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[*] posted on 16-7-2020 at 08:53 PM


Colombian army studies to upgrade M1117 4x4 armored vehicles with Belgian John Cockerill CSE 90LP turret

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 16 JULY 2020 08:11

The Colombian Army studies the possibility to integrate the Belgian turret John Cockerill CSE 90LP on M1117 4x4 armored vehicle manufactured by the American Company Textron Marine & Land Systems, the vehicle is named Pegaso by the Colombian army.


M1117 Commando vehicle fitted Belgian-made John Cockerill CSE 90LP turret. (Picture source Army Recognition)

According to the Military Balance 2020, the Colombian army has a total of 28 M1117, 32 Stryker 8x8 armored vehicles and 121 EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armored vehicles armed with a 90mm cannon. An undisclosed number of Colombian M11117 will be upgraded with the Belgian turret John Cockerill CSE 90LP.

Textron M1117 Commando 4x4 armored vehicle in service with the Colombian army under the name of "Pegaso". According to the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) arms trade database, 28 M1117 ASV (Armored Security Vehicle), 4x4 armored vehicles were delivered to Colombia in 2013/2014 and the second batch of 60 vehicles was delivered in 2016, including command post version. According to a Colombian army officer, two versions of the American-made Textron 4x4 armored vehicles are in service with the Colombian army, the Commando Select, and the Commando Advanced.

The ASV is a highly mobile wheeled combat vehicle with 360-degree armor protection against small arms fire that can withstand anti-tank land mines under any wheel and artillery burst fragments overhead.

The M1117 is available in different variants including an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) version able to 10 military personnel including driver and commander. The vehicle is motorized with a Cummins 6CTA8.3, 260 hp/828 lb-ft engine, coupled to a transmission Allison MD3560 with 6 forward and 1 reverse speed. It can run at a maximum road speed of 97 km/h.

The John Cockerill CSE 90LP is a two-man weapon system that delivers the serious firepower and flexibility of the proven 90mm low-pressure weapon to mechanized forces. It does this in a compact package well-suited to light armored vehicles. The Cockerill CSE 90LP offers 24-hour day/night operating capability and a wide range of target effects. Ideal for peacekeeping and war-fighting alike, the in-service-Cockerill CSE 90LP provides a uniquely attractive combination of firepower, protection, and high mobility.
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[*] posted on 17-7-2020 at 10:59 AM


Sisu Auto selects Texelis to provide axles for GTP 4x4 test series

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 16 JULY 2020 09:52

The SISU GTP 4x4 recently selected for assessment as the future armored 4x4 for the Finnish Defense Forces is fitted with independent suspension axles manufactured by Texelis of Limoges in France.


Sisu GTP 4x4 (Picture source: Sisu)

The Finnish Army recently announced that the test series of the vehicle will be used to acquire information on the capability and operability of this vehicle with regard to the Defence Forces' mobility requirements in the future both in Finland and on crisis management operations. The GTP 4x4 has also won a Latvian Ministry of Defence procurement competition.

The T700 axles, designed in partnership with Timoney of Ireland, is a modular driveline for military and commercial vehicles with gross axle weight requirements of up to 7,000 kg. The axle system utilises proven modular sub-assemblies including Texelis's wheel hubs and differentials in conjunction with Timoney's independent suspension technology. "We selected the Texelis axle system as it is a proven solution suitable for the purpose. Also, the T700 from Texelis is an off-the-shelf product and as such favorable also from the Security of Supply point of view." said Jyri Ahonen, Vice President Military Vehicles at Sisu Auto.

The SISU GTP has been designed with high levels of mobility for the harshest environments; to be modular to fulfill a range of tasks, including troop and logistic carriage, recce, and command and control; easily maintained, and protected up to Stanag 4569 both mine and ballistic protection with add on armor available as an option.
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[*] posted on 18-7-2020 at 02:13 PM


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17 JULY 2020

VPK unveils Strela 4×4 tactical armoured vehicle

by Nikolai Novichkov

Russia's Military Industrial Company (VPK) has developed a concept for a new family of light tactical vehicles on its own initiative, VPK director general Alexander Krasovitskiy told Janes on 15 July.


Strela 4×4 multipurpose air-transportable armoured vehicle. (Nikolai Novichkov)

The Strela (Arrow) 4×4 multipurpose air-transportable armoured platform can be configured as a command-and-control, protected transport, or patrol vehicle. It carries up to eight servicemen, including the driver, depending on the configuration.

The platform uses advanced commercial-off-the-shelf components of the GAZ vehicle family, which Russian industry plans to mass produce. The Strela features a modular design and has only Russian-made subsystems.

”VPK enterprises will produce the vehicle, with JSC Arzamas Machinebuilding Plant responsible for final assembly [and] have the capacity to produce over 500 platforms a year,” said Krasovitskiy.

