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[*] posted on 20-2-2019 at 01:44 PM


Wahash swoops [IDEX19D4]

CHRISTOPHER F FOSS

20 February 2019



Calidus (Stand 04-C15, UAE Pavilion) has launched its Wahash (wild falcon) (8x8) in the infantry fighting vehicle configuration at IDEX. Development of the Wahash started two years ago and so far two have been built and are classed as engineering development models. Ballistic and mine trials have already been completed.

A wide range of weapon systems can be fitted and this is often selected by the customer and supplied as government-furnished equipment. The Wahash being shown is fitted with a remote-controlled turret from Ukraine and is armed with a 30mm dual-feed cannon, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a pod of two anti-tank guided weapons on the right side, and banks of 81mm electrically operated smoke grenade launchers. The baseline hull is of all-welded steel with an appliqué layer of passive armour, which is modular to allow for different armour solutions to meet different user requirements. The highest level of ballistic protection is STANAG 4569 Level 4, with mine protection to STANAG 4569 Level 4a/4b.

The powerpack is mounted at the front right and consists of a Scania DC 13 diesel developing 540kW, coupled to a ZF automatic transfer and a Katsa transfer case. A maximum road speed of 130km/h is quoted.

A height management system is fitted and steering is power-assisted on the front two wheels either side; rear wheel steering is optional, and is fitted on the example shown at IDEX. The company quotes a gross vehicle weight of up to 32,000kg, of which 7,500kg is the payload - weapons, ammunition, crew and armour package.

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[*] posted on 20-2-2019 at 02:08 PM


Enhanced survival on the battlefield [IDEX19D4]

20 February 2019



Greek company EODH (Stand 08-D47) has revealed some details of its new Advanced Shielding Platform Integrated System (ASPIS), which it is developing as a private venture and for which development is expected to be completed in about a year’s time.

According to EODH, ASPIS is designed to be fitted onto armoured fighting vehicles to enhance their survivability against a variety of battlefield threats. Its modular design is also claimed to be suitable for installation on a wide range of platforms, from main battle tanks to light armoured vehicles.

ASPIS combines passive and active protection systems with early warning sensors, expendable countermeasures and electronic/ electro-optic systems under a single automated control. The mockup at the show presents the total capability of EODH in platform survivability, because it includes multilayer active and passive armour solutions.

The system ensures protection against chemical and kinetic energy threats, as well as improvised explosive devices and mines.

Protection against mines is provided using decoupled floor technology and the company also provides the blast-attenuating seats, which feature an innovative bracket mechanism that absorbs shock.

EODH’s stand is shared with the German associate of the group, Novel Engineering Materials & Solutions (NEMS), which is a specialised partner in the supply chain in strategic materials such as titanium, armour steel, aluminium alloys, spall liners and specific composite materials.

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[*] posted on 20-2-2019 at 02:20 PM


Rabdan rides in with Russian turret [IDEX19D4]

CHRISTOPHER F FOSS

20 February 2019



The Rabdan (8x8) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is being shown at IDEX on the Otokar Stand 10-A05 fitted with the complete turret of the Russian BMP-3 IFV, which is deployed in large numbers on the UAE’s present tracked vehicles.

The two-man turret is armed with a 100mm 2A70 rifled gun which, in addition to firing conventional ammunition, can fire a laser-guided projectile (LGP) fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to neutralise threat targets fitted with explosive reactive armour. Mounted co-axial with the 100mm gun is a 30mm 2A72 dual-feed cannon and a 7.62mm PKT machine gun.

Rabdan is a further development of the Turkish Otokar Arma (8x8).

In 2017, local company Al Jasoor, a joint venture between the UAE’s Heavy Vehicles Industries (HVI) and Otokar, was awarded a contract from the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces for 400 IFVs. The first units were delivered in August 2018. In addition to the IFV, there will be an armoured personnel carrier, an ambulance, a command and control mortar and repair and recovery variants.

Rabdan has a crew of three – commander, gunner and driver – and carries eight dismounts.

Cameras provide situational awareness through 360°. The IFV is fully amphibious, being propelled in the water by two propellers, one either side at the rear.

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[*] posted on 20-2-2019 at 03:25 PM


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SA-designed 8×8 launched at IDEX

Written by Guy Martin - 19th Feb 2019720


The Wahash 8x8.

United Arab Emirates-based company Calidus has launched its new Wahash 8×8 armoured vehicle at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The vehicle was designed, built and tested by South Africa’s ADG Mobility in conjunction with Calidus.

The Wahash is an amphibious vehicle designed for high ground mobility and agility. It is described as being ideal for combat, surveillance and counter-insurgency. Powered by a 720 hp engine, it has a top speed of 130 km/h on land and range of 750 km. As it is amphibious, it can travel at 8-10 km/h in Beufort scale sea state 2 thanks to two propellers fixed to the back of the vehicle.

Designed for the Middle Eastern climate, it can operate in temperatures ranging from -30 to 55 degrees Celsius.

An all-round situational awareness camera system gives the crew a picture of what is happening outside the vehicle without having to expose themselves above armour. Externally fitted to the driver’s compartment is an armoured visor that can be opened and closed by the driver to offer even higher levels of protection.

The Wahash has been designed to offer scalable protection to meet the end user’s needs. The vehicle can be certified to STANAG 4569 Level 1, 2 or 4 ballistic protection or Level 4A and 4B landmine protection. Against improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the vehicle is protected against a 50 kg blast charge and 155 mm fragmentation charge. Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protection is standard as is an automatic fire and explosion suppression system. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) carried out the landmine and IED certification tests.

A variety of different weapons can be fitted to the vehicle, including manned and unmanned turrets such as the BMP-3 turret. The vehicle has been designed to host large calibre weapons and at IDEX is being displayed with a Ukrainian Shturm 30 mm system.

