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[*] posted on 29-8-2017 at 07:44 PM


Posted On Tuesday, 29 August 2017 07:53

Russian armed forces will receive 100 T-14 Armata main battle tanks by 2020.

During Army-2017, the International Military Technical Forum, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov has announced a plan for the delivery of 100 T-14 Armata main battle tanks (MBTs) Russian armed forces by 2020.

  
Russian-made T-14 Armata main battle tank at Army-2017 International Military Technical Forum near Moscow, Russia.
 
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said that during the Army 2017 expo, the ministry signed 23 contracts worth around $2.8 billion with defense manufacturers, many of them for weapons tested during the Syrian campaign.

The first T-14 Armata MBT will entered in service with the 1st Guards Tank Regiment of 2nd Guards Tamanskaya Motor Rifle Division, based in Moscow and part of Russia’s Western Military District.

The T-14 Armata MBT was presented for the first time to the public during the military parade for the Victory Day in May 2015.

The unmanned turret is the main distinguishing feature of the new tank. The crew is seated in an armored capsule in the front part of the tank which is to replace T-72B3 and T-90. The main armament of T-14 Armata is a 125-mm gun 2A82.

The T-14 is equipped with remote controlled combat module with 7.62-mm caliber machinegun PKTM. The module is linked with the independent sight of the tank commander. The T-14 turret carries a big number of various sensors and launchers which are believed to be included into the new reactive armor set.

The T-14 is equipped with reactive armor sets mounted on the upper part of the chassis and the turret. Module armor protects two thirds of the sides of the tank. The remaining one third of T-14 is protected by bar armor.

 
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MSPO 2017: Polish T-72 upgrades on display

6th September 2017 - 08:09 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Kielce




PT-91M2................

Polish manufacturer Bumar-Łabędy is using this year’s MSPO exhibition to showcase two upgrade solutions for the Soviet-era T-72 main battle tank; one low-cost refresh and the other a more comprehensive upgrade offering. 

The company – part of the state-run armaments group PGZ – is displaying the PT-91M2, which officials have described as a ‘cost-effective’ upgrade for T-72 operators, as well as the PT-17 that is being marketed as ‘deep’ upgrade for the legacy platform.

A company spokesperson told Shephard that in capability terms the PT-91M2 fits somewhere between the existing PT-91 ‘Twardy’ (a previous Polish upgrade of the T-72 that puts it on par with the Russian ‘B’ variant), used by the Polish Army, and the PT-91M developed for the Malaysian Army.

‘The [upgrade] solutions from the Malaysian tanks are present here but we cut some expensive additions that are not needed in the Polish theatre of operations,’ said the spokesperson.

The Polish Army still have around 300 T-72 MBTs in storage, as well as a brigade’s worth in active service with the Territorial Defence Forces (TDF). Bumar-Łabędy sees an opportunity to upgrade the TDF vehicles (and potentially those in storage) as well as T-72s still in service with a number of countries around the world.

For the PT-91M2, the gun has been updated to the 2A46MS 125mm/48 cal gun sourced from Slovakian company ZTS. According to ZTS, the gun is capable of firing 6-8 rounds a minute with a maximum range of 10,000m for high explosive rounds.

Protection is provided by third-generation ‘Erawa’ explosive reactive armour (thicker on the turret than on the hull), bar armour covering the rear portion of the vehicle as well as the Obra-3 laser warning system from Polish company PCO and 360 degree situational awareness cameras. The Obra-3 can cue the countermeasures, which consist of two lots of 12 canisters on either side of the turret.

The turret drive and stabilisation is electric, while the gunners sight and fire control system has been upgraded to utilise the Savan 15 product from French manufacturer Safran. The commander’s sight on the model shown at MSPO is the TKN3, which uses passive night-vision and day optics, is not optimised for hunter/killer capability, although this can be swapped out for another sensor.

The vehicle’s suspension is upgraded and the existing 780hp-rated V-46 engine is replaced with a more powerful S-12U engine rated at 850hp. ‘We have also upgraded the torque of the engine [to 4,000nm] so the acceleration is better,’ said the spokesperson, adding that has required a strengthened manual transmission.

Other modifications include the addition of an APU at the rear of the vehicle, as well a compressor that allows the installation of an air conditioning unit if required.


PT-17.................

For the PT-17, the upgrade would include a complete replacement of the 125mm gun with a Ukrainian-sourced 120mm smoothbore example, allowing the use of NATO ammunition. The company spokesperson told Shephard that the Ukrainian gun was found to be a good compromise between the older Rheinmetall L44 gun and newer L55, both of which are found on the Leopard 2 MBTs.

The turret itself, while looking new, is actually the existing T-72 turret with additional composite armour and integrated ERA tiles across the frontal arc. 

The engine has also been upgraded to a 1,000hp S-1000 unit, although this can be changed to fit customer requirements. The transmission has also been upgraded to automatic, allowing the driver to use a standard wheel to drive, instead of the traditional levers found on the T-72.

The PT-17 – which also features updated electrical systems – can also integrate a battle management system. The PT-17 on display featured the GOC-1 ‘Nike’ stabilised observation and aiming system for the gunner and the GOD-1 ‘Iris’ for the commanders sight, allowing for hunter/killer capabilities.
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Turkey aims to select tank-maker in 2018

By: Burak Ege Bekdil   14 hours ago


In June, SSM had decided to scrap sole-source negotiations with Otokar for the Altay tank program. (Otokar)

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s military and procurement authorities have fine-tuned their multibillion-dollar competition for the production of an indigenous battle tank with a view to selecting a winner in mid-2018.

“A timetable has shaped up,” according to a procurement official familiar with the tank program. “The procurement/management side has been synchronized with the military requirement.”

The initial phase of the Altay tank program involves the serial production of a batch of 250 units. Military officials say the program would eventually reach 1,000 units. Industry sources say the final figure could reach billions of dollars.

The procurement official said that the Ankara government expects the three bidders to submit their bids by November.

“We think they should be able to submit their best and final offers (BAFOs) early in 2018,” he said. “We want to conclude the assessment process within a few months and select the winner by mid-2018.”

In July, Turkey’s procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, or SSM, sent requests for proposal to three local armored vehicle manufacturers.

This decision effectively meant the three companies are invited to bid on the program.

The companies that received the RFP from the procurement office are BMC, Otokar and FNSS, all privately owned companies.

