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[*] posted on 7-11-2018 at 09:37 AM


Rheinmetall Transfers State-of-the-Art Trucks to the Bundeswehr – First Vehicles Formally Handed Over at Ceremony in Munich

(Source: Rheinmetall Defence; issued Nov 05, 2018)


The Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles joint venture company has delivered the first 20 new-generation UTF trucks to the German Bundeswehr, which is replacing its Kat I in-service trucks with new 2,271 vehicles ordered in the summer of 2017. (RhM photo)

The transfer to the Bundeswehr of twenty factory-fresh military trucks in Munich marks the start of a new chapter in the history of German Army logistics. The Bundeswehr's fleet will be steadily augmented by a total of up to 2,271 new trucks, which will gradually replace Germany's trusty but aging Kat I mil gl vehicles.

Attending the symbolic handover of the keys at the MAN Forum in Munich were representatives of the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support (BAAINBw, i.e. the German procurement authority) and the future user, the German Bundeswehr. Headquartered in Munich, the joint venture company Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) is one of the world's foremost makers of military wheeled vehicles.

On behalf of the customer, Rainer Krug, head of BAAINBw's ground support department, took possession of the symbolic key, which he then immediately handed over to the Bundeswehr, represented by Major General Stefan Linus Fix of the Joint Support Services Command, and Colonel Ralf Albert Nau of the German Army Command.

In summer 2017, BAAINBw awarded Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles a framework contract to supply the Bundeswehr with trucks from the HX2 family worth a total of €900 million. As a first step, an order was issued for 558 trucks, including special tools and training support.

In Bundeswehr and BAAINBw parlance, the project is known as the "UTF (Ungeschützte Transportfahrzeuge) mil gl in den Zuladungsklassen 5t und 15t", which means "unprotected transport vehicle, military/all-terrain load classes 5t and 15t". It is true that these versatile, high-performance 6x6 and 8x8 trucks currently feature an unprotected driver's cab.

However, the powerful chassis is designed to enable subsequent replacement with a highly protected armoured cab, likewise made by Rheinmetall. As a result, these "Unprotected Vehicles" can be transformed into superbly protected vehicles at any time, which, despite the additional weight, remain as manoeuvrable and flexibly deployable as ever, while providing their crews with excellent protection when deployed in harm's way.

At the handover ceremony, Rheinmetall chief executive Armin Papperger stated how pleased he was to see the Bundeswehr joining the circle of HX2 users. In recent years, among other nations, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand have all procured comparable RMMV vehicles, as have Norway and Sweden.

As Mr Papperger put it, "We are very happy that the Bundeswehr is now part of this growing family. In a joint User Nations Group, we work closely with the armed forces of these nations to continuously improve the vehicles, to gain from each other's experience and to create a new common logistics capability – one that will benefit everybody."

He went on to say that, "We at Rheinmetall see it as our duty to supply our men and women in uniform with the best-possible equipment to help them perform their missions. The 'Unprotected Transport Vehicle' project is one which all of us at Rheinmetall can be particularly proud of."

For his part, Michael Wittlinger, managing director of Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, expressed his pride in the achievement, too, directing his thanks to everyone involved in the project, on the customer and contractor sides alike. "In a very short timeframe", declared Mr Wittlinger, "outstanding partnership achieved great things here – the results speak for themselves."

A vehicle specially developed for military users, the HX2 has been systematically perfected from the very outset. RMMV development engineers consistently adhered to a family concept, resulting in major advantages with respect to the supply of spare parts, training and interoperability. Assuring maximum mobility and robust performance under rugged conditions were also key design goals.

Production is already in full swing. In 2018, the first delivery year, Rheinmetall is already well ahead of its target output figure of ninety vehicles. As things stand, 110 UTF trucks will thus be ready for delivery this year.

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[*] posted on 7-11-2018 at 05:57 PM


AirShow China 2018: Sany Defense launches the Furious Lion light armored vehicle

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 06 NOVEMBER 2018 16:39


I've always wanted to ride around in a Light Armoured vehicle called Furious Lion...............:lol:

Besides unmanned platforms and aircraft, new light armored vehicles were presented for the first time at this year's AirShow China, held in Zhuhai (China). Among them is the Furious Lion Light High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle unveiled by Sany Defense.

The Furious Lion light armored multirole vehicle at AirShow China 2018 (Picture source Army Recognition)

A subsidiary of Sany Heavy Industries, Sany Defense is today proposing a new light tactical vehicle designed for field operations, urban operations, security and military missions. Wether fleets have narrowly peacekeeping, counter-insurgency and logistic operations demand, they can be equipped with the corresponding variant to meet specific needs.

The Furious Lion can be quickly adapted to be used as light infantry fighting vehicle, command and control platform, scout and reconnaissance vehicle, recovery vehicle, and cargo truck, while still benefiting from a common platform and interchangeable parts. Self-protection capability is provided by a RCWS fitted on the cabin roof.

The Furious Lion vehicle has a length of 5 m, a wide of 2.4 m and a height of 2.2 m. It has a total weight of about 10 tons, with a payload capability of 2.5 tons. If Sany Defense does not detail the powerpack, the vehicle is able to reach a maximum on-road speed of 145 km/h and has a maximum operational range of 800 km, according to the official data.