The Wahash is 8.5 metres long and its hull is 2.7 metres high, allowing two to be transported in a C-17 transport aircraft. It has a combat weight of 32 100 kg and payload of 10 000 kg. A driver, commander, gunner and eight dismounts can be transported. The vehicle has independent double-wishbone two-stage hydropneumatic suspension and a turning circle of 18 metres.

Calidus emphasises that most Wahash components are commercial off-the-shelf and this includes the Scania DC 13 engine; ZF 7 AP 2600 SP transmission, Kaller ride height management system, TEK Seating seats, Ametek air conditioning and CBRN system, TDTS T900 amphibious propulsion system, Explospot fire and explosion suppression system and Ortana camera system.

There are two prototypes of the Wahash vehicle undergoing testing, one of which is being displayed at IDEX 2019. According to Shephard Media, the vehicle does not have any customers yet but Calidus is optimistic about getting orders.

Calidus is developing several defence products, including its B-250 light attack turboprop aircraft. Senior vice president Abdulla Alsayed Alhashmi said the company’s products are both cutting edge and cost effective and have come a long way since the company was founded four years ago. Its B-250 aircraft is undergoing flight testing at present. It can also serve as a trainer in addition to counter-insurgency and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

ADG Mobility has spent the last two years designed and developing the Wahash. The company was incorporated in December 2016 by the founding members, senior management and engineers of Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) to focus solely on development and in-country production for international clients.

Its aim is to focus on the design, development and manufacturing of protected mobility solutions and support equipment, with the emphasis on 4×4, 6×6 and 8×8 vehicles with high mobility and extreme levels of landmine, IED and ballistic protection. It also offers industrialisation and production solutions, setting up vehicle production factories in country.

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[*] posted on 20-2-2019 at 03:26 PM


General Dynamics Land Systems Receives Contract to Support Reset of U.S. Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle Fleet

(Source: General Dynamics; issued Feb 18, 2019)

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. --– General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has been awarded a $37.2 million (USD) contract to deliver 60 hardware kits for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Reset Program.

The hardware kit addresses key obsolescence and readiness issues and consists of a modern powerpack, driveline system, driver's instrument panel and a new turret slip ring. The fully integrated kits will be procured by General Dynamics and delivered to the Marine Corps for installation at Marine Corps Production Plants.

The contract was signed through the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Crown corporation of the Government of Canada, under the Defense Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA) between Canada and the United States.

Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). General Dynamics Land Systems provides innovative design, engineering, technology, production and full life-cycle support for land combat vehicles around the globe. The company’s extensive experience, customer-first focus and seasoned supply chain network provide unmatched capabilities to the U.S. military and its allies.

General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company. Our broad portfolio of products and services includes business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; IT and C4ISR solutions; and shipbuilding and ship repair.

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[*] posted on 26-2-2019 at 06:41 PM


Delivery of the 500th BOXER Vehicle

(Source: OCCAR; issued Feb 07, 2019)


The Artec consortium has delivered the 500th Boxer 8x8 armored vehicle to the German Army. A total of 696 vehicles have been ordered to date, but additional customers and follow-on orders could double this number over the program’s life. (KMW photo)

On 7th February 2019 another major milestone in the BOXER Programme took place: the delivery of the 500th BOXER vehicle.

The vehicle was handed over by the manufacturer KMW at its facilities in Munich and it is a GTFzA2 variant (Gruppentransportfahrzeug).

The GTFz variant of BOXER is one of four variants to be delivered to the German customer and is used as an Armoured Personnel Carrier. Other variants ordered for the German Bundeswehr are sgSanKfZ (Heavy Armoured Ambulance), FüFz (Command Post) and FahrSchFzg (Driver Training Vehicle).

The BOXER Programme is a major trilateral co-operation between Germany, the Netherlands and Lithuania managed by OCCAR. The total number of BOXER vehicles under contract is now 696.

Due to additional Nations and additional vehicles and variants for the current Programme Nations the number of vehicles might increase by more than 660 vehicles.

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[*] posted on 3-3-2019 at 11:22 AM


Scorpion, Year One

(Source: French Armed Forces Ministry, issued Feb. 27, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)



Officially launched in 2014, the Scorpion program is entering a decisive year in 2019: the delivery and initial evaluation by the Army of the first pieces of equipment. In a few months, the first Griffon vehicles will be delivered to the training units.

"The time is no longer uncertain. Three years from now, the first Scorpion Combined Battle Group (Groupe Tactique Inter-Armées, GTIA) will deploy on operations. Today, we are in working order, working together for this single purpose: to deliver a fully operational system to the Army.”

With these words, General Charles Baudouin, deputy chief of the French Army staff for plans and programs, marked the introduction of the working group that brings together all the actors of this colossal challenge.

The Scorpion program includes six components: three new armored vehicles (Griffon, Jaguar, Serval), the modernization of the Leclerc tank, the SICS information system and the operational readiness system. The year 2019 is a pivotal year for this capability renewal: The Army is entering the delivery phase.

Training the first crews

"The arrival of the Griffon will be done in two stages," says Colonel Olivier, Scorpion Program Officer at the Army Staff. The Army Technical Section (STAT), the 1er Regiment de Chasseurs d’Afrique (1st African Rifles, or 1st RCA), the Scorpion Expert Combat Force (FECS), the Infantry School (EI) and the Bourges Military School (EMB) will be the first to receive the new vehicles. "Each of these actors plays a role in the trials phases, but also in the appropriation of the vehicle by its users, in order to be able to train the first crews and maintenance teams before the end of the year," said Colonel Olivier.

