RTD awarded French VLTP-NP contract
13th December 2016 - 10:30
by The Shephard News Team
This provides more detail of the award noted immediately above.............not too daft an idea and has been discussed a long time ago, using COTS vehicles, with minimal militarisation, to do the everyday, peace-time tasks.....
Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) has been awarded the French unprotected light passenger vehicle (VLTP-NP) contract, the company announced on 8 December.
The contract covers the acquisition of 3,700 VLTP-NPs over a four year period starting from 2017.
The vehicle is a militarised variant of a reinforced civilian station wagon with hardened chassis and suspension. RTD will also incorporate operational elements, including weapons and radio, onto the vehicle. RTD will also support the vehicles.
The contract was announced by France’s Minister for Defence at the company’s operational readiness centre in Fourchambault, Nièvre. During the visit the minister was presented with the future special forces heavy vehicles (PLFS), the first 25 of which will be available at the end of December; and the special forces light vehicle, which is still in the design stage.
GM's hydrogen fuel cell truck to undergo US Army demonstration
Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
14 December 2016
GM and US Army TARDEC are trialling a Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle for potential military uses. Source: General Motors
General Motors (GM) and the US Army now have a running prototype of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle based on a Chevrolet Colorado truck, called the ZH2, company officials told IHS Jane's.
The vehicle, first unveiled on 3 October during the annual Association of the US Army symposium, is being jointly developed by GM and US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC), and is to undergo army testing in field conditions in 2017 to determine the viability of hydrogen-powered vehicles for military missions.
The demonstrator vehicle was mostly assembled at GM's Advanced Vehicle Integration facility in Warren, Michigan, where TARDEC is also located.
Chris Colquitt, the senior engineering manager for ZH2, told IHS Jane's on 13 December that since it was unveiled, the vehicle has undergone various start up activities such as putting hydrogen in the tanks, charging the batteries, and turning it on and operating it at GM's Milford Proving Ground.
ZH2's propulsion was calibrated for a Chevrolet Equinox - the same power plant was used for a testing project with the Equinox - and engineers are now calibrating it with the Colorado's 4-wheel drive systems and other aspects.
In April GM will hand the vehicle over to the army, which is expected in May to start trialling it in different training missions across the country to experiment in varying terrains and roles, Colquitt said. GM and the army will collect subjective soldier feedback as well as objective technical data.
The ZH2 was built on a stretched midsize pickup chassis and is about 2 m tall and more than 2.1 m wide. It rides on 37-inch tyres and a modified suspension, GM and TARDEC said. An Exportable Power Take-Off unit (EPTO) is integrated to allow the fuel cell to provide power for equipment beyond the vehicle itself.
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Published: 14 December 2016
Renault Trucks Defense will deliver more than 400 Special Forces vehicles to the French Army.
Renault Trucks Defense will deliver new 4x4 combat vehicles to the Special Forces units of the French Army. In December 2015, French army has signed a contract with Renault Trucks Defense for the delivery of 202 PLFS (poids lourds des forces spéciales - Special Forces Heavy Vehicle) and 241 VLFS '(véhicules légers des forces spéciale- Special Forces Light Vehicle) especially designed for Special Forces.
PLFS (Poids Lourds des Forces Spéciales - Special Forces Heavy Vehicle) to the French Ministry of Defense booth at Eurosatory 2016, International Defense Exhibition in Paris, France.
The first version of the VLFS was showed on the French Army booth during the International Defense Exhibition, Eurosatory in June 2016. The vehicles seems to be based on the Sherpa 4x4 light armoured vehicle but with modifications according to the needs of the French Special Forces.
The VLFS features new wheels to increase off-road mobility. Each side of the vehicle are fitted with storage boxes. Two folding windscreens are mounted at the front of the crew cabin. A self-recovery winch is mounted at the front of the hull.
The VLFS can carried five military personnel using an open top architecture with one lateral door and one rear door. The floor of crew compartment is protected against mine blast, and depending the tactical situation the vehicle can be fitted with add-on armour.
