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buglerbilly - 12-5-2017 at 10:58 AM

IDEF 2017: FNSS rolls out Pars III

Christopher F Foss, Istanbul - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

11 May 2017

FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has taken the opportunity at the IDEF 2017 exhibition in Istanbul to debut its latest Pars III family of armoured fighting vehicles, in both 6x6 and 8x8 configurations.

The earlier generation 8x8 Pars was developed by the company as a private venture specifically for the export market.

Malaysia became the first customer of the type, taking delivery of 247 vehicles - comprising of 12 variants - under the local designation of AV8.

The first AV8 originated from the company's production line but local assembly is now being carried out by DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies (Deftech) in Malaysia with FNSS supplying key subsystems such as the driveline.

The 8x8 Pars III has a typical gross vehicle weight (GVW) of up to 30 tonnes. In the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) configuration it has a crew of three consisting of commander, gunner, and driver, and carries nine dismounts.

The vehicle has steering enabled on four axles and is powered by a diesel engine coupled to an automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case, which gives a maximum road speed of up to 100 km/h and a road range of 700 km.

Meanwhile, the 6x6 vehicle has a GVW of 25 tonnes and typically has a crew of three plus six dismounts, with steering enabled on the first and last road wheel stations.

Both vehicles have a hull of all-welded steel to which a modular appliqué armour package can be fitted.

FNSS claims that the hull design of the Pars III offers a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), with all crew members provided with blast shock mitigation seats.

The latest 6x6 FNSS Pars III fitted with FNSS Sabre one-person turret armed with 25 mm dual-feed cannon and 7.62 mm coaxial MG. (Christopher F Foss)

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buglerbilly - 12-5-2017 at 11:49 AM

IDEF 2017: Nurol Makina unveils new 4x4

James Bingham, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

11 May 2017

Turkey's Nurol Makina unveiled a new 4x4 armoured vehicle at the 2017 International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF 2017) exhibition in Istanbul. Designed as a private venture, the vehicle is being positioned by the company for procurement by the Turkish Armed Forces.

A front view of the NMS 4x4, as displayed at IDEF 2017. (IHS Markit/James Bingham)

Known as the NMS, the vehicle has a monocoque V-shaped hull and is designed for speed and manoeuvrability. Although displayed in a baseline scout version, the modular NMS has also been presented in an air defence configuration incorporating two quad missile launchers and a panoramic sight. Additionally, a cargo variant with the passenger compartment removed has also been described by the company.

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buglerbilly - 13-5-2017 at 06:21 PM

IDEF'17: Increased rivalry observed among Turkey's armored vehicle makers

By: Burak Ege Bekdil, May 11, 2017

ISTANBUL — Increased insurgency-related violence in Turkey and more turmoil in regional conflict zones have led to a surge in competition among Turkish armored vehicle producers. 
A United Nations report on human rights in southeast Turkey says about 2,000 people were killed in security operations in the area between July 2015 and December 2016. The report also estimates between 355,000 to 500,000 people are displaced in the area. 
“The local and nearby markets are flourishing. … And so are the technological capabilities of Turkish producers,” said one London-based Turkey specialist at IDEF'17, the biannual Turkish defense and aerospace exhibition. “This is good and bad news. Good because rivalry sharpens contenders in earning advanced capabilities and reducing costs. And bad because of smaller profit margins.”
IDEF hosted a number of Turkish armored vehicles producers who showcased their latest models, luring thousands of visitors. 
Nurol Machinery, a four-wheel drive specialist, showcased its Ilgaz II, the advanced version of the Ilgaz. The 8.8-ton Ilgaz II can carry up to nine personnel. Nurol officials said they already signed an export deal with a country they did not name. 

Nurol’s earnings flourished from a mere $5 million in 2012 to $100 million in 2016, marking a 20-fold increase in four years. The company’s signature vehicles, the Ejder Yalcin, has received more than 500 orders. The Ejder Yalcin is a heavy armored combat vehicle with conventional and ballistic protection against mines and improvised explosive devices.

A bigger player, Otokar, showcased 15 different vehicle and gun-tower systems at IDEF'17, including the Altay, an indigenous new-generation Turkish tank. The Altay was showcased for the first time after its prototypes successfully passed acceptance tests earlier this year. 
The Turkish government said it would decide this year whether it would sign a serial production agreement for the Altay with Otokar or open this contract to competition. Procurement sources expect competition. 
One major potential rival to Otokar if Ankara chose competition would be BMC, another high-profile exhibitor at IDEF'17. BMC showcased its tactical wheeled vehicles, a multi-purpose armored vehicle and its signature vehicle — the Kirpi — a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle. 
BMC officials say they would be prepared to offer a solution for Altay’s serial production contract if the government decided to open competition. “We do not know at this stage what direction the program will take,” an official said. “We remain confident of our capabilities.”

Altay’s serial production will involve an initial phase of 250 units, finally reaching 1,000. 
Meanwhile, a BMC venture, RBSS, is seeking to finalize a contract with Qatar for the sale of a batch of 1,000 armored vehicles. The Turkey-based RBSS is a partnership between BMC, Germany’s Rheinmetall and Malaysia’s Etika.
Also at the conference, another major Turkish producer unveiled with its Indonesian partner a medium-weight tank, the Kaplan. Turkey’s FNSS and Indonesia’s PT Pindad will sell the Kaplan to Turkish and Indonesian armies. They also hope to find export deals, especially in the Middle East, Asia, East Europe and Latin America. 

The Kaplan will first qualify after it enters service in the Indonesian Army, and then serial production will kick off. 
“The low-cost Kaplan offers an effective solution, particularly in asymmetrical warfare,” said Nail Kurt, FNSS’ general manager. 
The Turkish-Malaysian partnership for the Kaplan first took off at IDEF'15, noted Turkey’s chief procurement officer, Ismail Demir. “This will be a successful government-to-government program,” he said. 
In an earlier contract, FNSS sold scores of its Pars vehicle to Oman under a $500 million contract. Izci, a reconnaissance vehicle by FNSS, is bidding for a Turkish contract. 
For the most part, four armored vehicles manufacturers control Turkey’s market: FNSS, a Turkish subsidiary of BAE; Otokar; BMC; and Nurol. A fifth producer, Katmerciler, a specialist in anti-riot water cannons and other trucks, recently joined the competition by launching new armored vehicles. 

Katmerciler showcased its new models at IDEF'17, including the Khan and the Hizir. The Hizir is Turkey’s first hybrid armored vehicle, powered by an electric engine built by military electronics specialist Aselsan, Turkey’s biggest defense company.

Katmerciler says it aims to specialize in six-wheel drive and eight-wheel drive light vehicles.

buglerbilly - 19-5-2017 at 07:52 PM

First Danish Piranha 5 rolled out by GDELS-Mowag

Peter Felstead, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

19 May 2017

The first of 309 Piranha 5 APCs for the Royal Danish Army was rolled out on 17 May in a ceremony at GDELS-Mowag's facilities in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Source: GDELS

The first of 309 Piranha 5 armoured personal carriers (APCs) for the Royal Danish Army was rolled out on 17 May in a ceremony at the facilities of manufacturer General Dynamics European Land Systems - Mowag (GDELS-Mowag) in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.

The Piranha 5 was selected by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) for the Royal Danish Army's APC requirement in April 2015.

The first seven pre-series vehicles, which are built in the infantry combat vehicle (ICV) configuration, will be put through a comprehensive test programme, starting in the second half of 2017.

Upon successful completion of the test programme by the end of the year, deliveries will start in early 2018. All Piranha 5s are set to be in service by 2023, according to the Danish Ministry of Defence.

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buglerbilly - 22-5-2017 at 07:29 PM

Sudan MIC fleshes out Sarsar APC family

Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

22 May 2017

Sudan's Military Industrial Corporation (MIC) has released further details of its expanded Sarsar family of 4x4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs).

MIC has not released details of the Sarsar's chassis, but this could be based on a commercial model that has been fitted with an all welded steel body, which provides the occupants with protection from small-arms fire and shell splinters.

However, the lower part of the hull does not appear to be V-shaped to provide a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices.

A similar layout has been adopted across the Sarsar family, with the protected engine compartment to the front and with the commander and driver to the immediate rear.

The fully enclosed troop compartment is at the rear with the dismounts being seated three on either side, facing inwards, and entering and leaving via a large rear door.

The Sarsar family's baseline protection level is claimed to reach level B6, with bullet/splinter-proof windows fitted to all vehicles.

A protected weapon station (PWS) armed with a 7.62 mm or a 12.7 mm machine gun (MG) can be mounted on the roof.

The vehicles are also equipped with a similar suspension system comprising rigid axles with leaf-springs and hydraulic shock absorbers.

The baseline Sarsar is powered by a six cylinder inline diesel engine developing 128hp coupled to a transmission with five forward and one reverse as well as a two-speed transfer case. This gives power-to-weight ratio of 23.27hp/tonne.

Optional equipment includes a front-mounted winch and wire mesh protection for the windows, which is of particular use in the internal security role.

Sarsar 1 has been shown fitted with firing ports below the vision devices in the rear troop compartment. There is also a firing port and associated vision device in the rear door.

It features a higher protection level, and the steel armoured hull is claimed to provide protection against 7.62 mm rounds fired from a distance of 100 m.

Sudan's MIC has added new vehicles to its 4x4 Sarsar APC product range. Source: Christopher F Foss

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buglerbilly - 24-5-2017 at 11:22 AM

Kaiman recon vehicle enters Belarusian service

Nikolai Novichkov, Minsk - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

23 May 2017

The Belarusian 140 Repair Plant's Kaiman (Cayman) armoured reconnaissance vehicle, shown here at MILEX 2017, has entered service with Belarusian armed forces. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

The Kaiman (Cayman) armoured reconnaissance vehicle has entered service with Belarusian armed forces, a source in the company told Jane's at the MILEX 2017 defence show, held in Minsk from 20-22 May.

"The Kaiman is a new vehicle. It has successfully passed state trials and the military has brought it into service," the source said.

Developed by the Belarusian 140 Repair Plant, the Kaiman is a light 4x4 armoured reconnaissance vehicle fitted with independent torsion bar suspension and two waterjets for amphibious operation. The vehicle can accommodate a crew of six and features a fully loaded weight of up to 7,000 kg.

The Kaiman's monocoque hull has a length of 6 m, a width of 2.82 m, a height of 2.07 m, and a ground clearance of 490 mm when fully loaded. The hull has two side doors and three roof hatches. The front of the vehicle protects against 7.62 mm bullets fired from a Dragunov SVD sniper rifle (Level 2 STANAG 4569), while the sides ensure protection against 5.45 mm and 7.62 mm bullets fired from Kalashnikov AK-74 and AKM assault rifles (Level 1 STANAG 4569). The armour is reinforced with detachable spall liner.

The Kaiman is powered by a D-245.30E2 engine coupled to a mechanical transmission and a five-speed gearbox. It has a road speed of up to 110 km/h, a swimming speed of up to 8 km/h and a cruising range of 1,000 km. The vehicle is also fitted with a centralised tire inflation system.

The basic variant of the Kaiman features a pintle mount for a weapon along with an armoured shield that provides the gunner with all-round protection against splinters and small-calibre bullets. The vehicle can be armed with a 7.62 mm Kalashnikov PKMB medium machine gun (MG) (with an ammunition load of 2,000 cartridges), a 12.7 mm NSV Utyos heavy MG (with an ammunition load of 300 cartridges), or a 30 mm AGS-17 Plamya automatic grenade launcher (with an ammunition load of 174 cartridges).

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buglerbilly - 30-5-2017 at 09:39 AM

Advances in Transparent Armor Improving Vision from Armored Vehicles

By Tamir Eshel - May 29, 2017

A side window made of layered glass, used on Oshkosh M-ATV. Photo: Noam Eshel, defense-Update

Military operations have changed in the 21st century, from linear, massive battles between peers, to asymmetric engagements involving unequal forces. Military against insurgents, law enforcement against terror and air power against elusive combatant elements hidden underground and immersed within the civilian population. This new type of warfare has changed the perspective of military planners. The linear battlespace of the past required combat vehicles protected by massive frontal armor, supported by unprotected logistic formations that operated away from the danger at the front line. Today’s warfare exposes all elements to threats, and requires all-around vehicle protection for the heavy forces and support elements alike; frequent increases in threat level requires constant improvements in protection.

This requirement has increased the demand for armored, mine protected vehicles for the military, law enforcement as well as other government and civilian agencies that operate in high threat environments. Such vehicles should provide an elevated level of protection and operate on roads, within the civilian environment for extended missions.

These vehicles require various levels of protection, meeting specific threat levels they may face in battle. Almost all vehicles in this class have a mix of opaque and transparent armor (TA) solutions, enabling the crew to operate the vehicle on road and in the confined spaces of an urban area. Traditionally, opaque armor is produced of steel or aluminum, that offer the thinner but heavier solution for a given level of protection; metal armor is often augmented by ceramic or composite materials to add protection and reduce weight. Lacking a transparent metal solution, TA facilitates ballistic protection through a combination of layered transparent glass and composites bonded with resins and adhesives to meet the level of protection like that provided by opaque armor. As the level of protection increases, the windows become thicker and heavier.

Developers of transparent armor are always seeking to bring lighter and thinner solutions to reduce the weight of an armor kit and increase the available volume inside the protected capsule, enabling protection for lighter vehicles.

A Sandcat armored vehicle (also known as Stormer) fitted with a two-piece windshield. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

“Our transparent armor is made for both military and civilian security and defense applications.” Daniel Cohen, President, and CEO of OSG told Defense-Update. We spend significant research and development in the development of advanced TA solutions that reduce thickness and aerial weight and improve the life cycles of fielded systems. For example, OSG TA modules designed to defeat 7.62×51 mm (BR6) are 30 cm thick while OSG armor solutions defeating the 7.62×51 AP threat (BR7) are 60 thick. Some of our products are up to 40% lighter than previous industry standards.”

Combat vehicles are constantly exposed to harsh field environmental conditions including impact and abrasion, extreme temperature changes and humidity, and exposure to chemicals. These effects could damage the complex layered glass structure of transparent armor, causing delamination and deteriorate transparency that shortens the lifespan of the armor. As an approved supplier of TA for numerous military forces, including the USA Army, USMC, German BWB, British, French, Italian, Australian and other MODs, OSG has developed the ADI series of transparent armor that provides reduced life cycle cost.

The ADI Transparent Armor system was developed by OSG to enhance the life cycle of transparent armor and improve its transparency across a wide spectral range. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

“By employing new materials and technology ADI considerably extends the durability and life cycle of the Transparent Armor, while preserving a no-spall environment within the vehicle,” Cohen said. “This armor has been proven to be lighter and stronger than “conventional” glass-polycarbonate products.” The ADI series has been extensively tested and certified for field deployment, allowing customers to benefit from easier maintenance and longer service life.

“ADI technology also offers high resistance to impact from projectiles, which allows the thickness and areal density of the product to be reduced,” Cohen added.

OSG is the largest supplier of armored windows for the MRAP and MATV family of vehicles operated by the US military and international customers. Operating with vehicle designers and manufacturers, OSG delivers optimized transparent armor solutions to meet specific requirements and platform design.

The company supply such solutions to two of the latest tactical vehicles programs – the American JLTV made by Oshkosh and Australian Hawkei, made by Thales Australia.

“To meet increasing threats, we have pioneered many of our industry’s most important innovations.” Cohen said, “One of the most innovative technologies currently in development is CERALITE – an ultra-light transparent armor solution developed by OSG in cooperation with CeramTec of Germany. CERALITE transparent armor is lighter and thinner when compared to conventional transparent armor solutions at defined protection levels. It also has an increased multi-hit capability and provides better light transmission, particularly when used with night vision devices.”

Overall, CERALITE achieves greater than 50% reduction both in weight and thickness when compared to traditional glass solutions. It also improves the surface resistance to abrasion, scratches and rock impact. Reduced weight and thickness of the transparent armor also means a significant reduction in volume and therefore the weight of framing materials, further contributing to the overall reduction of gross vehicle weight.

Meeting a higher level of protection at a given weight means a single transparent solution that meets all protection requirements, eliminating the need for a replacement armor (B-kit) to meet a higher level of threat. It also allows the use of a single armored windshield, contributing to better visibility for the driver. Elimination of B-kit armor represents significant cost-saving implications in design, production, operation and maintenance of the vehicle fleet across its operational lifespan.

The lower weight further Improves performance, increases the vehicle’s life cycle.

A single piece windshield used on the Thales Bushmaster. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

buglerbilly - 1-6-2017 at 05:18 PM

VOP CZ and NIMR Automotive Publicly Unveil First Military Vehicle Collaboration At Major European Defence Exhibition

(Source: NIMR; issued May 31, 2017)

NIMR's AJBAN 440A (left) configured to European specifications in collaboration with partner VOP CZ is being shown for the first time during the IDET defense show in the Czech Republic. (NIMR photo)

BRNO, Czech Republic --- VOP CZ and NIMR Automotive have selected the 14th International Defence and Security Technology Fair, (IDET) in Brno, Czech Republic, to formally debut their first military vehicle collaboration, the AJBAN 440A configured to European specifications.

Since announcing their partnership in early 2017, VOP CZ and NIMR's design and engineering teams have worked quickly to bring this advanced platform to the European market, with successful trials already taking place in the presence of senior leadership from the Czech Armed Forces.

Addressing the work carried out by VOP CZ and NIMR this year, VOP General Manager, Mr. Marek Špok said, "The commitment being shown by both organisations to realise the collective vision of localising NIMR's range of military vehicles in Europe is evident with the Ajban 440A present today at IDET."

The unveiling of the newly configured AJBAN 440A comes at a time when countries across Central and Eastern Europe are undertaking the most significant defence modernisation programmes of the past two decades, including the replacement of ageing, legacy platforms with proven military vehicle solutions.

Over the coming months, VOP CZ - NIMR collaborative vehicle platforms will be featured in demonstrations across Central and Eastern Europe. This partnership provides a compelling offering to the region: combat proven technologies, localised production and in situ support in Europe.

Commenting on the collaboration, NIMR CEO, Dr. Fahad Saif Harhara said, "NIMR has already developed a strong reputation for its combat-proven vehicles that can perform in the harshest operational environments. We have now integrated our platform with VOP CZ's world-class technology that we are confident addresses NATO member countries' needs for a military grade fleet solution, providing greater protection and longer service-life than up-armoured commercial vehicles."

NIMR is also displaying at IDET its newest vehicle line, the Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV). Designed to be internally transportable in a CH-47, and featuring unrivalled power-to-weight ratio along with outstanding all-terrain tactical mobility, the NIMR RIV aims to meet the increasing demands of armed forces without compromising on competitiveness. The RIV is a further example of NIMR's collaboration within Europe having been engineered by Horiba Mira in the United Kingdom and jointly developed with NIMR.

Dr. Fahad Saif Harhara concluded, "The future to growth is through these strategic partnerships and testament to the maturity of NIMR's platforms."

VOP CZ and NIMR's latest products and systems are on display at Stand 137 – Hall P.

VOP CZ is a state enterprise established by the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic and its primary purpose is to fulfil the requirements of the Czech Armed Forces. It is mainly active in development, manufacture, repairs, servicing and modernisation of ground military technology and it has manufactured 107 armoured Pandur II vehicles for the Czech Armed Forces. Today it employs over 850 people and in 2016 it generated over CZK 1.3 billion in revenue.

NIMR Automotive, a subsidiary of the Emirates Defence Industry Company (EDIC) delivers highly capable wheeled military vehicles that are designed for the harshest environments, across a diverse scope of mission requirements. NIMR's range of desert-proven 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles are available in armoured or non-armoured configurations, with modular configurable crew capacity and payload, where protection and mobility is the focus of our design activities.


buglerbilly - 3-6-2017 at 01:28 PM

General Dynamics unveils two new LAV support variants

David Carl, Ottawa - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

02 June 2017

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) unveiled two new Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) variants at the annual CANSEC conference in Ottawa from 31 May to 1 June. The LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle- Ambulance (CSV-A) and the LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle- Maintenance and Recovery (CSV-MR) are evolutions of the LAV 6.0 baseline vehicle.

GDLS-C unveiled the LAV 6.0 CSV-A at CANSEC in Ottawa. (David Carl)

Both vehicles were designed towards requirements in Canada's competitive Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) contract.

ACSV is a programme, valued at up to CAD1.5 billion (USD1.1 billion), to replace the Canadian Army's fleet of M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and LAV-II Bisons. It will enter an options analysis phase in 2018, with a contract award expected in 2023.

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unicorn - 5-6-2017 at 03:12 PM

So we decide that the LAV's can't cut it in combat operations and need to be replaced, but the Canadian's are committed to keeping their LAVs and rolling out more variants?

Are we looking at another Canadian Sea King situation where they soldier on with a capability well past its prime because they aren't prepared to bite the bullet, acknowledge realities and spend the money?

buglerbilly - 5-6-2017 at 03:41 PM

If you have Industrial capacity occupied building what are now slightly archaic armoured vehicles, then Canadian politics says you keep on buying..................that's the raison d'etre it appears.

buglerbilly - 5-6-2017 at 09:31 PM

A bit more info and a pic of the engineering variant

General Dynamics unveils two new LAV support variants

David Carl, Ottawa - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

05 June 2017

GDLS-C unveiled the LAV 6.0 CSV-A at CANSEC in Ottawa. Source: David Carl

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) unveiled two new Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) variants at the annual CANSEC conference in Ottawa from 31 May to 1 June. The LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle- Ambulance (CSV-A) and the LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle- Maintenance and Recovery (CSV-MR) are evolutions of the LAV 6.0 baseline vehicle.

Both vehicles were designed towards requirements in Canada's competitive Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) contract. ACSV is a programme, valued at up to CAD1.5 billion (USD1.1 billion), to replace the Canadian Army's fleet of M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and LAV-II Bisons. It will enter an options analysis phase in 2018, with a contract award expected in 2023.