The arrival of Scorpion translates into an innovative training policy. The first actors will enter the scene almost simultaneously. "Time is running out," admits General Baudouin, "but the soldier remains our first indicator: we will move at his pace. Beginning in July, 1st RCA and FECS soldiers will begin training to acquire the knowledge necessary to train regimental instructors. The first four vehicles, which will parade on the Champs Elysées on July 14, will be manned by soldiers from all these units.

The main deadlines:

92 Griffon will be delivered by the end of 2019 and 220 more by the end of 2020, as follows:
-- June: Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre (Army technical section) (6 vehicles);
-- July: 1st Régiment de Chasseurs d’Afrique (6 vehicles);
-- September:
* Scorpion Combat Expert Team (5 vehicles)
* Bourges Military School (6 vehicles)
* Draguignan Military School (1 vehicle);
-- February 2020: 3rd Marine Infantry Regiment (21 Griffon Félin (**) Troop Carriers);
-- April 2020: 13th Mountain Rifle Battalion (21 Griffon Félin Troop Carriers);
-- From May 2020: delivery to the 1st Infantry Regiment, 21st Marine Infantry Regiment and 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment;
-- From July 2020: delivery of Griffon command post.

The new SICS information system, the heart of the program

If the Griffon is for the moment the most visible part of the Scorpion program, it is closely linked to its embedded command system: SICS. "The info-valorization is the heart of Scorpion," insists Colonel Olivier. "Tomorrow, the entire GTIA will benefit from the same system, from the corps commander down to the dismounted soldier. The fluidity of information flow will allow faster and more efficient decision-making.”

Modeled on the equipment delivery plans, SICS will be fitted to the first Griffons delivered, and then gradually to the entire army by the end of 2020. Working initially with the 4th generation radio set, SICS will evolve to work with its successor, the Contact radio station, as it is introduced. To test the consistency of the system, the first GTIA-level exercise equipped with SICS will take place in Mailly-le-Camp next April.

The Scorpion program is therefore much broader than the arrival of the three new armored vehicles, as Lieutenant-General Guionie, Commander of the Land Forces, points out:

“A global project, Scorpion will impact the entire army. Even the way we are introducing it is innovative," concludes General Baudouin. "Indeed, we have brought together all the players involved in the Scorpion transformation process in a very short decision loop for faster information exchange. The sooner the units will use the equipment, the sooner we will be able to exploit their feedback. We have three years to prepare the first deployment. It's up to us to provide the most efficient system possible."

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[*] posted on 15-3-2019 at 09:15 AM


Sudan reveals ‘Shareef-3’ upgrade to BTR-70

Christopher F Foss, Abu Dhabi - Jane's International Defence Review

14 March 2019


MIC’s Shareef-3 8×8 APC is based on the BTR-70 with a BMP-1 turret. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Sudan’s Military Industry Corporation (MIC) has expanded its range of wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APC) with an upgraded Russian BTR-70 8×8 called the Shareef-3.

Shareef-3 replaces BTR-70’s original two ZMZ-4905 engines with a more fuel-efficient KAMAZ-7403 V8 water-cooled diesel developing 260hp at 2,600 rpm, which gives a maximum road speed of 80 km/h. Shareef-3 retains BTR-70’s amphibious water speed of 8–10 km/h.

The turret is replaced with one from the Russian BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), armed with a 73 mm 2A28 gun and a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun (MG). To allow the turret basket to be retained complete with gunner’s seat, an additional spacer is fitted between the turret and the hull.

Shareef-3 retains the launcher rail for the Russian 9M14 Malyutka (Sagger) anti-tank guided weapon, although this was not fitted to the vehicle shown at the IDEX exhibition in February.

Aside from the commander, gunner, and driver, the Shareef-3 carries six dismounts seated on two bench seats in the middle of the troop compartment. Dismounts can exit via roof hatches or side hatches between the second and third road wheels.

As with the BTR-70, steering is power-assisted on the front four wheels and a central tyre pressure system is standard.

MIC is still marketing other wheeled armoured fighting vehicles, such as the Shareef-1 8×8, which is a BTR-80A that has a two-person turret armed with a stabilised 30 mm 2A42 dual feed cannon and 7.62 mm coaxial MG.

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Romania will produce locally 197 Piranha V wheeled armored vehicles

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 26 MARCH 2019 07:32

According to the Romanian news website ACT Media, Romania will produce locally197 Piranha 5 wheeled armored vehicles in Romania. In October 2017, it was announced that Romania will purchase a total of 227 Piranha 5 jointly produced by General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) and Romanian Companies.


Piranha V 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle at defense exhibition in Romania. (Picture source Army Recognition)

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Defense Ministry of Romania has officially signed the contract of 227 Piranha 5 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles. According a statement published on January by GDELS (General Dynamics European Land Systems), the Company will deliver up to 227 PIRANHA 5 wheeled armored vehicles in six different configurations to the Romanian Armed Forces. The contract has a total value exceeding $1 billion. It is part of the Romanian Armys plan to modernize its legacy wheeled armored vehicle fleet.

The modern PIRANHA 5 vehicles will be produced in Romania under strategic cooperation and transfer of technology project between General Dynamics European Land Systems - Mowag and the Romanian company Uzina Mecanică București (UMB).

In December 2006, Romania selected the PIRANHA IIIC. A total of 31 vehicles were purchased for deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Piranha V is developed by the Swiss Company Mowag, which is now a subsidiary company of General Dynamics European Land Systems. The Piranha V was unveiled during Eurosatory, the International Defense Exhibition in Paris, in June 2010. The PIRANHA V 88 is the fifth-generation in the family of Piranha wheeled armored vehicles.