The 4.7-tonne Strela is 4.7 m long, 2.2 m wide, and 2.1 m high. It is powered by a 2.8-litre 200 hp diesel engine, producing a top road speed of 155 km/h and a range of 1,000 km. It has a five-stage mechanical or six-stage automatic gearbox. The Strela has an independent front suspension and rear spring suspension.
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[*] posted on 18-7-2020 at 03:16 PM


Indonesian PT Pindad unveils Maung 4x4 light tactical vehicle

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 17 JULY 2020 14:57

PT Pindad (Persero) officially introduced the latest product in the tactical vehicle segment (Rantis), Defence Studies reports. This time, the product created by the SOE is a bit little different from usual. Abraham Moses, President Director of PT Pindad (Persero), said that the Rantis, named Maung, does indeed have differences. The concept leads to lightweight Rantis that can be used on highways or off-road terrain.


Maung 4x4 tactical vehicle (Picture source: PT Pindad)

In terms of specifications, Abraham Moses, CEO of PT Pindad, said that the development of Maung itself was completed more than three years ago, followed by a long process for the construction design. Starting from the chassis, the body, dimensions to other original technical calculations were worked out by Pindad. The quality of the materials used for this military vehicle is not arbitrary: "For the process, we have conducted more than two years of trials, especially in the chassis sector”, Abraham Moses said.

"The Toyota Hilux 2,494 cc, 16-Valve DOHC turbo diesel engine and the transmission do not come from Pindad," he said. The power generated by this engine is 149 hp, while the torque is set at 400 Nm. The engine is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, with a rear differential lock.


Maung 4x4 tactical vehicle (Picture source: PT Pindad)
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[*] posted on 23-7-2020 at 10:08 AM


Urovesa to supply up to 700 Vamtac tactical vehicles to Spanish armed forces

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 22 JULY 2020 12:08

The Spanish Ministry of Defense and the Galician company Urovesa have signed a framework contract for the supply of up to 700 High Tactical Mobility Vehicles (Vamtac) to the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and common structures for an amount of 146.3 million euro.


Three main variants of the Vamtac will be manufactured at the Urovesa factory in Valga (Pontevedra): high tactical mobility (AMT), high protection (AP) and amphibious without preparation (VSP). Each one has different configurations (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The contract entered into force on July 15, according to the formalization notice published two days later on the State Contracting Platform, B. Carrasco reports on InfoDefensa. The duration of the contract is four years, with the option of an extension for another two additional years.

Three main variants will be manufactured at the Urovesa factory in Valga (Pontevedra): high tactical mobility (AMT), high protection (AP) and amphibious without preparation (VSP). Each one has different configurations. Thus, for example, the high tactical mobility variant includes personnel carrier versions (troop transport and command post), closed van (transmissions and ambulance), general cargo, containers and weapon system platform carriers (Spike, Tow, Mistral missiles). Water tank, fire fighting, fuel tank and crane are possible ulterior configurations.

The contract specifications include the acquisition of 663 vehicles, although it is clear that this is an approximate figure. In any case, the final number will be between 600 and 700 units, depending on the needs of each year and budget availability. According to the initial plan, the Army will receive 302 AMT vehicles and 41 AP; the Navy, 100 VSP; the Air Force, 20 AMT and another 20 AP; and the 160 AP and 20 VSP common organs.

The framework contract also includes semi-annual training courses for ten mechanics and drivers of the Armies and the Navy. It also establishes the installation in the vehicles of lateral anchorages for their transport by Airbus A400M Atlas transport aircraft, by road or rail.
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[*] posted on 25-7-2020 at 01:17 PM


Uzbek company produces Tarlon and Ejder Yalçın 4x4 armored vehicles

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 24 JULY 2020 10:00

On July 21, 2020, the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the Defense Industry announced that local company Kran Va Maxsus Texnikala LLC in Tashkent is starting production of a 4x4 light armored vehicle called Tarlon, Live Journal reports.


Tarlon armored vehicles manufactured in Uzbekistan (Picture source: State Defense Industry of Uzbekistan)

The Tarlon is an armored personnel carrier fitted with a turret that might leave room to an RWS. The vehicle can be manufactured in different variants. It is somehow a likely development carried on with the Turkish company Nurol Makina.


Tarlon armored vehicles manufactured in Uzbekistan (Picture source: State Defense Industry of Uzbekistan)

Indeed, besides the production of the Tarlon, the actual implementation of the memorandum of understanding signed in 2017 with the Uzbek automotive enterprise UzAuto on the organization of joint production in Uzbekistan at the facilities of the last 1,000 Turkish Ejder Yalçın 4x4 armored vehicles developed by the Turkish Nurol Makina has begun. The Ejder Yalcin is a 4x4 wheeled tactical armored combat vehicle. Its hull is of all-welded steel armor construction that provides ballistic protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters. The vehicle is based on monocoque structures with integrated V-shaped armored hull that increase vehicle and crew survivability by deflecting an upward directed blast from a landmine or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) away from the vehicle, while also presenting a sloped armor face. The Ejder Yalcin is motorized with a Cummins Diesel engine developing 300 hp at 3,100 rpm, coupled to a fully automatic transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter. The vehicle can reach 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km.