The 28-ton LAV CSV-MR has all the same protection features as the baseline LAV 6.0. It has a crew of two - a driver and commander - with additional space in the rear for two other personnel. The vehicle's back end is truncated to support a winch that has a 4,400 kg maximum lifting capacity and 5.3 m maximum horizontal reach. The powerpack is identical to that of other LAV 6.0 vehicles, with the exception of modified hydraulics.

The new LAV 6.0 CSV-MR variant has demonstrated an ability to recover other vehicles above its weight class. (David Carl)

Steven Child, senior engineer for advanced projects at GDLS-C, told Jane's that the LAV CSV-MR had demonstrated not only "an ability to recover vehicles in its weight class, such as other LAVs or M113s, but it has demonstrated that it can recover vehicles way above its weight class. We successfully recovered a [50-ton] M88 recovery vehicle at Camp Lejune using a LAV II version of this system. It's got the pulling capacity, with the proper rigging, to recover a wide range of vehicles."

The LAV CSV-A is a four-crew adaptation of the medical intervention and evacuation LAV CSV variant that was unveiled at CANSEC 2016. The CSV-A's roof is much higher, with a 4.2 m maximum height, creating 20% more space than the LAV 6.0 baseline configuration.

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buglerbilly - 7-6-2017 at 03:36 PM

ISDEF 2017: Shladot showcases the Tiger's claws

06th June 2017 - 15:53

by Richard Thomas in Tel Aviv

Opportunities for the Tiger Mk II all-terrain combat vehicle are most likely in the international homeland security market, according to Jonathan Wharthman, head of armour division at manufacturer Shladot.

Showcasing the platform at the ISDEF exhibition and conference in Tel Aviv, Wharthman said that the Tiger’s use by Mexico’s police and security forces has demonstrated its capabilities in keeping occupants safe during attack.

The vehicle has been ‘designed to be intimidating’, Wharthman added, and citing one example of its use by Mexican police forces where a sniper fired multiple shots at areas usually considered to be weak points without effect.

Another incident saw a gang stop the vehicle and attempt to prise open the armoured shell keeping the occupants safe, with the vehicle once again keeping the personnel inside safe until back-up arrived.

‘It is marketed to the international HLS market. We have nothing concrete but are looking at about two to three dozen [vehicles] for the market, and we have the capacity to build them [quickly].’

The Tiger Mk II combat vehicle is a larger option of the ‘David’ vehicle currently operated by Israeli combat forces throughout the country. 

Various fit-outs can seat up to 12 crew and the vehicle incorporates a proprietary armoured capsule mounted on a modified commercial Dodge or Ford pickup, offering advantages in a number of areas including lifecycle cost, the company stated.

The system offers up to STANAG 3 protection and also comes with a roof turret option.

Hundreds of the smaller David vehicle have been used by Israeli forces and last year was also delivered to a country in Africa as part of a US assistance programme. The system offers up to STANAG 2 protection, securing up to eight personnel.

The vehicles are manufactured and marketed by MDT Armor, a subsidiary of Shladot.

buglerbilly - 8-6-2017 at 12:47 PM

CANSEC 2017: New LAV 6.0 variants unveiled

07th June 2017 - 13:00

by Ian Keddie in Ottawa

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) showcased two new variants of the LAV 6.0 APC at CANSEC 2017 in Ottawa.  

Unveiling the combat support vehicle - ambulance (CSV-A) and the combat support vehicle - maintenance and recovery (CSV-MR) variants, GLDS-C is anticipating the specific requirements set out in Canada’s Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) contract.

The ACSV will begin its analysis phase next year with a decision on the programme, worth up to CAD1.5 billion, by 2023.

Speaking to Shephard, GDLS-C corporate affairs manager Doug Wilson-Hodge explained that, whilst the company showcased a modular LAV 6.0 ambulance in 2016, both variants were being shown for the first time at CANSEC ahead of next year’s ACSV specifications. 

‘So, certainly, Canada has future requirements for recovery and for combat support capability and this anticipates that future requirement,’ Wilson-Hodge said, going on to explain that both the new variants offer improvements from the legacy Canadian Army M113 armoured personnel carrier (APC) and LAV-II Bison fleet.

‘These variants have the same protection and mobility as the LAV 6.0 baseline fleet. Offering an increase in mobility and protection, with the same kind of combat support roles that those older fleets have done,’ he said.

GDLS-C originally delivered 550 LAV 6.0s under the CAD1.064 billion LAV III Upgrade Project (LAV-UP) and in February 2017 the company was awarded a follow up worth CAD404 million to upgrade an additional 144 LAV IIIs to LAV 6.0.

The upgraded vehicle weighs 28 tons and includes a more powerful 450 hp engine, a double-V hull, and an upgraded drivetrain and suspension.  

Across the LAV 6.0 family, with four variants currently in service, there is an 80% commonality and GDLS-C sees the additional two variants as being the logical next step for the future ACSV requirements.

Elsewhere at CANSEC, additional Canadian armoured vehicles were on display including the Textron Systems Canada Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV), fresh from its recent deployment debut where it was used during severe flooding in Quebec.  

The 12e Régiment blindé du Canada (12 RBC), based out of CFB Valcartier in Quebec City, drove more than 600km to provide aid at the beginning of May under Operation LENTUS.

Textron Systems Canada and the Canadian Army displayed a TAPV that was fresh from the deployment and Shephard spoke to Capt Chris Hanson about the ongoing programme. 

The vehicle demonstrated its capability during the floods, wading into water above the 1m it was originally tested for and rescuing those trapped by the waters.  

The EO/IR sensor also provided an invaluable asset to survey areas for people that may have been unaccounted for.

Hanson explained that 165 out of the 500 on order were currently in service and the delivery schedule sees eight delivered every week.  

These vehicles are utilised straight away by individual units, with teams from Textron providing initial training on site.  

‘It’s easier to deliver ten permanently than to move around a small number of training vehicles,’ said Hanson when asked why training is done on frontline vehicles rather than on a central pool.  

As more units receive the TAPV, the army has begun to consider future options ahead of the final delivery in March 2018, which includes the potential for an additional 100 vehicles under an unfunded option above the CAD603.4 million original contract.

buglerbilly - 9-6-2017 at 02:57 PM

Analysis: Can the Piranha devour the APC competition?

08th June 2017 - 13:00

by Christopher F Foss in Kreuzlingen

The first example of the Danish Army's Piranha 5 APC was rolled out in May (Photo: Christopher F Foss)

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS-MOWAG) is hoping for increased sales of its latest 8x8 Piranha 5 armoured personnel carrier (APC) following the handing over of the first of 309 examples to the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) in May. 

Production is now underway at a new final assembly and integration facility in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland with some ten vehicles already on the production line.

In addition to the first contract for 309 Piranha 5s, there is also an option for an additional 141 vehicles, which would bring the fleet up to 450 units, although this is not expected to be firmed up for a number of years.

In addition, Spain has selected the Piranha 5 to replace its currently deployed 6x6 BMR-600 and four prototypes will be supplied by GDELS-MOWAG to GDELS Santa Barbara Sistemas in Spain where volume production will eventually be undertaken.

Now that the Piranha 5 is in quantity production for Switzerland and has been selected by Spain, GDELS is hoping for extra export sales to keep the production lines running.

The Swiss Army is due to order a batch of Piranha APCs fitted with the RUAG Defence 120 mm Cobra advanced mortar, and there is also another potential army requirement for several hundred APCs.

Romania continues to take delivery of the Piranha 3 and the vehicle has recently been demonstrated in Bulgaria to meet one of its requirements.

The British Army also has a requirement for a mechanised infantry vehicle (MIV) for its Strike Brigades and the Piranha 5 could be one of the vehicles offered. This is actually one of the few remaining European 8x8 competitions, along with those mentioned above.

In addition to the Piranha 5, GDLS has also said that it could offer the UK a number of other 8x8 platforms – including the LAV 6.0 and LAV 700 – depending on exactly what the customer requires.

For Denmark, the DALO placed a contract in January 2016 for 309 Piranha 5 vehicles plus an integrated logistics support (ILS) package valued at DKK4.5 billion ($679 million).

According to Brig Gen Anders Pederson, Chief of Staff of the DALO: ‘The Piranha 5 programme is on time and on budget.’
Denmark is the launch customer for the latest Piranha 5, which was selected to replace the army’s current fleet of upgraded FFG M113 series of tracked APCs following trials with five tracked and wheeled APCs.

The competition included the BAE Systems Hagglunds CV90 Armadillo, FFG PMMC G5, GDELS-MOWAG Piranha 5, GDELS Santa Barbara Sistemas Pizarro 2 and Nexter Systems VBCI.
Production of the Piranha 5 for Denmark will run through to 2023 with the first company being operational by 2020 and the first battalion by 2021.

The first seven pre-series Piranha 5s in the APC configuration will be put through an extensive series of tests, which will include hot weather trials at Yuma Proving Ground in the US.

A Piranha hull seen here at GDEL's new production and integration facilities in Switzerland. (Photo: GDELS)

Verification acceptance tests should be concluded and user acceptance test completed by the end of 2017. This will allow for deliveries to start to the DALO early in 2018 followed by deliveries to the Danish Army in 2019.

In the APC role, the Danish Piranha 5 has a crew of three consisting of commander, gunner and driver plus nine dismounts.

As well as the APC version, the Danish Army will likely acquire five specialised versions of the Piranha 5 including ambulance, command, engineer, heavy mortar and recovery.

According to Pederson, ‘exact quantities of the specific numbers of each variant have yet to be decided’.

All the Piranha 5 vehicle variants will have the same roof line as the APC apart from the ambulance which will have a higher roof line for greater internal volume for its specialised role.

According to the Danish Army, the 120 mm heavy mortar version will be a turntable-type firing through open roof hatches rather than a turret-mounted mortar system. The mortar type has yet to be selected by the DALO.

The engineer variant will be fitted with a wide range of specialist equipment at the front of the hull including mine clearing devices, dozer blade and fascines on the roof to drop into ditches. Some of the Danish Piranha 5s will be fitted with a remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a .50 M2 HB machine gun (MG) on the right side of the roof.

The Danish Army currently uses the BAE Systems Bofors Lemur (RWS) armed with a .50 M2 HB MG on a number of platforms which were supplied from 2007 and there are potentially other options.

The RWS is provided as government furnished equipment (GFE) as is the communications equipment.

All of the Piranha 5s for Denmark are powered by a Scania diesel engine coupled to a ZF automatic transmission and feature powered steering on the first, second and four road wheel stations.

Like earlier Piranha variants, the latest Piranha 5 was developed as a private venture and was unveiled at Eurosatory in Paris in 2010 and, when compared to earlier vehicles, has more volume, payload and protection.

It can be fitted with a wide range of weapon systems including a Belgian CMI Defence Cockerill 3105 two-person armed turret with a 105 mm gun fed by an automatic loader.

Typical gross vehicle weight (GVW) for the Piranha 5 is around 33 tonnes, of which 15 tonnes is payload which includes armour package, weapons, ammunition, fuel and crew.

Standard equipment includes an air conditioning system, NBC system, cameras for situational awareness through 360 degrees, electronic architecture and height adjustable semi-active suspension.


buglerbilly - 12-6-2017 at 10:40 PM

NGU receives new batch of BTR-3DA

12th June 2017 - 12:30

by The Shephard News Team

Ukroboronprom’s Kyiv Armored Plant has transferred a new batch of BTR-3DA to the National Guard of Ukraine following successful completion of acceptance tests.

The operational testing, carried out at the proving grounds in Kyiv region, saw all systems of each fighting vehicle evaluated.

The BTR-3DA was put through its paces including travelling cross-country, overcoming trenches, tracking bridges and special obstacles, and carrying out target engagement using the vehicle's standard weapon.

BTR-3DA is a lightweight armoured vehicle equipped with combat module Sturm-M with 30mm ZTM-1, 7.62mm machine gun and automatic grenade launcher.

In 2016 the Kyiv Armored Plant manufactured more than 50 BTR-3 vehicles for the Ukrainian military. A further 140 units have been ordered.

buglerbilly - 15-6-2017 at 04:25 PM


buglerbilly - 19-6-2017 at 03:31 PM

Published: Saturday, 17 June 2017 09:19

Thailand plans to purchase 34 VN1 8x8 armoured vehicles from China.

According to the Bangkok Post, government of Thailand plans to purchase 34 wheeled armoured vehicles VN1 from China for an amount of 2.3 billion baht ($2.57 million). This acquisition is a part of the national defense development plan.
NORINCO VN1 8x8 armoured vehicle personnel carrier at IDEX 2009 defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The plan includes also the purchase of S26T Yuan-class submarine from China worth 13.5 billion baht (around $15 million) which would be included in the army's fiscal budget for 2017-2021. The purchase request for Chinese-made VN-1 armoured vehicles was submitted to the Defence Ministry, which forwarded it to the cabinet for approval.
Thailand’s annual defence spending is valued at $5.7bn in 2016 and is anticipated to reach $6.9bn by 2021, following a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.06%, according to a report by Strategic Defence Intelligence (SDI).

The VN1 is an 8x8 armoured vehicle designed and manufactured by the Chinese Defense Company NORINCO. The hull of the VN1 is made of high hardness armour steel that provides protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters.

In APC configuration, the VN1 can carry 10 military personnel including driver, commander, gunner and 7 infantrymen. The vehicle can be fitted with a wide range of armament up to 30mm automatic cannon and HJ-73D anti-tank missile.

The VN1 is motorized with a water-cooled diesel engine DEUTZ BF6M1051CP coupled to a mechanical transmission. It can run at a maximum speed of 100 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 800 km. The vehicle is fully amphibious propelled in the water at a maximum speed of 8 km/h thanks to two propellers mounted at the rear of the hull.

buglerbilly - 19-6-2017 at 04:05 PM

Army Improving Stryker's Lethality, Mobility


By Yasmin Tadjdeh

Photo: Army

The U.S. Army is working to increase the lethality and mobility of the Stryker armored fighting vehicle.

Thousands of the wheeled platforms are in the Army’s inventory, and the service is working to retrofit a number of them, said Col. Glenn Dean, program manager for the Army’s Stryker brigade combat team at program executive office ground combat systems. 

One of the biggest modifications to the General Dynamics-built system is the addition of a 30 mm cannon to some platforms, he said.

“This will be the first new direct-fire weapon system in this family of ammunition that the Army has fielded since we put the 121 mm cannon on the Abrams tank,” he said.

The program stems from the United States’ European Reassurance Initiative, an effort intended to support U.S. partners by funding a persistent, rotational air, land and sea force in the region to deter Russia and to bolster training, Dean said.

The Army is leveraging investments it made during the failed ground combat vehicle and Future Combat Systems programs, he said.

“All that is coming together,” he said during a panel discussion at the Michigan Defense Exposition in Warren. The National Defense Industrial Association’s Michigan Chapter hosted the conference.

The service is testing the system at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The Army intends to execute the program quickly, taking only three years from when the requirement was drafted to fielding. The cannon will be deployed on a Stryker next year, he said.

The addition of the weapon will result in a significantly new capability for the armored vehicle, he said.

“The Army does intend to put this cannon capability … across the entire Stryker fleet,” he said. “We’re looking right now to what our requirements and our acquisition strategies would be to do that for the cannon-armed Stryker.”

The Army is also working to increase the platform’s mobility and survivability, Dean said.

“We spent a lot of time in Iraq and Afghanistan putting survivability kits on the vehicles,” he said. “We gained a lot of weight in the process, and so in order to return the vehicle to its original mobility we’ve shifted focus to mobility power generation, engine upgrades, suspension upgrades [and] power generation upgrades for the double-V hull platform.”
The effort is part of a program known as the Stryker engineering change proposal, or ECP.

“We still have some reliability tests ongoing, but initial production contracts are in place and they’ll actually start rolling … these production vehicles off the line a little bit later this year,” he said. In 2018, the Stryker ECP will start operational testing, he added.

“It can take a full suite of combat kits and really not be degraded at all in performance,” he said. “We’ve got a great capability there, but we’ll apply it very slowly to the overall fleet. Eventually, we’ll upgrade all these systems.”

Concept art of Stryker with 30mm cannon (Army)

In written testimony to the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on tactical air and land forces, Lt. Gen. John M. Murray, deputy chief of staff of the Army, G-8, and Lt. Gen. Paul A. Ostrowski, military deputy at the office of the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said the service’s Stryker brigade combat teams were “deficient in the appropriate combination of mobility, lethality and protection required to achieve overmatch during joint and combined arms operations.”

The integration of the 30 mm cannon and improvements to mobility, power and network integration would help resolve some of that deficiency, they said.

Murray and Ostrowski noted that if given the proper resources, the Army could accelerate lethality upgrades to the Stryker.
The service also intends to equip the platform with an active protection system. 

“On the ground, our combat vehicles lack the ability to effectively detect, track, divert, disrupt, neutralize or destroy incoming missiles,” they said.

To mitigate this, the Army plans to expedite the installation of commercially available active protection systems on Stryker brigade combat teams in Europe by the end of fiscal year 2020, they noted.

Mark Cancian, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, said upgrading the Stryker makes sense.

“It has become pervasive in the Army’s force structure but is not designed for the kind of high-end conflicts that the Army is beginning to plan for,” he said in an email. “To be viable on these battlefields, it needs to be more capable.”

James Hasik, senior fellow for defense at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, said the 30 mm cannon upgrade is a response to Russian aggression in Europe.

The system is “intended for force-on-force combat in a place like Poland or the Baltic states against an adversary who has got infantry fighting vehicles” or has personnel carriers equipped with medium-caliber weapons and machine guns more powerful than the 12.7 mm gun on the Stryker, he said.

The Army doesn’t want the platform to go against a Russian BMP, an amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle that is equipped with a large cannon, Hasik said.

Before the Army started the cannon upgrade, it didn’t have a weapon on a Stryker that could penetrate any kind of moderately advanced armored vehicle, he said.

While the cannon is targeted toward a conflict with Russia, such a capability could also be useful in the Middle East, Hasik said.

The cannon “can reach out and touch somebody much farther away in a place like Afghanistan than you can with the 12.7” mm machine gun, he said.

The Army is also working on the system’s survivability, equipping platforms with a double-V hull that would protect it from improvised explosive device blasts, he noted.

The improved hull “is really designed for counterinsurgency kinds of stuff. But you don’t expect to see … [that] in places like the Baltic states,” Hasik said.

While large landmines could be used in the region, it is more likely that they would be intended to disable the vehicle rather than kill the occupants, he added.

The new hull will give the Stryker a similar capability to the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicles that were rushed into the field in the late 2000s to respond to the growing IED threat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It’s very much trying to make a Stryker like a classic MRAP. And why not?” Hasik asked. General Dynamics “should be commended for that, it makes a lot of sense.”

Wheeled 8x8 and 6x6 vehicles generally perform well during underbelly blasts, he noted. As the platform’s automotive parts separate during an explosion they carry away much of the blast energy. 

“That blast energy is not then available to translate up and into the hull,” he said. “That’s the advantage over a tracked vehicle, which unfortunately … with a flat bottom tends to trap the energy underneath.”

The V-hull is an old but valid concept, he said. By putting a double hull on the Stryker, that will add even more energy attenuation during an explosion, he noted.

While the Army has aspirations to make a number of modifications to the platform, Hasik said the service has other of priorities that may divert funding.

Additionally, it is unlikely that General Dynamics will have luck selling the platform internationally, Hasik said.

“They could sell Stryker through an American foreign military sales project,” he said. “There was discussion about whether the Israelis were interested in one, … [but] that was almost 10 years ago, and we haven’t heard a lot since then.”

The problem is that the 8x8 vehicle market is extremely crowded from a supplier standpoint, he said. “It’s crowded enough that if you’re not in it, it probably doesn’t make sense to get in it,” he added.

While the Stryker might not have much sales potential abroad, General Dynamics Land Systems Canada’s light armored vehicle — of which Stryker is based — will likely have better success, he said.

The company “has run into a bonanza of future sales from the previous Canadian government’s decision, which has not been overturned by the Liberals, to sell a whole bunch of arms to the Saudis,” he said. That will include the sale of LAV 6s.

General Dynamics did not make a subject matter expert available to discuss the Stryker.

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buglerbilly - 22-6-2017 at 12:28 PM

Export LAV 700 enters production

Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

21 June 2017

The latest General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada LAV 700 in command post vehicle configuration. This is fitted with a roof-mounted Kongsberg Protector remote weapon station armed with .50 M2 HB MG and co-axial MG. The wire cutter is shown erected on the front of the vehicle forward of the driver's position. Source: GDLS Canada

General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (GDLS Canada) has released additional details of its latest 8x8 Light Armoured Vehicle 700 (LAV 700) vehicle, which is now in production for an unidentified export customer. This is believed to be Saudi Arabia.

The LAV 700 leverages on technology from the 8x8 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles (ICVs) and its variants built for the US Army as well as the latest LAV 6.0 currently in production for Canada.

When compared with earlier LAV platforms, the latest LAV 700 features a new and larger hull on which increased payload and protection can be carried. The gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the vehicle depends on the variant and weapons fit but the company is currently quoting 32,000 kg, including a payload capacity of 11,000 kg.

The LAV 700 hull design is of all welded steel with an applique passive armour package. Modular armour packages (MAPs) can be added for enhanced protection against rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and explosively formed penetrator (EFP) attack. There is also potential to fit a defensive aids system.

The lower part of the vehicle's hull is of the double V type to provide a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Rear view of the latest General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada LAV 700 in command post configuration showing its raised roof line, power-operated ramp lowered, and pintle-mounted 7.62 mm MG with shield. (GDLS Canada)

The powerpack comprises a Caterpillar C13 diesel developing 711 hp coupled to an Allison 2800 automatic transmission with seven forward and one reverse gears and a single-speed transfer case.

For a higher level of cross-country mobility hydropneumatic independent suspension with ride height control is fitted. This is augmented with a central tyre inflation system (CTIS) as well as run-flat tyres.

Other features integrated into the LAV 700 include an open electronic architecture, cameras for situational awareness, and a health and usage monitoring system (HUMS).