In April 2017, Spain has announced a plan to acquire 348 "Piranha V" 8x8 wheeled armored fighting vehicles from General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) in the first phase of purchase. In the second phase, Spain could acquire around 1,000 vehicles for the Spanish army.

The PIRANHA V sets a new survivability benchmark for the wheeled armored combat vehicle class and provides the highest levels of mine, improvised explosive device (IED) and ballistic protection. PIRANHA 5 has a next generation, full coverage, modular survivability system that has been integrated into the vehicle design from the concept stage.

The Piranha V can be armed with a wide range of weapon stations including 12.7 mm machine gun, 25 mm or 30 mm automatic cannon or low-recoil 105 mm guns.
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Danish army receives first Piranha 5 and Eagle 5 wheeled armored vehicles

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 03 APRIL 2019 15:31

The first Piranha 5 and Eagle 5 armored wheeled vehicles have been delivered to the Royal Danish Army, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced on 25th March.


GDELS Eagle 5 delivered to the Danish army (Picture source: GDELS)

The Danish army received the first in a new generation of wheeled armored vehicles at a March 27 ceremony attended by Denmarks minister of Defence, chief of Defence, chief of the Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), and chief of the Army. After vehicles have already been delivered to DALO in 2018, the event marks the transition of the vehicles into operational use.

Piranha 5 and Eagle 5 are part of a family of vehicles used in different configurations by more than 20 nations, including the U.S., Canada, and Spain. The Piranha 5 and Eagle 5 vehicles are the latest in a lineage of vehicles from GDELS-Mowag that have served in international operations for decades.

GDELS signed a contract with DALO at the end of 2015 to deliver 309 Piranha 8x8 Armored Personnel Carriers in six variants: infantry, command, ambulance, engineer, mortar, and repair. Two years later, DALO awarded GDELS a framework supply contract for the delivery of multiple variants of the new Eagle 4x4 vehicle. The first batch of 36 vehicles was in the Armored Patrol Vehicle configuration. Both contracts are complemented by multi-year framework agreement for general postproduction support and services.

Denmark and GDELS have collaborated for many years. Over the last two decades, GDELS has delivered Piranha, Duro, and Eagle vehicles to the DALO. GDELS partners with Danish industry through an industrial cooperation strategy. In less than a decade, GDELS has generated more than DKK 3 billion (US$450 million) in new business for Danish companies Hydrema, Tencate, Nissens, Mikkelsen and others.


GDELS Piranha 5 delivered to the Danish army (Picture source: GDELS)
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SOFINS 2019: Metravib PILAR V integrated on Arquus Bastion APC

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 03 APRIL 2019 20:12

French company Metravib is exhibiting its PILAR V acoustic gunshot at SOFINS 2019.


Metravib's PILAR V on Arquus Bastion APC (Picture source Army Recognition)

Metravib's PILAR V - Integrated is an acoustic gunshot detection system that is intuitive and easy to use. The PILAR V is designed to be mounted on any armoured vehicle, the information is reported through the vehicle's BMS. The PILAR V is an all-in-one, lightweight and robust product, with an easy simple interface and is MIL-STD compliant. Each microphones are replaceable and don't require any calibration. A training mode is available (with blank ammunition).

The PILAR V cover a 360 area and is always active. The system can filter any outgoing fire to avoid false detection and report. The PILAR V has an accuracy of around 2 azimuth and 3 of elevation with a 10% margin of distance estimation. It can detects if single of burst shots are fired in its direction and can identifies a wide range of calibre. The system is also capable of being mounted on a remote weapon station.
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Romanian Piranha 5 General Dynamics European Land Systems Achieves An Important Milestone

(Source: General Dynamics European Land Systems; issued April 09, 2019)


Built in Switzerland and sold to the Romanian Army, the Piranha 5 eight-wheeled armored vehicle, which was recently delivered to Denmark, had to travel to Norway to qualify its 30mm cannon: a real European effort under US ownership. (GDELS photo)

BUCHAREST, Romania --- General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has achieved an important milestone in the Piranha 5 Program for the Romanian Army with the completion of a successful live firing test in the presence of the Romanian procurement authority.

The test occurred March 28,2019 at a firing range in Camp Rena (Norway). A fully-equipped Piranha 5 performed a series of static and dynamic shooting tests with a 30mm system in order to demonstrate its capability.

The tests exceeded the customers requirements and qualified the ELBIT UT30MK2 system for the 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle for the Romanian program.

In January 2018, and as part of the Romanian Armys plan to modernize its legacy wheeled armored vehicle fleet, GDELS signed a contract with the Romanian Armed Forces to deliver up to 227 Piranha 5 wheeled armored vehicles in six different configurations.

The modern Piranha 5 vehicles will be produced in Romania under a strategic cooperation and transfer of technology project between GDELS -Mowag and the Romanian company Uzina Mecanică București (UMB). Over the last year, and as part of the GDELS and UMB cooperation, GDELS and UMB have completed the first construction phase of the renovation of the UMB facilities.

In addition, UMB Romanian employees were trained in Switzerland and have been finally qualified by General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag for series production of Piranha 5. As a result, the UMB facility and employees are ready for serial production to begin in Romania.

The Romanian Army is one of the most important Piranha users in Europe and has been a GDELS customer since 2006 with fielded variants of Piranha vehicles deployed in various missions in-country and abroad. Our collaboration with UMB will create a sustainable benefit to the Romanian economy and we are proud to support UMB in production and in proving our efficiency and reliability to Romanian Army, said Oliver Drr, Vice President Wheeled Vehicles and Managing Director of General Dynamics European Land Systems Mowag.

In support of such an important customer and program, we are pleased achieve two important milestones with the successful shooting trials and also with the readiness of our partner UMB for local series production, Drr added.