Crew protection is ensured up to NATO Stanag 4569 level 2, or a 6 kg TNT blast protection level, says Sany Defense.

Sany Heavy Industry is a major Chinese construction equipment maker based in Changsha, Hunan Province. The company has large plants in five Chinese cities, including Shanghai and Beijing. It also has research and development centers and production bases in the U.S., Germany and India.
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[*] posted on 8-11-2018 at 03:49 PM


Jiangsu launches new reconnaissance surveillance vehicle at AirShow China 2018

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 07 NOVEMBER 2018 08:09

At AirShow China 2018, the China-based company Jiangsu Hezheng Special Equipment Co., Ltd is introducing a new "High-mobility reconnaissance surveillance vehicle".


The High-mobility reconnaissance and surveillance vehicle at AirShow China 2018 (Picture source Army Recognition)

Jiangsu's High-mobility reconnaissance surveillance vehicle is composed of one tethered UAV, mobile control station, a cable, a synchronous receiving and releasing station, and a remote control weapon station.

The whole surveillance system is based on a 4x4 light armored multirole vehicle. It has a length of 5.75 m, a width of 2.36 m and a height of 2.12 m.

Self-protection is provided by a RCWS fitted on the cabin roof. It can be armed with two different weapon systems such as a light or heavy machinegun and an automatic grenade launcher. The crew can operate the weapons and reload without having to leave the safety of the fighting compartment.

The tethered UAV has a maximum altitude of 300 meters. Once untethered, the UAV has a maximum ceiling of 5000 m and resists to wind force 6. It is powered by four coaxial double rotors, allowing a maximum speed of 30 km/h. Batteries fitted in the vehicle gives the UAV a 24h-long hovering time.

This UAV supports a maximum payload of 25 kg. It can then carry more complex mission loads, such as air-to-surface missiles, EO/IR pod, SAR radar, communication relay device.


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[*] posted on 9-11-2018 at 11:50 AM


IndoDefence 2018: PT Pindad and CMI Defense Unveil Komodo with CPWS Gen 2

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 08 NOVEMBER 2018 15:33

At IndoDefence 2018, Indonesia's Tri-Services Defence Exhibition currently held in Jakarta, local company PT Pindad and CMI Defence of Belgium unveiled a Komodo variant fitted with CMI's new light and multi-role turret, the CPWS Gen. 2


PT Pindad and CMI Defense Unveil Komodo with CPWS Gen 2 at IndoDefence 2018 (Picture source Army Recognition)

The Komodo is a 4x4 light armoured personnel carrier developed and produced by Indonesian company PT Pindad. The vehicle was unveiled during Indodefence 2012. According to PT Pindad, the Komodo's monocoque armored body is bulletproof to 7.62 mm or lower caliber. The Komodo's turbo intercooler diesel engine has a total horsepower of 215 PS at 2500 rpm, allowing the vehicle to achieve the weight ratio of around 30 hp/ton. The normal cruising range of the Komodo is at 450 kilometers, with an average speed of 70 km/h. The Komodo's off-road capabilities have been tested in various conditions ranging from mountainous terrain to mud and sand. The Indonesian army has already ordered several Komodos in various versions including Mistral mobile SAM launcher variant.

The new Komodo variant unveiled at Indodefence 2018 features the new CPWS Gen. 2 turret by CMI (which was unveiled this year at Eurosatory). Beyond the advantages of the CPWS (Cockerill® Protected Weapon Station) in particular in terms of crew protection during the reloading operations of the main weapon, this CPWS Gen. 2 presents, with its unique configurable hatch, the ability to adopt different configurations depending on the mission profile.

Four configurations are available:

- Fully closed hatch: allows the crew to operate in a hostile environment with a maximum level of protection;
- Elevated hatch: allows the crew to perform 360° direct observation manoeuvers and, if necessary, allow for the use of individual weapons;
- Large Open Hatch: allows the crew to evacuate the system quickly and securely;
- Removed Hatch: allows the crew to patrol in an exposed position, ideally for operations other than war.

Moreover, the versatility of the CPWS Gen. 2 is reinforced by its ability to integrate different main weapons, depending on the mission to be fulfilled. In particular, it is designed to accommodate M242 25mm caliber guns and M230LF 30mm caliber guns. Finally, the CPWS Gen. 2 retains the advantages of its predecessor: it is remotely operated from the vehicle on which it is integrated; it allows for reloading under armour and, given its lightweight, it can be integrated on all types of 4x4, 6x6, 8x8 and tracked chassis.

The CPWS Gen. 2 turret on the Komodo also features two notional anti tank guided missilee (ATGM).
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[*] posted on 9-11-2018 at 12:28 PM


IndoDefence 2018: SSE demonstrates P-6 All-Terrain Assault Vehicle

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 08 NOVEMBER 2018 14:47

The Indonesian company SSE uses the defence exhibition held in Jakarta to demonstrate its P-6 ATAV, ATAV standing for All-Terrain Vehicle. One more buggy for special forces, either of the army or police.