At the front of the seat commander is mounted a swivel station armed with a 12.7mm machine gun. A circular ring mount armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun is available in the center of the crew compartment offering 360° fire power against land and air targets. Two additional swivel station armed with 7.62mm machine are mounted at the rear of the vehicle.
The VLFS can also be armed with LGA40, 40mm automatic grenade launcher, Minigun M134 six-barreled, electrically-driven rotary 7.62mm gun or anti-tank missile weapon systems.
The VLFS will be delivered to the French Army Special Forces in two configurations, combat and logistic vehicle which will be fitted with a crane or a water tank.
Man ... Volvo and the French Government are playing this nice. 6 months ago Renault Trucks Defense and their associated companies would have appeared like bottom feeders. Now, they are being pumped full of orders within just 3 weeks just in time for being sold!
Ha! I was just thinking the same thing...........................
Published: 02 January 2017
US Army places US$176 Mn order for Oshkosh Defense Joint Light Tactical Vehicles
Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced today that the U.S. Army has placed another order for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program including 409 vehicles, 1,984 installed kits, 82 packaged kits and related services and support. The order valued at more than $176 million, is the fourth order for JLTVs since the contract was awarded in August 2015.
The Oshkosh Defense Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (Photo Oshkosh Defense)
“The JLTV program is providing our Soldiers and Marines with the world’s most capable light tactical vehicle,” said Dave Diersen, Oshkosh Defense vice president and general manager of Joint Programs. “We have begun delivering low rate production vehicles to the Army and Marine Corps for government testing in environments around the country and we have been pleased with its performance thus far.” The vehicles and kits for this order will begin delivery in late 2017.
Published: 10 January 2017
Jankel achieves new level of IED Protection for civilian armoured vehicles (CAVs)
Impressive protection levels....................
A new industry standard has been reached by Jankel in the on-going drive to offer extra protection against IEDs and roadside bombs to troops and civilians in the field.
The tests were performed on a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 series produced by Jankel
Adhering to current standards for enclosed civilian armoured vehicles (CAVs) means that at a minimum, personnel are protected from a 15kg blast at 4 metres away. Some companies have been able to go further and offer protection from a 15kg blast at 2 metres away.
Now Jankel has completed and passed comprehensive tests to increase the protection level to a 25kg blast detonated 2 metres away.
For any organisation tasked with sending their people into hostile territories, protection is everything. This proven capability now offers a new level of protection to bring added safety to people in dangerous situations, and without compromise on cost.
Lee Palmer, Jankel Chief Engineer said “Jankel has a reputation for driving new and creative ways to bring improvements. We are always looking to increase protection levels or bring safety enhancements. Having passed a test at this level means we bring extra and much needed protection improvements to people operating in high risk areas.”
Jankel passed the AEP-55 Vol 3 side blast test occupant survivability requirements which is itself a rare achievement. The test was conducted in accordance with the requirements ofNATO AEP-55 STANAG 4569,NATO’s Standardization Agreement covering standards for the "Protection Levels for Occupants of Logistic and Light Armoured Vehicles”. The standard covers strikes from Kinetic Energy, artillery, and IED blast.
Minister of Defence Receives Shipment of Tatra Trucks
(Source: Czech Republic Ministry of Defence; issued Jan 10, 2017)
Minister of Defence Martin Stropnicky was symbolically presented with the keys to 26 Tatra T-810 flatbed trucks by representatives of TATRA TRUCKS a.s. during a ceremony last week at the Material Centre in Stepanov.
Between 2008 and 2009, the military took their first delivery of 588 Tatra trucks with eight design modifications which comply with defence specifications agreed two years earlier. The newly delivered trucks will replace the older vehicles and will be assigned to 20 military units.
Delivery of further trucks will continue until the end of May 2017 with the Czech Armed Forces receiving a further 40 T-815 heavy and medium trucks with container loaders, and 41 T-815 trucks for transporting PRAM 120mm mortars.
"Taking into consideration the current security situation, this acquisition represents a key example of how we are continuing to support the Czech defence industry. Local manufacturing capabilities are strategically important to us, be it ministerial, state owned or certified contractors," said Minister Stropnicky during his visit. The ceremony was also attended by the First Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Jiri Baloun, and other guests.