General Dynamics European Land Systems, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a business unit of General Dynamics and conducts its business through six European operating sites located in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. With around 2,300 highly skilled technical employees, the companies design, manufacture and deliver world-class land combat systems, including wheeled, tracked and amphibious vehicles, bridge systems, armaments, and munitions, to global customers.

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Indonesian army to receive Pandur II Cobra IFVs

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On April 12, 2019, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense issued PT Pindad a contract worth $ 80 million for the production of the first 22 Pandur II series 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles that received the Indonesian designation Cobra. The vehicles must be delivered to the Indonesian army within three years and will reportedly be equipped with the Israeli remote-controlled uninhabited combat module Elbit Systems U30MK.II, which Ares (Elbit Systems Brazilian) will supply with a Northrop Grumman Bushmaster Mk.44 30mm automatic gun and two 7.62mm machine guns.


Pandur II fitted with a remotely controlled uninhabited module Ares / Elbit Systems UT30MK.II armed with a 30mm Northrop Grumman Bushmaster Mk.44 automatic cannon and a paired 7.62mm machine gun, displayed under Pindad's brand name at IndoDefense 2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

Four Pandur II vehicles were received by PT Pindad in 2017 from the Czechoslovak company Excalibur Army, which is part of the Excalibur Group (now called Czechoslovak Group - GSG). Excalibur, in 2015, acquired the license to manufacture the Pandur II armored vehicles from GDELS.

Initially, the Pandur II family in the 6x6 and 8x8 configurations was developed by the Austrian company Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug, now part of the European division of General Dynamics Corporation as General Dynamics European Land Systems - Steyr (GDELS-Steyr). It was a further development of the previously produced and very popular - Steyr-Daimler-Puch 6x6 armored personnel carrier.

In 2005-2006, the Pandur II family was ordered as a new generation of armored vehicles by the armed forces of Portugal and the Czech Republic, but the implementation of both contracts faced considerable difficulties and delays, and was accompanied by significant technical complaints from both armies. As a result, both contracts were reduced and even partially canceled. In 2015, General Dynamics actually turned off the marketing of Pandur II and sold the full rights on its vehicle to the Czech company Excalibur Army, which organized the assembly of the Pandur II IFVs at a specially created enterprise controlled by the CSG company: Tatra Defense Vehicle, in Kopřivnice. In fact, as can be seen, the machines to be assembled in the Czech Republic are obtained in the form of kits from the Steyr-Daimler-Puch enterprise in Vienna, and are only completed in Kopřvnice.

PT Pindad, in partnership with the Czechoslovak Group, is promoting the Pandur II 8x8 of the Indonesian army in several versions. In 2017, PT Pindad received four units of the Pandur II from the Czech Republic, and fitted them with an armament: two Pandur IIs were equipped with remote-controlled Ares REMAX (Elbit Systems) combat modules armed with 12.7-mm machine guns, one vehicle was equipped with an Elbit Systems uninhabited combat module / Ares UT30MK.II with a Bushmaster Mk 44 30mm cannon (this vehicle was demonstrated at IndoDefense 2018, in November 2018) and one non-floating vehicle was armed with a Belgian CMI Defense CMI-3105HP turret (Cockerill Series 3000) with a 105mm cannon ( a similar turret is mounted on a Turkish-designed FNSS Kaplan/Harimau medium tank).

Apparently, the Brazilian branch as a mediator of Elbit Systems was needed by the Indonesian side in order to avoid delicate questions about the direct cooperation of the "Muslim" country with the Israelis.

Previously, PT Pindad stated that the Indonesian army plans to purchase 250 units of the Pandur II (Cobra).
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Ukraine develops new command vehicle



Kyiv Armored Plant has created a new command-and-staff vehicle BTR-3KSh, which has an automated combat control system and ensures the rapid transfer of combat tasks and control of their execution, the press service of the Ukroboronprom State Concern has reported.

"A new command-and-staff vehicle BTR-3KSh, which is intended to control divisions in the conditions of the modern battlefield, has been created in Ukraine. The new vehicle based on the BTR-3 has been developed by Kyiv Armored Plant, part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern, together with other enterprises of the concern and private companies," the report reads.



It notes that the "heart" of the BTR-3KSh is the latest automated battle control system that combines all information transmitted via secured digital communications regarding the location of divisions, targets and means. This information can come from the commanders of departments, individual combat vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, counter-battery radars, etc. An automated battle control system, in turn, displays a full picture on tactical computers and ensures the rapid transfer of combat tasks and control of their execution.



Such a system can significantly improve the effectiveness of a combat task and fully corresponds to the modern concept of warfare when superiority over the enemy is achieved by better coordination and interaction between all units on the battlefield and the constant exchange of information.
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Turkey: Otokar introduces Akrep II, first indigenous electric armored vehicle

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 25 APRIL 2019 12:56

Turkish defense company and automotive manufacturer Otokar has introduced the country's first domestically developed electric-powered armored combat vehicle, which will be tested and ready for purchase within a year, the company's chairman said Wednesday, April 24.


Turkey Otokar introduces first indigenous 4x4 electric armored vehicle Akrep II (Illustration source: Otokar)

Speaking at a news conference at the Otokar compound in northwestern Turkey's Sakarya province, Chairman Serdar Grg said that the Akrep II will be Turkey's first step in electric-powered, hybrid and autonomous military vehicle technologies. The new generation vehicle will be first displayed after all the configuration works are completed at the 14th International Defense Industry Fair to be held at Tyap Fair and Congress Center in Istanbul between April 30 and May 3.

Noting that the vehicle was designed with both electric and diesel motors, Grg said that an all-electric version will be introduced and that the diesel version will be ready for purchase within one year.