The agreement also provides for the supply of armored vehicles assembled at UzAuto to third countries.


Ejder Yalcin (Picture source: Army Recognition)
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[*] posted on 30-7-2020 at 10:33 PM


German Panzergrenadier Brigade 37 operates new Rheinmetall UTF trucks

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 30 JULY 2020 09:38

In 2023, the Panzergrenadier Brigade 37 "Free State of Saxony" will form the core of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), an association with a very high level of operational readiness. Two truck models from Rheinmetall MAN, with payloads of 5 and 15 tons, are used to perform transport tasks. The 65 UTF’s with their 440 hp engines replace the MAN vehicles that have served for 40 years.


When driving the Rheinmetall truck up a steep slope, the performance of the UTF must be completely convincing. The descent is slow and controlled (Picture source: Bundeswehr / Philipp Roßbach)

The 4th company of Supply Battalion 131 uses the UTF during the military training area stay in Klietz. Robustness and mobility in difficult terrain are convincing. At the various stations of the off-road training course, the driver and vehicle are asked a lot. Waters that are 1.50 meters deep cannot harm the transporter. Steep slopes with a 50 percent gradient are feasible.

The "factory-fresh" trucks were previously taken over in the material warehouse in Karlsruhe. The return trip to the different locations of the brigade was also the first long test drive of the ten-meter-long rolling service providers. Modern assistance systems such as off-road ABS and automatic transmission make driving easier. A radio equips the trucks to avoid traffic jams.

Deployments of the armed forces and also basic operations require functioning logistics in which trucks are one of the core system elements. For the special tactical and technical requirements, Rheinmetall offers a wide range of highly mobile truck systems that can form the basis for reliable logistical tasks.

Adapted transport vehicles play a central role in the execution and success of a mission. Rheinmetall sees its "trucks" not only as a transporter but above all as a "supporter" of the emergency services. The concept for the military vehicles in the company's product portfolio is then based on the requirements of the users. Starting with a transporter as a commercial vehicle from the civilian standard product range (Commercial off the Shelf, COTS), commercial vehicles that have been adapted to military requirements and military standard commercial vehicles to military special vehicles, a wide range of transport vehicles is tailored to the respective needs tailored, offered.

Today's Rheinmetall military vehicles are based on MAN's Trucknology Generation (TG). Since 2010, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, the joint venture between Rheinmetall and MAN, has been responsible for the development, production and sales of products that are specifically tailored to the military customer base. For the logistic tasks of the armed forces, the vehicles were further developed in accordance with the military requirements. The key points here are reliability under all climatic conditions, off-road capability and, last but not least, occupant protection. While the Medium Mobility Truck System category is designed as a transporter system for medium mobility, the High Mobility Truck System covers the highest mobility levels (A and B).

The High Mobility Truck System consists of two series: the SX series as the current development stage of the original MAN gl and HX as a further development from the civilian TGA series. SX and HX vehicles are military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) products, in which reliable components from the large series are combined with technology specially designed for military needs. Examples include a special cooler arrangement, wading ability up to 1.50 meters and engines based on NATO's single-fuel concept. The trucks are designed for high payloads, robustness and mobility and are standard for ambient temperatures between -32 ° C (optionally up to -46 ° C) and + 49 ° C. The vehicles are adapted to the military requirements in a separate development department of the RMMV in Vienna, at the production location of the MOTS vehicles.

The SX is the current development stage of the original MAN gl. The vehicles in the SX series set high standards in off-road capability. With its off-road capabilities, the vehicle is often equal to tracked vehicles. The vehicle is designed for a lifespan of over 30 years. The necessary corrosion and long-term protection was coordinated with the German armed forces.

An extremely torsion-resistant box frame with hollow profile side members and welded pipe supports was developed for the SX. The progressive coil suspension for very long spring travel complements mobility and low torsion. This means that the bodies remain protected even in difficult terrain and when driving fast. On request, a hydropneumatic suspension with integrated, load-dependent shock absorbers and very large spring travel can be used on the rear axle for maximum driving stability under the toughest conditions.
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[*] posted on 31-7-2020 at 09:07 AM


30 JULY 2020

New heavy-duty trucks in service with PLA's Tibet Military District

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

The Tibet Military District of China’s People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) has received new 8 × 8 heavy-duty military trucks manufactured by the Shaanxi Automobile Group, according to video footage shown in a 28 July report by the state-owned China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7) channel.