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buglerbilly - 27-6-2017 at 11:55 AM

Bundeswehr Boxer upgrade gets green light

James Bingham, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

26 June 2017

One presumes that the A2 is what is on offer for the Australian Army? OR is it an option?

Following approval form the Bundestag's parliamentary budget committee, the Bundeswehr will see its fleet of Boxer armoured vehicles upgraded from the A1 to A2 standard.

German Boxer configured to the A1 standard. (German Army)

The upgrade will probably be undertaken through the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), which manages the Boxer programme for Germany, in addition to Lithuania and the Netherlands.

The A2 standard includes a fire suppression system - which is intended to improve vehicle survivability in the event of a hull breach - and a driver vision system, consisting of an externally-mounted camera to enhance situational awareness. Additionally, the A2 standard includes a satellite communications system and increased ballistic protection.

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buglerbilly - 29-6-2017 at 04:46 PM

Published: Wednesday, 28 June 2017 21:28

Serbian-made Lazar 3 8x8 armoured vehicles now in service with Serbian army and police forces.

Lazar 3 IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle, now in service with the Serbian armed forces and Lazar 3 APC Armoured Personnel Carrier used by Serbian Police Forces. Both vehicles are similar in the design but the main armament is different, chosen according to the missions requirements of the Serbian army and police forces.

Lazar 3 IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle of Serbian army with 30mm automatic cannon at Partner 2017, the International Fair of Armaments and Defense Equipment in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Lazar 3 8x8 armoured vehicle was unveiled during the IDEX defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi in February 2017. It is an improved version of the Lazar 2. 
The Lazar 3 is a multi-role wheeled armoured vehicle which can carry a total of 12 military personnel including three crew members, driver, commander and gunner. The driver and commander seats are located in the front left side of the hull, with the gunner position at the rear. The rear part of the hull has eight individual seats for infantrymen.

The Lazar 3 hull provides protection up to STANAG 4569 level 3 protection against ballistic threats, 7.62×51mm AP (WC core) at 30 meters with 930 m/s. It also offers protection against land mines and improvised explosive devices under any wheel or track up to STANAG 4569 level 3a/3b, 8 kg (explosive mass) Blast AT Mine under the wheels.

The Lazar 3 IFV is fitted with a remotely operated weapon station armed with a 30mm automatic cannon, one 7.62mm PKTM coaxial machine gun mounted to the left side of the main armament and one 30mm automatic grenade mounted to the right side of the turret. The weapon station used on the Lazar 3 IFV is similar to the armament mounted on the Russian-made BTR-82A.

The LAZAR 3 APC is fitted with a remotely operated weapon station armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun.

Lazar 3 APC armoured Personnel Carrier of Serbian Police with 12.7mm machine at Partner 2017, the International Fair of Armaments and Defense Equipment in Belgrade, Serbia.

buglerbilly - 29-6-2017 at 04:46 PM

Suspension and drive train by TIMONEY in Ireland now................

buglerbilly - 3-7-2017 at 07:10 PM

Nexter Systems expands TITUS trials fleet

Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

02 July 2017

TITUS has a modular design and can be configured for a variety roles such as in this APC configuration where it is fitted with an RWS. Source: Christopher F Foss

Nexter Systems is building a further two examples of its Tactical Infantry Transport and Utility System (TITUS) vehicle, Jane's has learned.

TITUS has been developed as a private venture using internal research and developing funding and was first shown in 2013.

Two prototypes have already been built by the company, the first of which has been used for trials work in France and overseas, while the second is in the internal security vehicle (ISV) configuration and is in service with the French National Police's Recherche, Assistance, Intervention, Dissuasion - Search, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence (RAID), a specialist unit whose responsibilities include counter-terrorism and hostage rescue. Jane's understands that this vehicle has been periodically returned to Nexter Systems for undisclosed work.

The first of the additional two vehicles has recently been completed at the company's Roanne facility.

Both vehicles will initially be production standard, but will be configured for specific requirements as these are defined. One vehicle will be used for trials in France and the other for overseas work.

According to Ghislain Passebecq, vice-president bids and commercial at Nexter Systems: "We expect to get a green light for sales of the TITUS to two different countries by the end of this year."

One of these is understood to be in the Middle East and although unconfirmed is believed to be Saudi Arabia. The other is the Czech Republic where there was initially a requirement for 62 vehicles that was subsequently reduced to 42, with deliveries potentially to run from 2019 through to 2023.

Also competing for the Czech contract is the SVOS VEGA (6x6) vehicle, which like TITUS uses a Tatra (6x6) chassis.

If selected for the Czech requirement, TITUS vehicles would be built in-country by Tatra Defence Vehicles.

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buglerbilly - 4-7-2017 at 02:35 PM

BOXER Retrofit Contract for Germany Signed

(Source: OCCAR; issued June 30, 2017)

On 28th June, the OCCAR Director and the Managing Directors of ARTEC GmbH signed a contract to retrofit the German BOXER fleet to the A2 built-standard.

The ceremony took place in Bonn and was attended by representatives of the German Ministry of Defence, the German procurement agency BAAINBw and also representatives from ARTEC GmbH, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH.

OCCAR Director Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño stated in his speech that this contract marks a major milestone for the BOXER as it contains the upgrade of 246 BOXER vehicles to the highest build standard.

Up to now the German BOXER vehicles have had different build standards (A1 and A2). A2 is the most advanced build standard and the complete German BOXER fleet will be retrofitted to it.

The contracted performance provides the preparations for a Driver Vision System and an updated safety standard for the drive modules. The mission modules will receive changes to loading lists and stowage and several improvements like an explosion suppression system and satellite communication.

Most beneficial is the fitting for an advanced Driver Vision System. This will allow to drive the German vehicles on public roads without the support by the commander in the future. But, also, the survivability and the effectiveness of BOXER will be greatly enhanced.

The A2 retrofit will be finished in 2023.


buglerbilly - 5-7-2017 at 12:04 PM

Rheinmetall to Modernize the Bundeswehr’s Boxer Command Vehicles

(Source: Rheinmetall AG; issued July 04, 2017)

Rheinmetall has been contracted to modernize the command post variants of the German army’s Boxer 8-wheeled armored carrier, like this one pictured here in Afghanistan. (Rheinmetall photo)

Rheinmetall has been tasked with modernizing 38 Boxer multipurpose armoured transport vehicles for the Bundeswehr, all of them configured for a command role. On 28 June 2017, OCCAR, the European procurement agency, awarded the Boxer consortium, ARTEC, a contract to upgrade these vehicles to A2 status.

ARTEC is expected to pass the order on to consortium partner Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles during the next few weeks. For Rheinmetall the gross value of the contract comes to around €21 million (€18 million without VAT). The order will be completeD in mid-2020.

Modernizing the Boxer command vehicles to A2 design status will involve a whole host of modifications affecting both the chassis and mission module. Among other things, the vehicles will be retrofitted with advanced driver visualization technology, weapon systems, IT equipment modules and communication systems. This will lead to improvements with respect to handling, protection, combat effectiveness, networking and logistics, further enhancing this battle-proven, extremely well protected family of 8x8 wheeled vehicles.

The scope of performance encompasses both one-time and serially produced products and services. In general, the one-time items relate to development activities such as system safety, environmental compatibility analysis, logistic support analysis and interactive electronic documentation.

Besides the 38 command vehicles, the German armed forces are upgrading 124 Boxer armoured personnel carriers, 72 heavily protected field ambulances and twelve driver training vehicles to A2 status.

The upgrade of the chassis to A2 design status includes the “Fit-for” driver visualization system installation kit, modification of the exhaust gas and cooling air flow, repositioning of the towing cable and the driver’s station, and covering of the rear spotlights. In addition, labelling in conformity with the Bundeswehr’s Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) is being introduced. Furthermore, requirements generated by the safety workshop are being implemented, including an ABS function check and monitoring of the differential lock.

Modification of the command vehicle module to A2 design status encompasses installation of a fire suppression system; AIT labelling; a remotely controlled FLW200 weapon station that can be operated from multiple locations in the vehicle; common displays for the vehicle commander and section leader; transmission of the video signal from the driver visualization system to the commander’s station; as well as alteration of the external storage capacity, antenna configuration and loading.

Additional components will be integrated into the vehicle’s IT suite, including DVI, LAN, Y adapter cables and a DC/DC transformer. The upgraded vehicles will also be equipped with a voice over IP/ VoIP capability.


buglerbilly - 5-7-2017 at 08:36 PM

Published: Wednesday, 05 July 2017 08:32

Russian new-generation Boomerang armored personnel carrier undergoes heavy tests

The Boomerang armored personnel carriers (APC) have concluded the Victory Parade on Red Square since 2015. Together with the newest T-14 MBT and T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicle based on the Armata heavy unified tracked platform, they have to become the main strike force of Russia’s Land Forces.

Boomerang (credit: Vitaly Kuzmin)
"The Boomerang has incorporated breakthrough feats of engineering. They are comparable to space technology in terms of technical perfection. For example, it has protection of the upper hemisphere. The vehicle can be controlled remotely, that is, it is practically a robot. It is fitted with such effective defense systems against precision-guided weapons that it is just unkillable," said Krasovitsky.

Within the Boomerang project, VPK drags the entire industry forward. A new engine was developed for this vehicle. Its manufacturer, the Yaroslavl Engine Plant, conducted out a real industrial revolution. There have been no such engines in Russia before. A new control system and a transfer case were designed. To this end, engineering competencies were developed, the entire production cycle was modernized, and new test benches appeared.

The Boomerang and BTR-82A are the vehicles of different classes. They were devised for different tasks and occupy different niches. The BTR-82A is a reliable vehicle, but it will not be able to carry out a package of missions that will be performed by the Boomerang, because it has different functionality and different performance. The BTR-82A can handle certain local tasks. With the Boomerang, the range of tasks increases and the niche expands.

Unlike the BTR-82A, far more automatic weapon stations can be installed on the Boomerang. And they can be changed. "You want a 30mm cannon - certainly, you want 57mm or 100mm gun, ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided-Missile)- no problem. It's like a constructor's kit. There is a completely new and more protected base model. You can build over what you like. The front engine location and a rear ramp are ergonomic: It's convenient to board and dismount, but everything has pros and cons," Krasovitsky said.

Krasovitsky does not fear that interest in the BTR-82A will fall. It is a reliable, cheap and well-known combat vehicle. Today, too, there are many orders for it from the former Soviet republics. Similar foreign products are 60-70% more expensive than the Russian ones. The current BTR-82A both swims and fires. The developers have been modifying it a lot recently. VPK was tasked by the Ministry of Defense to modify the BTR-82A according to a list of 80 improvement points following its operation in various climatic conditions. For example, when the vehicle swims, the visibility is limited at a high wave. Developers are increasing the length of the periscope and making the shield, which protects from the wave, larger. And there are many such directions. But reliability is the most important thing.

Currently, the Boomerang tests are heading into the homestretch. "It's flattering that our vehicle concluded the Victory Parade, but it's a new vehicle, and we continue to work on its armor, weight, ergonomics, and armament. Therefore, we would not like to say what it will be like in the final configuration. Now we are testing 12 cars: we are driving, firing, burning, and freezing them. Work is underway on the use of various types of armor," the CEO of VPK refined. The laboratory tests alone of this vehicle number 250: freezers, explosions, shootings, rollovers. So, once the tests are completed, fielding will start immediately, Krasovitsky told the newspaper Izvestia.
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buglerbilly - 7-7-2017 at 02:27 PM

Published: Thursday, 06 July 2017 14:49

Streit Group has launched new Cougar 2 LAMV Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle.

STREIT Group, one of the world’s largest armored vehicles manufacturing company has launched the Cougar 2, LAMV (Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle), a modernized version of the previous model of Cougar 4x4 light armoured vehicle designed and manufactured by Streit Group.

New Streit Group Cougar 2 LAMV Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle (Source picture Streit Group)
Recently, security situations all over Africa and Middle-East region has been observed with growing threats and vulnerability of soldiers. To respond to these new threats, Streit Group has used the experience of the previous version of the Cougar to offer a new design of the vehicle with advanced protection and additional options.

The new Cougar 2 LAMV has also new suspension and engine upgrade. The vehicle provides a seating capacity of 10 personnel including driver and commander. It is more lighter to offers more mobility.

The Cougar 2 can be used for Police operations, border control, airport security or anti-terrorist operations. The vehicle can be configured to be used as APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) but also as Armored Ambulance.

unicorn - 7-7-2017 at 03:12 PM

Quote: Originally posted by buglerbilly  
Published: Wednesday, 05 July 2017 08:32

Russian new-generation Boomerang armored personnel carrier undergoes heavy tests

Can we sue them for unlawful cultural appropriation of indigenous heritage artifacts IP?

buglerbilly - 13-7-2017 at 03:32 PM

Turkey’s FNSS Delivers First Armored Vehicle to Oman

(Source:; posted July 12, 2017)

Turkey’s FNSS has begun deliveries of its PAR III 8x8 infantry combat vehicles to Oman, its second export customer after Malaysia. Turkish firms are increasingly competing with traditional Western suppliers on the world defense market. (FNSS photo)

PARIS --- Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş., one of the country’s largest defense manufacturers, said in a tweeter post today that it had delivered the first of 172 PARS III wheeled armored vehicles to the Sultanate of Oman.

It is not clear whether these vehicles are of the first production standard, which FSS sold to Malaysia, where it is manufactured under license by DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies, or whether they are of the latest variant unveiled at the IDEF defense exhibition in Istanbul earlier this year. Malaysia has ordered 247 PARS IIIs, which is locally designated AV8.

Several attempts to reach the company’s press office by telephone were unsuccessful.

Translated from Turkish, the message is “We delivered the first vehicle of the 172-vehicle Oman contract, PARS III 8x8”

FNSS has not issued a press release on today’s delivery, but according to a statement issued in February 2016, when it concluded the second PARS export contract, “The contract is already effective and FNSS has started to fulfill its obligations under this new contract which includes delivery of a series of vehicles in various configurations. The exact customer, vehicle types, total budget and additional details will remain confidential.”

The statement continued: “This latest success for the PARS vehicle family, which has become a world standard in 8x8 and 6x6 wheeled armoured vehicles, has once again highlighted the status already achieved by FNSS on the international market. In competition alongside the world’s other top companies, FNSS has once again demonstrated the real quality and value of its vehicles, securing the highest scores in both the technical and value domains. We will continue to maintain our customer’s satisfaction at the highest level by meeting the contract requirements in terms of the schedule, budget, and quality”, says K. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS.”

On its website, FNSS says that PARS III 8X8 is the new generation of wheeled armored combat vehicle (WACV) designed and developed with a special emphasis on mobility, protection, payload and growth potential. The vehicles employ the latest designs and technologies with a focus on the performance and durability of modern military operational requirements. The vehicles are available in 4X4, 6X6 and 8X8 configurations. The PARS family of vehicles takes its name from the “Anatolian Leopard”.

The PARS III 8X8 has an all-up combat weight of 30 tonnes, and is powered by a water-cooled diesel engine, coupled with a fully automatic transmission which generates a maximum road speed of up to 100 km/h.

FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. (FNSS), a joint venture owned 51 percent by Nurol Holding and 49 percent by BAE Systems, is a leading company in the design and production of tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles and weapon systems for use by Turkish and allied armed forces.

FNSS, established in 1988 for the production of Armoured Combat Vehicles, has achieved the status of a global company, capable of designing and producing a broad range of land systems and including training and integrated logistic support for these systems.


buglerbilly - 17-7-2017 at 12:48 PM

French Army unveils Griffon multirole troop carrier

By: Pierre Tran, July 14, 2017

PARIS — The French Army unveiled for public display on July 14 the Griffon multirole troop carrier, one of the vehicles driven in the Bastille Day parade for which U.S. President Donald Trump is a guest.

French President Emmanuel Macron invited Trump to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry to World War I.

Honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I and marking 100 years of “innovative technology” are two key themes underpinning the parade, Army Gen. Bruno Le Ray, told journalists. One of le Ray’s tasks as Paris military governor is to organize the parade, a political and military event marking the French Revolution.

High above the sharp uniforms on parade, the French Air Force flew a Reaper MQ-9 drone to provide surveillance over the event, a showcase for military technology.

Griffon relies on innovation, a major element in the Army’s €6 billion (U.S. $6.8 billion) Scorpion modernization program, with Nexter, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales building the vehicle. Those industrial partners are also working on Jaguar, a combat vehicle designed to share common equipment with the Griffon.

The Griffon in the parade is one of the two prototype vehicles undergoing certification tests by the Army and Direction Générale de l’Armement, or DGA, procurement office, with four more prototype units due for delivery, an Army program officer said.

The DGA is due to pick a systems architect and integrator for the Scorpion program this year, following a tender, a DGA official said.

Protection tests have been conducted on the Griffon, with the hull submitted to explosive and ballistic tests at Bourges in central France. The level of protection is classified information. Mobility tests have also been conducted.

The second prototype vehicle is undergoing tests at Angers in western France for operations under hot and cold temperature.     

Griffon has a double hull design, including an aluminium shell, and a third layer of modular armor can be fitted to protect from rocket-propelled grenades.

The infantry equipment is due to be upgraded to Felin version 2 in the second phase of the Scorpion program in 2025, with work on prototypes to boost capabilities for dismounted troops.

In observation capability, Cat Eye from LHeritier is a night vision camera with a laser to pick up reflected light from enemy snipers, a company executive said.

Thales is working on a night vision goggle that shares with friendly troops video pictures and location information of the enemy.

Studies are being conducted to boost the 2-kilometer range of the Cilas DHY 208, a lighter and smaller laser target marker designed to mark up targets for aircraft, a Cilas executive said. Cilas won a contract in December to supply 160 units, with options up to 200. The DHY 208 weighs 2 kilos and has a range of 3 to 4 kilometers, compared to an earlier model weighing 8 kilos with a 10 kilometer range.   

An infantryman showed Defense News how the Heckler & Koch 416 F assault rifle will be fitted to allow the soldier to operate the personal radio and goggles while holding the weapon in the firing position.  

Safran Electronics & Defense, the supplier of the Felin kit since 2010, has worked on making the body armor lighter, fitting radio antennae on shoulder pads and boosting battery power to 72 hours from 12 hours, from a power source weighing 40 percent lighter. There is work on allowing soldiers to look up tactical information such as blue force tracking on tablets, smart phones and Apple and Samsung watches.

Safran E&D has funded work over three or four years on a demonstrator for an exoskeleton, aimed at helping soldiers in movement, with studies for wiring in artificial intelligence into the lightweight system.  

The main benefit in the Scorpion battle management system, dubbed SICS, from Bull, an Atos unit, is a faster and more user-friendly response and an automatic sharing of information through the field command, a company executive said.  

For Thales, a command post version of the Griffon offers around half of the value of that vehicle, a company executive said. That compares to an estimated 30 percent on the 11 versions of the modular Griffon, including troop carrier, artillery observation, ambulance, and field engineers.

Thales supplies onboard electronics, Contact software defined radio and a jamming system against improvised explosive devices.

Renault Trucks Defense will supply two types of remote controlled turrets, comprising the 7.62-millimeter or 12.7-millimeter machine guns, or a grenade launcher.

To arm the Jaguar combat vehicle, the target order is 400 firing posts and 3,000 antitank missiles, dubbed MMP, with 175 of the former and 450 of the latter to be delivered by 2019, the procurement office said.

MBDA supplies the missile, which replaces the Milan.

France had long planned to invite an American leader to the July 14 national event to mark the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into WW1 and Macron renewed that invitation to Trump last month.

An estimated 180 U.S. personnel from the services marched in the parade, while the U.S. Air Force flew two F-22 Raptor jets and Thunderbirds display team flew their F-16s in the flying display, which closes the display.

buglerbilly - 25-7-2017 at 09:17 AM

Czech MoD poised to secure Nexter 6x6, Iveco 4x4 procurement

Jiri Kominek - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

24 July 2017

TITUS has a Tatra chassis hence Czech preference to buy this 6x6 MRAP as opposed to GRIFFIN ala French Army..............

The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) received approval from the cabinet of ministers on 24 July to procure 62 Nexter Titus 6x6 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles and 80 Iveco 4x4 armoured modular vehicles (AMVs) for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) in 2020-24 worth a total of CZK9.5 billion (USD425 million).

The MoD expects to award a CZK4.8 billion contract in early 2018 to Tatra Export, a subsidiary of Czechoslovak Group, to supply the 62 Nexter Titus 6x6 MRAP vehicles to the ACR in 2020-24 for use as command-and-control platforms to better co-ordinate land forces, including more effectively directing artillery.

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buglerbilly - 25-7-2017 at 09:19 AM

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buglerbilly - 5-8-2017 at 12:56 PM

UAE receives new 6x6 armoured ambulances

04th August 2017 - 17:00

by Grant Turnbull in Dubai

The UAE armed forces has begun taking delivery of a new armoured 6x6 ambulance from domestic vehicle manufacturer Nimr, bolstering its protected casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) capability.

The ambulance, part of the Hafeet 6x6 vehicle family, is currently rolling off the production line at Nimr’s new purpose-built manufacturing facility.

bug2 - 23-8-2017 at 08:06 PM

NORINCO rolls out VP10 8x8 vehicle variants

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

23 August 2017

NORINCO VP10 variant configured with turret-mounted 105 mm gun and 7.62 mm coaxial MG. This version is not fitted with propellers for amphibious operations. Source: Christopher F Foss

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has developed new variants of its export-oriented 8x8 VP10 armoured personnel carrier (APC), Jane's has learnt.

The baseline VP10 APC is typically operated by a two-person crew, and carries up to 12 dismounts in the rear troop compartment. The vehicle is equipped with a small roof-mounted remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun (MG).

The VP10 APC is also understood from its original unveiling to be fully amphibious, with two shrouded propellers – mounted either side at the rear of the hull – that propel the vehicle in water at a maximum speed of 8 km/h.

NORINCO has disclosed a new variant fitted with a turret-mounted 105 mm rifled gun. The gun features a muzzle brake and fume extractor, though it lacks a muzzle reference system or thermal sleeve.