The P-6 ATAV of SSE during a special forces demonstration at IndoDefence 2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

SSE presents its 4x4 buggy as a special forces vehicle capable of various crossover missions. The Indonesian company wanted to join this prolific and somewhat profitable market of (very) light vehicles. The P-6 ATAV is motorized by a 4-cylinder turbodiesel of 2,500cc developing 142 hp 144 ps) at 3,400 rpm. Most of time for vehicles of this type produced in Asia (and elsewhere), the engine is selected among the Toyota range. Rnflat tyres are available upon request.
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[*] posted on 10-11-2018 at 12:48 PM


Airshow China 2018: Norinco expands Lynx ATV family

Dmitry Fediushko, Zhuhai - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

09 November 2018


A 6×6 Lynx ATV fitted with a multiple rocket launcher was displayed at Airshow China 2018. Source: Dmitry Fediushko

The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) displayed several new variants of its Lynx family of open-top, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) at the 6-11 November Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai.

The original 8×8 Lynx ATV, which had entered service with the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) mountain and airborne units by 2015, has now been complemented by a number of variants, including a self-propelled gun-mortar (SGM), two self-propelled mortars, a multiple rocket launcher (MRL), a medical evacuation vehicle, three reconnaissance vehicles, and a firefighting variant.

The 6×6 SGM variant, which is operated by a crew of three, is fitted with a 120 mm rifled gun-mortar that has firing range of up to 13.5 km, a Norinco representative told Jane' s. The vehicle seems to be based on the 2A51 ordnance used by the 2S9 Nona-S, or a later version of it, such as the 2A60 and 2A80 used respectively by the 2S23 Nona-SVK and 2S31 Vena.

The 6×6 self-propelled mortar variants are equipped with either a 120 mm or an 82 mm conventional smooth-bore mortar. Both platforms are operated by a crew of two and are fitted with a digital fire-control system (FCS).

The 6×6 MRL variant is equipped with a modified Type 63 107 mm 12-tube MRL in a 2×6 configuration. Like the previous variant, this vehicle, which can carry an additional 12 107 mm rockets, has been fitted with a digital FCS and is operated by a crew of two.

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[*] posted on 12-11-2018 at 11:10 AM


The PLA sure comes up with some weird shit at times:







One has to hope that the people firing this wee beastie are NOT sitting in the seats in front..................



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[*] posted on 12-11-2018 at 08:46 PM


Dutch airborne troops opt for G-Class for AASLT requirement

Shaun Connors, London - Jane's International Defence Review

09 November 2018


The Netherlands is buying 515 Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based trucks for its AASLT programme. Source: Netherlands MoD

The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) is poised to sign a contract with Mercedes-Benz Cars Netherlands for 515 Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based 12 kN AASLT (Air Assault Vehicles). Subject to Dutch parliamentary approval, the actual contract signature is expected on 15 November at the NIDV 2018 exhibition.

Formal AASLT activity traces back to a tender published in December 2016, for which there were nine respondents. Between May and August 2017 a selection process reduced that to five. These were invited to participate in a two-phase follow-on 'dialogue stage' that ran from September 2017 until February 2018, and four accepted the invitation.

For the tender stage, which ran from March 2018 until August 2018, there were three respondents: Mercedes-Benz Cars Netherlands, the Netherlands' Defenture BV, and the UK's Jankel Armoring. Mercedes-Benz's selection was announced on 23 October.

Following contract signing, an engineering and verification phase is to run from 2019 to 2020, with production and delivery running from the first half of 2021 until 2023. Jane's sources suggested that a contract option could allow for another 515 vehicles to be delivered between 2023 and 2028.

The winning solution is based on the recently introduced 3.12 m wheelbase option of Mercedes-Benz's G-Class, which will be supplied to the Netherlands as a rolling chassis from the G-Class production facility in Graz, Austria. No official comment has been made regarding local industry involvement, although Jane's sources suggested the VDL Group is involved.

The AASLT will be delivered in three main variants: Combat (FV) (329), Logistics (LOG) (144), and Casualty (CAST) (42). The FV variant will seat four within roll-over protection and feature a central ring-mount. The Logistics and Casualty variants will seat two (the Casualty variant accommodating up to two stretchers). The payload of all variants is 1,223 kg.

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Netherlands: new DMV Anaconda tactical military vehicles for Korps Mariniers

POSTED ON MONDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2018 13:22

In 2019, the Mariniers Korps (Marine Corps of The Netherlands) will receive 46 DMV Anaconda 4x4 tactical vehicles. The DMV Anaconda is a completely indigenous and new vehicle designed by DEBA Trucks, a Dutch company (DMV stands for Dutch Military Vehicles).


Deba's Anaconda tactical vehicle developed for the Korps Marinies of The Netherlands on an Iveco chassis (Picture source: Derba)

The Anaconda project started this year and will be available in several variants. The first 36 DMV Anaconda tactical vehicles developed by the Deba Bedrijfswagens B.V. (Bedrijfswagens means professional vehicles) will be formally transferred to the Mariniers Korps on 31 January 2019. Two months later, another 10 will follow.