In June, SSM had decided to scrap sole-source negotiations with Otokar for the Altay program. Otokar is the developer and builder of prototypes of the Altay, Turkey’s first indigenous, new-generation main battle tank.

Earlier this year, Otokar’s Altay prototypes successfully completed qualification tests including mobility and endurance testing on rough terrain and climatic conditions, firing tests with various scenarios, and survivability testing.

In 2008, Otokar, Turkey’s largest privately owned defense company, had signed a $500 million contract with SSM for the development and production of four prototypes of the Altay.

But in June, the government agency, citing an unsatisfactory offer from Otokar for the serial production of the tank, canceled the contract and decided to go for competition.

Turkey’s decision to open competition for the Altay comes at a time when some industry sources caution that the program faces several technical challenges, including an engine and transmission system for the tank.

“There are still uncertainties about the power package [that comprises mainly of the engine and transmission system],” a senior industry source said. “The local industry is having talks with two German companies on the power package, but under political clouds.”

The procurement official confirmed that the Turkish industry is negotiating with MTU, a German engine maker, and Renk, a producer of transmission systems. “In addition,” he said, “there are parallel talks with potential engine and transmission producers from other countries.” He did not name which countries, or which companies were in talks with the Turkish industry.

Turkey’s bilateral relations with Germany have been badly stained this year after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany and Europe of being Nazis and racists.

In August, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Turkey would never be a member of the European Union as long as the country is governed by Erdogan, further inflaming relations between Ankara and Berlin. His remarks came after Erdogan urged German Turks to boycott Germany’s main parties in a general election this month.

Accession talks between Turkey and the EU have ground to a virtual halt, though Turkey remains a candidate for membership. EU leaders have been increasingly critical of Erdogan’s crackdown on opponents and fear that sweeping new powers Erdogan won in a referendum in April are pushing Turkey away from democratic values.

“German role in the Altay program remains critical, though not indispensable, but increasingly a question mark,” one Turkish diplomat said. “And [the program] remains open to non-German industrial cooperation.”
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MSPO 2017: Polish Leopard upgrade on track

7th September 2017 - 02:09 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Kielce



The first prototype Leopard 2A4 upgraded for the Polish Army has now entered verification testing in Germany, with an additional five pre-series vehicles also joining the programme effort.

Rheinmetall is currently under contract with the Polish government to upgrade 128 Polish main battle tanks, with the resultant variant being designated the Leopard 2PL.

Upgrade work will be carried out in collaboration with Polish industry, with Polish armoured vehicle specialist Bumar-Łabędy carrying out the bulk of the refresh.

Otmar Schultheis, the managing director of Rheinmetall Defence Polska, a dedicated Polish office set up by the German company, told Shephard that the Polish Army had already successfully carried out initial ballistic tests on the prototype platform.

‘The prototype will be handed over in the first quarter of 2018 to the Polish MoD for internal testing and acceptance,’ said Schultheis.

Serial production is expected to begin in 2018, with the first 12 vehicles planned to be produced in Poland with Rheinmetall support and overall responsibility. Beyond that, upgrade of the remaining 110 vehicles will be the responsibility of Bumar-Łabędy.

He added that the core equipment for the upgrade configuration had now been finalised, with some minor changes or additional requirements added during the testing phase.

For optics, the upgrade incorporates several technologies from local industry, a key requirement for Polish defence projects.

This includes a new PERI R17A3 L4 for the commander’s sight and a EMES 15 for the gunner’s optics. Both will have the ASTERIA thermal imager and be supplied by Polish optics specialist PCO.

PCO will also supply its KDN-1 day/night camera system for the driver.

The Leopard 2PL will also feature a new electric gun and turret drive system, replacing the old hydraulic system. For increased lethality, the main weapon system will be upgraded to enable the firing of Rheinmetall’s newest tank munitions, including the DM11 120mm high-explosive round and BM63 kinetic energy round.

The DM11 is a new generation of tank round that features a programmable fuse allowing it to detonate at a specific point in the projectile's flight path. This will require the installation of new sets of ballistics data for the fire control system.

For increased protection, the Leopard 2PL will feature an updated turret with added passive armour around the front and sides bringing it up to a standard above the newer-generation Leopard 2A5/A6 variant. Protection is also enhanced though the installment of a spall liner in the turret and a fire suppression system.

Crew comfort is also addressed with the addition of an APU and additional exterior baskets and holders for equipment.
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BMP-3 fitted with Epoch unmanned turret ready for test trials

Posted On Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:59

Infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3 with unmanned combat module Epoch will become operational for test trials, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sept. 7.


The BMP-3 fitted with the Epoch unmanned combat module was unveiled during Army 2015 exhibition

"The latest infantry fighting vehicles with unmanned Epoch combat module will be supplied to the troops for test operations. According to a state contract signed with the producer, the Russian Defense Ministry will test 13 vehicles," it said.

The ministry signed contracts worth 4 bln rubles with the Vysokotochnye Kompleksy (High-Precision Complexes) Holding and the Instrument-Manufacturing Design Bureau (KBP) at the Army-2017 forum for the delivery of the first batch of BMP-3 with the Epoch combat module and spare parts for Pantsir-S1 complexes.

The new unmanned Epoch combat module designed by the KPB is designated for perspective armored vehicles. It is remotely controlled from the commander’s and pointer’s panel and does not occupy any space inside the vehicle. The armaments include 30mm 2A42 automatic gun, coaxial 7.62mm PKT machinegun and antitank missile complexes Kornet-EM and Bulat.

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MSPO 2017: Tracked IFVs remain key focus

11th September 2017 - 12:09 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Kielce

Tracked IFVs from both domestic and foreign companies were out in force at this year’s MSPO exhibition, a sign that industry remains focused on a potential future requirement to replace the Polish Army’s Soviet-era vehicles such as the BMP-1.

There were at least four tracked IFVs at the exhibition this year, including offerings from European suppliers such as Rheinmetall and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), as well as from domestic industry players Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) and Obrum.

Industry officials speaking to Shephard during the show indicated that, much like other Polish defence programmes, an IFV requirement is not in any kind of tender phase and discussions are ongoing. These discussions will likely inform the Polish MoD’s future requirements process when it eventually comes round to releasing a tender document.

Although little information is available about the future tender it is believed that the Polish Army will require both a heavy and light tracked vehicle, the heavier variant likely carrying eight dismounts and weighing up to 40t. This could eventually translate into two different vehicles, or variants, of the same vehicle to ensure commonality across the fleet.

