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[*] posted on 13-9-2017 at 05:06 PM


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

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Posted On Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:08

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


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

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

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

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

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


The JLTV at DSEI 2017 is fitted with a remotely operated weapon station armed with a 7.62mm machine gun
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New Gepard ASV 4x4 armored Security Vehicle Streit Group DSEI 2017

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Posted On Tuesday, 12 September 2017 20:16

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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DSEI 2017

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13 September 2017



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DSEI 2017: Supacat launches new recovery vehicle

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

13 September 2017


Supacat High Mobility Transporter Light Weight Recovery. Source: Supacat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted On Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:14

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


General Dynamics' Eagle 6x6 ambulance variant at DSEi 2017

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

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

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

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

By: Andrew Chuter   7 hours ago


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Oshkosh Defense exhibits its JLTV at DSEI 2017

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

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

Talking about survivability, Mr Mansfield indicated that certain details are confidential and cannot be disclosed, however the JLTV can be purchased with the option of the B-Kit, which includes additional armour protection. The JLTV can also be protected from rocket-propelled grenades thanks to a net mounted around the vehicle. Without the B-kit, the vehicle weighs 14,000t, going up to 18,000t with the B-kit and 24,000t with the full crew on board.
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DSEI 2017: GDLS–UK Showcases PIRANHA 5



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[*] posted on 19-9-2017 at 11:31 AM


As much as I would love Bushmaster to get a win in MRV-P (I wouldn't give it better than even odds), it would say a lot about British armoured vehicle procurement if they managed to buy a vehicle that we've had in-service for just about two decades and two wars (three if you count Timor).
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Well, if the Army had its way, instead of the Accountants, the Brits would have had Bushmaster approx. 10-15 years ago instead of the Yank shit they bought instead..................
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French Army receives last upgraded VBCIs

Victor Barreira - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

20 September 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted On Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:07

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

27 September 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MoD defends £370m Foxhound vehicles after breakdown claims.

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




Jamie Grierson and agencies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The MoD is also selling its fleet of 85 Warthog armoured vehicles, which were purchased in 2010 for £150m.
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Taiwan to acquire Orbital ATK cannons for local vehicle program

By: Mike Yeo   21 hours ago


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 22 ton vehicle carries eight fully equipped troops in its APC guise and is designed to withstand 7.62 mm bullets with the frontal armor designed to defeat 12.7 mm hits. A v-shaped hull provides protection against landmines and can withstand explosions equivalent to 25 lbs of TNT under any wheel.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2017 at 12:43 AM


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



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Extremely popular................
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Oshkosh makes Joint Light Tactical Vehicle more lethal

By: Jen Judson   25 minutes ago


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

By: Todd South   13 hours ago


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International sales have comprised half AM General’s sales for most of its history, Hove said, not including production for U.S. military operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
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AUSA 2017: Two new, more heavily armed Stryker variants heading to Europe

Daniel Wasserbly - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

10 October 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Arms and Security 2017: Ukrainian Armor unveils combat UAV system

Samuel Cranny-Evans - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 October 2017

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


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

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

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

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SAPA Transmission powers Spanish Piranha

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

13 October 2017

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

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


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

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

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Romania and General Dynamics to Work on Piranha 5 Military Vehicles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Romania-General Dynamics agree to locally manufacture Piranha armored vehicle

By: Jaroslaw Adamowski   11 hours ago


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

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

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

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

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

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