The DMV Anaconda is a light 4x4 vehicle in the 7-tonne class. Vehicle is based on an Italian Iveco chassis. The power pack consists of a 3-liter Iveco diesel engine generating 180 HP (430 Nm), coupled to an automatic transmission with one reverse and five forward gears. This enables the vehicle to reach a maximum speed of 110 km/h and a maximum range of 1,000 km.
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[*] posted on 14-11-2018 at 09:42 AM


Dutch Airborne Troops Choose the Mercedes-Benz G-Class

(Source: Mercedes Benz; issued Nov 13, 2018)

UTRECHT, Netherlands --- After 20 years, the majority of the G-Model off-road vehicles used by the Dutch military are to be replaced. In their place will come proven Mercedes-Benz G-Class 300 CDI vehicles which are, however, much more technologically advanced.

Following a successful tendering process, Mercedes-Benz Cars Netherlands B.V. (MBCNL) will supply around 515 vehicles to the Dutch military between 2021 and 2023. Known as the "12kN AASLT", the vehicles (1200 kg payload air assault vehicles) can be transported with precision to their place of deployment by Chinook helicopters as either internal or external cargo.

In a second tranche, a further 550 vehicles could be purchased through to the year 2030. Other vehicle variants are a logistics body and an ambulance body.

"We are proud that an intelligent combination of modular solutions from Graz in Austria and local flexibility was demanded by the Dutch army," explains Niels Kowollik, CEO of MBCNL. "For the Dutch dealer network this also means that servicing, maintenance and repair of these vehicles will be required over an extended period."

Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, CEO of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, had this to say about the pleasing result of the Dutch army's tendering process: "The G-Class speaks for itself. In all deployment scenarios, the off-road vehicle is compelling for its performance, outstanding handling characteristics and safety, whatever the terrain. Time after time, we see that nations who have bought the G-Class once opt again and again for the G-Class's proven quality."

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[*] posted on 15-11-2018 at 07:57 PM


AirShow China 2018: New Jonyang JY816-RF all-terrain vehicle

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2018 08:17

At Airshow China 2018, the Chinese tracked vehicle manufacturer Jonyang unveiled the JY816-RF, a new armoured, articulated vehicle designed to provide total operational support where other vehicles cannot.


New Chinese-made Jonyang JY816-RF all-terrain vehicle at AirShow China 2018, Zhuhai. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The JY816-RF design is similar to the BAE Hägglunds'BvS 10 Viking All Terrain Armoured Vehicle. It also on consists of two tracked vehicle units linked by a steering mechanism. The vehicle is declined in three variants: cargo, troop transport and command post. The fully laden weight is 16t but the JY816-RF maintains good mobility on soft terrain such as snow, mud or sand because the 24.7 kpa ground pressure is minimised by the even load distribution over the four tracks.

The JY816-RF achieves a maximum highway speed of over 60km/h. The range on roads is 500km.The vehicle is fully amphibious, being able to swim in deeper water with a maximum speed of 5km/h.

With a high payload capacity of up to six tonnes and a troop transport of 4 + 8 soldiers, the JY816-RF is well placed to meet any future requirements. Self-defense capability can be added through a roof-mounted remote control weapon station.

Guizhou Jonyang Kinetics Co., Ltd. (Jonyang Kinetics) is a joint venture established in late 2005 by Guizhou Guiyang Industrial Investment Holding Company and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd. Its main business includes design, manufacture and distribution of tracked hydraulic excavators ranged from 3.5 to 70 tons and wheeled hydraulic excavators ranged from 6 to 30 tons, as well as customized variations of excavator products and special vehicles.
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[*] posted on 20-11-2018 at 09:25 AM


Czech MoD seeks light 4x4 vehicles for airborne battalion

Jiri Kominek, Prague - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

19 November 2018

Getting to be a popular area of requirements, airborne..............especially vehicles...............

The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to procure a fleet of 4x4 lightweight vehicles to fulfil an urgent requirement for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) to equip an airborne battalion planned for activation in 2020.

The ACR is considering the Gepard, a new 4x4 vehicle based on the Toyota Land Cruiser Model 70 being offered in a rapid-deployment version and long-range patrol version by a Czech consortium of indigenous vehicle suppliers Dajbych, Tatra Defence Vehicles, and Optokon.

The criteria for the platform include that it can accommodate six fully equipped personnel and can be fitted with modular ballistic protection.

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General Dynamics provides Army Ground Mobility Vehicles to U.S. Army

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2018 13:43

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (St. Petersburg, Florida) was awarded a $14,413 firm-fixed-price contract for Army Ground Mobility Vehicles and associated kits. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 16, 2019. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.


Flyer 60 Army-Ground Mobility Vehicles (A-GMV 1.1) (Picture source: General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems)

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has successfully completed delivery of the first Army-Ground Mobility Vehicles (A-GMV 1.1) to the US Army. This marks the First Unit Equipped (FUE) with the new A-GMV 1.1 capability, which was delivered within four months of contract award and consisted of vehicles, spares and training. Estimated completion of this contract is March 2019.