Rheinmetall displayed its new ‘KF-31’ variant of its Lynx IFV fitted with a two-man 30mm Lance turret with the addition of a Spike missile launcher. The KF-31 can weigh up to 38t and seat three crew plus six soldiers. A heavier variant known as the KF-41 can carry three crew plus eight soldiers.

With a dedicated Polish office already created to oversee the upgrade of the Leopard 2 MBT, the German company could have some advantage in a future IFV tender and an inevitable offset requirement that would undoubtedly call for local manufacturing in Poland.

Meanwhile, GDELS had its ASCOD vehicle on display with a Rafael Samson Mk2 30mm turret and Spike launchers. This configuration is the same as the vehicle currently being offered to the Czech Republic for its IFV tender. The ASCOD is currently in service with Austrian and Spanish armies and in the future will be operated by the British Army as the derivative ‘Ajax’.

Much like the Lynx, the ASCOD can come in a ‘light’ variant at 35t or a larger variant at around 42t able to carry eight dismounts.

GDELS is already working closely with Polish industry to offer up its 4x4 Eagle 5 vehicle for the 'Mustang' tender – which will see the army completely refresh its 4x4 fleet – and has inked an agreement with PGZ to locally-manufacture that vehicle, likely by Rosomak. A successful bid into that programme could influence the tracked IFV decision, and, at the very least, demonstrate that GDELS can navigate the treacherous waters that is Polish procurement.

A GDELS official told Shephard that if Poland selected ASCOD it would provide ‘synergies’ with existing operators and potentially the Czech Republic, which is on a more expedited timeline to replace its legacy IFVs. The ASCOD’s competitor in the Czech tender, the BAE Systems-built CV90, was not present at the Polish show.

In terms of domestic industry’s contribution to a possible future tracked IFV tender Polish company Obrum displayed its Universal Modular Tracked Platform with a 30mm turret and Spike missile launcher. Obrum has outlined two possible UMTP chassis variants, one with a seven wheel tracked configuration and the other with six wheels. The length of the basic seven wheeled chassis would be 7.8m weighing between 18-28t, the six wheeled vehicle would have a length of 6.9m and a weight of 16-19t. 

Meanwhile, HSW also unveiled a new amphibious tracked IFV at the show called the Borsuk, or Badger in Polish.

HSW is currently under contract with the National Research and Development Centre for the project. The amphibious vehicle features a remote-controlled 30mm turret along with a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun. With a swimming capability, aided by two shrouded propellers at the rear the Borsuk is positioned as a true replacement for the amphibious BMP-1.
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Uralvagonzavod to Upgrade Russian Fleet of T-80 Main Battle Tanks

(Source: TASS; published Sep 8, 2017)


The upgrade will give the T-80 tanks a Sosna-U multichannel sight with a laser rangefinder, a thermal imager and an automatic target tracker, TASS reported, and will also “significantly reduce” its fuel consumption. (TASS photo)

The Uralvagonzavod Corporation, a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation, has signed a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry to overhaul and upgrade T-80 main battle tanks, the press office of the Omsk Transport Machine-Building Plant said. The Omsk Transport Machine-Building Plant (Omsktransmash) is an Uralvagonzavod subsidiary.

According to Omsktransmash CEO Igor Lobov, a long-term contract has been signed.

"The contract for the overhaul and upgrade of the T-80 tank is a milestone event for our plant. This will allow us to load Omsktransmash’s manufacturing facilities with extra orders and improve the economic situation at the plant," Lobov said.

Omsktransmash launched the production of the T-80 main battle tank in the 1970s. Its upgrade will boost its operational capabilities.

Experts interviewed by the Omskregion news agency suppose that during the upgrade, the T-80 tank will receive the Sosna-U multichannel sight with a laser rangefinder, a thermal imager and an automatic target tracker.

Besides, the vehicle’s fuel consumption will be significantly reduced. Earlier, the tank with a gas-turbine engine consumed more than 7.5 liters of fuel per kilometer in certain operational conditions.

The tank will be also adapted for operation in northern areas. The designers have been tasked to make it able to operate at temperatures down to -50°C.

The T-80U main battle tank has a weight of 46.5 tons, a maximum road speed of 70 km/h (43.5 mph), a maximum cross-terrain speed of 40-45 km/h (25-28 mph) and a fuel endurance of 500 kilometers (311 miles) and its crew totals three. The tank is powered by the 1,250 hp three-shaft GTD-1250 gas-turbine engine.

The tank is armed with a 125mm 2A46M-1 smoothbore two-axis stabilized gun with an autoloader and a firing rate of 6-8 rounds per minute, a 7.62mm PKT coaxial machinegun, and a 12.7mm Utyos antiaircraft machinegun. It has an ammunition load of 45 rounds.

The tank has multilayered combined and explosive reactive armor and is protected against mass destruction weapons.

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T-72 Modernization – with UOP Participation – Was Represented at MSPO-2017

(Source: Ukroboronprom; issued Sept 07, 2017)

The latest PT-17 tank – T-72 modernization by Ukrainian and Polish specialists – was represented at the international defense industry exhibition MSPO-2017 to demonstrate capabilities of the tank to a potential customer, the Ministry of Defense of Poland.

In April 2017, within the framework of the contracts concluded, UOP enterprises- participants and the Zaklady Mechaniczne “Bumar – Labedy” S.A. started joint T-72 modernization. Polish side offered partnership for the new product development, but it should be mentioned that both Poland and Ukraine have a sufficiently large fleet of Soviet T-72 tanks.

For the implementation of this project, Ukroboronprom launched integration of the best Ukrainian technological developments, namely: UOP developed and supplied tank loader, a new engine, transmission, modernized engine transmission compartment, new 120mm caliber guns, fire control system, APU, active armor and a tower evaluation unit. All these units are developed in accordance with NATO standards, because today the Ministry of Defense of Poland, a NATO member state, is a potential customer of a new tank.

"This project is a clear signal, demonstrating Ukraine’s ability to participate in such large-scale and technologically complex projects. An important element of this cooperation is that the tank will be developed in accordance with NATO standards; Ukrainians manufactured and are ready to produce the key components in accordance with these standards.

“This indicates not only scientific, technological and production potential of the country, but also the fact that such systems and standards in future can be easily integrated and implemented on other samples of Ukrainian military equipment. This can also become the beginning Ukrainian army renovation with "NATO" military equipment samples"- said Director General of the SC "UkrOboronProm" Roman Romanov.