The gun is laid onto the target by a computerised fire control system (FCS), with commander and gunner using stabilised sighting systems.

Secondary armament comprises a 7.62 mm coaxial MG, with banks of electrically operated 76 mm grenade launchers mounted on the roof and firing forwards.

It is currently unknown whether the 105 mm rifled gun is manually loaded, or fed by a bustle-mounted automatic loader.

The first example of the 105 mm-gun variant does not appear to be amphibious, as it has an increased gross vehicle weight (GVW) owing to the installation of the heavier turret; in addition, the vehicle has not been fitted with propellers.

The 105 mm-gun variant is fitted with appliqué passive armour package to the hull and turret, and a number of dismounts could be carried in the rear troop compartment, which is fitted with firing ports and associated vision devices.

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bug2 - 23-8-2017 at 09:19 PM

Posted On Tuesday, 22 August 2017 19:48

Army-2017: New Typhoon-M anti-subversion vehicle showcased for the first time

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces is for the first time displaying to the public at the International Military-Technical Army-2017 forum the unique combat anti-subversion Typhoon-M vehicle for the protection of mobile missile complexes Yars, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Typhoon-M is based on a BTR-82 chassis
"Visitors can see the complex of reconnaissance technical means, study the possibilities of a drone and also learn the technical characteristics of the vehicle," it said.

Last year a simulator of the combat anti-subversion Typhoon vehicle to train security and reconnaissance servicemen was displayed at the forum. Anyone could train in protecting missile complexes on the virtual simulator. Visitors passed a snap course to eliminate conditional adversary by electronic bullets in 3D visual environment and modelled vehicle motion in virtual space on extreme terrain and various road pavements.

Typhoon-M is designated for defense of Yars missile complexes, reconnaissance in positional areas of strategic forces and the fight against subversion and reconnaissance groups of the adversary. The vehicle was created for the Strategic Missile Forces on the basis of BTR-82 armored personnel carrier. It controls positional areas of the forces in radar, optical and infrared bands and destroys subversion and reconnaissance groups of the adversary.

The forces will receive 12 Typhoon-M by the end of the year and another 20 vehicles by 2020. The combat anti-subversion vehicles are supplied to all rearmed units of the Strategic Missile Forces.

The system includes the possibility for the crew to use a mini-UAV to increase its reconnaissance capabilities
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bug2 - 24-8-2017 at 07:03 PM

Army-2017: VPK showcases BTR-87 APC

Nikolai Novichkov - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

23 August 2017

VPK unveiled the BTR-87 APC at Army-2017. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

Russia's Military Industrial Company (VPK) has unveiled the BTR-87 armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition, outside Moscow.

The vehicle on display features a frontally mounted powerpack, with the troop compartment located in the rear. The APC is based on the chassis of the BTR-82A APC, also developed by VPK.

The BTR-87 is designed to transport and support motor riflemen (motorised infantry) on the battlefield. The vehicle's armament suite can engage soft-skin targets, armoured vehicles, small surface combatants, and soldiers. Its ballistic armour protects the combat crew against small arms and shell splinters. The APC is additionally equipped with a nuclear, biological, and chemical protection system.

According to VPK, the BTR-87 is a four-axle, amphibious 8 x 8 vehicle with a combat weight of 16 tons, two crewmembers, and a passenger capacity of eight dismounts. Its 312 hp YaMZ-53602 engine has a power-to-weight ratio of 19.26 hp/t, producing a maximum road speed of 90 km/h and a maximum swimming speed of 10 km/h. The powerplant is combined with a mechanical gearbox that can be replaced by an automatic transmission.

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bug2 - 24-8-2017 at 08:07 PM

Posted On Wednesday, 23 August 2017 19:14

First Live firing demonstration of Russian-made K-17 Bumerang IFV Infantry Fighting vehicle at Army-2017.

First live firing demonstration for the K-17 Bumerang 8x8 IFV (Infantry fighting Vehicle) at Army-2017, the International Military Technical Forum which takes place in the Patriotic Park exhibition center near Moscow, Russia.

Russian-made Bumerang K-17 8x8 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) at Army-2017, the International Military Technical Forum near Moscow, Russia.
The Bumerang is new 8x8 armoured vehicle designed and manufactured by the Russian Defense Company Military Industrial Company (VPK). The vehicle was unveiled for the first time during the rehearsal of military parade for the Victory Day in April 2015.

The Bumerang is a new development of 8x8 armoured vehicle personnel carrier launched by the Russian defense industry to replace the old BTR family used by the Russian armed forces.

Currently, there is two variants of the Bumerang tested by the Russian armed forces, the K-16 which is the APC version fitted with a remotely operated weapon station armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine and the K-17 which was demonstrated during a live firing demonstration at Army-2017.

The K-17 is the IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) version in the Bumerang family which is also equipped with a remotely operated weapon station armed with a 2A42 dual-feed 30mm cannon and one 7.62 mm PKTM coaxial machine gun. Two KBP Instrument Design Bureau Kornet-EM ant-tank laser-guided missile launchers are mounted on each side of the turret.

The Bumerang hull provides protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters. In addition to this, Bumerang is also equipped with bolt-on ceramic armor which offers all-around protection against 14.5 mm, armor-piercing ammunition, and artillery fragments from 152 mm rounds.

The Bumerang is fully amphibious, being propelled in the water by two propellers which were situated on either side of the hull at the rear. As all the modern combat vehicles, the standard equipment of the Boomerang could include air-conditioning, NBC protection system, night vision equipment, computerized fire control, and central tyre pressure regulation system. The Bumerang is also fitted with video cameras to provide the troops a full 360° view all-around from inside the vehicle.

bug2 - 1-9-2017 at 09:59 PM

NORINCO fleshes out VP11 MRAP family

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

01 September 2017

NORINCO VP11 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle fitted with mast mounted sighting system, remote weapon station and banks of grenade launchers. Source: Christopher F Foss

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has produced new variants of its 4x4 VP11 lightweight mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle with armoured personnel carrier (APC) and internal security (IS) models rolling out of a recent production run, Jane’s can confirm.

In the APC role the VP11 can carry seven dismounts plus the driver who can rapidly enter and leave via three doors – one in each side and one in the rear.

For increased crew survivability the VP11 is equipped with bullet/splinterproof windows with those in the sides fitted with a circular firing port.

Ballistic protection is to STANAG 4569 Level 1, which protects the vehicle from 7.62 mm ball rounds but this is upgradable to Level 2.

The VP11 has a V-shaped hull, which provides a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), with the wheels located outside of it so that they are ejected away from the vehicle in the advent of a mine or IED blast.

Trials have shown that the VP11’s hull is capable of withstanding the blast generated by a10 kg TNT explosive under the wheels or an 8 kg explosive under the hull.

NORINCO has confirmed that in addition to being fitted with a protected weapon station (PWS) armed with 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun (MG), the VP11 can also be fitted with their UW1 remote weapon station (RWS).

The UW1 RWS can be armed with a stabilised 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm MG or a 30 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL) with a day/night sighting system mounted externally on the right.

For use in the internal security role the VP11 has been observed fitted with the NORINCO CS/LW2 38 mm vehicle-mounted nine shot anti-riot launcher.

This is normally mounted on the roof and has electric traverse through 360° and elevation from 0 to 40° with power supplied by the vehicle’s 12 or 24 V electrical system.

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bug2 - 1-9-2017 at 10:25 PM

Malaysia reveals Condor logistics vehicle prototype

Dzirhan Mahadzir - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

01 September 2017

Deftech’s upgraded 4x4 Condor prototype seen during the Independence Day Parade rehearsal. Source: Dzirhan Mahadzir

Malaysia’s Deftech unveiled a converted Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor 4x4 logistics support vehicle prototype during Malaysia’s Independence Day parade on 31 August.

The original armoured personnel carrier (APC) has been converted into a flatbed logistics support vehicle, with the primary intention of transporting and supporting Deftech’s Aludra unmanned aerial vehicle, though the vehicle can be employed for general logistics support as well.

The conversion involves removal of the top half of the APC’s troop compartment and transforming the freed space into a flatbed to transport supply containers securely. With the passenger space eliminated, internal personnel capacity is now limited to only the driver and vehicle commander.

Deftech is also considering the installation of an integral loader crane to facilitate loading and unloading.

Jane’s has learnt that the prototype vehicle was developed in late 2015 by Deftech under a company funded initiative based on the requirement for a rugged mobility vehicle to transport the Aludra UAV.

The Aludra UAV system had earlier been deployed under a services-based contract to support Malaysian Armed Forces operations in East Malaysia, although the contract has recently expired and is in the process of being renegotiated.

Although the logistics vehicle variant is currently not a Malaysian Army requirement, then Malaysian Army Chief (now Chief of Defence Force) General Raja Affandi told Jane’s in April 2016 at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition that the army’s plan for the modernisation and upgrade of its Condor fleet – should funding for the program be approved – would include some of the fleet being converted into flatbed logistic transports.

Deftech also displayed its Condor upgrade prototype at the parade. This effort involves the replacement of its 168 hp Mercedes Benz engine with a 215 hp Deutz engine, an independent axle replacing the rigid axle, an automatic transmission replacing the t manual transmission, and a new drop box which will increase the vehicle’s power output of 491 Nm at 1600 rpm to 800 Nm at 1200-1700 rpm.

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bug2 - 5-9-2017 at 01:33 PM

Remdizel rolls out Taifun MRAP for airborne troops

Nikolai Novichkov - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

04 September 2017

Russia's Remdizel – Defence Solutions (RD-DS) company has developed the K-4386 Taifun mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle intended for airborne troops and special forces, which it unveiled at the recent Army-2017 exhibition held outside Moscow from 22-27 August.

RD-DS unveiled the K-4386 Taifun MRAP vehicle for Airborne Troops at the Army-2017 exhibition. (Nikolai Novichkov)

The K-4386 is a 4x4 wheeled vehicle with a monocoque armoured hull. It is intended for troop and cargo transport and support missions. The vehicle can carry up to eight soldiers and provide them with protection. According to RD-DS, the K-4386 has a curb weight of 11,000 kg and a gross vehicle weight of 13,500 kg. The Taifun is fitted with a hydropneumatic suspension that allows ground clearance adjustment.

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bug2 - 5-9-2017 at 01:41 PM

Posted On Monday, 04 September 2017 11:18

Oshkosh Defense announced today that the U.S. Army has placed another order for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, including 611 vehicles and 1,789 installed and packaged kits. The order, valued at more than $177 million, is the sixth order for JLTVs since the contract was awarded in August 2015.

Oshkosh Defence Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
(Credit: Oshkosh Defence)

The Oshkosh JLTV provides new levels of protected mobility, off-road capability, and transportability that is simply unseen on today’s modern battlefield,” said Dave Diersen, Vice President and General Manager of Joint Programs at Oshkosh Defense.

“Today, combat operations around the globe require the force to be mobile, fast, hard-hitting and well-protected. The JLTV answers that call on every level.”

The Oshkosh JLTV is intended to replace the U.S. Army and Marine Corps aging up-armored HMMWV fleet. Designed more than 35 years ago to transport troops and equipment in non-combat environments, the HMMWV failed to evolve to meet new threats and changing tactics, leaving Warfighters vulnerable to attack. As the battlefield threats change, so should the fleet to support new missions.

“Our goal was to give the armed forces greater flexibility to ensure the JLTV is effective not only today but also for decades to come,” Diersen continued. “As battlefields shift and the challenges facing land forces change, our JLTV solution will adapt. That includes protecting our troops from different threats and also getting them to where they need to be, and back home safely.”

bug2 - 6-9-2017 at 07:04 PM

Somali military receives new vehicles

Erwan de Cherisey - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

05 September 2017

A photograph released by the Somalia National Army on 3 September shows 12 Tiger light armoured vehicles in Chinese army camouflage. Source: Somali National Army

The Somali National Army (SNA) released photographs on 3 September showing new tactical vehicles it has received.

One photograph showed at least 12 Chinese-made Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles Company Tiger 4x4 light armoured vehicles parked in what appeared to be a secure compound in Somalia. A second showed at least 13 Ford Super Duty double cabin pick-up vehicles fitted with weapon mounts.

The SNA did not provide details regarding the origin of these vehicles, but it is likely they were donated by foreign countries.

The Tigers were painted in the standard People’s Liberation Army camouflage scheme, indicating they are second-hand vehicles.

Neither the Chinese government nor government-controlled news agencies reported the delivery of the vehicles.

Reported to have a combat weight of 6.5 tonnes, the Tiger is a 4x4 light armoured vehicle with room for up to 10 people, including the driver. It can be armed with a heavy-machine gun in a protected weapon station and is powered by a 200hp Cummins diesel engine.

Over the last four years, Somalia is known to have received 50 AT105 Saxon armoured personnel carriers (APCs), ten Reva III mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles, and six RG-31 MRAPs, as well as an assortment of trucks and other armoured vehicles, including Iveco VM 90Ps. A batch of 14 ACMAT Bastion APCs should have been delivered in 2016.

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bug2 - 7-9-2017 at 01:40 PM

MSPO 2017: Tank killing Rosomaks unveiled

6th September 2017 - 11:09 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Kielce

Two new prototype variants of the Polish Army’s Rosomak vehicle are on display at this year’s MSPO, with both demonstrating a potential future requirement from the armed forces for highly-mobile tank killing capabilities.

Being displayed by its namesake company Rosomak at the event, the new variants of the locally-manufactured Patria AMV incorporate two different weapon systems optimised for neutralising main battle tanks; one with a 120mm gun and the other with guided anti-tank missiles.

The anti-tank missile carrier is a 6x6 variant of the Rosomak and features a Spike missile launcher on its roof capable of firing four missiles. The Rafael-manufactured Spike is the preferred anti-tank missile solution for the Polish armed forces and several variants are already integrated onto a number of platforms.

A Rosomak official said that the company was in technical discussions with the Polish MoD about such a capability, although it is not yet a firm requirement.

The other Rosomak 8x8 vehicle on display incorporates an Oto Melara Hitfact 120mm turret, a three-person system optimised for tank destroyers and already in-service with the Italian Army as part of its Centauro mobile gun system. The Rosomak has previously been demonstrated with the Cockerill XC-8 turret from CMI Defence, which incorporates a 120mm gun system.

The Rosomak official told Shephard that for integration of the Hitfact, the overall length of the vehicle had been extended and that development had taken around six months. He added that, for the moment at least, the integration remains in the prototype stage and is primarily designed to demonstrate to the Polish armed forces what is possible with the Rosomak platform.

The Polish Army continues to receive variants of the Rosomak, with the official explaining that delivery of the Technical Reconnaissance Vehicle (WRT) variant was underway. This variant incorporates a crane that can lift 1.3t as well construction and specialist equipment that allows the crew to perform diagnostics, maintenance and recoveries.

Next year, the first deliveries of a Technical Recovery Vehicle (WPT) variant are planned. This variant includes a heavier-duty crane supported by two hydraulic support legs, as well as a dozer blade. This heavier vehicle could also include an engine upgrade from the existing Scania DC12 to the more powerful DC13, said the official.

Other variants of the Rosomak include an IFV integrated with a 30mm turret, a 120mm mortar vehicle known as the Rak, command and control vehicles, reconnaissance vehicles, air defence command vehicles and NBC reconnaissance vehicles.

At MSPO, Rosomak also displayed the Eagle 5 4x4 vehicle from General Dynamics European Land Systems. The two companies have joined forces to offer the Eagle for the Polish MoD’s Mustang requirement, which will see the army refresh its 4x4 vehicle fleet. This offer, if successful, will likely result in the local production of the Eagle 5 by Rosomak.

The Eagle 5 on display integrated a Samson Mini remote weapon station from Rafael, with Spike anti-tank missiles.

bug2 - 8-9-2017 at 10:55 AM

VOP CZ and NIMR Showcase Success of 'Winterised' Ajban 440A at the 24th International Defence Exhibition MSPO

(Source: NIMR; issued Sept 7, 2017)

KIELCE, Poland --- Czech Republic's VOP CZ and NIMR Automotive have brought their latest collaborative military vehicle project, the NATO compliant NIMR 440N, to the 24th International Defence Exhibition MSPO, demonstrating the success of their strategic partnership.

With a long-standing reputation as a highly mobile, 4x4 protected vehicle that offers exceptional off-road capability, reliability and performance, the NIMR 440N has undergone a range of modifications to enable the vehicle to fully perform in cold weather conditions, in accordance with STANAG 2895 (-32°C to +55°C). Other system upgrades include EMC compliance to MIL-STD 416F to name but a few of the NATO Compliance requirements

Commenting on VOP CZ's and NIMR's attendance of MSPO, VOP Managing Director, Mr. Marek Spok said, "We are delighted to be able to display the results of our partnership with NIMR Automotive at the largest military exhibition in Central and Eastern Europe. The NIMR 440N caters to a number of requirements within the region and we look forward to showcasing this vehicle to a number of Armed Forces".

The NIMR-VOP CZ partnership offers a compelling option for armed forces in Central and Eastern Europe as they embark on extensive modernisation programmes. The localised production of the NATO variant vehicles, combined with a strong after-sales support service at VOP's manufacturing centre in Czech Republic, will cater to increased demand as armoured vehicle fleets are upgraded across the region.

Dr. Fahad Saif Harhara Al Yafei, CEO of NIMR Automotive, commented, "We are confident that through our collaboration with VOP CZ we can meet the armoured fleet requirements for the V4 countries and beyond. That is why we have brought our vehicle collaboration to MSPO, to demonstrate that our offering can satisfy the new strategic demands in the region and the strong interest for this class of vehicle".

VOP CZ already enjoyed a strong supplier relationship with NIMR Automotive, as a result of manufacturing the armoured cabins for AJBAN 440A vehicles for over two years. This link provided the catalyst for expanding the engagement to market, manufacture and sell the full NIMR vehicle range in Central and Eastern Europe.

VOP CZ and NIMR's products can be found on display at Stand G - 46.

VOP CZ is a state enterprise established by the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic and its primary purpose is to fulfil the requirements of the Czech Armed Forces. It is mainly active in development, manufacture, repairs, servicing and modernisation of ground military technology and it has manufactured 107 armoured Pandur II vehicles for the Czech Armed Forces. Today it employs over 850 people and in 2016 it generated over CZK 1.3 billion in revenue.

NIMR Automotive, a subsidiary of the UAE’s Emirates Defence Industry Company (EDIC) delivers highly capable wheeled military vehicles that are designed for the harshest environments, across a diverse scope of mission requirements. NIMR's range of desert-proven 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles are available in armoured or non-armoured configurations, with modular configurable crew capacity and payload, where protection and mobility is the focus of our design activities.


bug2 - 8-9-2017 at 04:04 PM

New 6x6 tank destroyer Rosomak armoured Spike NLOS missile

MSPO 2017 Poland

Posted On Thursday, 07 September 2017 20:09

New 6x6 Tank Destroyer armoured vehicle presented by PGZ at MSPO 2017, the International Defense Industry Exhibition in Poland. The vehicle is equipped with a new turret armed with four launchers for Spike NLOS long range Anti Tank Guided Missile.

New 6x6 tank destroyer based on Rosomak APC chassis fitted with turret armed with Spike NLOS anti-tank guided missile at MSPO 2017, International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce, Poland.

The vehicle design was based on proven concept used in the Rosomak APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) family. High power combined with limited size and weight, providing good mobility in all terrain conditions. The armour of the vehicle provides ballistic protection Level 2 STANAG A569 in all-around the vehicle and Level 4 at the front, at an angle of 60°.

The main weapon of the 6x6 Tank Destroyer is the multi-purpose electro-optical Anti Tank Guided Missiles - Spike NLOS with wireless, real-time data link which has a firing range up to 25 km.

The SPIKE NLOS weapon system can be operated in either direct attack upon target detection using LOBL (Lock-on Before Launch) Mode or firing from stand-off in automatic navigation mode based on operator or target acquisition system provided coordinates (INS navigation).

A bidirectional RF data link enables transmission of the missile seeker video image to the operator as well as real time updating or steering of the missile.

SPIKE NLOS enables defeat of high value targets, with pinpoint precision, accurate BDA and provision of real-time intelligence. This precision allows for engagement of targets in urban terrain effectively, with minimum collateral damage. The system can also be equipped with various warheads such as anti-tank, fragmentation and anti structural.

Close view of the Spike NLOS anti-tank guided missile turret mounted on the 6x6 tank destroyer.

bug2 - 8-9-2017 at 04:12 PM

Nexter showcases its TITUS 6x6 armoured vehicle at MSPO 2017

Posted On Wednesday, 06 September 2017 20:41

At the 25th Targi Kielce MSPO, being held from 5-8 Spetember in Kielce, Poland, Nexter, the french armored vehicles manufacturer showcases its well-known TITUS.

The NEXTER Titus at MSPO 2017 in Kielce (Credit: Army Recognition)

TITUS is mounted on a Tatra 6x6 chassis, coupled with an engine of 500Hp offering an exceptional mobility. Wrapped with an armored skin of last generation, from level 2 to level 4, TITUS is also protected against mines (up to 4a/4b) and IEDs blasts (up to 150kg), by the original Nexter SAFEPRO design (hanged floor, energy absorbing seats...). RPG protection 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, (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.

The Vehicle can be equipped with Remote Control Weapon Station from 7,62mm to 25mm, and 40mm Grenade Launchers as well, depending on the level of threats. All of them are coupled with thermal sensors of last generation and Laser Range Finders. Two Light Machine Guns can be added on the rear top of the vehicle.

TITUS is fully integrated within the C4I network through last generation vetronics. Nexter Battlefield Management System FINDERS provides a situational awareness, enhanced by a perimeter camera system, and Nerva LG and Novadem's small UAS reconnaissance drones, allowing a safe dismounting.

To meet all the threat environments, TITUS is customizable in different configurations. In its "lower intensity" variant, the TITUS features i.a. 7,62mm RCWS, protection level 2, forward crowd fence, dozer blade, non-lethal weapons,...