"The range of the vehicle which has places for a battery in both its front and back can be also increased with additional batteries according to the customer requests," Grg said. He said that the vehicle takes three hours to recharge after the batteries are completely drained. "The range of the vehicle will be about 250 kilometers (155 miles), while it can be increased with energy-intensive new batteries," Grg said.
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AV-8 Armored Engineer NBCR vehicle to enter Malaysian Army inventory

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 25 APRIL 2019 10:05

The Armoured Engineer Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (AENBCRV) version of the AV-8 Wheeled Armoured Vehicle (WAV) developed by the FNSS and DRB HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (DEFTECH) partnership for the Malaysian Army is being prepared for delivery in the first half of this year. Passing all tests with flying colors, the AV-8 AENBCRV entered the second and final stage of the qualification process, during which its endurance was tested.


AV-8 AENBCRV (Picture source: FNSS)

The AV-8 AENBCRV is fitted with CBRN detection equipment and systems to detect and classify any type of chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear agents. The vehicle can determine and classify the hazard zone and alert other military units and civilians of potential dangers, thus enabling them to take the necessary countermeasures.

Possessing a complex and modern system architecture and mission-specific equipment, the AENBCRVs initial vehicle development processes comprising conceptual design, detailed design, manufacturing and assembly was carried out entirely by FNSS. The ongoing qualification tests serve to demonstrate that the vehicle fully and comprehensively meets the requirements set by the user. The first stage of these tests, involving land performance tests and CBRN system tests, has already been completed after being carried out at FNSS facilities in Ankara. The second stage of the tests the endurance tests were launched in Malaysia in February 2019 Following the successful completion of these tests, the acceptance and delivery of the first vehicle to the end user will take place in Malaysia in the upcoming days.

Under the project, four AENBCRV vehicles will be delivered, the first of which will be the vehicle that completed its qualification tests. The remaining three vehicles will be manufactured and delivered by FNSS by 2020.

The AV-8 AENBCRV stands out as the first 8x8 CBRN vehicle to be developed by FNSS. The components of the CBRN system, such as the main mission equipment aboard the vehicle, was procured from domestic and foreign suppliers in line with the users preferences. FNSS has also conducted indigenisation works on some of the CBRN systems subsystems, thus aiding domestic subcontractors in acquiring new competencies.

Commenting on this latest milestone reached by the company with the AV-8 WAV project, K. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, said: The AV-8 WAV project continues to be the single largest defence system export contract signed by Turkey in the field of land systems, and it is also one of the most complex projects in its field due to the large number of vehicle configurations involved. Integrated with a wide variety of mission equipment, the AENBCRV is the one of the AV-8s most challenging configurations to date. We have fashioned the vehicle in close contact with the user, ensuring they are supplied with the specific capabilities they need. Our vehicle is now proving itself in rigorous tests, and I believe that it will pass all of these with great success, becoming the best in its class and joining the inventory of the friendly and allied nation of Malaysia. With this vehicle, both FNSS and the Turkish defense sector have acquired very important capabilities. In the upcoming period, we are ready to meet with the best solutions any need that the Turkish Armed Forces and friendly and allied nations may have in this particular area.


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IDEF 2019: FNSS PARS 6x6 and 8x8 armored will enter in service with Turkish army

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 30 APRIL 2019 18:49

Turkish Company FNSS will supply PARS 6x6 and 8x8 armored vehicles to the Turkish armed forces and Gendarmerie. The PARS Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle family of FNSS, which is serving worldwide in different countries, has also become the vehicle of choice of Turkey.


PARS 6x6 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

With the contract for the Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicles (SPTWAV) Project that was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and FNSS, the company shall supply PARS SCOUT 8x8 and 6x6 vehicles both for the Turkish Land Forces and the General Command of Gendarmerie.

The first stage of the project will involve the development of five different vehicle configurations, and production of a total of 100 vehicles. The project will cover the delivery of Command and Radar Vehicles as well as Sensor and CBRN Reconnaissance Vehicles for the Turkish Land Forces, and Armoured Combat Vehicles for the General Command of Gendarmerie.

Having conducted R&D on tactical wheeled armored vehicles for many years, FNSS reaped the first fruits of its labors in 2005, becoming the first company in Turkey to roll out a product family of such vehicles. After competing with the worlds other leading companies in land vehicles, this product family became the vehicle of choice of Malaysia in 2010, and of Oman in 2015. FNSS thus managed to export two members of its PARS product family, the 8x8 and 6x6 vehicles, before having delivered to Turkish users. These vehicles were developed in a variety of highly different configurations for both Malaysia and Oman, and development works on various configurations are still continuing.

Specifically for the SPTWAV project, FNSS designed a special PARS family vehicle, SCOUT, superior for reconnaissance operations.



The PARS SCOUT 6x6 and 8x8 offer superior mobility and a comfortable and safe drive in all types of road and terrain conditions, as well as balanced and high-speed movement on straight roads, low risk of skidding in bends. Also, the vehicles transparent armor (ballistic glass) integration ensures high situational awareness. Together, these features make a big difference for reconnaissance operations.
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IDEF 2019: Otokar displays Akrep IIe electric armoured vehicle

Christopher F Foss, Istanbul - Jane's Defence Weekly

02 May 2019


Otokars Akrep IIe technology demonstrator, shown for the first time at IDEF 2019. Source: Otokar

Key Points

- Otokar has displayed at IDEF 2019 the Akrep IIe, Turkey's first electric armoured vehicle
- The overall Akrep II design can accommodate a variety of powerpacks and mission systems

Using independent research and development funding Turkey's Otokar has developed a prototype of the Akrep IIe technology demonstrator, Turkey's first electric armoured vehicle. The platform was shown for the first time at IDEF 2019, held in Istanbul from 30 April to 3 May.