In turn, the Polish side noted that it is amazed by the Ukrainian specialists’ efficiency, who managed in less than 5 months develop, manufacture and supply all units, components and spares to ensure a full-scale presentation of the new tank at MSPO-2017.
The positive decision of the Ministry of Defense of Poland to purchase PT-17 tanks will allow Ukrainian enterprises to participate in a large-scale project for the rearmament of the Polish Army, estimated at several hundred million USD.

The SC "UkrOboronProm" represents Ukraine at the 25th International Exhibition of Defense Industry MSPO-2017. Ukrainian defense industry complex represents dozens of military equipment samples at joint UOP stand. Full-scale specimen of anti-tank weapon systems – used by Ukrainian army and imported by armies of other countries – are represented at UOP stand, along with other military equipment samples.

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Russian MoD unveils T-90M, T-80BVM MBTs

Nikolai Novichkov - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 September 2017


Trials of the modernised T-90M MBT are under way. Source: Russian MoD

Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing the upgraded T-80BVM and T-90M main battle tanks (MBTs) for trials, taking into account the results of the campaign in Syria, according to the head of the MoD's main automotive armoured directorate, GABTU, Lieutenant General Alexander Shevchenko. "State trials of the modernised T-90M MBT are under way, while tests of the upgraded T-80BVM tank are being prepared," he said.

At the Army-2017 exhibition held outside Moscow on 22-27 August, the MoD and the Uralvagonzavod research and manufacturing corporation, a subsidiary of Rostec, signed contracts worth over RUB24 billion (USD417 million) for the delivery of T-90M MBTs and Terminator tank support vehicles and contracts for the overhaul of the T-72, T-80BV (including a major upgrade), and T-90 tanks.

The modernisation of the T-80BV to T-80BVM level will considerably enhance its combat performance. Russian defence analysts believe the vehicle will receive the Sosna-U multichannel sighting system with a laser range finder, a thermal imager, and an automatic target tracker. The tank's fuel consumption is expected to be reduced, and the lower end of its operating temperature range will be extended to -50°C.

The combat weight of the upgraded T-80BVM has been increased to 46 tonnes. The tank has three crew members. It is 7 m long (9.55 m rear to muzzle), 3.38 m wide, and 2.21 m high. The tank's armament suite comprises a 125 mm 2A46M1 gun-launcher (with an ammunition load of 45 rounds), a 7.62 mm PKT co-axial machine gun (MG) (with an ammunition load of 1,250 rounds), and a 12.7 mm NSVT heavy anti-aircraft MG (with an ammunition load of 300 rounds).

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WCSP programme Lockheed Martin upgrade for Warrior IFV British army DSEI 2017

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Posted On Thursday, 14 September 2017 21:44

Lockheed Martin offers upgrade program for the Warrior MCV-80 IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle, WCSP (Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme). The Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) is introducing major improvements to the British Army’s Warrior armoured fighting vehicle (AFV), which was originally produced in 1984. This includes an innovative new turret designed and developed by Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) in Ampthill, together with upgrades across the platform.


Lockheed Martin upgrade solution for British Army Warrior MCV-80 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) presented at DSEI 2017, International Defence and Security Exhibition in London, United Kingdom.

The Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme Team has developed a low-risk solution to maximise combat success by upgrading several key Warrior subsystems including: the turret and armour protection systems. WCSP addresses key capability gaps currently faced by the in-service Warrior and enables the system to fight effectively over the next 20 plus years. This cost effective upgrade will be delivered in a timely and cost effective manner. WCSP will give the soldier a battle-winning capability that provides greater mission effectiveness and enhanced crew survivability.

For the lethality, a CT40 weapon and ammunition handling system are integrated with a dual-axis stabilised BGTI sight and powered servo system to provide significantly improved lethality and fire on the move capability.

For the fightability, where upgrades to the Man Machine Interface providing access to key system resources by the gunner or commander enabling the integration of legacy, current and emerging technologies through a proven and open Electronic architecture. Turret crew protection introduces new mine blast resistant seats and modular turret armour, greatly improving crew safety.

The turret updates include electronic, environmental, power and survivability improvements. WCSP chassis updates provides the driver with greater situational awareness and a rationalised, de-cluttered crewspace.

An updated Environmental Control System provides greater crew comfort in climatic extremes. Increased system power for current and future missions is achieved through the integration of an improved generator and augmented using intelligent power management and distribution. Additionally, local situational awareness cameras and driver's night vision cameras fixed around the vehicle greatly improve local awareness for threats and safety; available to the vehicle crew and dismounted soldiers.

A modular protection system across the chassis enables the quick change and adaptation to mission specific or in-theatre threats for each Warrior variant. Examples of protection include bar armour. Explosive Reactive Armour and special armours to be fitted or removed easily upon heavy damage. This protection system is low risk and based on an easy to use and maintain system, which significantly enhances crew survivability.

Additionally, this allows a mounting system to cater for future armour protection technologies.
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DSEI

ST Kinetics unveils Bronco tracked vehicle for expanded missions

By: Jen Judson   9 hours ago


ST Kinetics unveiled its Bronco 3 all-terrain tracked carrier vehicle with a C-RAM radar and a mortar system at the DSEI conference in London. (Jen Judson/Staff)

LONDON — Singapore’s ST Kinetics showcased its newest version of its Bronco all-terrain tracked carrier vehicle designed to support a wide variety of mission sets through easy reconfiguration.

First fielded in 2001 to the Singapore Army in 2001, ST Kinetics has produced several hundred of its first-version vehicles with more than 20 variants. The second version of the vehicle was built for the British Army — known in the U.K. as the Warthog — for operations in Afghanistan. The vehicle fleet was withdrawn from the country in 2014.

Bronco 3 is “the combination of the best of the lessons that we have learned in Bronco 1 and 2,” Phillip Ou, an ST Kinetics executive, said at a media briefing Wednesday at DSEI, a defense conference in London, England.

The vehicle is “lighter, more mobile and obviously more better protected,” Ou said.

The chief marketing officer for ST Kinetics, retired Brig. Gen. Winston Toh, said the Bronco 3 “has been 17 years in the making” and is now positioned to be deployed in all facets of a mission, from reconnaissance to troop carrying to combat support, as well as battlefield extraction to resupply.

