicle’s improved mobility is achieved with a greater vehicle track width, a strong independent suspension and an upgraded powertrain.
The upgraded vehicle is designated ‘Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV)‘. These enhancements will provide greater levels of mobility and survivability required in Afghan theater of operation. “The Caiman MTV is a very adaptable configuration that can be customized to meet a variety of missions” said Dennis Morris, president, BAE Systems Global Tactical Systems.
BAE Systems introduced the Caiman MTV earlier this year following a rapid design and development program. The new award is the first order of the new vehicle. BAE Systems will deliver the first Caiman MTVs from its production line at Sealy, TX in November 2010. Further integration will continue by the Navy.