The Akrep IIe features a powerful electric motor integrated to the axle coupled with an advanced battery pack and smart power-control algorithm.

According to Otokar its compact size, low silhouette, and low acoustic and thermal signatures make it ideal for reconnaissance missions.

The company said the modular Akrep II design allows it to accommodate not just different mission systems and weapons but also alternative powerplants. As well as being marketed with an electric drive system, the vehicle will also be marketed with a diesel powerpack or even a hybrid drive system.

The Akrep IIe shown at IDEF featured a 30 mm cannon mounted in a remotely operated turret, but Otokar claims that the vehicle can accommodate turrets armed with medium-calibre weapons of up to 90 mm.

The range of the Akrep IIe would depend on its mission, but the company said that on a typical reconnaissance mission, involving reconnaissance with the onboard systems and a few engagements, the Akrep IIe could achieve a round-trip range of 200 km.

The modular Akrep II has 44 drive with powered steering on the front wheels but with the option of additional steering on the rear wheels, which can be very useful when operating in a confined space, such as during urban operations.

The vehicle's AxleTech independent suspension provides a high level of cross-country mobility, as well as a better ride for the crew and a more stable firing platform.

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Kharkiv Morozov starts manufacturing BTR-4 IFV hulls

POSTED ON MONDAY, 06 MAY 2019 12:23

Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau, which is a part of Ukroboronprom State Concern, started its own serial production of the BTR-4 infantry fighting vehicle hull for the Ukrainian army, Ukroboronprom press-service announced. Consequently, this bottleneck of the BTR-4s production, which previously depended on the capacity of the only armor body private manufacturer, was successfully eliminated, the concern reports, echoed by Natalia Ivanova in the Kharkiv Observer.


BTR-4 IFV (Picture source: Ukroboronprom)

In 2018, the Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau financed the renovation of a workshop for body manufacturing purposes. The enterprise also purchased and installed a modern assembly line. In 2019, the first BTR-4 with a body that was produced by the Bureau successfully passed comprehensive tests, which made it possible to switch to mass manufacturing of the BTR-4s next batch using in-house bodies.

In addition, the Bureau has proposed the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine to allow the newest brands of the armored steel produced by NATO members to be used in the BTR-4 production. This armored steel is used in combat vehicles of the Alliance and meet the requirements of NATO standards. Currently, these samples of NATOs armor are already being tested in Ukraine.

At the same time, the overall profitability of the armored vehicles production increased by 4.5 %. As a result, two enterprises - Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau and Malyshev Plant, which are included in the Ukroboronprom armored group - launched production of BTR-4 hulls. This enables a significant expansion in the manufacturing of these modern combat vehicles for the Ukrainian army, the concern notes. Until recently, BTR-4s bodies were manufactured only by the UPEC-owned Lozova Forging-Mechanical Plant, situated in Lozova, the Kharkiv Region.


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Lots of recharging stations out in the field, and that 200km range is sure to be a winner on route marches.

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IDEF 2019: Otokar displays Akrep IIe electric armoured vehicle

Christopher F Foss, Istanbul - Jane's Defence Weekly

02 May 2019


Otokars Akrep IIe technology demonstrator, shown for the first time at IDEF 2019. Source: Otokar

Key Points

- Otokar has displayed at IDEF 2019 the Akrep IIe, Turkey's first electric armoured vehicle
- The overall Akrep II design can accommodate a variety of powerpacks and mission systems

Using independent research and development funding Turkey's Otokar has developed a prototype of the Akrep IIe technology demonstrator, Turkey's first electric armoured vehicle. The platform was shown for the first time at IDEF 2019, held in Istanbul from 30 April to 3 May.

The Akrep IIe features a powerful electric motor integrated to the axle coupled with an advanced battery pack and smart power-control algorithm.

According to Otokar its compact size, low silhouette, and low acoustic and thermal signatures make it ideal for reconnaissance missions.

The company said the modular Akrep II design allows it to accommodate not just different mission systems and weapons but also alternative powerplants. As well as being marketed with an electric drive system, the vehicle will also be marketed with a diesel powerpack or even a hybrid drive system.

The Akrep IIe shown at IDEF featured a 30 mm cannon mounted in a remotely operated turret, but Otokar claims that the vehicle can accommodate turrets armed with medium-calibre weapons of up to 90 mm.

The range of the Akrep IIe would depend on its mission, but the company said that on a typical reconnaissance mission, involving reconnaissance with the onboard systems and a few engagements, the Akrep IIe could achieve a round-trip range of 200 km.

The modular Akrep II has 44 drive with powered steering on the front wheels but with the option of additional steering on the rear wheels, which can be very useful when operating in a confined space, such as during urban operations.

The vehicle's AxleTech independent suspension provides a high level of cross-country mobility, as well as a better ride for the crew and a more stable firing platform.

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Towards the Start of Production of the IFV Boxer in Algeria

(Source: MENA Defense; posted May 05, 2019)


Boxer IFVs have been spotted several times during trials in Algeria, and the MENA blog now reports that its license production is to begin shortly in Ain Smara, near Constantine. (MENA screen grab)

On May 2, a Boxer IFV officially participated in maneuvers and extensive tests at the M'Doukel test range in Batna wilaya, in the east of the country. The Boxer IFV is about to be industrialized in Algeria if we believe our sources.

The start of assembly would be planned for 2020 on the same site where are assembled the Fuchs 2 armored vehicles in Ain Smara, near Constantine.

The manufacturing methods will be the same as those for the Fuchs, i.e. import of the special steel plates and related equipment and accessories, with the cutting and total construction of the vehicle on site.

As a reminder, the Boxer was seen during a parade organized in honor of the Chief of Staff, Ahmed Gaid Salah, at the end of January 2018 at the Central Blida Logistics Base (BCL).