A common chassis and some other design elements allow the vehicle to be modularly reconfigured, and some systems can be swapped out to meet different missions in about 20 minutes, according to Toh. Vehicle capability can also be expanded by added a trailer to the back with an identical tracked chassis equipped with other sensors or weapons systems.

The 16-ton vehicle — which would include a full payload complement — is able to traverse difficult terrain including sand and snow, which means it can creep up from unexpected directions and fire from locations that could not be accessed by other vehicles.

The vehicle unveiled at DSEI came equipped with a Green Rock tactical counter rocket; an artillery and mortar radar system; an Othello fire-source location system; a 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System; and a 12.7mm remote weapon station. The radar was fixed to the roof of a vehicle with the mortar system on the back of a trailer vehicle hitched to the first.

While the configuration at the show does not answer a specific requirement in the Singapore military or elsewhere, the company chose to showcase what it anticipates could meet operational needs of a variety of militaries, according to Toh.

The company has yet to find a first customer for Bronco 3, but Toh said ST Kinetics is hopeful the Singapore military would be interested in the new variant in the future.

As militaries around the world look for systems that are versatile, highly mobile, well-protected and can expand mission sets as threats and operational environments continue to change, ST Kinetics believes it has the answer in its Bronco 3.

The company noted its track record with survivability, saying that the Afghanistan-deployed British Warthog encountered more than 30 improvised explosive devices while in theater with no fatalities. Toh said in one particular catastrophic encounter, an IED explosion threw the vehicle up into the air. While one soldier lost his legs in the incident, Toh said the protection on the vehicle saved the soldier’s life.

ST Kinetics has built three preproduction versions of Bronco 3 and will demonstrate the vehicle’s capability in the U.K. next week as it looks for a first customer.
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DSEI 2017: Bucking good Bronco on display

15th September 2017 - 01:09 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London

ST Kinetics has unveiled a new configuration for its next-generation Bronco 3 all-terrain tracked carrier at this year’s DSEI.

The company is using the exhibition to showcase the ‘DAWN’ variant that has been designed for counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) missions.

DAWN is an acronym for detect, analyse, warn and neutralise.
The platform on display integrates a 120mm mortar system and an Israeli-made C-RAM radar system. The mortar system is the Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS), also manufactured by ST Kinetics.

SRAMS weighs around 1,200kg and has a recoil force of around 26t that allows installation on lightweight vehicles. The mortar system can fire up to ten bombs per minute.

On the sensor side, the vehicle incorporates ELM-2138M Green Rock Tactical C-RAM Radar System from Elta Systems. The phased-array pulse Doppler radar is capable of detecting low radar-cross section targets including rockets, artillery, mortars and even UAVs.

The information provided by the sensor can then be used to address the incoming threat, in this case, support a fire mission using the 120mm mortar in a counter battery role.

Another sensor integrated is the ELO-5220 ‘Othello’ Hostile Fire Locator, also from Elta Systems, which using optical sensors can detect the source of hostile fire and provide precise bearing (azimuth and elevation). Like the radar, this can support the mortar crew or other units in neutralising a threat.

This year’s DSEI exhibition is the first time that the third-generation of the Bronco has been showcased in Europe.

ST Kinetics’ chief marketing officer Winston Toh sees the Bronco 3 as a natural replacement for legacy BV206 users, telling Shephard that it had already responded to potential tenders with the platform.

A key selling point for ST Kinetics is the increased payload of the Bronco 3 over the BV206. The new vehicle has a payload of 6,300kg (with a growth potential to 7,800kg) while the older BV206 has a payload of 2t, according to company officials.

The Bronco 3 uses a ‘mission module’ concept that allows the rear compartment to be swapped out for various roles. Toh said there was at least 45 potential module options, with users able to uncouple the rear module and fit another within a short period of time.

There is currently three pre-production vehicles, with the vehicle on display at DSEI being used in demonstrations to the media later this month in the UK.

The vehicle can be armoured to STANAG Level 4 with add-on armour and is also available with soft skin options. Toh told journalists that there was also a potential market in civilian emergency services, particularly in areas prone to natural disasters.
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[*] posted on 16-9-2017 at 02:29 PM


Nice little bit of spin by ST Kinetics here. BV206 that they compare it to is now pretty much out of date for any modern military that has to meet high level threats, IED or otherwise.

The payload of BEOWULF, the unarmoured version of the Bvs10 VIKING, is 8 Tonnes versus BRONCO 3's 6.3 tonnes currently, with a growth "potential" of 7.8 tonnes "some time" in the future.

The armoured Bvs10 VIKING can carry 3-5 tonnes..................
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Russian plans to upgrade T-80 and T-90 jeopardise Armata programme

Mark Cazelet and Samuel Cranny-Evans - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

21 September 2017


Russian plans to upgrade the T-80 and T-90 could jeopardise the Armata programme, which includes the T-14 MBT (artist's impression). Source: Russian MoD

The Russian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) 7 September announcement that it was revising plans to permanently remove 10,000 armoured vehicles from its inventory and upgrade T-80 and T-90 series main battle tanks (MBTs) could jeopardise the future of the Armata programme. The announcement together with the reduction in potential orders for the T-14 MBT and the continued decline in Russian defence spending have led some sources to claim that the Armata programme has been cancelled.

Under previous plans, 10,000 reserve vehicles, made available after downsizing the Russian armed forces, were to be melted down by 2020. The revised plan stated that only 4,000 vehicles would be broken down, with the remaining 6,000 kept as a strategic reserve. Russia also plans to upgrade the T-80 to the T-80BVM standard and the T-90 to the T-90M standard as part of a USD417 million contract signed earlier this year. The T-80BVM includes a significant armour upgrade, and the T-90M appears to incorporate many of the improvements from the T-14, such as the commander’s sight with an integrated remotely operated weapon station.

Initial development of the Armata started out with high hopes, but estimates of the number of vehicles to be procured have plummeted downwards since the T-14 and T-15 were unveiled.

In 2015, UralVagonZavod (UVZ) CEO Oleg Sienko announced that 2,300 vehicles would be produced by 2020. In 2016, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov announced the far more sober figure of 100 before 2020, and later in the year, this figure fell to just 70 vehicles, due by the end of 2019. Borisov’s latest announcement, in August 2017, restates his figure of 100 vehicles by 2020, although this presumably includes the approximately 20 vehicles currently undergoing trials in the Russian armed forces.