The footage shows several of the new trucks, the designation of which was not disclosed, taking part in a number of driving drills, including one simulating an engagement by enemy personnel, at the Qinghai-Tibet Military Station of the Tibet Military District.


A screengrab from CCTV 7 video footage released on 28 July showing new heavy-duty trucks (the two vehicles in the foreground) that have entered service with the PLA’s Tibet Military District. (CCTV 7)

According to Chinese news sources, Shaanxi won the bid for a third-generation heavy-duty truck procurement programme in 2017. It is understood that the truck was required to be built entirely using locally made components, as opposed to using parts made by foreign companies that have predominated in previous generations of PLAGF trucks.

The vehicle was reportedly also required to have independent suspension and an automatic transmission “as well as a modular design, allowing the base chassis to be used for a number of roles. From the available footage it appears that the trucks are built around a semi-rigid chassis with a forward control cab and a mid-body engine.

The truck has a large load tray at the rear of the chassis that extends from the rear of the second axle to the end of the chassis. The vehicles in the video were shown in a basic troop or cargo-carrying configuration.
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[*] posted on 4-8-2020 at 09:58 AM


Netherlands marines assist police with Anaconda off-road vehicles during tropical storm

POSTED ON MONDAY, 03 AUGUST 2020 13:58

Due to the arrival of tropical storm Isaia, the Netherlands (Dutch) Defense has been supporting local authorities in Saint-Martin (in the Caribbean). The armed forces assist the police on request with three Iveco Anaconda off-road vehicles. They are intended to be used on roads where police cars can no longer come, for example, due to rainfall or damage.


DMV Anaconda (Picture source: Netherlands MoD)

The DMV Anaconda 4x4 (DMV, Dutch Military Vehicles) is a robust all-terrain vehicle. The vehicle has been specially developed for the Marine Corps in the Netherlands Antilles. Their priorities are mobility and humanitarian aid. The Anaconda is foreseen to be armed but can carry a lot of supplies.

The Marine Corps drove 40 Mercedes-Benz G280 CDIs on Curaçao. This armored vehicle was actually overqualified for the duties of the Marines in the West. For example defense of Dutch territory, emergency aid in the region, support for the authorities and patrols in difficult terrain. The army has a great need for the MB. Therefore, those of the Marines are replaced by 46 Anacondas.

The Anaconda weighs 6 tons when loaded. It is based on the Iveco Daily 4x4. It is produced in four variants:

* command variant: has no main armament, but is equipped with sufficient radio equipment for a command post;
* patrol variant: has main armament and a limited amount of radio equipment;
* general support variant: is a workhorse without radio equipment but with armament;
* school variant: the same as the general support variant, only with an additional brake pedal that can be folded in for the co-driver.


DMV Anaconda (Picture source: Netherlands MoD)


DMV Anaconda (Picture source: Netherlands MoD)
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[*] posted on 4-8-2020 at 07:36 PM


Russian Paratrooper reconnaissance and special forces first to receive Typhoon-VDV armored vehicles

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 04 AUGUST 2020 08:50

The reconnaissance units and special forces of the Russian Airborne Forces will be the first to receive the new Typhoon-VDV armored vehicles. The commander of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov, said that, this year, the paratroopers will receive a batch of Kamaz K-4386 Typhoon-VDV for trial operation. Mass deliveries of it to the troops are expected in 2021. Earlier it was reported that whole battalions would receive these armored vehicles.


KAMAZ-4386 Typhoon-VDV with 32V01 RCWS (Picture source: Vitaly Kuzmin)

Military expert Vladislav Shurygin believes that this indicates serious changes in the Airborne Forces. According to him, we are talking about changing the concept of the Ministry of Defense on the use of troops. The new technology will make it possible to turn the landing force into a rapid reaction force and the basis of the expeditionary contingent. “We saw that wheeled vehicles were in demand in Syria. All movements of Russian units take place on them. And in this case, the excellent security of the Typhoon-VDV will be very useful. Explosion resistance of this equipment is better than that of BMD, and in terms of armament it is not inferior to the BTR-82”, said Shurygin.

On June 24, at the parade in Moscow, they showed the troika K-4386 Typhoon-Airborne Forces in the version with an installed combat module. The 4x4 wheeled armored vehicle is equipped with an automatic 30-mm cannon and a machine gun. But not all K-4386s developed by Remdizel for the Airborne Forces will have a similar configuration. In the family of armored vehicles, there are other options with different weapons, and there is also a regular transport version to carry seven people or cargo.
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[*] posted on 4-8-2020 at 08:07 PM


Wow, does this mean the ADF can put a 30 mm cannon on the Bushmaster and call it an 4x4 armoured vehicle too?



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[*] posted on 4-8-2020 at 08:19 PM


Hell yeah!
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