The Boxer IFV is an 8 8 armored platform that supports many variants with many armament combinations, and is deemed to be the best in its class.

Click here for the original post, on the MENA website.

https://www.menadefense.net/algerie/vers-un-debut-de-product...

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Army seals deal to buy US armour

14 May 2019 at 04:00

WRITER: WASSANA NANUAM, Bangkok Post

The Royal Thai Army plans to buy 37 M1126 Strykers from the US.

The army has struck a deal to buy 37 "refurbished" Stryker armoured vehicles, worth US$80 million, from the United States.

"Thailand is the first country the US has sold [the Strykers] to," an army source said.

The M1126 Stryker eight-wheeled armoured vehicles are touted as a "world class" armament and have been used on many battlefields, according to the source. The model will remain in service for the US army until 2030.

Meanwhile, the package includes communication systems as well as weapons, the hangar, practice field development, autoparts and maintenance.

Moreover, the US army will give 23 more Strykers to the Thai army for free, bringing the number to 60 in total.

It was earlier expected the Thai army might make a further purchase of Chinese-made vehicles, but army chief Apirat Kongsompong managed to secure a deal with the US, the source said.

Gen Apirat has attended many military training programmes and activities in the US. The relationship between the Thai and US armies is said to be strong under his leadership, with the participation of Thai soldiers in a joint training exercise called Lightning Forge 2019 in Hawaii among activities designed to cement the bond. The Strykers will be sent to the Chachoengsao-based 11th Infantry Division.
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Tokyo resumes plans to replace JGSDFs Type 96 armoured vehicles

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - Jane's Defence Weekly

16 May 2019

The Japan Ministry of Defenses (MoDs) Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has resumed plans to acquire a new wheeled armoured vehicle to replace the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDFs) ageing fleet of Komatsu Type 96 88 armoured personnel carriers (APCs).

The agency held an explanatory meeting on 14 May for companies looking into possible proposals to develop a prototype vehicle. When contacted by Janes an ATLA spokesperson refused to disclose details of the meeting citing the fairness of the selection procedures, but revealed that the new vehicle is expected to be armoured, armed, and capable of rapidly deploying JGSDF troops in a wide range of situations, including for the defence of remote islands in the face of the enemys armed threats.

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Chile set to procure Canadian Coyote LAVs for marines

Jose Higuera, Santiago - Jane's Defence Weekly

27 May 2019

The Chilean government has given green light to the procurement of a dozen second-hand Coyote 88 armoured scout vehicles for the navy's Marine Corps, military sources in Santiago told Jane's .

Deliveries are expected to take place during 2020, but could start in late months of 2019. The value of the transaction for the light-armoured vehicles (LAVs), coming from Canadian Armed Forces surplus, has not been publicly disclosed, as it is still being negotiated to include new engines and other spare parts.

A derivative of General Dynamics Land Systems Piranha II that anticipated features of Piranha III, developed to fulfil Canadian requirements, Coyote is a fast, 7.6-tonne armed scout vehicle aimed for reconnaissance of territory where opposition is expected.

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Enhanced protection [CS19D1]

29 May 2019



General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-Canada, Booth 1301) is showcasing a Maintenance and Recovery Vehicle (MRV) variant of the LAV 6.0 8x8 Combat Support Vehicle (CSV) platform with enhanced protection packages from Elbit Systems of Israel and MyDefence of Denmark.

A candidate for the Canadian Army's current Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) requirement, the LAV 6.0 MRV uses the fielded LAV 6.0 baseline incorporating variant role-specific solutions that offer highly protected mobile recovery, repair and maintenance capabilities.

The platform is able to access the same terrain as the LAV 6.0 fleet and provides integral recovery and maintenance capabilities with the necessary tools and spare equipment.

The internal configuration of the LAV 6.0 MRV provides for a crew of two, plus two mechanics or casualty passengers; tool storage is readily accessible for vehicle recovery and heavy-duty remove and replace operations.

While the MRV features the same protection as the baseline LAV 6.0 configuration - a double-V hull, energy attenuated seating for all positions, a spall liner and scalable add-on armour kit options - GDLS-Canada has also mounted Elbit Systems' Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IF-LD) hard kill active protection system (APS) along with a MyDefence Knox counter unmanned aerial system (CUAS) package.

Already in service on US Army and Israel Defence Force (IDF) vehicles, the Iron Fist APS is designed to protect the host platform with a capability to defeat anti-tank guided missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, and recoilless rifle threats.

Developed in partnership with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS), IF-LD features four search-and-track radars and staring infrared sensor panels providing 360 coverage in azimuth and an undisclosed angle of elevation, and two traversable hard kill interceptor launchers with associated line-replaceable units, which include the main control computer and a threat database.

The IF-LD system has not been fully integrated with the LAV 6.0 MRV, and system trials on the platform are yet to be confirmed.

The MyDefence Knox CUAS comprises an integrated array of networked Watchdog 200 sensors and Doberman RF jammers that will enable LAV operators to detect frequencies of UASs, drones and operators, and use jammers to disrupt their radio frequencies and the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals of UAS operations, to defeat the threat. The solution can be integrated with third-party battle-management systems, and using a standard tactical link, the mobile platform can communicate and provide feedback to any remote command and control system, enabling greater situational awareness and enhanced battlefield effectiveness.

GDLS-Canada spokesperson Doug Wilson-Hodge told the CANSEC Show Daily: "The LAV 6.0 MRV demonstrates that GDLS-Canada is ready to respond to current Armoured Combat Support Vehicle programme requirements.

"Incorporating CUAS and APS technologies on the same vehicle also demonstrates that General Dynamics is anticipating future threats and the capability requirements for the protection of the LAV platform."

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