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[*] posted on 22-9-2017 at 04:21 PM


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Czech Army prefers Puma, searches T-72 replacement and miscellaneous

Another informative and excellent article from Below the Turret Ring blog, of relevance to our own search for a Tracked IFV..............EDITED of course, but just follow the link to read the rest of the article.................

LINK: http://below-the-turret-ring.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/czech-a...

In August an article on the Czech IFV program was published here. A long period of writing and more recent news from the Czech Republic have made the speculation and information on the possible contenders outdated. The Czech government asked a total of nine contenders to participate in the tender for the BMP-2 replacement. Apparently neither the Šakal IFV or the Wolfdog were considered by the army as proper replacement for the BMP-2s. The following IFVs were seen as possible replacement, which is why the manufacturers were invited to participate in the bidding process for the contract:

- BAE System's CV90
- General Dynamics European Land Systems' (GDELS) ASCOD 2
- The Puma from PSM, a joint venture between KMW and Rheinmetall
- Rheinmetall's Lynx
- The PMMC G5 from the German manufacturer FFG
- Otokar's Tulpar
- The Kaplan-20 from FNSS (FNSS is a joint-venture by BAE Systems and Nurol Holding)
- The Namer developed by the Israeli Ordnance Corps
- Oto-Melara's Dardo

The Italian and Israeli companies did not respond to the Czech request - or at least not until the deadline was over. It must be noted that both the Dardo infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and an IFV variant of the Namer probably would have lost due to their performance characteristics not matching the standards set by the competitors. By current standards, the Dardo has poor armor, lacking firepower - only a 25 mm chaingun plus outdated TOW missiles - and lower mobility than the other options, while the Namer is too heavy and is fitted with an outdated powerpack, that delivers not enough horsepowers while consuming more fuel than more recently developed diesel engines. The fact that air-transportability and the compability with existing infrastructure might be factors for the purchase of a new IFV makes the Namer a very unattractive option.


The Namer was recently showcased with a new unmanned turret

It also should be noted that at the time of the tender request, the latest version of the Namer fitted with an unmanned turret had not been presented. At that time the only available infantry fighting vehicle configuration of the Namer was limited to a few prototype vehicles fitted with the Samson Mk 1 remote weapon station (RWS). This RWS is also used on the Czech Pandur IIs and features a 30 mm Bushmaster II autocannon, a machine gun (MG) and a launcher for two Spike-LR anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). Using this RWS instead of a proper unmanned turret has one major drawback: it is essentially unarmored and can in worst case be disabled by machine gun fire, because the ammunition feed system and parts of the electronics are not covered by any sort of armor.

On the first of August the IDF presented a new IFV version of the Namer fitted with an unmanned turret specifically made for the vehicle. This infantry fighting vehicle would have been far better, but probably was still in development at the time of the request. The turret is not an off-the-shelf option from Elbit Systems or Rafael, but incorporates technologies from multiple companies and is designed by the IDF. It features two set of Elbit System's COAPS sights, the Trophy-MV active protection system from Rafael - a lighter variant of the Merkava's APS known as Trophy-2 during the development - and a relatively wide variety of armament, consisting of a 30 mm Bushmaster II chaingun, a coaxial machine gun, a pop-up ATGM launcher and an internally mounted 60 mm mortar..........EDITED
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[*] posted on 23-9-2017 at 12:53 PM


ST Kinetics readies Bronco 3 for production

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

22 September 2017


ST Kinetics Bronco 3 ATTC in the troop carrying role being put through its paces at Bovington, Dorset, southern England. The remote weapon station is not fitted with its machine gun. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Key Points
- ST Kinetics showcased its latest Bronco 3 all terrain tracked carrier in the UK
- The company is ready to start production of the Bronco 3 once a customer has been found

Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics has completed development of its latest Bronco 3 all-terrain tracked carrier (ATTC) and is ready to start production once a launch order has been secured, the company’s chief marketing officer Winston Toh has told Jane’s .

The original Bronco, now referred as Bronco 1, was developed to meet the operational requirements of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) with over 45 variants now deployed, most of these being fully amphibious. No production figures have been released but Jane’s understands that at least 730 have been built for the SAF.

To meet an urgent UK Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) a new model was developed that is today called the Bronco 2, or Warthog in British Army service, with 115 built for deployment in Afghanistan to replace the Swedish BAE Systems Hagglunds BvS 10 ATTC.

The Warthog has a higher level of ballistic and mine protection but is not amphibious as this was not a UK requirement.

Further development resulted in the Bronco New Generation (Bronco NG) technology demonstrator, which benefited from ST Kinetics’ experience with the Bronco 1 and 2 programmes.

This resulted in the latest Bronco 3 ATTC of which two pre-production vehicles have been built by the company for potential customer demonstrations. The final design will be the baseline for all future production vehicles.

Bronco 3 is powered by a MTU diesel developing 325 hp coupled to an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission with Soucy International composite rubber tracks (CRT).

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[*] posted on 23-9-2017 at 01:13 PM


Puma production is revved up

Nicholas Fiorenza - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

22 September 2017

Rheinmetall and Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) are producing the Puma infantry fighting vehicle as part of their Projekt System & Management (PSM) consortium.


IFV hull at the beginning of Rheinmetall's Puma production line in Unterlüss. (IHS Markit/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Rheinmetall gave a rare glimpse of its Puma production line in Unterlüss, northern Germany, on 18 September. Jean-Daniel Schaffner, visitor relations at Rheinmetall in Unterlüss, said Puma production began at the site in 2015, with 33 Pumas produced in 2016 and 33 in 2017.

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[*] posted on 26-9-2017 at 01:58 PM


EDA Seeks European Defence Industry’s Input on Main Battle Tank Optimization

(Source: European Defence Agency; issued Sept 22, 2017)

BRUSSELS --- In spring 2017, the European Defence Agency (EDA) launched the ‘OMBT-Leo2’ project, a new Pooling & Sharing initiative which aims at optimizing existing Main Battle Tank (MBT) capabilities in Europe with an initial focus on the Leopard 2A4.

The concept foresees the offer of surplus Leopard platforms available in certain Member States (the ‘providers’) and transfer them (lease, rent or sell) together with an upgrading package to one or several other Member States (the ‘receivers’) interested in acquiring and introducing in-service this type of capability. The Pooling & Sharing of training, exercises and maintenance between providers and receivers, using already existing facilities, is also part of the concept.