The Army Ground Mobility Vehicle fulfills a need in the airborne and air assault operations undertaken by Airborne Infantry Combat Teams. The A-GMV 1.1 is configured to carry an airborne infantry squad of nine paratroopers, and their associated equipment (a payload capacity of over 5,000 pounds.) The vehicle's open design allows for multiple mission roles and can be modified to accept possible kit configurations such as remote and manned turrets, armor and arctic kits if the Army develops a requirement for them in the future. The A-GMV 1.1 can be transported by Army inventory helicopters.

Based on the GMV1.1 vehicle the company is currently delivering to the U.S. Department of Defense, the AGMV configuration carries an airborne infantry squad with a payload capability of over 5,000 pounds. It shares approximately 90 percent parts commonality with the GMV1.1 and meets the same strategic lift requirements. The AGMV’s open design provides the ability to readily modify the vehicle to accept already developed kit configurations such as remote and manned turrets, armor and arctic kits. “The AGMV brings the right capability and performance to the Army for their immediate need and future requirements due to its highly reliable, adaptable and versatile design,” said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament and platform systems for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. “By leveraging the GMV1.1 program, the Army can take advantage of the engineering, development and testing that has already been completed by Department of Defense. This significant time savings, along with the proven performance of the deployed GMV1.1 vehicles, gives the Army the ability to get this urgently needed capability into the warfighter’s hands now.”

The GMV1.1 (M1288) and AGMV (M1297) are part of a family of vehicles developed by General Dynamics and Flyer Defense. The family includes the Flyer60 ITV, the Flyer72 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (LRV) and the newest variant the Flyer72 Tactical Utility Vehicle (TUV).
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[*] posted on 21-11-2018 at 07:23 PM


IndoDefence 2018: Tugasanda unveiled new Turangga APC

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2018 14:34

The Indonesian company Tugasanda Group (PT Karya Tugas Anda) unveiled a new version of its Turangga 4x4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) based on a Ford F-550 Super Duty chassis. A first batch of 13 units has already been delivered to the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD) and will be followed by another 23.


Turangga APC unveild at IndoDefence 2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Turangga APC can carry 12 people including the commander and driver. It is fitted with subsystems from Aselsan (Turkey), including a roof-mounted acoustic small arms detection device, retractable mast-mounted battlefield surveillance radar (left) and a retractable mast-mounted surveillance package (right), consisting of day/thermal cameras and a laser rangefinder. It has a welded steel armor body that provides ballistic protection to STANAG 4569 Level 2. Bullet/splinter-proof windows provide the same level of ballistic protection, as well as situational awareness through 360°.

The vehicle is powered by a 6.7-litre V8 turbocharged diesel engine, coupled to a fully automatic six-speed transmission, 4 wheel drive. 335/80 R20 run-flat tires are fitted with a bead lock system.

Options include add-on armor, gun ports, rifle racks, front winch, roof hatches, roof-mounted protected weapon station, remote weapon station or turret, siren and public address, including radios and a vehicle intercom, etc.
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[*] posted on 22-11-2018 at 09:18 AM


New Patriot 4×4 armoured vehicle under development

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

21 November 2018

Excalibur Army of the Czech Republic has confirmed that it is developing a new version of its T815 Patriot 4×4 Medium Armoured Tactical Multi-Mission Vehicle (MATMMV), with the first example expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

The original T815 Patriot MATMMV prototype is now being referred to as ‘Patriot I’ and the new version as ‘Patriot II’. They were developed using internal research and development funding.

The vehicles are based on a Tatra Force 4×4 platform that features a central backbone tube and independent swinging air suspended half-axles, providing cross-country mobility and an improved ride.


A T815 Patriot I 4×4 MATMMV with a roof-mounted French Pilar V acoustic gunfire detection system. (Christopher F Foss)

Patriot I has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 12,000 kg, a crew of two as well as two dismounts, and a wheelbase of 3.50 m, and is now being offered with two engine options: a Cummins ISBe diesel developing 210 kW or a Tatra T3C-928 developing 230 kW. The engines are Euro III compliant and give a maximum road speed of up to 110 km/h.

Patriot II has a GVW of 15,000 kg, a crew of two as well as six dismounts, and a wheelbase of 3.65 m, and will be offered with a choice of two diesel engines: a Cummins ISBL developing 270 kW or a Tatra T3C-928-90 developing 300 kW. These are also Euro III compliant and give a maximum road speed of up to 110 km/h.

Both Patriot versions have a welded steel hull in a bolt-together design that the company calls the “Kitted Hull Concept”.

Excalibur Army is also developing a new remote weapon station (RWS) called Gladius 12, which is armed with a 12.7 mm M2 HB machine gun (MG) with a sensor pod on the left and a box magazine on the right. The sensor pod includes a day camera, thermal camera, and a laser rangefinder.

