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[*] posted on 10-4-2018 at 10:48 PM


Airborne Drop Tests in Progress for Potential SOF Ground Mobility Vehicle

(Source: US Army; issued April 6, 2018)


The Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV 1.1) is designed to be internally transportable via CH-47 Helicopter as well as U.S. Air Force C--130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III heavy lift aircraft. (US Army file photo)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. --- Testers at the U.S. Army Operational Test Command's (USAOTC) Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD) here recently conducted low-velocity airdrops of the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV 1.1).

The vehicle has the potential to provide tactical mobility to Special Operations [soldiers].

The GMV 1.1 is designed to be internally transportable via CH-47 Chinook helicopter as well as U.S. Air Force C--130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III heavy lift aircraft, and will be air-dropped a total of six times.

It will support tactical operators in both urban and non-urban environments across the full spectrum of Special Operations Forces (SOF) military operations and terrain profiles.

Military Occupational Specialists 92R -- parachute riggers -- are proficient in the preparation and aerial delivery rigging of the myriad of special operations equipment.

One such "rigger," Spc. Arron Hlavacek of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, along with Sgt. Jered Clifton with the 528th Special Troops Battalion, 528th Sustainment Brigade, are honing their skills as they participate in the GMV 1.1 aerial delivery test.

"Working on the GMV1.1 has been a great learning experience. During my time in the military I have worked primarily on packing and repairing personnel parachuting systems," Clifton said.

"The rigging of the GMV1.1 has given me an immediate appreciation of the work and challenges in rigging vehicles for Low Velocity Airdrop Deployment."

Sgt. 1st Class Juan Cruz, a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant, said operational testing of the GMV is about Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines.

"It's about making sure that the GMV 1.1 is effective and suitable for the environments that these highly trained Warfighters train and fight in," he said.

Aerial support for GMV 1.1 will be executed by U.S. Air Force or U.S. Naval/Marine aircraft. The initial airdrop of GMV 1.1 was conducted out of a Marine Corps C130J.

"This test truly is the conscience of the acquisition process," said Brett Womble, test manager for Project Manager Family of Special Operations Vehicles. "We simply want to get it right for our SOF users."

"We test and assess Army, Joint, and Multi-service airborne and airdrop related warfighting systems in realistic operational environments, using Soldiers to determine whether the systems are effective, suitable, and survivable," said Lt. Col. Greg Oquendo test division chief for ABNSOTD. "Every piece of equipment Soldiers use has been independently tested and evaluated to meet current and future Army needs and requirements.

"The GMV 1.1 will be become the standardized Special Operations combat vehicle with the operational flexibility to support the SOF core activities of Direct Action, Special Reconnaissance, Unconventional Warfare, and Counterinsurgency Operations."

The U.S. Army Operational Test Command is based at West Fort Hood, Texas and its mission is about making sure that systems developed are effective in a Soldier's hands and suitable for the environments in which Soldiers train and fight. Test units and their Soldiers provide feedback, by offering input to improve upon existing and future systems with which Soldiers will ultimately use to train and fight.

The Fort Bragg, N.C.-based ABNSOTD plans, executes, and reports on operational tests and field experiments of Airborne and Special Operations Forces equipment, procedures, aerial delivery and air transportation systems in order to provide key operational data for the continued development and fielding of doctrine, systems or equipment to the Warfighter.

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[*] posted on 12-4-2018 at 08:06 PM


Ashok Leyland unveils LSV 4x4 armoured vehicle

Posted On Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:40

On Wednesday 11 April, Ashok Leyland unveiled its new LSV 4x4 (Light Specialist Vehicle), a small armoured platform dedicated to operate on rough terrains, and adaptable to several purposes: reconnaissance, counter-insurgency, armament carrier, troop carriage, patrol missions, etc.


Ashok Leyland unveils its news LSV4 armoured platform (Picture source: Army Recognition )

All four sides of the armoured cab designed for a crew of four (including the driver) are protected for STANAG level 1. This all-wheel-drive vehicle is motorized with an air-cooled 180hp H6 diesel engine associated to an automatic 5-speed transmission.