Additionally, regarding economies of scale, Member States owning and operating for national purposes the same type of MBTs, can opt-in for upgrading their in-service fleet.
Business Case

The EDA is now elaborating a business case based on the upgrading of participating Leopard 2A4 platforms to the latest configuration (2A7) and invites the European defence industry to provide its input. For this purpose, the Agency issued a Request for Information (RFI) on 22 September to the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and National Defence Industry Associations (NDIAs) of EU countries, encouraging the European defence industry to consider creating cross-border industrial partnership.

Upgrade of legacy MBTs to the latest technical standards would have a positive impact for European defence industry in the area of land systems. It would also contribute to the maintenance of technological excellence of the European Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB).

This RFI encourages the establishment of European multinational cross-border industrial partnerships as the preferred mechanism to exploit this opportunity. Additionally, EDA considers this programme as a suitable vehicle for enhanced access for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to the cross-border supply chain.

The business case will have to provide information on the content and cost of the Integrated Logistics Support package provided by industrial partners covering recurring/scheduled maintenance as well as estimated figures for the Life Cycle Costs of the upgraded tanks. With the support provided by EDA on updating the business case, interested Member States will further evaluate the possibility of acquiring/upgrading this up-to-date version of the tanks.

The deadline for responding to this RFI is 8 December 2017.

All the responses will be evaluated by experts from EDA and interested Member States at the beginning of 2018.

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[*] posted on 27-9-2017 at 06:23 PM


Upgraded T-90M tank could be delivered to Russian army in 2018

Posted On Monday, 25 September 2017 17:28

The delivery of upgraded T-90M tanks to the Russian Armed Forces may start in 2018, Head of Russia’s Uralvagonzavod Corporation Alexander Potapov told TASS. A contract for the delivery of T-90M tanks was signed during the Army 2017 exhibition.


New T-90M main battle tank

"We will not specify the number of tanks but we have signed a contract with the Defense Ministry," the corporation’s head said.

Speaking about the prospects of exporting the Terminator fire support vehicle, Potapov said that Uralvagonzavod "is open for a dialog within its capabilities." He said that the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation and Rosoboronexport state arms seller were responsible for this issue. "Of course, we are interested in selling our products, including the tank fire support vehicle," Potapov said.

The T-90M main battle tank seems to be an upgraded version of the T-90MS tank. It can fight in all weather conditions, round the clock and in various climatic conditions. The upgraded T-90 will feature many of the technologies developed for the Russian-made main battle tank T-14 Armata.

The tank has the 125mm 2A46M-5 main armament capable of firing antitank guided missiles. In addition, the T-90M has 7.62mm PKTM machine guns.

The vehicle is furnished with advanced fire control systems allowing the identification of a tank-size threat at a range of 5,000 meters via the sight. The T-90M carries an improved two-axis stabilizer and an autotracker with the hunter-killer mode. The tank has modular explosive reactive armor and slat armor on the sides and rear.

The vehicle has a maximum road speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) and crosses water obstacles with a depth of 5 meters using a deep water fording kit. It has a three-strong crew.


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[*] posted on 28-9-2017 at 06:53 PM


Major Order for Rheinmetall: 104 German Leopard 2 MBTs to Be Modernized

(Source: Rheinmetall; issued Sept 27, 2017)

Rheinmetall will soon be modernizing part of the Bundeswehr's fleet of Leopard main battle tanks, implementing a comprehensive array of upgrade measures. The Düsseldorf-based technology group for mobility and security will be responsible for key parts of a combat performance upgrade programme that will bring 104 Leopard 2 tanks up to state-of-the-art design status.

Coupled with additional services, the modernization package is worth a total of €118 million. The first serially retrofitted Leopard 2 A7V tanks will reach the Bundeswehr starting in 2020.

Rheinmetall will be transforming a total of 68 Leopard 2A4, 16 Leopard 2A6 and 20 Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks, bringing them up to A7V standard. In the process, Rheinmetall specialists will be eliminating obsolescent features in the fire control computers and control consoles as well as installing a new laser rangefinder and thermal imaging device.

In addition, Rheinmetall will be supplying the new L55A1 gun for the 68 Leopard 2A4 MBTs to be modernized. These tanks will therefore be able to fire the latest generation of armour-piercing ammunition in the upper pressure zone. All 104 Leopard 2A7V tanks will be capable of using Rheinmetall's new programmable DM11 multipurpose round.

The order underscores once again Rheinmetall's leading role in tank main armament design and electronic components for modern fighting vehicles.

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[*] posted on 28-9-2017 at 09:09 PM


Russian army to receive majority of the Terminator 2 in 2018

Posted On Wednesday, 27 September 2017 13:35

The majority of the Terminator 2 tank support combat vehicles will be delivered to the Russian army in 2018, Uralvagonzavod’s Director General Alexander Potapov said on Tuesday.


The BMPT-72 is an extensive modernization of the world-famous T-72 main battle tank, also produced by Uralvagonzavod.

"We intend to send the bulk of the vehicles (the Terminator 2 - TASS) in 2018," he stated. The Russian Defense Ministry’s Tank-Automation Commander Alexander Shevchenko said earlier that the Terminator combat vehicles would be put into service in the Russian army this year. He noted that this is "a vehicle of a brand-new class" that "has already attracted many countries, chiefly Israel and Syria." The tank support fighting vehicle has successfully passed all types of tests, the general specified. The Russian Defense Ministry inked a contract to deliver the Terminators at the Army 2017 forum. The total sum of the agreements sealed between the Defense Ministry and Uralvagonzavod back then had surpassed 24 bln rubles ($417 mln).

The BMPT-72 or Terminator 2 is fitted with a new unmanned redesigned fully stabilized electromechanical turret, with lower profile and better protection. The main armament of the BMPT-72 turret consists of two 30mm automatic guns 2A42 and one PKTM 7.62mm coaxial machine gun which can be used against light armoured vehicles and soldiers. The guns can fire a wide range of ammunitions such as APERS-T (Anti-Personnel ammunitions), HEF-I (High-explosive Fragmentation Incendiary), AP-T (Armour Piercing), and KE (Kinetic Energy).

Two anti-tank guided missile Ataka-T launcher units are mounted on each side of the turret. The anti-tank missile can engage a target up to a maximum distance of 6,000 m while the cannons have a maximum range of 2,500 against light armoured vehicles and 4,000 against light tactical vehicles and troops.
 