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[*] posted on 23-11-2018 at 09:53 PM


China donated military vehicles and equipment to Argentina

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2018 10:51

On the eve of the G20 summit, which will be held in Buenos Aires, the Chinese government provided Argentina with free military aid. For the needs of special units of the Ministry of Security and the Federal Police of Argentina, 4 armored Dongfeng Warrior CSK-131, 30 motorcycles, a mobile complex for searching and neutralizing the latest generation of explosive objects and explosion-proof suits for sappers were transferred. The cost of aid transferred is $ 17 million. All machinery and equipment will be used to ensure the security of the G20 summit.


Dongfeng Warrior CSK-131 donated to Argentina (Picture source: Live Journal)

The Dongfeng CSK131 is a light protected vehicle. It was developed by the Dongfeng company as a private venture. It is an armored version of Donfeng EQ2050 tactical vehicle, which is widely used by the Chinese armed forces. At the time of its introduction this vehicle was also called the Mengshi (Chinese for brave soldier). The CSK131 is used by China's armed forces. It is also being proposed for export customers.

The Dongfeng CSK131 has got an armored hull and provides protection for the passengers against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. This vehicle is sometimes seen with armored windscreen shutters. All-round protection is against 7.62x39 mm ball rounds from a 100 m range. Front arc withstands hits from 7.62x39 mm armor-piercing rounds. The Dongfeng CSK131 can be seen as China's equivalent of an armored Humvee.

The CSK131 accommodates driver and 5 passengers. It has a payload capacity of 2,000 kg and can carry various cargo and supplies instead of troops. It can also tow light trailers and artillery pieces. It can be fitted with shielded machine gun position or remotely-controlled weapon station.

The vehicle is powered by an ISDe 200-41 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 200 hp. It is a license-produced Cummins engine. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive and is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. It improved mobility over difficult terrains, such as sand, mud and snow. The vehicle is equipped with a self-recovery winch.
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[*] posted on 24-11-2018 at 09:43 AM


Didn't realise the Argentine military was so broke they were reduced to relying on Chinese charity.



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[*] posted on 24-11-2018 at 11:12 AM


The whole country remains mega-broke..............
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[*] posted on 24-11-2018 at 11:57 AM


Lithuania to acquire 200 Oshkosh L-ATV multirole combat vehicles

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POSTED ON FRIDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2018 17:17

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis announced on 22 November that the country plans to acquire L-ATV combat multi-role vehicles from the USA. According to Leta.lv citing the Lithuanian Defense Minister, it is anticipated that the L-ATV (JLTV) contract will be signed in 2020 and will cost $114 million (Euro 100 million).


Oshkosh Defense L-ATV, or JLTV, demonstrated at DVD 2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

“The (technical) specifications are being finalized now. We plan to move toward final decisions next year or in 2020,” the minister said. “About 100 million euros have been earmarked,” he added. A potential contract, announced on 22 November by Raimundas Karoblis, will be worth more than $114 million (Euro 100 million) and covers delivery of up to 200 Light Combat Tactical All-terrain Vehicles (L-ATV), or JLTV, from Oshkosh Defense.

The vehicles would be distributed across the Lithuanian Armed Forces to fill a shortage due to “normal wear and tear” of equipment and increased demand, the Defense Ministry has said. Currently, the Lithuanian Armed Forces use HMMWV and Toyota Land Cruiser 200 armored all-terrain vehicles.

The Oshkosh L-ATV/JLTV is a light combat multi-role vehicle which combines field-proven technologies, an advanced crew protection system that provides MRAP-level protection and expeditionary levels of mobility in a light-duty profile. Equipped with the Oshkosh TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system*, this Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle delivers new levels of agility to safely traverse rugged terrain and compressed urban areas. The L-ATV can be fitted with a wide range of remote-controlled weapon stations or ring mount 7.62 or 12,7mm machine gun. The L-ATV’s Oshkosh roof mounted turret is capable of mounting either an M240 machine gun, a Mk.19 grenade launcher or, a BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missile, all of which can be operated either from the turret or remotely inside the cabin.
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Finnish Sisu GTP 4x4 armored vehicle for Latvian army

POSTED ON MONDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2018 16:43

Informally, the Latvian ministry of Defense has selected product of the Finnish company Sisu Auto in the 200 million-euro armored car procurement competition, as reported by Andris Karkluvalks on Delfi. Representatives of Latvia have tested the model "GTP 4x4", which won against the AM General “Humwee”, “Marauder LAV” and Turkish Otokar “Cobra".


Sisu GTP 4x4 (Picture source: Sisu)

Currently, it is not specified which of the specified criteria for the selection of the Sisu GTP 4x4 has or have led to the decision. And the Ministry of Defense does not officially comment on whether the procurement commission has already decided on the winner.

The GTP 4x4 presented to the Latvians by Sisu is a new vehicle, unveiled on April 6, 2018. Without additional weapons, it weighs 14 tons, is 6 meters long, 2.5 meters wide and 2.5 meters high. Its 6-cylinder diesel engine enables the vehicle to reach 100 km/h. The maximum range is set at 700 kilometers. Depending on the road conditions and tasks to be carried on, the vehicle can receive additional equipment, armament and cargo up to 4.5 tons. The conversion possibilities even during operations are a major advantage in terms of maintenance costs and longevity.