The NEXTER Titus at MSPO 2017 in Kielce (Credit: Army Recognition)

bug2 - 8-9-2017 at 04:18 PM

4x4 Tank destroyer Eagle V with Samson Mini Spike turret MSPO 2017

Posted On Thursday, 07 September 2017 18:32

The Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ ), a holding company established by the Polish government to unite Polish, state owned defense industry companies, presents a new 4x4 anti-tank combat vehicle based on the Eagle 5, a 4x4 armoured vehicle manufactured by the Company MOWAG, who is now a business unit of General Dynamics European Land Systems.

The new Polish 4x4 tank destroyer based on Eagle V armoured and fitted with Samson mini turret armed with one 12.7mm heavy machine and two launchers for Spike anti-tank guided missile. (MSPO 2017)

The new 4x4 Tank Destroyer is based on a standard version of the Eagle V, 4x4 armoured vehicle fitted with an Israeli Rafael Samson Mini RWS (Remote Weapon Station). The turret is armed with one 12.7mm heavy machine gun and two launchers for anti-tank guided missile Rafael Spike.

The EAGLE V sets the standard for protected wheeled vehicles in the weight class of up to 10 t. The cabin is equipped with a double V-shaped floor, which reduces the kinetic energy transfer of the explosion. The vehicle provides high payload, large internal capacity and flexible cargo space. Thanks to the unique De-Dion suspension system and high-mobility anti-slope stabilizers, the Eagle provides the crew a high level of survivability.

The Samson Mini RWS is a compact turret system. The RWS highly accurate target engagement and auto-tracking capabilities, combined with accurate stabilization mechanism, provide superior performance in adverse conditions. Samson Mini's open architecture allows to configure additional sensors and tactical C4I for effective battlefield response.

The Spike LR is a 4th generation lightweight, Fire & Forget Plus multi-purpose missile system with a range of up to 4 km. In addition to the basic Fire & Forget mode of operation, a fiber optic data communication link provides the gunner with the unique ability to attack hidden targets, update or switch to more valuable target after launch, achieve pinpoint precision, avoid friendly fire, perform surveillance, damage assessment and obtain real-time intelligence.

Close view of the Samson Mini turret armed with one 12.7mm machine gun and two launchers for Spike missile. 

bug2 - 11-9-2017 at 10:02 AM

Vehicle makers set to to submit bids to complete lineup for UK's MRV-P program

By: Andrew Chuter   6 hours ago

Thales' contender is the Australian-developed Bushmaster platform already in service with the British and other countries. (Australian Department of Defense)

LONDON – Armored vehicle companies are to submit bids to the U.K. Ministry of Defence later this month in a three-way competition to complete the line up of a new family of protected mobility vehicles destined for the British Army.

General Dynamics, Mercedes-Benz Defence and Thales are all expected to deliver proposals to the MoD’s procurement agency by Sept. 28 to supply the troop carrying and battlefield ambulance elements of the Multi-Role Vehicle-Protected, or MRV-P, program.

The MRV-P program is split into two packages, which between them will provide two basic types of general purpose vehicles for command and logistics duties in support of the development of a more capable fighting division and the formation of strike brigades for the British Army by 2025.

The British are already deep into negotiations with the U.S. government over a Foreign Military Sales purchase of the Oshkosh Defense JLTV in the first of the packages and procurement of the second package is underway with a winning contractor set to be selected next year.

A spokeswoman for the MoD said, “We are investigating a Foreign Military Sales purchase of the U.S. DoD Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. We anticipate a decision on this proposal in early 2018.”

“A second package aims to procure, through competition, troop carriers and ambulances that will share a common base vehicle. We anticipate a decision on this proposal in mid-2018, with the competition winner planned to be on contract in 2019,” she said.

At the request of the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support arm, the companies have already submitted rough pricing estimates ahead of the formal delivery of bids, said industry executives with knowledge of the program.

Cost will be a key issue in keeping the program on track.

The British Army budget is under considerable pressure, and cuts and delays to capabilities and programs are a possibility if tough financial efficiency targets are to be met over the next few years.

Industry executives, though, say they are confident the funding is available and MRV-P will go ahead, but with the government in the midst of what some are calling a mini-strategic defence and security review and a difficult fiscal year for the MoD to navigate, there are no guarantees the program will stay on track.

Programs like the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle, the Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle update, Challenger 2 main battle tank life extension program and the Ajax reconnaissance vehicle would all likely come ahead of the MRV-P in the pecking order for funds.

The MoD declined to respond to a question about funding.

The MoD has form when it comes to cutting protected mobility programs, having abandoned a similar requirement to MRV-P when it first deferred, then dropped, the Operational Utility Vehicle System program in 2011 in favour of buying individual vehicle types to meet urgent operational requirements in Afghanistan.

Despite any concerns generated by the outcome of the government review, the companies vying for package two of the MRV-P program will be trying to catch the eye of senior MoD and British Army officials at the DSEI military exhibition which opens in London on Sept 12.

General Dynamics is offering the 6x6 Eagle vehicle. Thales’ contender is the Australian-developed Bushmaster platform already in service with the British and other countries. Mercedes-Benz is thought to be competing with a vehicle based on a Unimog chassis.

The military here will get a closer look at the contenders later this month when the rival companies each deliver three vehicles for evaluation of mobility, blast protection and other trials likely to run until the end of the year. None of the companies were prepared to discuss their bid for the program.

The British are already well advanced in negotiation with the U.S. government over a likely deal to become the first overseas customer for the JLTV.

In July the U.S. State Department said it had approved a $1.03 billion deal with the British for up to 2,747 JLTVs along with training and a spares package.

Actual numbers of JLTVs purchased are likely to be considerably less than the figures used in the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement.

A U.K. Parliament’s Defence Committee report published in April said it expected 750 JLTVs to be purchased.

The committee said the second package of vehicles could initially involve 150 troop carriers and 80 ambulances “later rising to 300 of each if the money is available.”

bug2 - 12-9-2017 at 06:39 PM

MSPO 2017: Czech–Polish Husar 4x4 armoured carrier debuts

Igor Bozinovski - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 September 2017

The Husar 4x4 armoured carrier was presented at the MSPO international defence industry exhibition in Kielce, Poland, on 5–8 September. The vehicle is a joint project between Polish company H. Cegielski – Poznań (HCP) and Kopřivnice-based Tatra Defense Vehicles, now operating under the Czechoslovak Group (CSG) holding of companies from the Czech and Slovak Republics.

The Czech & Polish Husar 4x4 armoured carrier made its debut at MSPO. (Igor Bozinovski)

The latest in the family of high-mobility tactical vehicles designed by Tatra, the Husar was displayed at MSPO in transport configuration with a remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) for six fully equipped soldiers, including three crewmembers: the commander, the RCWS operator, and the driver. The demonstrated vehicle was equipped with a nuclear, biological, and chemical protection system, and STANAG 4569 Level 2A and 2B mine-blast and Level 3 ballistic protection.

The vehicle weighs 11.9 tons in its basic version, and has a maximum approved combat weight of 13.5 tons. The design of the vehicle, with its large transport compartment, allows it to carry a large volume of cargo.

The vehicle is powered by a Cummins ISB 6.7 l six-cylinder in-line water-cooled engine and an automatic gearbox with a hydrodynamic torque converter. The Tatra chassis utilises a core frame with independent wheel suspension, providing the Husar with all-terrain characteristics. The 150-litre fuel tank gives the vehicle a range of 300 km off-road, and 500 km on good hard-surface roads.

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bug2 - 13-9-2017 at 05:06 PM

Oshkosh Defense showcases JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle at DSEI 2017 London UK

DSEI 2017 News Online Show Daily Coverage Report

Posted On Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:08

American Company Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, showcases the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in Europe this week at the DSEI 2017 defence and security exhibition in London, United Kingdom.The version showed at DSEI 2017 is fitted with a remotely weapon station armed with a 7.62mm machine gun.

Oshkosh Defense JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle at DSEI 2017, Defense and Security Exhibition in London, UK.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages Foreign Military Sales (FMS), announced that the State Department approved the sale of Oshkosh-manufactured JLTVs through an FMS procurement to satisfy the United Kingdom’s Group 1 requirement of the Multi Role Vehicle Protected (MRV-P) Programme. This is the first FMS case to be initiated since Oshkosh was awarded the U.S. contract in August of 2015 to replace up to 16,901 U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps in-service uparmored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs).

“Oshkosh is no stranger to supporting the U.K., and we are pleased to see the JLTV FMS transaction between the United States and the United Kingdom moving forward,” said George Mansfield, Vice President and General Manager, International Programs at Oshkosh Defense. “Oshkosh Defense has supported vehicle programs such as the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) and Wheeled Tanker programs for nearly two decades in the U.K., and we look forward to many more years of continued service to the U.K. military.” The U.K. MoD fleet of Oshkosh-manufactured vehicles would reach over 1,000 vehicles with future deliveries of Oshkosh JLTV vehicles.

“Oshkosh is dedicated to supporting the U.K. JLTV program from an industry standpoint as well,” Mansfield continued. “A JLTV sale to the United Kingdom presents exciting opportunities to expand Oshkosh’s business relationships in the United Kingdom, as we pursue U.K.-specific equipment suppliers and support partners in the region. We look forward to this important international JLTV programme.”

The U.S. JLTV programme is currently in Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and remains on-schedule, on-budget and is completing reliability and performance test activities as well as logistics supportability evaluations. The programme anticipates a U.S. Department of Defense Full Rate Production (FRP) decision in fiscal year 2019. Any future international deliveries are expected to follow after U.S. FRP deliveries begin. “While we defer MRV-P programme specifics like timing, quantities, and contractor requirements to the U.K. customer, Oshkosh is committed to delivering an affordable, networked, protected mobility solution to our valued British ally, and continuing to strengthen our transatlantic relationship,” Mansfield concluded.

The JLTV at DSEI 2017 is fitted with a remotely operated weapon station armed with a 7.62mm machine gun

bug2 - 13-9-2017 at 05:26 PM

New Gepard ASV 4x4 armored Security Vehicle Streit Group DSEI 2017

DSEI 2017 News Online Show Daily Coverage Report

Posted On Tuesday, 12 September 2017 20:16

The Canadian-based Company Streit Group unveils its new 4x4 armoured vehicle Gepard ASV (Armoured Security Vehicle) at DSEI 2017, the Defense and Security Exhibition which takes place in London, United Kingdom from the 12 to 15 September 2017.

Streit Group Gepard ASV Armoured Security Vehicle at DSEI 2017, Defense and Security Exhibition in London, United Kingdom.

The Company Streit Group continues to develop new security and combat vehicles thanks to its Research and development and to response to the new threats. The new Gepard ASV has been designed to offer a new generation of multirole vehicle able to be used for different tasks as EOD vehicle, urban and border patrolling and to perform different types of mission as peacekeeping operations or convoy escort.

The design of the Streit Group Gepard ASV is divided in three main compartments with engine at the front, crew in the middle including driver and commander and troops compartment at the rear with six individual seats. There is a cargo area at the rear of the vehicle. The seating configuration can be adjusted according to customer requirements. It has a curb weight of 7,300 kg and a payload capacity of 1,500 kg.

The Gepard ASV is based on Ford F-550 chassis and is powered by a 6.7L V8 Turbo diesel engine coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It can run at a maximum road speed of 120 km/k with a maximum cruising range of 800 km.

Gepard ASV offers protection on 360° against firing of small arms , hand grenades and fragmentation with its standard CEN B6 protection level.

There is one single hatch on the roof of the vehicle, it can be used to fitted small remote or manual weapon station armed with 7.62 or 12.7mm machine gun.


bug2 - 13-9-2017 at 08:09 PM

DSEI 2017

British by birth [DSEI17D2]

13 September 2017

Pride of place on Rheinmetall Defence’s Stand S7-110 is the Boxer (8x8) Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV), which is one of the contenders for the UK Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) requirement.

For DSEI, Rheinmetall has painted Boxer MRAV in the red, white, and blue colours of the uk, as this was one of the countries originally involved in the programmed, so Boxer is ‘British by Birth’.

The British Army is due to form two Strike Brigades, with each of these having two battalions equipped with a yet to be selected MIV, plus one battalion of Ajax reconnaissance vehicles, artillery, engineer and logistic support elements.

MIV will be an 8x8 vehicle with a high level of strategic and cross-country mobility and good protection. The armoured personnel carrier (APC) version is expected to be armed with a remote weapon station (RWS) with a .50 M2 HB machine gun (MG).

As many as 500 MIVs are expected to be required, with the competition now being run by the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation at Abbey Wood.

The original contract was for 272 Boxer MRAVs for the German Army and 200 for the Royal Netherlands Army, but more recently Germany has ordered an additional 131 Boxer MRAVs in the APC role, with the latest version being the Boxer A2.

Lithuania has ordered 88 Boxers, with most of these being in the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) configuration with a RWS armed with a 30mm cannon and 7.62mm co-axial MG.

There is a hot production line for the Boxer, which will remain fully operational for some years, so deliveries could be made to the UK at an early stage.

Boxer is a joint project between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles with the company called ARTEC, with OCCAR having overall project responsibility. If Boxer was selected, then the UK would rejoin the programme and capitalise on its already considerable investment. ARTEC officials pointed out that the Boxer has already been put through the extensive Reliability Growth Trials (RGT) requirement by the UK.

Potential team members include BAE Systems, Thales, Raytheon and Pearson, with the last company now owning the former Vickers Defence Systems Newcastle-upon- Tyne facility, which built large numbers of armoured vehicles for the UK.

In addition to being used as an APC, Boxer is deployed as an ambulance, a cargo carrier, a command post, a driver training vehicle and an engineer vehicle, but because the rear mission module can be removed rapidly, it can be used for a much wider range of battlefield missions.

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bug2 - 14-9-2017 at 12:02 PM

More on this................interesting bit of kit especially if you have long-range raiding or recon teams operating far from home........

DSEI 2017: Supacat launches new recovery vehicle

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

13 September 2017

Supacat High Mobility Transporter Light Weight Recovery. Source: Supacat

Supacat has expanded its range of High Mobility Transporter (HMT) wheeled vehicles with the development of the HMT Light Weight Recovery (LWR) vehicle, which the company launched at DSEI 2017.

The vehicle has been developed as a private venture by Supacat to meet potential user requirements for a vehicle to safely recover 6x6 and 4x4 vehicles – such as Supacat’s Jackal (4x4) and Coyote (6x6), which are now part of the core British Army fleet.

One potential user is the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for its Light Weight (Air Portable) Recovery Capability (LW[AP]RC) programme.

The HMT LWR features many characteristics of the HMT 600 (6x6) including the variable height air suspension system, diesel engine, and drive line, and weighs around 10.5 tonnes.

The vehicle is fitted with a fully protected two-door forward-control cab with the crew being provided with bullet/splinter resistant windows; there is also provision for a roof-mounted machine gun (MG) for self-protection.

Mounted to the rear of the cab is the ‘Supalift', for which there is a patent pending, and which Supacat claims can increase the maximum lifting capacity by up to 50%. This is achieved by distributing the weight of the casualty vehicle more evenly over the recovery vehicle.

In the standard mode the HMT LWR recovery system can lift a maximum recovered vehicle axle mass of 3.8 tonnes, which increases to 6.1 tonnes when ‘Supalift’ mode is engaged. This capability is based on the HMT 400 Jackal 2.

Stowage areas are provided in either side of the rear of the platform for tools and other specific-to-role equipment.

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bug2 - 14-9-2017 at 01:29 PM

General Dynamics Land Systems promoting Eagle 6x6 platform ahead of MRV-P programme trials

DSEI 2017 News Online Show Daily Coverage Report

Posted On Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:14

General Dynamics Land Systems–UK and General Dynamics European Land Systems are showcasing the EAGLE 6x6, which will enter trials shortly for a part of the UK's Multi Role Vehicle – Protected (MRV-P) programme, at Defence and Security Equipment International 2017 exhibition in London. 

General Dynamics' Eagle 6x6 ambulance variant at DSEi 2017

EAGLE, fitted as an ambulance variant at DSEI 2017, provides a unique suspension and driveline, offering superior tactical mobility, reliability and the highest-protection in its class. The EAGLE is in-service with the German, Swiss and Danish Armies. It is available in a range of 4×4 and 6×6 configurations and can fulfill roles such as a Troop Carrier, Recovery, Command, Reconnaissance and Logistics. EAGLE provides logistic commonality across its range of variants to offer lower maintenance and lifecycle costs.

An Ambulance and a Troop Carrying vehicle, based on the same EAGLE 6x6 chassis and driveline, are being provided for trials. A third platform will be used for a mine blast trial. Trials will begin in October 2017 and are planned to run until February 2018.

Kevin Connell, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems–UK, said: "General Dynamics Land Systems has extensive experience of delivering world-leading platforms around the world. The EAGLE 6x6 is an excellent example of a high performance, highly survivable, tactical wheeled vehicle ideally suited to troop transport and the rapid, safe carriage of injured personnel. By undertaking the Assembly, Integration and Test of EAGLE platforms for the British Army, alongside in-service support, at our new Merthyr Tydfil facility, there would be an opportunity to create significant employment right across our extensive UK supply chain. Our proven processes and vehicle manufacturing pedigree will ensure MRV-P is delivered on-time and on-budget."

General Dynamics Land Systems has a long pedigree and worldwide experience in delivering tracked and wheeled military vehicles, alongside specialist knowledge in complex, scalable Electronic Architectures. It delivers, amongst others, AJAX, the Abrams main battle tank, PIRANHA, and LAV (Light Armoured Vehicle), Stryker and Cougar MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush – Protected) families of vehicles.

bug2 - 14-9-2017 at 02:34 PM

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Oshkosh Defense fits remote weapon station, anti-RPG armor on JTLV

By: Andrew Chuter   7 hours ago

Oshkosh fitted its DSEI show vehicle with an in-service Kongsberg remote weapon station, AmSafe Bridport anti-RPG armor and a Harris radio.

LONDON — With a sale of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to the British military seemingly in the bag, platform-builder Oshkosh Defense turned up at the DSEI show in London, England, this week sporting a few ideas of what the machine might look like when the British Army gets its hands on it.

Aside from giving the JLTV the obligatory coat of British Army green paint, Oshkosh fitted its show vehicle with an in-service Kongsberg remote weapon station, AmSafe Bridport anti-rocket-propelled grenade armor and a Harris radio.

George Mansfield, the vice president of international programs at Oshkosh Defence, said the configuration was meant to give a glimpse of the sort of items the British could fit based on those already in the inventory. He noted it wasn’t representative of any particular requirement.

The executive said it hadn’t been decided where British-specific work would be undertaken in the U.K., but the company was working to introduce more local content.

Export of the JLTV to the British via U.S. Foreign Military Sales was recently approved by the U.S. State Department, and Mansfield said it soon expects a letter of agreement from the British.

A spokeswomen for the British Ministry of Defence said it anticipates a final decision on the FMS proposal “in early 2018.”
The final go-ahead for the deal may have to await the results of a largely financially driven capability review due for completion by the end of the year by the British government.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement on FMS said approval had been given for up to 2,747 vehicles in a package, together with spares and support, worth just more than $1 billion.

The actual number, at least initially, is more likely to be around 750, according to a parliamentary defense committee report published in April.

A sale to the British would represent the first export success for JLTV.

The JLTV purchase proposal is the first of a two-part British Army program known as Multi-Role Vehicle (Protected), or MRV(P).

Between them, the two types of general-purpose vehicles will help cover command and logistics duties in support of the development of a more capable fighting division and the formation of strike brigades for the British Army by 2025.

General Dynamics, Mercedes-Benz and Thales are competing for the second part of the MRV(P) requirement involving the supply of a troop carrier and a battlefield ambulance.

bug2 - 15-9-2017 at 02:35 PM

Survivability on Wheels

Oshkosh Defense exhibits its JLTV at DSEI 2017

At DSEI 2017, Oshkosh Defense is showcasing its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), a highly manoeuvrable vehicle that is currently undergoing reliability and durability tests with the US Army. George Mansfield, Oshkosh Defence Vice President and General Manager for International Programmes, told MONS: “We are currently at low rate production, that is seven per day, and expect to be at full rate production by the first quarter of 2019.”

The US Army has already ordered 2,700 vehicles out of the 17,000 it has an option to acquire, with the last batch of orders made last August. The programme has also been successful with the UK, which will purchase 2747 JLTVs for an estimated cost of $1.04billion. On this programme Mr Mansfield commented: “The Foreign Military Sales has recently been approved and we expect the process to finish in the coming weeks, perhaps month, to allow for an estimated start of delivery in the spring of 2019.”

Talking about survivability, Mr Mansfield indicated that certain details are confidential and cannot be disclosed, however the JLTV can be purchased with the option of the B-Kit, which includes additional armour protection. The JLTV can also be protected from rocket-propelled grenades thanks to a net mounted around the vehicle. Without the B-kit, the vehicle weighs 14,000t, going up to 18,000t with the B-kit and 24,000t with the full crew on board.

bug2 - 15-9-2017 at 02:47 PM

DSEI 2017: GDLS–UK Showcases PIRANHA 5

At DSEI, General Dynamics Land Systems–UK (GDLS-UK) and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) are showcasing PIRANHA 5, GD’s 8x8 platform that is a candidate for the British Army’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) Programme.

PIRANHA 5 is a highly mobile and protected platform with a payload of over 13t, providing significant growth potential throughout the life of the platform. It is modular by design and can be reconfigured quickly to accomplish a wide-range of mission objectives.

GDLS–UK demonstrates PIRANHA 5’s innovations in electronic architectures, mobility and protection. It has been selected by Denmark and Spain for the modernisation of their Armed Forces.  PIRANHA 5 is currently in production for the Danish Army.