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[*] posted on 29-9-2017 at 12:37 PM


Poland issues tender for Bergepanzer 2 upgrade

Remigiusz Wilk - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

28 September 2017

Poland has issued a tender to upgrade part of its fleet of 28 Bergepanzer 2 armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs).

The Polish Land Forces plan to upgrade eight Bergepanzer 2s to the WZT-BPz (PL) standard in 2018–22, with an option to modernise another 20 ARVs in the same period or after 2022.


Poland has a fleet of 28 Bergepanzer 2 ARVs, although the initial tender to upgrade them currently only covers eight vehicles. (WZM Poznan)

The process is to be conducted outside of the ‘Public Procurement Law’, as the requirement is considered vital to state security, meaning that only companies controlled directly (state-owned) or indirectly by the Polish government are allowed to compete in the tender. This narrows down the number of potential bidders to companies belonging to the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ, Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa).

The offers are to be submitted by 30 October.

The upgraded WZT-BPz(PL)s are to have a more powerful engine and must be able to tow armoured vehicles weighing at least 65 tonnes, including Leopard 2PL/2A5 tanks.

In addition to a crane rated to 30 tonnes, an upgraded main winch, and a combat recovery system, including an auxiliary winch, to allow the safe recovery of an MBT without the crews of either the tank or the ARV having to exit their vehicles, additional armour, anti-mine protection, an anti-rocket propelled grenade protection system, as well as new explosion suppression and fire protection systems also feature in the modernisation requirements.

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[*] posted on 4-10-2017 at 06:42 PM


Cummins and Achates Power partner to develop next generation combat vehicle engine

Posted On Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:54

Cummins Inc. announced on September 28 that it has executed a $47.4 million contract, awarded by the National Advanced Mobility Consortium, to develop and demonstrate a technologically advanced engine for the next generation of U.S. combat vehicles.


Cummins in collaboration with Achates Power are working on the development of the engine of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle (Photo : the Next-generation Bradley demonstrator at AUSA 2016)

The Advanced Combat Engine (ACE) project, led by Cummins Corporate Research and Technology and supported by Achates Power, aligns well with the research and development work of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). ACE is a key component of the Army’s 30 year strategy to modernize tactical and combat vehicles, with potential for future production configurations being used in the Bradley Family of Vehicles and the Next Generation Combat Vehicle.

“Cummins is pleased to partner with Achates Power to employ our technological expertise to create the most advanced combat vehicle powertrains for our Armed Forces,” said Wayne Eckerle, Vice President, Corporate Research and Technology, Cummins Inc. “We are confident we can achieve significant improvements in mobility, power, range and fuel economy, creating combat vehicles that are safer, faster and have clear advantages in the field. Our technical teams are looking forward to leading a project that can make a difference in the lives of men and women who serve our country.”

The goal of the project is to significantly improve the performance, survivability, and range of ground combat vehicles while reducing fleet fuel use. Cummins and Achates plan to reach these goals by reducing heat rejection by 21 percent versus current Cummins-supplied combat vehicle engines, as well as improving power density by more than 50 percent, and reducing fuel use by 13 percent, versus current typical combat vehicle engines.

“This award builds upon 14 years of extensive development by Achates Power to modernize and optimize the opposed-piston engine,” said David Johnson, CEO, Achates Power. “We are pleased to support Cummins on the Multi-Cylinder Advanced Combat Engine Technology Demonstrator program with our strengths in opposed-piston engine technology to deliver a superior engine for combat and tactical vehicles for the U.S. Army.”

An overarching project integrating and validating ACE as part of a system of other key innovative powertrain technologies will be conducted by TARDEC’s Ground Vehicle Power and Mobility technology focus group in 2019. Along with ACE, the system will incorporate an Integrated Starter/Generator, Advanced Combat Transmission, Advanced Thermal Management System, and other key components of the Advanced Powertrain Demonstrator. Results of this program will position the Army and the defense industrial base for future generations of combat vehicles.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Russia upgrades BMP-2 and BMD-2 IFVs

The Russian Army has contracted the KPB Tula Instrument Design Burea for the upgrade of 540 old BMP-2 and BMD-2 infanty fighting vehicles (IFVs). The complete scope of the upgrade is not known, but it is confirmed that both vehicles will receive upgraded turrets - or "combat modules" in the official Russian military lingo. The BMP-2 will be fitted with the B05Ya01 Berezhok combat module, while the BMD-2 will receive the lighter Bereg combat module.

In theory further improvements could be part of different contracts with other companies, but it seems unlikely that the Russian Army is interested in adopting a heavier armor package or fitting a new engine to these vehicles - it would require large amounts of additional money, which instead can be invested into the development and manufacturing of the next-generation of armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) including the T-14/15 Armata, the Kurganets-25 and the Bumerang wheeled vehicle.

Last year in 2016, the Russian Army contracted the 163rd Armor Repair Plant to overhaul a small quantity of existing BMP-2 IFVs. Overall the company is set to upgrade a total of 327 BMP-2s in the timeframe from 2014 to late-2018. Other comapnies such as the 103rd, 144th, and 560th Armor Repair Plants are also refurbishing existing BMP-2s, boosting the overall number to at least 586, which means that not all of these vehicles will receive the new turret upgrades from KPB Tula...................EDITED


The Berezhok turret features multiple weapons and a new FCS

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[*] posted on 4-10-2017 at 08:49 PM


Thailand to receive the first batch of 28 VT4 Main Battle Tank

Posted On Wednesday, 04 October 2017 08:48

According to the Bangkok Post; the first batch of 28 VT4 main battle tanks purchased for $ 147 million from China is expected to arrive at the Royal Thai Navy's Thung Prong port in Sattahip district of Chon Buri between Oct 8-15,an informed source said Monday, October 2.


The VT4 is a new generation main battle tank designed and manufactured by the Chinese Defense Company NORINCO

The Royal Thai Army's committee on military hardware standards will then begin inspecting the tanks, said the source. If no technical flaws are found they will be sentto the 3rd Cavalry Division in Khon Kaen, the source said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon proposed in April a plan to procure another 10 VT4 Main Battle Tanks from China at a cost of $ 600 million, in the second phase of procurement for the Chinese-made tanks, the source added.

The 28 tanks were reportedly purchased using the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Meanwhile, army chief Chalermchai Sitthisad said he would plough ahead with his "Smart Man-Smart Army" policy next year.

The announcement was made at a meeting of army units on Monday, following the latest reshuffle of officials.

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