The electrical system works in 24 volts. The axles are independently suspended and benefot from an elctronically-controlled air suspension (ECAS). The 335/80 R20 tyres are of the run-flat type.

The GVW is set at 5 tons, 8 being the maximum tolerated, with a 1-ton payload.
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[*] posted on 17-4-2018 at 02:59 PM


BEML unveils 4x4 MBPV

Akshara Parakala, Chennai - Jane's International Defence Review

16 April 2018

India’s state-linked BEML Limited has taken the opportunity at Defexpo 2018 in Chennai to showcase its indigenously developed 4x4 Medium Bullet Proof Vehicle (MBPV).


BEML Limited unveiled its new 4x4 Medium Bullet Proof Vehicle at Defexpo 2018 (IHS Markit/Akshara Parakala)

Designed for counterinsurgency operations, the all-wheel drive vehicle features a baseline armour protection of STANAG 456 Level 1 against small-arms fire, while its underbelly is stated to be capable of withstanding blasts from fragmentation grenades.

The MBPV is powered by a water-cooled, four-stroke in-line turbocharged engine with automatic transmission, which enables it to attain a maximum road speed of 80 km/h
It accommodates a crew of two, with space for up to eight fully equipped dismounts in the protected rear compartment.

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[*] posted on 17-4-2018 at 07:26 PM


DSA 2018: Cendana introduces new Special Operation Vehicle

Posted On Tuesday, 17 April 2018 04:46

New Special Operations Forces light vehicles appeared at this year’s edition of Defence Services Asia (DSA), being held from April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur. Developed by the local company Cendana Auto SDN BHD, the Special Operation Vehicle (SOV) is designed to meet SOF needs deployed in harsh environment such as jungle.


Cendana's SOV vehicles at DSA 2018

According to Cendana, the SOV can carry up to six fully equipped soldiers. It features excellent road holding thanks to a low center of gravity, fiddle brakes system and small turning circle giving rapid steering response. Distribution of 25% of weight over each wheel offers greater traction on all surfaces.

The SOV is powered by a 2.8l 5 Cylinder single stage turbo diesel engine (197hp), allowing the vehicle to reach a maximum speed of 170 km/h. Its modular design allows SOF operators to fit the vehicle with a wide range of sub-systems and weapon systems, such as 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm machine guns, or 40 mm AGL.

It is 4.95 m long, 1.85 m high and 1.85 m wide. The vehicle has a 75% climb capability gradient and a 40% side slope gradient.
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[*] posted on 18-4-2018 at 09:05 PM


Kawasaki's MULE PRO-FXT proposed to Malaysian Armed Forces

Posted On Wednesday, 18 April 2018 06:43

DSA 2018 sees the Japan defense industry promoting a range of products in the ASEA region. Among others, Kawasaki is offering its latest Mule Pro-FXT all-terrain vehicle.


Kawasaki MULE PRO-FXT ATV
(Credit: Kawasaki)

Kawasaki’s MULE PRO-FXT is a MULE Series ATV, which high durability acquires reputation as multipurpose four wheel vehicle. Increased its performance, as engine, handling, and suspensions obviously realize to decrease fatigue from long driving.

The 453 kg payload capacity with 3 passengers (158 kg with 6 passengers), provides transportation of soldiers and equipment at one time.

The MULE PRO-FXT side x side's three-passenger Trans Cab system can easily be converted to six-passenger mode.

Thanks to its 4 stroke 3 cylinder DOHC engine, it can reach a maximum speed of 70 km/h. It also has a towing capability of up to 907 kg.

Its multi-function display includes digital speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, hour meter, clock, dual trip meters, 2WD/4WD indicator, water temperature warning indicator, oil pressure warning indicator, fuel injection warning indicator, CVT and EPS warning indicators, neutral.
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DSA 2018: BMC offering Amazon 4x4 armored vehicle to Malaysian military

Posted On Wednesday, 18 April 2018 05:09

Malaysian Armed Forces are actively looking at new armored 4x4 platforms. Among numerous vehicle manufactures showcasing at DSA 2018 is the Turkey-based company BMC and its latest Amazon Multi-Purpose Armored Vehicle.