“The PIRANHA family of vehicles are highly reliable and in active service with Armed Forces worldwide," Kevin Connell, Vice President of GDLS–UK, said. "We can deliver PIRANHA 5 vehicles quickly to the British Army to meet the planned Initial Operating Capability for the MIV programme from an existing production line, before transferring production to our Merthyr Tydfil facility in South Wales, creating significant employment right across our extensive UK supply chain. PIRANHA 5 is the best-value-for-money solution to the British Army’s MIV requirement, supporting British industry and jobs.”

bug2 - 18-9-2017 at 01:38 PM

General Dynamics Land Systems–UK Showcases EAGLE Platform Ahead of MRV-P Programme Trials

(Source: General Dynamics; issued Sept 13, 2017)

LONDON --- General Dynamics Land Systems–UK and General Dynamics European Land Systems are showcasing the EAGLE 6x6, which will enter trials shortly for a part of the UK’s Multi Role Vehicle – Protected (MRV-P) programme, at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI).

EAGLE, fitted as an ambulance variant at DSEI 2017, provides a unique suspension and driveline, offering superior tactical mobility, reliability and the highest-protection in its class. The EAGLE is in-service with the German, Swiss and Danish Armies. It is available in a range of 4×4 and 6×6 configurations and can fulfill roles such as a Troop Carrier, Recovery, Command, Reconnaissance and Logistics. EAGLE provides logistic commonality across its range of variants to offer lower maintenance and lifecycle costs.

An ambulance and a troop-carrying vehicle, based on the same EAGLE 6x6 chassis and driveline, are being provided for trials. A third platform will be used for a mine blast trial. Trials will begin in October 2017 and are planned to run until February 2018.

Kevin Connell, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems–UK, said: “General Dynamics Land Systems has extensive experience of delivering world-leading platforms around the world. The EAGLE 6x6 is an excellent example of a high performance, highly survivable, tactical wheeled vehicle ideally suited to troop transport and the rapid, safe carriage of injured personnel.

By undertaking the Assembly, Integration and Test of EAGLE platforms for the British Army, alongside in-service support, at our new Merthyr Tydfil facility, there would be an opportunity to create significant employment right across our extensive UK supply chain. Our proven processes and vehicle manufacturing pedigree will ensure MRV-P is delivered on-time and on-budget.”

General Dynamics Land Systems has a long pedigree and worldwide experience in delivering tracked and wheeled military vehicles, alongside specialist knowledge in complex, scalable electronic architectures. It delivers, amongst others, AJAX, the Abrams main battle tank, PIRANHA, and LAV (Light Armoured Vehicle), Stryker and Cougar MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush – Protected) families of vehicles.

General Dynamics United Kingdom (General Dynamics UK) has two primary lines of business: Land Systems and Mission Systems. General Dynamics UK works in partnership with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) providing the nation’s primary land capabilities including, amongst others, Bowman, the British Armed Forces tactical communications programme, and AJAX, the replacement for the British Army’s reconnaissance vehicle fleet.


Mercator - 19-9-2017 at 11:31 AM

As much as I would love Bushmaster to get a win in MRV-P (I wouldn't give it better than even odds), it would say a lot about British armoured vehicle procurement if they managed to buy a vehicle that we've had in-service for just about two decades and two wars (three if you count Timor).

bug2 - 19-9-2017 at 01:38 PM

Well, if the Army had its way, instead of the Accountants, the Brits would have had Bushmaster approx. 10-15 years ago instead of the Yank shit they bought instead..................

bug2 - 21-9-2017 at 09:07 PM

French Army receives last upgraded VBCIs

Victor Barreira - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

20 September 2017

The French Army took delivery of the last upgraded Nexter Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the service’s spokesperson recently told Jane’s .

The French Army has taken delivery of the last upgraded VBCI 8x8 IFV from Nexter. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

Ninety-five out of a total of 520 29.3-tonne Véhicule de Combat d'Infanterie (VCI) infantry fighting vehicles were modified to the 32-tonne version – 48 under a June 2013 contract and 47 under an August 2014 contract. The contract for the development of this version was awarded by the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, to Nexter and Renault Trucks Defense on 20 December 2010. Qualification of the new version was announced on 24 September 2014.

In addition, another three DGA prototypes are now being upgraded by Nexter to the 32-tonne version by the end of the year.

Sixteen of the modified vehicles are currently fielded in overseas operations with a unit of the 35th Infantry Regiment, which will soon be replaced by a company from the ‘Marche du Tchad’ Regiment.

The upgrade was aimed at increasing the VBCI’s payload and protection, including installation of a slat armour system to protect against rocket-propelled grenades, a jamming system, and a 1.6-tonne under-belly mine and improvised explosive devices protection kit, the army said. The tires were replaced and the wheels were reinforced; the suspension, brakes, central tire inflation system, software and anti-roll bars were improved; and a steering assistance jack was added.

Between 2008 and 2015, France received 520 VCIs with Tarask turrets armed with a 25 mm 25M811 dual-feed cannon, and 110 Véhicule Poste de Commandement (VPC) command posts with 12.7 mm FN Herstal ARROWS remote weapon stations and Airbus SIR regimental information systems.

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bug2 - 27-9-2017 at 06:09 PM

US donates Bastion 4x4 armored vehicle to Ugandan Contingent of AMISOM

Posted On Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:07

The United States has donated 19 Bastion 4x4 light combat vehicles via the American Company Mack Defense to the Ugandan Contingent serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia, (AMISOM), as part of the continued effort to boost capacity to fight Al Shabaab terrorists.

 Ugandan Contingent of AMISOM  takes delivery of Bastion 4x4 armoured vehicle manufactured by the American Company Mack Defense (source picture AMISOM website)

The vehicles were presented by Brig. General Miguel A. Castellanos, Commander US Army Deputy Commanding General CJTF-HOA Somalia on Monday, September 25, 2017, to the Ugandan Contingent Commander Brig. General Muhanga Kayanja.

Brig. General Castellanos reiterated the commitment of the United States towards enhancing the fight against terrorism in Somalia. He also added that support in terms of donation of vehicles will be extended to all the Contingents serving under AMISOM.

The AMISOM Ugandan Contingent Commander welcomed the donation which he said is timely.

“As a Contingent, we have been operating at 40 percent capacity in terms of the necessary equipment. This donation therefore comes in handy and will greatly boost our technical and operational capability. We however continue to face a big challenge of the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which have cost us a lot of equipment. We need an urgent solution to this challenge,” General Muhanga stated.

The donations comes with spare parts for the vehicles and a maintenance team is to be assigned to train personnel to ensure timely repairs.

The Bastion APC was unveiled at Eurosatory 2010 by the French Defence Company ACMAT, It's a new generation of light wheeled armoured vehicle personnel carrier. The Bastion APC is a 4x4, high-mobility infantry and reconnaissance armoured vehicle developed based on the rugged chassis of the VLRA TDN-TDE series to provide a capable and reliable multirole platform.

The monocoque hull structure of Bastion APC has optimized body angles and a low silhouette for increased survivability. The high hardness armoured steel hull provides all-round protection against infantry rifles and machine guns (ballistic protection Level 1 to Level 3, NATO STANAG 4569) and artillery shell splinters.

The Bastion APC Acmat can be fitted with a various types of remote weapon stations and turrets incorporating 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine guns, 40 mm automatic grenade launcher can be adapted to the Bastion APC range of vehicles.

The Bastion APCs delivered to the Ugandan armed forces are fitted with an open-top weapon station which can be armed with a 7.62 or 12.7mm machine gun.

bug2 - 28-9-2017 at 06:43 PM

Rila MRAP enters production

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

27 September 2017

International Armored Group Rila MRAP in standard 4x4 configuration seen fitted with a roof-mounted protected weapon station. Source: Christopher F Foss

The International Armored Group (IAG) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed to Jane’s that it has secured an export order for its latest 4x4 Rila mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) with production already underway.

As with all IAG wheeled armoured vehicles, the Rila MRAP has been developed using internal research and development funding.

IAG briefed Jane’s that the Rila MRAP is based on an Italian Iveco Trakker chassis, which is fitted with an all welded monocoque steel armour hull with the lower part being the traditional V-hull type.

Ballistic protection level can be configured to the end user’s requirements but according to IAG, this can be to STANAG 4569 Level II, III, or IV standard through a full 360° as well as the roof of the vehicle.

Blast protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IED) is stated to be STANAG 4569 Level 3a, 3b, or 4a.

The vehicle is powered by a 6-cylinder 12.6 litre turbocharged inline diesel developing 380 hp coupled to an automatic transmission.

Suspension is of the leaf spring type with telescopic shock absorbers and run-flat tyres are fitted as standard with the option of a central tyre inflation system for improved cross-country mobility.

Gross vehicle weight is currently being quoted as 18,000 kg, of which 4,500 kg is available for crew accommodation, fuel, weapons, and mission equipment. It is fitted with a 12 V or 24 V electrical system.

Seating arrangements can be configured for specific customer requirements but is typically commander and driver to the rear of the engine compartment and 10 dismounts seated five down either side at the rear facing inwards.

All crew members are provided with blast attenuating seats with a headrest and five-point harness. The seats can accommodate personnel wearing ballistic protection and hydration packs.

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bug2 - 29-9-2017 at 11:08 PM

MoD defends £370m Foxhound vehicles after breakdown claims.

Ministry of Defence insists vehicles are suitable for conditions in Iraq after sergeant complains of ‘massive’ overheating issue

Jamie Grierson and agencies

Friday 29 September 2017 17.01 AEST
First published on Friday 29 September 2017 16.33 AEST

The Ministry of Defence has said its armoured vehicles are “dealing with the demanding conditions in Iraq” after reports claiming light patrol Foxhounds have broken down in the heat.

The vehicles, first deployed in Afghanistan in 2012, were described as providing “unparalleled protection for [their] weight and class”.

The MoD spent more than £370m on the 400 Foxhounds that were brought in to replace the Snatch Land Rover.

Last month, the defence secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, apologised to the families of the 37 British soldiers killed while travelling in lightly armoured Snatch Land Rovers. He wrote to families apologising for delays in bringing in alternative protected vehicles “which could have saved lives”.

MoD paid £750,000 on legal fees denying responsibility for soldier deaths

However, the BBC has quoted an unnamed sergeant as saying the replacement vehicles had reliability issues in the heat. “They break down all the time. They cannot handle the heat. They have a massive problem with it. At 50 degrees the engine cooks out,” the sergeant said.

The sergeant, who did not want to be named, said the vehicles kept overheating. He said he had to alter the bonnets to try to increase the air supply to cool down the engines.

Tools were not provided to deal with this so he bought his own specialist equipment, he said.

An MoD spokeswoman said: “Foxhound has dealt with the demanding conditions in Iraq, kept our soldiers safe and is delivering the required operational output in the defeat of Daesh [Islamic State].

“The urgent operational requirement (UOR) programme has saved countless lives in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Decisions on which equipment to continue to support and which to sell are made with current and future operational requirements in mind.”

Last year the Chilcot inquiry found a string of Ministry of Defence failings in the preparation for the Iraq war, including a delay in replacing Snatch Land Rovers, which were vulnerable to bombs.

A number of families have been given the go-ahead to bring compensation claims against the government under legislation covering negligence and human rights.

The Foxhound was on a list of military equipment put into service for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan under UOR rules.

In April 2009, the MoD bought 75 Springer all-terrain vehicles for more than £7m. They are now being sold for less than £10,000 each.

The MoD is also selling its fleet of 85 Warthog armoured vehicles, which were purchased in 2010 for £150m.

bug2 - 3-10-2017 at 10:22 PM

Taiwan to acquire Orbital ATK cannons for local vehicle program

By: Mike Yeo   21 hours ago

A CM-32 Clouded Leopard armored personnel carrier is seen here. Taiwan ordered Orbital ATK 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster II automatic cannons in a contract issued on Sept. 27 that will be used on an infantry fighting vehicle variant of the CM-32 Clouded Leopard. (Taiwan's National Chung-Shan Institute of Technology)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Taiwan has ordered the Orbital ATK 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster II cannon for an indigenous wheeled armored vehicle program, according to its Ministry of National Defense.

The contract for 285 automatic cannons, valued at $112 million, was issued on Sept. 27, according to bid documents seen by Defense News. The ministry announced it two days later. The automatic cannons will be used on an infantry fighting vehicle, or IFV, variant of the CM-32 Clouded Leopard 8x8 armored vehicle.

Ministry officials were quoted by local media as saying that the cannons will arrive “soon” with mass production of the IFV expected to start by the end of the year. Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology will be responsible for designing a two-man turret incorporating the cannon for the IFV.

The cannons will be integrated with charge-coupled device cameras and mount a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, according to the ministry spokesperson. Taiwan had originally intended the IFV to be fitted with the 20 mm T75 revolver cannon combined with improved armor-piercing ammunition. However, Taiwanese sources told Defense News that inadequate performance of that weapon in tests led the country to seek a heavier weapon instead.

The CM-32 is based on the CM-31 6x6 wheeled armored vehicle designed by Ireland’s Timoney Technology Limited and further developed by Taiwan’s Ordnance Readiness Development Center.

Taiwan plans to produce 652 Clouded Leopards by 2020 that include an armored personnel carrier armed with a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher and a 7.62 mm machine gun mounted in a remote weapons station as well as a small number of mobile command vehicles used for battlefield command and control.

The 22 ton vehicle carries eight fully equipped troops in its APC guise and is designed to withstand 7.62 mm bullets with the frontal armor designed to defeat 12.7 mm hits. A v-shaped hull provides protection against landmines and can withstand explosions equivalent to 25 lbs of TNT under any wheel.

ADMK2 - 4-10-2017 at 12:43 AM

Seems to be doing very well, the ATK Mk44 Bushmaster III 30mm...

bug2 - 4-10-2017 at 12:44 AM

Extremely popular................

bug2 - 9-10-2017 at 08:48 PM

Oshkosh makes Joint Light Tactical Vehicle more lethal

By: Jen Judson   25 minutes ago

Oshkosh Defense brought its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to AUSA 2017 with some added lethality - a 30mm cannon and a compact laser weapon system. (Photo courtesy of Oshkosh)

The gun on there is an M2 .50cal not a 30mm cannon. The notional laser is the box and lens thing towards the rear quarter..............

WASHINGTON — The Army is laser focused on making its force more lethal and also more prepared to fight against peer adversaries and emerging threats, so Oshkosh Defense is showing how the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle can be configured to meet the service’s most pressing needs.

At the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention, Oshkosh is displaying two different versions of the JLTV, the service’s Humvee replacement currently in low rate initial production.

The first is an answer to bringing more lethality to the battlefield and the second tackles a current Army Short-Range Air Defense (SHORAD) capability gap that has been identified in theater both in Europe and in the Middle East.

One JLTV on display is a four-door, general-purpose variant with a remote weapons station and a 30mm cannon, along with a notional compact laser weapon system, according to Dave Diersen, vice president and general manager of joint programs at Oshkosh.

The laser weapon configuration “is designed for many potential uses,” he said, one of them being a solution to go up against unmanned aircraft systems, which could either shoot down or dazzle them.

And the 30mm cannon is meant to bring enhanced lethality capability over the .50 caliber gun, Diersen added.

The Army, in a wish list sent to Congress in December that outlined what it wanted in the near-term but couldn’t get using current funding levels, asked specifically for a 30mm gun for the JLTV.

Because of the Army’s interest, Oshkosh is showing the JLTV is capable of handling the 30mm gun and has integrated and explored a number of different systems, Diersen said, adding “we are agnostic when it comes to the weapons systems.”

Oshkosh demonstrated a similar JLTV configuration with a 30mm cannon in January this year at the Bushmaster Users Conference in Arizona. The company successfully fired two JLTVs with 30mm guns — one from Kongsberg and one from EOS.

Adding a laser weapon to the configuration shows what is feasible on a smaller vehicle like a JLTV, Diersen said.

The Army is working on high-energy laser capabilities and has increased the kilowatt power of its lasers as it proceeds in development, but has also shrunk the size of the vehicle needed to support the laser weapon and successfully tested a high-energy laser on a Stryker combat vehicle.

Integrating a laser weapon system into the JLTV is another way of showing the vehicle was designed with growth capacity to be able to house a wide variety of weapon systems that exist today, but also could be developed down the road, according to Diersen.

The other JLTV on display at Oshkosh’s booth is a two-door variant with an Avenger system on the back as a possible mobile SHORAD solution. The configuration will show the Avenger air defense system equipped with Longbow Hellfire missiles coupled with a .50 caliber weapon, Diersen said.

To answer the Army's mobile short-range air defense capability gap, Oshkosh Defense brought a version of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to AUSA 2017 with an Avenger air defense launcher on the back. (Photo courtesy of Oshkosh)

Avengers only exist in the Army National Guard now and are being rapidly deployed to the European theater to meet the SHORAD capability gap there. But the Army is searching for an interim mobile solution that can be quickly fielded to units in Europe as well.

This isn’t the first time an Avenger has been married up to a vehicle currently in the Army’s inventory.

Boeing and General Dynamics Land Systems announced this August at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, that they were teaming up to build a SHORAD system by putting an Avenger on a Stryker.

The team participated in a demonstration last month at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, to prove out the system’s capability.

Oshkosh has yet to demonstrate the capability for SHORAD as it has been focused on supporting the Army and Marine Corps to prove out the JLTV platform while it is still in LRIP, Diersen said, “so that we can get to the multi-service operational test and evaluation, which is early next calendar year and then a full-rate decision next December.”

But the two JLTVs at Oshkosh’s booth aren’t the only JLTVs on the showroom floor.

Israeli defense company Rafael is displaying its smaller version of its Trophy Active Protection System (APS) on a JLTV — Trophy Lite.

Trophy is the recent U.S. Army selection for an interim APS solution for the Abrams tank.

Additionally on that JLTV, is the Samson remote weapon station with 30mm M230LF ChainGun.

According to Rafael, this is the second time it is presenting an advanced integration with Oshkosh. In 2015, Oshkosh’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle was configured with the Trophy-LV APS and a remote common weapon station with a .50 caliber machine gun and a Spike anti-tank guided missile launcher.

bug2 - 9-10-2017 at 10:11 PM

AM General touts upgraded Humvees

By: Todd South   13 hours ago

Mandus Group has joined AM General to integrate the Hawkeye 105mm howitzer onto a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. Among the U.S. armed forces, the Army owns the majority of the Humvees ― more than 100,000. The Marine Corps is next, with 24,000. (Courtesy of Mandus Group)

Despite the Army and Marine Corps adoption of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle made by Oshkosh as its new combat vehicle, most soldiers and Marines will be riding in the Humvee for likely the next two decades.

To update and maintain that fleet the company that manufactures the Humvee, AM General, has created new variants, expanded its foreign market sales and partnered with the National Guard to rebuild existing Humvees into near-new vehicles.

AM General brought Washington D.C.-area defense media, including a Military Times reporter, to its South Bend, Indiana, headquarters and Humvee driver testing all-terrain facility in September to showcase its newest variants and discuss changes to foreign sales.

The company touts the lightweight versatility of the vehicle, noting that eight can be carried on a C-130 transport plane and all variants can be carried by helicopter.

One version, unveiled last year and under further testing, holds the Hawkeye M20 105mm cannon that can rotate 360 degrees.

Nguyen Trinh, vice president of International Operations and Integration for AM General, said that recent testing showed it took soldiers less than three minutes to fire a round from the time they stopped the vehicle.

The testers could sustain three rounds per minute, having as many as eight rounds in the air before the first landed and move the vehicle, Trinh said.

The company recently finished live fire demonstrations at Camp Atterbury, Indiana for international customers. The Hawkeye is scheduled to participate in the Maneuver Fires Integration Exercise at Fort Sill, Oklahoma at the end of the year and has an air drop tested expected in early 2018.

AM General has entered its fifth year of a recapitalization program with the Army National Guard to rebuild legacy Humvees. The Guard has more than 40,000 Humvees, many of which are more than 25 years old, according to Guard officials.

Congress has provided $100 million annually to rebuild the fleet.

So far, 2,300 recapitalized Humvees are in service in the Guard.

But the Guard and current fleet maintenance are not the only ways the company plans to extend the life of the 30-year-old vehicle.

Three weeks after AM General announced a 5-year, $2.2 billion contract to build the vehicles for other nations it had received orders for one quarter, or $550 million, worth of trucks and parts from nine countries.

AM General President and CEO Andy Hove told reporters at its South Bend, Indiana facility that the company may need to look at raising the $2.2 billion ceiling on the contract to meet demand.

The contract is run through the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program and required approval to move the “rolling chassis” or complete base of a Humvee on a commercial sales approval list for sale to other nations. It currently allows for production and sale of 11,560 Humvees.

International sales have comprised half AM General’s sales for most of its history, Hove said, not including production for U.S. military operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

bug2 - 11-10-2017 at 08:56 PM

AUSA 2017: Two new, more heavily armed Stryker variants heading to Europe

Daniel Wasserbly - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

10 October 2017

GDLS Stryker fitted with the Kongsberg MC-RCT armed with the latest Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30 mm XM813 dual feed automatic cannon. Source: GDLS

The US Army's first 30 mm Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoon, along with the first Stryker with CROWS-Javelin (CROWS-J), will go to Europe in December for an operational test, officials said during the Association of the US Army’s (AUSA's) annual conference.

Army leaders are calling the 30 mm-armed vehicle the 'Dragoon' and assigned it as the XM1296.

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) director of business development Mike Peck told Jane’s the company is building 10 Stryker Dragoon vehicles per month, and expects to have all 83 completed by May 2018. In December army soldiers are to begin ‘new equipment training’ with several of the up-gunned Strykers, Peck said.

The added firepower was driven through an operational need statement from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (known as the Dragoons) based at Vilseck in Germany. Service leaders approved that plan in 2015.

Colonel Glenn Dean, programme manager for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, told Jane’s the 2nd Cavalry Regiment is getting 83 of the up-gunned Dragoons and 87 CROWS-J vehicles.

CROWS-J integrates Javelin anti-tank missiles with the Kongsberg Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS II).

For the Dragoon, Orbital ATK Armament Systems is supplying its 30 mm calibre XM813 Bushmaster dual feed automatic cannon in earnest for the programme. The cannon is fitted into Kongsberg's Medium Calibre Remote Controlled Turret (MC-RCT) and integrated on GDLS’ Strykers. Orbital ATK Armament Systems is contracted to supply 95 XM813 weapons to GDLS, deliveries which started in June and are scheduled to be finished by March 2018.