The GTP 4x4 is basically intended as a replacement for the Patria Pasi (originally Sisu Pasi), approaching its end of life. The Patria Pasi is still used in Estonia, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Ghana and Finland itself, as well as in some UN peacekeeping forces.


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[*] posted on 27-11-2018 at 07:28 PM


Thailand demonstrates new 4x4 AFV-420P Mosquito armored fighting vehicle

POSTED ON MONDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2018 14:08

Panus Assembly Co. Ltd displays the latest version of its 4x4 armored vehicles based on HMV-420. Following a series of tests carried on from September to this November month in Kanchanaburi and listening to the input from the army requesting a special layer of armor emerged the new "Mosquito" 4x4 AFV-420P vehicle.


Panus has completed the testing phase of its 4x4 AFV-420P "Mosquito"(Picture source: Battlefield Defense)

Steel layers can be added to protect the personnel and engine compartments against 12.7 mm caliber ammunition and schrapnels. The axle shafts have been replaced with larger ones and the tires are enlarged so that the vehicle is slightly higher. The vehicle can accommodate a remotely controlled weapon station of a more conventional turret armed with a 12.7 mm caliber MG and/or missile launcher(s).

The AFV-420P platform is used for variants such as APC, radar vehicle, command and communication vehicles, etc. The AFV-420P has a weight of 15.84 tons, with a payload of 1.5 tons. This vehicle has a length of 6.72 m, width of 2.86 m, height of 2.98 m, ground clearance is 0.61 m. It can reach 110 km/h. The turning radius is minimal thanks to its 4-wheel steering system.

Panus wants to produce and sell AFV-420P overseas.

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[*] posted on 29-11-2018 at 05:58 PM


Oshkosh Defense secures USD1.69 billion JLTV order with US Army

Ashley Roque, Washington, DC - Jane's Defence Weekly

28 November 2018

The US Army is moving on with plans to equip its force with Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and has placed a USD1.69 billion order with Oshkosh Defense.

In a 27 November announcement, the service said it had placed an order with the company for 6,107 JLTV vehicles and 22,166 kits. Delivery is expected to be completed in September 2019.

According to the plan, the service will begin equipping its first unit with 350 JLTVs in January 2019 and complete the fielding in March 2019, JLTV project manager Colonel Shane Fullmer told reporters in October.

“The JLTV is engineered with industry leading suspension and protection systems, as well as the ability to support a spectrum of mission kits and weapon systems required for the modern battlefield,” George Mansfield, vice-president and general manager of Joint Programs at Oshkosh Defense, said in a statement on 28 November.

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Canada Armed Forces takes delivery of 1st Mack Defense Kerax trucks

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2018 15:43

Canada’s Armed Forces have taken delivery of the first Mack Defense Kerax trucks for the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) Program, these are fitted with loadbeds designed and produced by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group.


Canada's Armed Forces have started to take delivery of 1500 Mack Defence Kerax 8x8 vehicles, 800 of which are fitted with a Marshall loadbed, 700 with load handling systems and all with Marshall provided ancillary equipment. (Source: Marshall)

Marshall, which has been established in Canada since 1999, has designed four variants of loadbeds to be fitted to more than 800 of the 1500 vehicles on order from Mack Defense. These include the cargo, cargo and crane, gun towing and repair truck variants. Marshall is also providing ancillary equipment including snow chain locker boxes for the whole fleet, which includes over 700 Load Handling Systems (LHS) vehicles. “In support of Canada’s defence policy, _Strong Secure, Engaged_, Mack Defense along with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and all our other key suppliers are proud to deliver the MSVS SMP trucks to the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces. Logistics vehicles like these trucks are used to move critical equipment, personnel and supplies and form the backbone of ground transportation capability of the Canadian Forces fulfilling a critical capability need at an important time for our customer,” said David Hartzell Sr, President, Mack Defense LLC.

“Marshall’s has professionally managed the production of the load beds and ancillary equipment which has supported Mack Defense ability to deliver the vehicles to the Canadian Armed Forces,” added Mr Hartzell. The Volvo Group, which includes Mack Defense and Arquus, formerly Renault Trucks Defense, was awarded, in 2015, a contract on behalf of the Department of National Defense, to deliver more than 1500 8x8 trucks for the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) Program. In 2016 Mack Defense selected Marshall to provide the loadbeds and ancillary equipment.

“Our proven capability in designing vehicle components for defence forces across the globe, our project management abilities and our supply chain management skills, including Marshall Aerospace Canada Inc selecting leading Canadian companies to support us, were integral parts of achieving success in winning and delivering on this contract,” said Alistair McPhee, Chief Executive of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group. “Production of the loadbeds, which is being done with our partners in Canada, has increased and is sustaining jobs in Canada,” added Mr McPhee.