BMC Amazon Multi-Purpose Armored Vehicle at DSA 2018

The BMC Amazon 4x4 multi-purpose armoured vehicle was presented for the first time to the public during the Defense Exhibition Eurosatory in June 2016. It's new generation of 4x4 combat vehicle offering high level of protection against mine and IEDs threats.

The design of the BMC Amazon is standard with the engine at the front, the crew in the middle and the troops compartment at the rear. The vehicle can carry a total of 7 military personnel including driver and commander.

The BMC Amazon has a monocoque structure with integrated v-shaped armoured hull that protects people against mine blast by deflecting an upward directed blast away from the vehicle.

The vehicle is also protected against side blasts from improvised and roadside explosive device (IED) and shell splinters.

The vehicle is powered by a Cummins ISB 360 PS Turbo Diesel Engine (360 hp) offering a maximum speed of 120 km/h and an operational range of 1000 km. Optional equipment includes CBRN protection, smoke grenade launchers, fire suppression system, RPG protection, self recovery winch and jamming system.

Recently, during the Independence Day parade held in the capital in December 2017, Turkmenistan has displayed several recently acquired foreign-made ground vehicles for its army and special forces.
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[*] posted on 18-4-2018 at 09:21 PM


EDIC NIMR Ajban LRSOV and Ajban 440A combat vehicles at DSA 2018

Posted On Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:51

The Company EDIC NIMR based in United Arab Emirates presents its Ajban Long Range Special Operations Vehicle (LRSOV) and Ajban 440A light protected vehicle at DSA 2018, the International Defense and Security exhibition in Malaysia.

The Malaysian army would like to acquire a new light combat vehicle for his special forces.


NIMR Ajban Long Range Special Operations Vehicle (LRSOV) at DSA 2018, the International Defense and Security Exhibition in Malaysia. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The NIMR Ajban Long Range Special Operations Vehicle (LRSOV) is a open-top, long-range 4×4 reconnaissance variant in the AJBAN family of vehicles developed by NIMR Automotive, a part of Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), for special operations forces.

The AJBAN LRSOV is based on the NIMR 4×4 chassis. It offers accommodation for four crew members and can be optionally fitted with an additional seat for carrying additional occupant. The platform offers superior 360° situational awareness.

The vehicle is fitted with ring mount located on the top of the open-top architecture that can be fitted a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun. The side of the vehicle can be equipped with swivel weapon station can be armed with 7.62 or 5.56mm caliber machine gun.

The Ajban SOV is powered by an engine developing 296 hp at 2,500 rpm coupled to a 6 speed automatic transmission. It can run at a maximum speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 700 km.


NIMR Ajban 400A multi-purpose protected tactical vehicle at DSA 2018, the International Defense and Security Exhibition in Malaysia. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The AJBAN 440A is a multi-purpose protected patrol variant in AJBAN-class family of 4×4 tactical vehicles also designed and developed by NIMR Automotive.

The Ajban 440A is based on a 4×4 chassis with a double crew cab a the front and an open-top cargo compartment at the rear.

It has a length of 5.6m and a wheelbase of 3.3m, while its height and width are 2.35m. It has a gross weight of 10,750kg and has a payload of 1,200 kg maximum.

The armoured crew cabin can accommodate up to four personnel, including a driver and a commander. The personnel enter or leave the vehicle through two doors fitted on either side. A bullet-proof glass window is provided on each door to provide situational awareness and ballistic protection for crew members.

The standard configuration of the vehicle is equipped with a self-recovery winch, a self-sealing protected fuel tank, and a battery management system.
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Milkor from South Africa introduces 4x4 armoured vehicle at DSA 2018

Posted On Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:11

The South African Company Milkor designer and manufacturer of the hand held 40mm Multiple Grenade Launcher weapon systems expand its defense activities with the launch of new 4x4 armoured vehicle at DSA 2018, the International Defense and Security Exhibition in Malaysia.