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment is also getting a better equipped Stryker scout vehicle, Col Dean said.

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bug2 - 13-10-2017 at 11:24 AM

Arms and Security 2017: Ukrainian Armor unveils combat UAV system

Samuel Cranny-Evans - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 October 2017

At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, the Deputy Director of Ukrainian Armor, Dmytro Polyakov, explained the company's new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept. This uses four UAVs controlled from Varta 4×4 vehicles to attack enemy positions.

Ukrainian Armor's Varta 4x4 vehicle with new remotely operated weapon station. (IHS Markit/Samuel Cranny-Evans)

The Varta platform was designed after the outbreak of the conflict with Russian-backed rebels in 2014 as the Ukrainian armed forces lacked a vehicle in the mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) category and was over-reliant on vehicles such as the BTR-70 armoured personnel carrier. Polyakov explained that Ukrainian Armor was focused on civilian armoured vehicles until 2014, and after it showed the Varta to the Ministry of the Interior, the vehicle entered trials. After the “positive results of the tests, it was tested in the combat area”. Development continued and the vehicle can now be used to transport and direct a squad of UAVs.

In this configuration, the Varta would carry a single reconnaissance UAV and three combat UAVs all manufactured by Chezara. The reconnaissance UAV would be used to locate enemy ammunition stores or other materiel. The combat drones would then be used to carry bomblets to the target and destroy the equipment. Polyakov hopes that this system, which is due to enter trials in two months, “will change the situation in east Ukraine; by detecting and destroying ammunition, it will affect events without harming people”.

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bug2 - 13-10-2017 at 08:20 PM

SAPA Transmission powers Spanish Piranha

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

13 October 2017

Spanish firm SAPA Transmission’s latest SW 624 continuously variable automatic transmission will be fitted to the Spanish Army’s General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS)
Santa Barbara Sistemas-MOWAG 8x8 Piranha 5 armoured fighting vehicles (AFV), the company has confirmed to Jane’s .

SAPA Transmission is responsible for developing the vehicle’s power pack, with one such system currently undergoing tests on a prototype/pre-production vehicle. Five vehicles will be delivered for trials by the end of 2018.

Full-scale mock-up of the latest SAPA Advanced Combat Transmission, which could be installed in a future US Army tracked armoured fighting vehicle. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

The complete hybrid power pack comprises a Scania diesel engine developing 480 kW, SW 624 automatic transmission, and an associated cooling system, which provides an additional 75 kW of electrical power to support the increasing use of electronic equipment on modern AFVs.

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bug2 - 13-10-2017 at 10:32 PM

Romania and General Dynamics to Work on Piranha 5 Military Vehicles

(Source: Business Review EU; posted Oct 13, 2017)
By Teodora Marinescu

BUCHAREST --- The signed documents by the Ministry of Economy and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) are announcing a new sustainable strategic American-Romanian partnership that is in the interest of national security industry and army’s development, says the economy minister, Gheorghe Simon.

“The common manufacturing of the armored vehicle, Piranha 5, will be a great impetus for relaunching the production, as for development of the Bucharest Mechanical Plant (UMB) workers” said the minister.

There will be two phases of the negotiation. In the first Phase, UMB will subcontract the local assembly and fabrication operations from GDELS so the first armored vehicles can be ordered, out of a total of 227 vehicles.

UMB will also make suggestions and the General Dynamics will choose up to 25 employees for its unity. The UMB employees will study at GDEL-Mowag, a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation.

In the second phase, GDELS will create a joint venture with the Romanian side to cover the rest of the orders.


bug2 - 14-10-2017 at 04:14 PM

Romania-General Dynamics agree to locally manufacture Piranha armored vehicle

By: Jaroslaw Adamowski   11 hours ago

The armored fighting vehicles are to be supplied to the Romanian Land Forces as part of ongoing efforts to replace Soviet-designed gear with new vehicles. (General Dynamics European Land Systems)

WARSAW, Poland ― The Romanian Ministry of Economy and General Dynamics European Land Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding under which the manufacturer will make Piranha V armored fighting vehicles at Romania’s state-owned Bucharest Mechanical Factory.

Romanian Economy Minister Gheorghe Simon said in a statement that the contract to jointly build eight-wheel drive vehicles will contribute to the modernization of Romania’s defense industry.

Under the plan, the AFVs are to be supplied to the Romanian Land Forces. As part of its ongoing efforts to replace Soviet-designed gear with new vehicles, the country’s military is seeking an initial delivery of some 227 AFVs, the Economy Ministry said in a statement sent to local news agency Agerpres.

Based in Madrid, Spain, General Dynamics European Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics and operates production facilities located in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. The company says it has a workforce of more than 1,800 employees.

Headquartered in Romania’s capital, Bucharest Mechanical Factory is part of the country’s leading defense group Romarm. The holding was established in 2000 with the aim to integrate the Romanian state-owned defense industry.

bug2 - 18-10-2017 at 02:58 PM

ADEX 2017: Hyundai Rotem makes WAVs

17th October 2017 - 10:10 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Seoul

Hyundai Rotem showed off two company-funded versions of its 8x8 Wheeled Armoured Vehicle (WAV) family at the Seoul ADEX 2017 exhibition.

The two new vehicles were peacekeeping operation (PKO) and medical evacuation types. The former boasted an EOS remote-controlled weapon station (RWS) fitted with a 30mm cannon. It can carry nine infantrymen in addition to two crewmen.

Yong-Cheol Shin, a principal research engineer at Hyundai Rotem, said the PKO version will have heavier protection with a V-shaped hull and STANAG Level 4 protection for the external hull. Shin expected an order from the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) for such a type in December 2018.

Shin also anticipated overseas interest in the PKO type, and he said his company would demonstrate the vehicle in desert conditions next year. Target markets include Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The ambulance, meanwhile, can evacuate four stretcher patients or eight walking wounded. It operates with a crew of three: a commander, driver and medic.

Hyundai Rotem expects an ROKA order for the ambulance next year, although the final version will feature an automatic stretcher loading/unloading system rather than the manual one seen in the prototype at Seoul ADEX.

Other WAV variants are in the works too. Hyundai Rotem has a MICLIC mine-clearing version that it has developed privately, Shin revealed to Shephard.

Another being developed is an antitank variant fitted with LIG Nex1 Raybolt medium-range missiles, with the ROKA desiring such a variant. Twin missiles with a 3km range are mounted on a weapon station featuring a 12.7mm machine gun and 40mm AGL.

Production of the 20t amphibious WAV infantry carrier vehicle, given the nomenclature K808 by the ROKA, commenced in the first quarter of 2017, with 500 examples to be produced over a five-year period. The first K808s units will be delivered to the army in November.

These are armed with a manned weapon station featuring a 12.7mm machine gun and 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The MND opted not for an RWS in order to save money.

Hyundai Rotem has also worked with the Ministry of National Defence (MND) to develop WAV command and anti-aircraft gun variants. The latter, weighing 26t, has 30mm twin cannons mounted in an electric turret.

As well as the 8x8 family, the ROKA has ordered 100 K806 6x6 vehicles, which are designed for rear-area security. The manufacturer said they are suitable for ‘defending military facilities, transporting forces, conducting logistics convoy and reconnaissance missions’.

These 16t APCs are less heavily protected, feature a 7.62mm machine gun and do not have an amphibious capability. They can still carry 2+9 crew, and a 420hp engine propels it to a top speed of 100km/h.

Whilst Hyundai Rotem would have preferred to produce only one type of WAV, the army wanted two different hull configurations. One disadvantage is that on the international market the 6x6 will be less attractive to customers.

bug2 - 18-10-2017 at 09:46 PM

ADEX 2017: Hyundai Rotem Unveils 8X8 WAV Ambulance Variant

Posted On Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:25

At ADEX 2017, the International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition currently held in Seoul, South Korea, local company Hyundai Rotem is showcasing for the first time its 8x8 Wheeled Armored Vehicle (WAV) in ambulance variant.

In its baseline configuration, the 8x8 Wheeled Armored Vehicle is an infantry combat vehicle that is fitted with a 420 ps diesel engine developed by Hyundai Motors, 7-speed transmission and 2-mode secondary transmission. Capable of moving on both land and water, it has been engineered to maximize crew operability with its ergonomic design and scalability to family vehicles. The Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) placed an order for 500 units (designated K808 in ROKA service), with the first ones set to be delivered in November.

The ambulance variant is a Hyundai Rotem self funded development. It can carry four critically wounded soldiers on stretchers or up to eight less severly injured. The crew consists of three people: the commander, the driver and a medic. In this configuration, the vehicle weights less than 20 tons. No order from ROKA has been placed yet, but the company is hopeful to receive an order next year.

Existing ROKA variants of the K808 include the baseline wheeled armored vehicle, a commander's vehicle variant and  an anti-air gun vehicle variant (with the same turret as the Biho by Anwha). Hyundai Rotem is also marketing a mortar carrier variant and an anti tank variant (medium range infantry missile) with Raybolt missiles.

bug2 - 20-10-2017 at 10:53 AM

ADEX 2017: Hyundai Rotem Tank Killer 8X8 WAV for ROK Army

Posted On Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:37

Army Recognition learned during ADEX 2017, the International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition currently held in Seoul, that South Korean company Hyundai Rotem and LIG Nex1 are developing an anti-tank variant of its 8x8 Wheeled Armored Vehicle (WAV) for the ROK Army.

Hyundai Rotem 8x8 WAV anti-tank variant being studied for ROK Army

Compared to the baseline 8x8 WAV, the anti-tank variant (designated "8x8 wheeled armored vehicle medium range infantry missile") features a remote weapon station (RWS) with a 30mm machine gun a two Raybolt anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM). There are also two grenade launchers fitted on top of the vehicle.

In its baseline configuration, the 8x8 Wheeled Armored Vehicle is an infantry combat vehicle that is fitted with a 420 ps diesel engine developed by Hyundai Motors, 7-speed transmission and 2-mode secondary transmission. Capable of moving on both land and water, it has been engineered to maximize crew operability with its ergonomic design and scalability to family vehicles. The Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) placed an order for 500 units (designated K808 in ROKA service), with the first ones set to be delivered in November.

The Raybolt is a portable 3rd generation fire and forget anti-tank missile for infantry units. Combined with the latest technology in Korea, the missile boasts highly sensitive seeker and enhance penetration capability. The Raybolt can identify and engage a target using its image Infrared Seeker. The missile can operate in two different mode including direct attack and top attack where missile target's the upper part of an armored vehicle.

bug2 - 21-10-2017 at 12:18 PM

Textron will delivered 255 mobile strike force vehicles to Afghanistan

Posted On Friday, 20 October 2017 13:16

Textron Systems Marine and Land Systems, New Orleans, Louisiana, has been awarded a $332,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of up to 255 mobile strike force vehicles for the Afghan National Army and related fielding hardware and field representative services for system de-processing.

A Mobile Strike Force Vehicle, transporting Afghan commandos assigned to the Mobile Strike Force Vehicle Company, gets into position after participating in convoy training near Kabul province, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2014. (Photo U.S. MoD)

The Mobile Strike Force Vehicle (MSFV) is a 4x4 armoured vehicle developed by Textron Marine & Land Systems for the Afghanistan National Army (ANA), under the US Army's MSFV programme. The MSFV variants with a standard turret can be mounted with 40mm grenade machine gun / 50 calibre machine gun and a smoke grenade launcher.

The first 18 production MSFVs, consisting of three variants, were shipped to Afghanistan in November 2011. All three variations underwent rigorous tests at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) prior to delivery.

The US Army began the fielding of MSFVs for the ANA in February 2012. The MSFVs are deployed into the quick reaction force (QRF) battalions (known as kandaks in Afghan) of the ANA.
Since May 2011, Textron Marine & Land Systems has received orders for a total of 634 vehicles to-date. The orders include test MSFVs and low-rate initial production vehicles.

The MSFV is being produced in three variants, including the MSFV armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with the standard 40mm/.50 calibre machine-gun turret, an APC with objective gunner protection kit (OGPK) and a raised hull ambulance variant.

bug2 - 25-10-2017 at 10:19 AM

Security Forces of India test French Sherpa 4x4 armoured

Posted On Tuesday, 24 October 2017 17:10

According to the Hindustan Times website, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) of India has deployed a Sherpa 4x4 armoured vehicle on a trial basis at the Delhi Airport. The CISF is in the process of procuring armoured tactical vehicle to increase protection of airport in case of terrorist attack.

The Sherpa light tactical armoured vehicle deployed at the New Delhi airport (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

The Sherpa is 4x4 armoured vehicle designed and manufactured by the French Company Renault Trucks Defense a subdivision of Volvo Group.

According to our first analysis, the Indian version of the vehicle is based on the Sherpa light but with an open cargo area at the rear. There is two doors on each side of the vehicle with additional armour fitted with small bullet-proof window and firing port in the upper part.

Standard equipment of the Indian Sherpa includes three cameras mounted on the roof of the vehicle offering 360 degree view and observation.

The Sherpa is a 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicle which can be used for tactical missions such as scouting, patrol, convoy escort and command and liaison.

The layout of the Sherpa Light is conventional with the engine at the front, crew and troops compartment in the middle and cargo area at the rear. There is two seats at the front for driver and commander and two or three seats at the rear.

The armour of the Sherpa Light offers a protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters to STANAG 4569 Level 1 and Level 2. It can also be fitted with retractable armour panels and add-on armour kits to provide additional protection.

The Sherpa Light is motorized with Renault MD-5 diesel engine developing 215 hp. It can run at a maximum road speed of 120 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 850 km à 70 km/h.

bug2 - 2-11-2017 at 12:49 PM

China testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles

Mark Cazalet - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

01 November 2017

Images have emerged on online forums suggesting that China is testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles.

The photographs appear to show two very similar, but subtly different vehicles. The first vehicle seems to follow a fairly conventional 6×6 layout, with driver and commander at the front and primary access for dismounts via a hydraulic ramp to the rear.

The vehicle turret appears to be remote, thus allowing more space for dismounts in a smaller hull. The turret is equipped with a small electro-optic mast atop the turret, and a bank of grenade launchers mounted on either side of the primary armament, the latter of which appears to be a heavy machine gun.

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bug2 - 3-11-2017 at 09:46 PM

Ukraine to purchase more BTR-3DA IFVs

Samuel Cranny-Evans - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

02 November 2017

A BTR-3DA on display in Ukraine, with the additional lateral mounting point on the turret that can be used to mount ATGMs. Source: Dylan Malyasov

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order with the Kiev Armoured Plant for BTR-3DA vehicles, Ukraine-based industry sources reported on 30 October.

The order is for an unknown quantity of BTR-3DA infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), a locally developed upgrade for the BTR family of armoured fighting vehicles. The order follows a series of delays because of MoD concerns that the vehicle was not suitably priced. There have also been comments on the quality of the armour used that led the Kiev Armoured Plant to release the following statement: “If in some way the European supplier of ATI500AR armour … has deviated from technology and made [the armour] defective, the guilty persons should be held accountable.”

Since developing the vehicle in 2002 and entering it into trials for the Ukrainian MoD, the Kiev Armoured Plant has responded to all proposals from the ministry and states: “[The Kiev Armoured Plant’s] designers have made more than 1,000 changes to the BTR-3 to improve its tactical and technical characteristics.”

Nevertheless, this is not the first order for the BTR-3DA in Ukraine. At least two orders were made in 2016 and one further order in 2017 for the National Guard.

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bug2 - 4-11-2017 at 05:23 PM

Below The Turret Ring

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The market for wheeled 8x8 is not saturated (yet)

There are multiple ongoing procurement programs in Asia and Europe regarding the adoption of modern 8x8 wheeled vehicles for use as ambulance vehicles, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, mortar carriers and other roles. While Australia and supposedly also Japan are looking for a new 8x8 vehicle, Germany is upgrading the Boxer MRAV and adopting further variants. The British Army is requiring the largest number of new 8x8 vehicles, but various Eastern European countries including Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia are also interested in new wheeled combat vehicles. This means that vehicles such as the Advanced Modular Vehicle (AMV) from Patria, Artec's Boxer MRAV (multi-role armored vehicle), the Pandur II and Piranha V from General Dynamics European Land Systems, and "underdogs" on the international market such as the Terrex 3 and the French VBCI might be adopted in larger numbers by the militaries of multiple countries in the near future. The US-based company Textron and a Turkish company are also bidding in some tenders.

The Boxer CRV and AMV-35 are being evaluated during the LAND 400 program

A key factor for the developments on the global 8x8 vehicle market might be the decision of the Australian military in the LAND 400 program, which is expected to be made in early 2018. The phase 2 of LAND 400 included four of the most advanced current 8x8 vehicles - variants of the Boxer, the Patria AMV, the LAV 6.0 and the Sentinel (Terrex 3) - i.e. vehicles that are relevant for any military considering to buy a new eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC), infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), or Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV). Various other vehicles such as the VBCI 2 were initially also offered to the Australian military, but the bids were withdrawn when it became clear that a solution based on military of the shelf (MOTS) components was favored. the rest of the article here............

unicorn - 4-11-2017 at 06:51 PM

Interesting article. It certainly seems that the decision for Army boils down to a Ford vs BMW competition, the AMV-35 being the cheaper option with options available at added cost while the Boxer offers all the bells and whistles as standard.

Given the most critical part of the Army are our people, it would be a brave Chief of Army who proposed a less well protected vehicle on the basis that it was cheaper.

From this layman's perspective Boxer seems a class above the AMV, but then again I don't have access to all the results.

Wolftrap - 5-11-2017 at 06:34 PM

This guy is pretty well informed for running a blog.

Even without details of the trials, all Boxer CRV are still in Australia, moving on their own power and are combat capable even after all tests have been concluded, including blowing them to kingdom come. The AMV35 left the continent for repairs or went directly towards scrap metal.

bug2 - 13-11-2017 at 04:22 PM

Slovakia to purchase Finnish Patria AMV 8x8 armoured vehicles

Posted On Sunday, 12 November 2017 11:02

Interesting that these are coming from Finland and then local assembly, the Poles had hopes they'd get these vehicles to supply...................Poland's licence terminates next year or 2019............

Slovak and Finnish Defense Ministries have signed a memorandum about the purchase of AMV 8x8 armoured vehicles for the army of Slovakia, a Slovak defense official said Friday, November 10,2017.The AMV was developed by the Finnish Company Patria in close co-operation with the Finnish Defense Force.

AMV 8x8 armoured personnel carrier manufactured by the Finnish Company Patria.

In May 2017, the Slovak government approved a request from the Slovak Ministry of Defense for the €1.2 billion procurement of 404 4x4 and 81 8x8 armoured vehicles. The first delivery of the vehicles could be started in 2018 and be completed in 2029.

The first three 8x8 armoured vehicles should be manufactured by the Finnish and the second batch of three vehicles in Slovakia, according to the Slovak Defence Ministry's Service Office general secretary Jan Holko.

At the same time the Slovak Ministry of Defense has also requested for six variants of 4x4 armoured vehicles, but the manufacturer has been not yet selected.

The first prototype of the Patria AMV was completed in 2001, and the production of the vehicle was started in 2004. The Finnish army ordered 24 AMV 8×8 vehicle fitted with AMOS 120mm advanced mortar system, that was delivered from 2006 to 2009. Another batch of 62 Patria AMV armoured personnel carrier vehicles fitted Protector remote weapon station were delivered to the Finnish army. The Patria AMV is in service with Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Croatia, United Arab Emirates and Sweden.

The hull of the Patria AMV is of all-welded steel construction that provides the occupants with protection from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. To this, an additional layer of passive armour can be added to provide a higher level of protection.

bug2 - 14-11-2017 at 10:29 PM

Rheinmetall could manufacture Agilis new 8x8 armoured In Romania

November 2017 Global Defense Security news industry

Posted On Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:27

According to the Hotnews website of Romania, German company Rheinmetall expects to sign an agreement with the Romanian government for the development of a new 8×8 armored vehicle called Agilis at Moreni in Southern Romania.

The Agilis will incorporate Romanian technologies from the local-made SAUR prototypes and German Boxer 8x8 armoured vehicles.

Drawing of future Agilis 8x8 Armoured vehicle personnel carrier (Source picture Rheinmetall)

The German company would receive €234 million for three years, said Thorsten Kutz, board member of the joint venture between the Romanian Government and the German company.

Rheinmetall will build 400 armoured vehicle personnel carriers for Romania’s Defense Ministry, with a delivery deadline for 2020, at the same time Rheinmetall will offered maintenance services from its Romania site until 2055. The German company also wants to build at the Moreni factory in Romania military trucks and other products for its international customers, as well as the 30-mm cannon that be will fitted on the Agilis armoured vehicle.

Defense Ministry will started the public acquisition procedure and sign a contract to buy the armored vehicles after the development stage has begun. Around 90% of the components for the new Agilis armoured vehicle will be manufactured in Romania including the engine and driveline.

The new Agilis APCs will replace Romania's TAB vehicles including TAB-71 and TAB-77 APCs, which are a locally built variant of the Soviet-made BTR-70. The amount of the planned acquisition was not disclosed, but the Romanian Armed Forces is planning to replace about 1,500 such vehicles in the coming years.

bug2 - 22-11-2017 at 11:58 PM

Kuwait to Receive Thales Turret and Surveillance System Solution for Armoured Vehicles

(Source: Thales UK; issued Nov 20, 2017)

The Kuwait Ministry of Interior’s new armored patrol vehicles will be fitted with Thales-supplied remotely operated turret and surveillance systems. (Thales photo)

Thales has recently led the complex integration of a state of the art remotely operated turret and surveillance system to the Kuwait Ministry of Interior for use on eight armoured patrol vehicles. All vehicles will be ready for operations by the end of 2017.

The advanced turret is to be integrated onto eight existing 4x4 vehicles which will used for maintaining internal security, public safety and surveillance missions. The vehicles will be operated by the Kuwaiti Security Shield department.