The Czech Armed Forces are equipped with about three thousand T-810 and T-815 Tatra trucks of various modifications, including special armoured versions used for foreign operations. The main advantage of the Tatra truck is that it comes equipped with the time-tested chassis platform which allows for the attachment of a variety of superstructures.
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV): Background and Issues for Congress
(Source: Congressional Research Service; issued Jan 10, 2017)
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), which 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 Dynamic s Land Systems.
On January 26, 2012, the Army issued the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the JLTV’s EMD phase. Up to three EMD contracts could have been awarded, and contract award was scheduled for June 2012. The period of performance for EMD contracts was 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 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; Yuma, AZ; and Redstone Arsenal, AL. The Army planned to select a single vendor by 2015, with the first Army brigade being equipped with JLTVs by 2018. FY2015 program plans anticipated a Milestone C (Production and Deployment Phase Approval) decision in the fourth quarter of FY2015, followed by Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP).
In June 2014, the Army issued a draft RFP for the JLTV Full-Rate Production Phase. The Secretary of Defense conducted an interim review of the JLTV program and found it is likely to meet all eight key performance parameters. Three companies who were picked in 2012 to build prototypes—Oshkosh, Lockheed Martin, and AM General—submitted their bids for the LRIP contract by the February 10, 2015 deadline.
On August 25, 2015, it was announced the Army had awarded Oshkosh a $6.7 billion low rate initial production (LRIP) contract with eight options to procure the initial 16,901 vehicles for the Army and Marines. The JLTV is to be produced in Oshkosh, WI, and deliveries are scheduled to begin in June 2016.
On September 8, 2015, it was reported Lockheed Martin would file a protest with GAO, but AM General reportedly did not file a protest with GAO. On December 15, 2015, GAO closed Lockheed Martin’s protest “without further action.”
According to DOD’s 2016 Selected Acquisition Report (SAR), the JLTV program cost estimate decreased by over 19%, or about $5.9 billion, due to revised estimates of vehicle unit costs and installation kits.
It is also reported the Army plans to use the JLTV as the interim platform for its upcoming Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (LRV) program instead of procuring a new system, and the Air Force is considering the JLTV as a replacement for its HMMWVs being used by missile launch site security units.
A potential issue for Congress includes service-specific fielding plans for the JLTV.
Click here for the full report (12 PDF pages) hosted on its website by the Federation of American Scientists.
Published: 14 January 2017
Army of Israel to acquire 200 FMTV trucks from the American Company Oshkosh Defense.
Israeli Ministry of Defense has announced this week on its official website the acquisition of 200 FMTV (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles) trucks from the American Company Oshkosh Defense for a value contract of $200 million.
U.S. soldiers from the 1168th Transportation Company transport an FMTV (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles) from the Forward Support Company, 224th Engineer Battalion, to be decommissioned March 12. (Picture U.S. National Guard)
The new FMTV trucks will replace old tactical trucks in service withe the Israeli Defence Forces since 60 years. according Israeli army sorces, the delivery o the trucks will startted in the coming year with a final delivery in 2018.
The FMTV was originally manufactured by Stewart and Stevenson (1996-2006), then by Armor Holdings (2006-2007), then by what is now BAE Systems Platforms & Services until 2011. It is currently manufactured by Oshkosh Defense.
The FMTV is a ra family of military trucks available in 4x4 and 6x6 chassis from 2.5 to 10 tons.
The FMTV was introduced into U.S. Army service in 1996 to replace obsolete and maintenance-intensive 2.5 ton and 5 ton trucks. In the U.S. army , this trucks is used as cargo carrier, resupply, ammunition resupply, maintenance and recovery, and engineer support missions.
The Light Medium Tactical Vehicle has a 2.5 ton capacity (cargo, van, and chassis models) and has a companion trailer. The Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) has a 5-ton capacity (cargo, long wheelbase-cargo with and without materiel handling equipment, tractor, van, wrecker, 8.8 ton Load HAndling System, 8.8 ton LHS trailer and 10-ton dump truck models).