Trials of the loadbeds, to prove their integrity, were completed during 2017 and passed the assessment, fully meeting the requirements. Production of the loadbeds and ancillary equipment started in late 2017 and final delivery will be during 2020. The Mack Defense Kerax 8x8 is a rigid logistic or tactical truck available with or without an armoured cab and self-defence weapon system. The twin steer front axles provide a tight turning radius and high performance with superior ride quality.
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[*] posted on 30-11-2018 at 07:26 PM


SDLE Presents Its Dragoon AFV in Egypt

(Source: Star Defense Logistics & Engineering; issued Nov 29, 2018)


The Patroller ASV developed by Spain’s SDLE is an improved variant of the Dragoon 4x4 armored vehicle, which itself is a descendant of the Cadillac-Gage Commando originally developed during the Vietnam War. (SDLE photo)

MADRID --- The Madrid-based company Star Defense Logistics & Engineering (SDLE) will present its Dragoon tactical armored vehicle at the first edition of the Egypt Defense Expo (EDEX).

EDEX will be hosted at the International Exhibition Center in Egypt on 3, 4 and 5 December 2018. The event hosts more than 300 exhibitors from around the world. EDEX was presented by the Egyptian Minister of Military Production, Mohamed Al Asar, and the General Head of the Armament Authority, Hisham Abdelrahman Alkhatib, who underlined that EDEX represents a great expansion opportunity for the whole Defense industry. SDLE will be at the East West Connection pavilion, (stand 1720).

The Dragoon stands out for its operational versatility. It can be equipped with a wide range of weapons systems of different calibers as well as additional protection kits, riot management systems, satellite, towing, etc.

Patroller ASV

The Dragoon was improved and renamed Dragoon 2 ASV (Armored Security Vehicle), or Patroller. Designed primarily for police and security functions, it is in use by different security agencies in the United States, the military police of Turkey, Québec and Guatemala.

In addition to manufacturing Dragoon vehicles, SDLE has positioned itself as a supplier to the military sector in more than 25 countries for supplying spare parts, maintenance and modernization for many different types of armoured vehicles, including the M-1A1, T-54, T-62, M-60A3, YPR-765, M-113; BMP-1 and BMP-2 and the BMR-600. About to reach 10 years since its founding, the Spanish company has achieved leadership as an independent distributor in the sector, and is an official supplier of NATO and the United Nations.

SDLE will be showing at EDEX its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for defense and security missions and its anti-drone system, one of the few in the market that has demonstrated its effectiveness and capacity to neutralize UAVs.

Star Defense Logistics & Engineering (www.sdle.info) has an extensive experience as independent distributor of spare parts for military vehicles and equipment. SDLE is one of the main suppliers of the military sector in Spain, and is already exporting products and services to more than 25 countries. Its continuous growth and commitment to innovation have led the company to also be a leader in logistical and technological support services, as well as in the development of UAVs.

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Edex 2018: Tyron showcases All-Terrain Rubber runflats

POSTED ON MONDAY, 03 DECEMBER 2018 09:33

Rubber runflats trialled by the Egyptian Defence Forces on their Crocodile or Timsah 4x4 are on at the centre of the Tyron display on stand 2600 in Hall 2.


The Tyron All-Terrain Rubber Runflat (ATR) has been extensively trualled on the Egyptian Temsah or Crocodile 4x4 armoured vehicle (Picture source: Tyron)

The All Terrain Rubber runflats are multipart units which makes them easy to change with standard tyre fitter tools wherever required thus reducing the logistical burden associated with other type of rubber runflats. “We have developed our All-Terrain Rubber runflats based on conversations with both vehicle OEMs and the end user, in both cases they have told us they want something that enables the vehicle to continue moving at speed, reduces the logistic tail whilst giving the crew and passegers as comfortable ride as possible,” said Tony Glazebrook, Technical Director of Tyron Runflats.

The use of rubber versus composite materials reduces the vibration and stresses that are transmittable through the runflat to the wheels, axles and drive shafts allowing the vehicle to continue with its mission with little change to the handling whilsts retaining some comfort for the crew.

Rubber also has the benefit of ensuring beadlock so that in the event of a puncture the wheel stays locked onto the wheel. This is possible because rubber is a malleable material which can be moulded to fit in a space. Tyron’s runflats are slightly larger so that they really grip the tyre something that can only do with rubber. A hard composite needs to be manufactured to an exact size and if there is any error on the beadlock on the tyre then the chance of losing beadlock increases.

Since 1977 Tyron has been developing a range of tyre safety features which are designed to keep vehicles moving safely at speed and for distances well in excess of standard requirements. In the early 80’s Tyron was contacted by the UK MoD to develop a range of steel bands for the Land Rover steel wheels. These were not only far stronger than the aluminium bands but also solved the problem of ‘catalytic’ reaction between the two different metals where the aluminium bands were prone to welding onto the steel wheels preventing removal of tyres when they needed to be changed.

In 2008 Tyron invented the world’s first ever multi piece rubber run flat All Terrain Runflat (ATR) insert which can be fitted in the field to both military split rims and ordinary tubeless wheels, giving excellent off road capabilities with run flat capability of up to 100 km which far exceeds the Finabel standard. In 2009 Tyron developed the unique R series wheel for armoured 4x4, 6x6 and cash carrying vehicles. This super strong alloy wheel, with a load rating of 1650kg, incorporates an ingenious beadlock design. When fitted with the ATR they allow travel on or off road for over 50km with all tyres deflated.
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