It includes an array of sophisticated optronics equipment, including high definition day and night thermal commander’s sight, main gunner thermal camera, local situation awareness sensors and acoustic shot detection system. All of this system is designed and manufactured in the UK.

All these capabilities are fully integrated into a central mission system and designed to meet a specific customer specific mission requirement. The system is also equipped with high quality recording capability which allows all mission aspects to be stored to assist in post analysis, training and provide mission accountability.

More than 50 land forces are equipped by Thales throughout the world. From designing smart sensors and advanced defence systems, to developing collaborative combat, and connecting and equipping soldiers on the digital battlefield, our systems deliver information superiority and give land forces mastery of action whenever they face their decisive moments.


bug2 - 30-11-2017 at 07:28 PM

German Boxers deploy to UK

Tim Ripley - Jane's Defence Weekly

29 November 2017

A company of German army mechanised infantry equipped with Boxer armoured personnel carriers has been exercising for the first time with British Army units on Salisbury Plain to test digital communications interoperability with the latest version of the Bowman radio network.

Senior British Army sources denied to Jane’s that the month-long training exercise was linked to an imminent decision on a procurement process for its Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) project, for which the Boxer is a strong contender. General Nick Carter, the head of the British Army, said at DSEI in London in September that he hoped to have the procurement path of MIV resolved by the end of this year to start the programme, which aims to provide an estimated 600 vehicles to equip the United Kingdom’s two proposed strike brigades.

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bug2 - 1-12-2017 at 06:40 PM

Qatar could purchase French Nexter Systems VBCI 8x8 armoured

Posted On Thursday, 30 November 2017 09:32

Qatar has showed a great interest to purchase the French-made VCBI 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle, following a visit in France of the Minister of State for Defense Affairs of Qatar. In August 2015, a VBCI fitted with CTA40 40mm turret was spotted in Qatari video report showing the vehicle in trial tests in Qatar.

French-made Nexter Systems VBCI with CTA40 turret at IDEX defense exhibition in UAE, February 2015.

Qatar is continuing to enhance their armoured fighting vehicle capability and would like to acquire 300 8x8 combat vehicles for a total amount of $2 billion. Few years ago, the French Company Nexter Systems the manufacturer of the VBCI, has responded to a request from Qatar for the purchase of 300 8x8 armoured vehicles. According to our sources, the VBCI was in competition with the Finnish Patria AMV.

The VBCI (French denomination of "Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie)") is a French wheeled armoured infantry fighting vehicle designed and manufactured by the French Companies Nexter Systems and Renault Trucks Defense. The VBCI is in service with the French, it has already been successfully deployed for combat operations in Afghanistan and Mali.

The VBCI in the French Army is equipped with a one-man Nexter Dragar turret armed with a dual feed 25mm NATO cannon type 25 M811 with 150 rounds in the turret and a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun.

The hull and the turret of the VBCI Nexter Systems are composed by Welded steel and aluminium, who offers a protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. To increase the protection, the welded steel and aluminium alloy hull is fitted with spall liners and add-on titanium armour plate to protect against anti-tank weapons.

Renault Trucks Defense Higuard 6x6 security vehicles of Qatari Security Forces at IDEX 2013, defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Currently Qatar armed forces operate a fleet of Piranha II 8x8 LAVs (Light Armoured Vehicle) fitted with a CMI Defence two-man turret armed with a 90mm cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, which were supplied by GKN Defence from 1998.

The Qatar Ministry of the Interior has recently boosted its capability with the delivery from Renault Trucks Defense of 10 Sherpa 4x4 light tactical vehicles and 22 Higuard 6x6 security vehicles. Both are mine resistant ambush protected- type vehicles especially designed to be used by internal security forces.

The Qatar has also purchased 30 Fennek 4x4 reconnaissance vehicles and 13 Dingo 2 Heavy Duty 4x4 protected vehicles from Germany.

bug2 - 4-12-2017 at 06:38 PM

New facility to produce TAPV armored at 4 Canadian Division Support Base

Posted On Friday, 01 December 2017 09:11

Official opening of the new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) facility at 4 Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa by the Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjanon, Friday December 1, 2017. Following that, Sajjan will visit to the construction site of a new complex for the Canadian Special Operations Regiment.

Textron Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle at Ottawa City Hall (Picture source Wikipedia)

Construction of the new TAPV facility was completed in Petawawa in June of this year, and two new facilities were completed in November 2016 in Valcartier, Que., according to the Canadian Forces news release.

Construction of a facility in Edmonton, Alta., began in November 2016. Existing facilities in Shilo, Man., and Valcartier, Que. will be renovated. A TAPV facility at 5 Canadian Division Support Base (5 CDSB) Gagetown was opened in September.

The TAPV (Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle) is an armoured vehicle wghich was developed and designed by the American Company Textron Systems according a request of the Canadian Army. It is based on the M1117 Armoured Security Vehicle, developed for use by the military police of the US Armed Forces. The first vehicles xere delivered to the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown on 12 August 2016.

The fleet of 500 vehicles, bought in June 2012 for C$603.4M (€416.2M), should all be delivered by January 2018 and will be distributed across seven bases and 24 units. There will be two variants: 300 General Utility and 200 Reconnaissance. The latter will be fielded to armoured reconnaissance squadrons, infantry reconnaissance platoons and the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School.

The TAPV is powered by a six-cylinder Cummins QSL 365 turbo diesel engine developing 365 hp. coupled to an Allison MD3560 six-speed automatic transmission.

The TAPV is armed with Kongsberg’s advanced M153 Protector dual remote weapon station equipped with electro-optical sights and two mounted weapons, operated by both the vehicle commander and gunner from within the vehicle. The TAPV offers superior safety and blast protection for the soldiers against direct and indirect firing of small arms, mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

bug2 - 5-12-2017 at 11:04 AM

Brazil launches effort to modernise Cascavel ARVs

Victor Barreira - Jane's Defence Weekly

04 December 2017

The Brazilian Army on 1 December approved guidelines for a project to modernise its EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), which is armed with a turreted 90 mm Cockerill Mk2 low-pressure gun.

Several cavalry units field 409 Cascavels (comprising 157 Mk IIs, 37 Mk VIs, and 215 Mk VIIs).

The project, designated as VBR-MSR 6x6 (Viatura Blindada de Reconhecimento-Média Sobre Rodas), is seen as an intermediate solution before a VBR-MSR 8x8 is acquired.

A feasibility study will done and one prototype and pilot batch of up to seven modernised vehicles will be ordered and evaluated by the Army Evaluations Center.

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bug2 - 6-12-2017 at 08:40 PM

Colombian army Gladiator 8x8 Stryker APC armoured vehicle

Posted On Tuesday, 05 December 2017 23:00

The American-made Stryker 8x8 armoured personnel carrier is in service with the Colombian army under the name of Gladiator. In January 2013, the Colombian Ministry of National Defence awarded external link a $65.3 million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, for 24 Stryker ICV Infantry Carrier Vehicles also called LAV-III in Canada.

Gladiator 8x8 APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) of Colombian army at ExpoDefensa 2017, the International Defense and Security Exhibition in Bogota, Colombia.

According representative of General Dynamics Land Systems and the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) arms trade database , a total of 32 Stryker ICV 8x8 armoured infantry carrier vehicles has been delivered to Colombia from 2013 to 2014.

The general layout of the Gladiator is similar to the original Stryker IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle, but the Colombian version is fitted with an Israeli-made unmanned turret Mini Samson which can be armed with one M2 12.7mm heavy machine gun or MK-19 40 mm caliber belt-fed automatic grenade launcher. The original U.S. Stryker ICV M1126 is fitted with a Kongsberg unmanned turret.

The Gladiator is based on double-V hulled LAV-IIIs with add-on armor to improve protection against landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The vehicle has gross weight of 20,459kg and it can accommodate 11 military personnel including driver, commander and gunner. All infantrymen are seated on individual seat, four down each side of the hull facing each other.

The Gladiator is motorized with a Caterpillar 3126B diesel engine developing 350 hp. coupled to an Allison MD 3066 P automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gears. It can run at a maximum road speed of 100 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 500 km.

Standard equipment of the Gladiator includes automatic fire detection and suppression systems in the engine and crew compartments, a climate control system consisting of an air conditioning/heating system, ATGW wire cutter for the driver and the turret stations and a self-recovery winch.

The Gladiator is fitted with an Israeli-made remotely operated weapon station Mini Samson which can be armed with one 12.7mm heavy machine gun or one MK 19 400 mm automatic grenade launcher.

bug2 - 6-12-2017 at 09:19 PM

VPK unveils BTR-82V APC

Nikolai Novichkov - Jane's Defence Weekly

06 December 2017

Russia’s Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (Military Industrial Company, VPK) has developed the BTR-82V armoured personnel carrier (APC), a company representative told Jane’s.

VPK has developed the BTR-82V APC. (VPK)

“The BTR-82V APC was developed under terms of reference issued by the Rosgvardiya [Russia’s National Guard]. The vehicle’s protection has been improved compared to the BTR-80: the new APC has received additional spall liner, blast-absorbing lower hull and anti-blast pads,” he said.

The BTR-82V has the same armament suite as its predecessor: a KPVT 14.5 heavy machine gun, PKTM 7.62 mm coaxial medium machine gun and six 902V Tucha smoke dischargers integrated into a manned turret,” the VPK representative added.

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bug2 - 8-12-2017 at 10:01 AM

Qatar will purchase 490 French Nexter VBCI 8x8 IFV armoured vehicles

Posted On Thursday, 07 December 2017 15:53

According a Tweet from the French Ministry of Defense of December 6, 2017, Qatar has signed a letter of intent to purchase 490 French-made VBCI (Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie) 8x8 armoured infantry fighting vehicles designed and manufactured by the French Defense Company Nexter Systems.

VBCI 2 8x8 armoured infantry fighting vehicle fitted with CTA 40 turret at Eurosatory Defense Exhibition in June 2016. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Some few years ago, Qatar has showed a great interest to purchase the French-made VCBI 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle. In August 2015, an improved version of the VBCI, the VBCI 2 fitted with CTA40 40mm turret was spotted in Qatari video report showing the French-made 8x8 vehicle in trial tests in Qatar.

The VBCI is in service with the French army, it has already been successfully deployed for combat operations in Afghanistan and Mali.

The VBCI in the French Army is equipped with a one-man Nexter Dragar turret armed with a dual feed 25mm NATO cannon type 25 M811 with 150 rounds in the turret and a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun.

The hull and the turret of the VBCI Nexter Systems are composed by welded steel and aluminium, who offers a protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. To increase the protection, the welded steel and aluminium alloy hull is fitted with spall liners and add-on titanium armour plate to protect against anti-tank weapons.

The VBCI 2 is an improved version of the previous version of the VBCI which was unveiled at the Defense Exhibition DSEI in September 2015. The VBCI has more internal volume thanks to an higher roof hull. The vehicle can also be fitted with additional armour to increase protection against ballistic and mine threats.

The VBCI 2 is motorized with a more powerful engine Volvo D13 turbocharged diesel developing 600 hp.

The CTA 40 turret is armed with the CTA International 40 mm Cased Telescoped Cannon System (CTCS). A 40mm CTA APFSDS round penetrates more than 140mm of armoured steel. Second armament includes a remotely operated weapon station armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun. Two launchers for anti-tank guided missiles can be mounted on each side of the turret.

bug2 - 11-12-2017 at 08:13 PM

Hyundai Rotem to start mass producing K806, K808 armoured vehicles

Jon Grevatt - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

11 December 2017

South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem has won a contract from the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to start mass producing 6x6 K806 and 8x8 K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicles for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), the company said on 8 December.

Hyundai Rotem said the new contract, which follows on from the production of 16 low-rate initial production vehicles from late 2016, is worth KRW390.7 billion (USD358 million), with vehicle manufacturing starting immediately at its plant in Changwon and ending in 2020.

The K806 and K808 wheeled armoured vehicles performing a manoeuvre during a live demonstration at DX Korea 2016 (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)

The company did not disclose how many vehicles it would make under the new contract but, citing Hyundai Rotem, Jane’s has previously reported that the RoKA had a total requirement for around 100 16-tonne K806 vehicles and 500 20-tonne K808s.

bug2 - 12-12-2017 at 03:19 PM

Qatar to negotiate with Nexter for armored vehicles, add-ons

By: Pierre Tran   10 hours ago

Nexter's eight-wheel drive VBCI infantry fighting vehicle. (Nexter)

PARIS — A letter of intent from Qatar for exclusive negotiations with Nexter has opened talks for various versions of the VBCI armored vehicle and an exploration of onboard systems, weaponry and services, according to three French defense executives.

The Gulf state has chosen the VBCI in a vehicle tender and signed the letter for talks with Nexter, the French Armed Forces Ministry said Dec. 9.

A lengthy Qatari competition led to a last round fought between the French state-owned land systems company and Patria’s armored modular vehicle, an executive said.

The three defense executives, one of whom works for a defense company and the others as consultants, spoke to Defense News on condition of anonymity.

Qatar has picked the VBCI chassis and will now seek to decide which of the 490 units will be fitted for missions including infantry fighting vehicle, troop carrier, reconnaissance, command post, mortar, and ambulance, a second executive said. Weapons and ammunition will require large budgets on top of the planned vehicle purchase.

Discussions on weapons will likely include a CTA International 40mm and Kongsberg 30mm cannon. Nexter and BAE Systems are joint venture partners on the former.

Other weapons to be pitched include remotely operated 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine guns, the second executive said. The MBDA MMP anti-tank missile could compete with the Lockheed Martin Javelin.

Lockheed has a strong presence in Qatar, and the U.K. unit will likely pitch its 40mm gun turret against the Nexter model, the executive added.

CMI, a Belgian firm, could also pitch its gun turrets, a third executive said.

There could be offers of mortar versions armed with TDA 81mm and 120mm weapons, according to the second executive.

Onboard digital systems will be offered for a battle management system and communications, such as those developed for the French Army’s Scorpion program, the second executive said.

Thales gave a Nov. 24 demonstration to armed forces of SYNAPS, the export version of its Contact software-defined radio.

A vehicle service contract will also need to be negotiated, which could lead to an “enormous Nexter service workshop,” the executive said. Service offers a steady income for decades.

Qatar has been keen for local assembly of the vehicle rather than receiving all the vehicles “built up,” the third executive said. One of the possibilities considered is a first batch of 100-150 built-up units, with the rest assembled in Qatar.

The 30-ton, eight-wheel drive VBCI will replace Qatari fleets of wheeled and tracked vehicles, including the French AMX-30 and AMX-10. Qatar has also ordered the Leopard 2 heavy tank from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall.

Nexter has completed delivery of 630 VBCI to the French Army and has been actively seeking export orders amid concern in the workforce that work was drying up at its site at Roanne, central France.

The French company presented the VBCI 2 export model at the DSEI trade show in London two years ago.

Qatar announced the pick of the VBCI along with exercising an option for a further 12 Rafale fighter jets, bringing the total order to 36.

bug2 - 12-12-2017 at 11:02 PM

Prototype of Slovak Patria AMV 8x8 armored fitted with 30mm turret

Posted On Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:06

Slovak Defense Industry unveils a prototype of the Patria AMV 8x8 armoured vehicle that will be delivered to the Slovak army, during the 2017 Industrial Day at the Záhorie Military Technical and Testing Institute on December 6, 2017 in Slovakia. The Slovak Patria AMV is fitted with a Slovak-made EVPU turret armed with one 30mm automatic cannon and anti-tank guided misssile launchers.

The Slovak Patria AMV fitted with a Slovak-made 30mm cannon turret at the the 2017 Industrial Day at the Záhorie Military Technical and Testing Institute (Picture source The Slovak Spectator website TASR)

In May 2017, the Slovak government approved a request from the Slovak Ministry of Defense for the €1.2 billion procurement of 404 4x4 and 81 8x8 armoured vehicles. The first delivery of the vehicles could be started in 2018 and be completed in 2029.

In November 2017, Slovak and Finnish Defense Ministries have signed a memorandum about the purchase of Patria AMV 8x8 armoured vehicles for the army of Slovakia. The first three 8x8 armoured vehicles should be manufactured by the Finnish and the second batch of three vehicles in Slovakia, according to the Slovak Defence Ministry's Service Office general secretary Jan Holko.

The Slovak Defense Minister has confirmed that the Defence Ministry expects 70 percent of the vehicle’s components to be produced in Slovakia.

The prototype of the Slovak Patria AMV is very similar to the Finnish version of the vehicle but one of the most important feature is the use of a new TURRA 30 unmanned turret armed with one 30mm cannon and anti-tank guided missile, designed and manufactured in Slovakia by the Company EVPU.

Close view of the EVPU turret armed with one 30mm automatic cannon and anti-tank guided missile launchers mounted on Slovak Patria AMV (Picture source The Slovak Spectator website TASR)

In May 2015 during the defense exhibition IDET in Czech Republic, Polish and Slovakian defense industries presented a new 8x8 armoured vehicle called Scipio using the 8x8 chassis of Rosomak armoured vehicle and the Turra 30 remote controlled weapon station designed and manufactured by ZPU. The Roosmak is a Polish-made version of the Patria AMV produced under license in Poland.

The main armament of the EVPU's Turra 30 turret consists of one 30 mm main armament. Both Russian 2A42 30 mm gun or American Mk 44 Bushmaster II 30 mm gun, manufactured by American Company Orbital ATK, can be used as main armament. Secondary armament consists of one PKT 7.62 mm or FN Minimi 7.62 mm machine guns. The Turra 30 can also be fitted with Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM), such as the Konkurs and the Spike.

The 9M113 Konkurs is a SACLOS wire-guided anti-tank missile developed by Russia's Tula Machinery Design Bureau (Tula KBP). The Spike is an Israeli fourth generation man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile with a tandem-charged HEAT warhead, developed and designed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and in service with a number of nations.

bug2 - 12-12-2017 at 11:06 PM

First trial tests of Ukrainian BTR-4MV1 8x8 armoured fighting vehicle

Posted On Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:59

According a video posted on the Facebook account of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the BTR-4MV1, the latest generation of Ukrainian-made 8x8 armoured infantry fighting vehicle in the BTR-4 family has performed first trials including mobility and firing tests.

The Ukrainian-made BTR4-MV1 8x8 armoured fighting vehicle during trial tests in Ukraine (Print Screen Ukroboronprom Video )

The BTR-4MV1 was unveiled during the defense exhibition in Ukraine, "Arms and Security" in November 2017. The vehicle is designed, developed and produced by the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, part of UkrOboronProm, State-owned Ukrainian defense manufacturer.

According to the manufacturer, the BTR-4-MV1 combat vehicle is built using modern technology compliant to NATO standards .

The vehicle is based to the BTR-4 family but with many improvements including new armour and powerpack.

The BTR-4MV1 is based on an modular platform offering the possibility to install additional types of protection (including ceramic plates and explosive reactive armour) to reach the fourth and fifth protection levels in accordance with the NATO standards.

During the trial test, the BTR-4MV1 was equipped with the BM-3 "Shturm" remote-controlled weapon station, but the vehicle can also be fitted with other weapons station as the BAU-23x2, "Grom" turret or BM-7 "Parus" turret. The BM-3 "Shturm" turret is armed with a ZTM-1 30 mm automatic gun which can be remotely operated to provide increased soldier protection in hostile environments. The 30mm gun has a maximum firing rate of 330 rounds per minute and can fire AP-T (Armour Piercing - Tracer), HEF-I (High Explosive Fragmentation - Incendiary) and HE-T (High Explosive - Tracer) rounds. A 7.62 mm machine gun is mounted at the left side of the main armament. There is also two launchers on the right side of the turret for the Barrier anti-tank laser-guided missiles.

The BTR-4MV1 has a crew of three including driver, commander and gunner and can carry seven troops at the rear of the hull.

The BTR-4MV1 is motorized with a Diesel engine developing 450 hp, it can run at a maximum speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 650 km. The BTR-4MV1 is also fully amphibious propelled in the water by two propellers mounted at the rear of the hull.

bug2 - 18-12-2017 at 09:16 PM

Finnish Army orders PMPV MiSu 6x6 MRAP for field trial tests

Posted On Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:07

On December 12, 2017, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command has received a mandate from the Finnish Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö to order the Protected MultiPurpose Vehicles (PMPV) MiSu manufactured by the Finnish Company Protolab Oy for field trial tests.

New Finnish-made PMPV (Protected MultiPurpose Vehicle) 6x6 Misu MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle (Picture source Finnish MoD )

Four PMPV 6x6 armoured vehicles will be tested by the Finnish Defence Forces in field conditions during 2018-2020. The total value of this contract is around EUR 4 million.

The field trial tests of the PMPV 6x6 will evaluate the performances and the quality of the vehicle for a future deployment with the Finnish Defence Forces. This program is a part of modernization for armed forces of Finland and to improve mobility of Finnish troops.

The PMPV (Protected MultiPurpose Vehicle) 6x6 MiSu is a wheeled armoured personnel carrier in the category of MRAP vehicle designed, developed and manufactured by Protolab a Defense Company based in Finland. Protolab is specialized in the development of custom-made ballistic protection for military and civilian vehicles.

The project of the PMPV 6x6 MiSu was started in 2009 involved the collaboration of the Lappeenranta University of Technology for the Research and development part. The vehicle has performed first trial test during 800 km and other tests are planned in Finland during winter 2015. The vehicle is based on the characteristics and the needs requested by the Finnish and Swedish Ministries of Defense.

The PMPV 6x6 Misu is based on an innovative structure offering high level of protection against mine blast. Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) is a category of vehicles that are designed specifically to withstand improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes. This vehicle is especially design to counter the land mine threats.

I expect great things from this vehicle.........the armour protection is based on the troops compartment offering a very high level of protection using three layers of steel honeycomb which attenuates mine blast loading better than monolithic steel armor plate of equal areal density without structural fracture....all in a 14 tonne vehicle that is also fully amphibious (and, looking at the top photo, has four-wheel steering with the front and rear axle steering)

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