Scale model of Milkor 4x4 armoured vehicle at DSA 2018, the International Defense and Security exhibition in Malaysia. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Milkor has started the development of a new 4x4 armoured vehicle, a scale model of the vehicle was showed during the defense exhibition in Malaysia. The first prototype of a 4x4 armoured vehicle planned to start manufacturing in early 2018 has been advanced.

This first design will be called Milkor 4x4 and has a V-shape hull for better mine protection and B7 ballistic protection. This vehicle is suitable for defence forces, police, and security forces as an armoured personnel carrier, ambulance, anti-riot vehicle as well as command vehicle with up to 8+2 passenger capacity.

Milkor 4x4 will be fitted with all available technology to stand against IEDs. Different weapon systems are offered with this vehicle including remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) with automatic grenade launchers (AGL).
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[*] posted on 19-4-2018 at 05:14 PM


SISU Unveils GTP 4x4



Finland’s SISU Auto established its military vehicle credentials in the early 1980s with the PASI, an armoured personnel carrier that remains in widespread service today as a result of its robust design and operational efficiency.

Aging PASI fleets are now, however, reaching the end of their planned service lives and Sisu Auto has responded to this by introducing a modern, modular armoured vehicle whose performance eclipses that of its predecessor: the GTP 4x4. The vehicle offers distinct advantages in three separate fundamental capability categories:

- Mobility: the vehicle is equipped with an independent suspension system and differential locks in each wheel, providing mobility characteristics that will cope with severe off-road terrain or whatever the operational environment might be. Payload in off-road conditions is up to 4,500kg, dependent upon the selected protection level;

- Versatility: the GTP fulfils a wide variety of operational roles. Separate backbone and crew body structures result in unmatched versatility, and have enabled the development of numerous variants for different operational uses, as well as offering easy maintainability even in field conditions. Interchangeable components and maintainability are also important factors in the vehicle’s life cycle support economy;

- Survivability: Sisu Auto has gained considerable expertise in armouring solutions during the long history of armoured vehicle deliveries intended for the harshest operational applications. In addition to the vast number of PASIs delivered, armoured SISU 8×8 trucks are also field proven, having served in NATO-led operations in Afghanistan and now in the UN-led mission in Lebanon. The crew survivability of the GTP is based on this expertise and knowledge. A modular structure allows mission-specific protection solutions. Protection levels can be increased with an additional add-on kit or replacement components as necessary.

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Centigon France Contract Partner for Dutch Army Armoured Trucks

(Source: Centigon Group; issued April 18, 2018)



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PARIS --- Following an international tender won by the Swedish manufacturer Scania, more than 2,000 trucks will be built and delivered to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) of the Netherlands' Ministry of Defence.

Centigon, a sister company of the Centigon Security Group, a world-leading provider of civil and military armoured vehicles, was contracted by Scania to manufacture 185 armoured cabins with an option for 400 additional units for The Netherlands' Ministry of Defence. The armoured cabins are designed to withstand the various threats during missions.

CENTIGON France Chief Executive Officer Franck Baucher underlined, "the importance of this contract, which came in addition to the Danish forces market. It is the know-how of all the Centigon teams that is recognized, from the design office, to the welders through the ballistic experts, not to mention the sales team. The partnership with Scania is a true win-win relationship and we are confident that other armies will follow soon."

For more than 60 years, Centigon has been designing and producing armour conversion services for military and civil applications. Its armoured vehicles well known for their reliability and superior quality are used all over the world by armies, special forces, ministries, governments, NGOs, CIT companies and central banks.

Armoured cabin deliveries to Scania will begin in 2020; the ten-year framework contract also includes a suite of support services: integrated logistics (ILS), maintenance and repair (MCO), spare parts provisioning and training.

Centigon is a market leader in Europe, Africa and Middle East and cumulates over 60 years of experience in ballistic protection and armour integration Centigon produces all types of protected vehicles: cash-in-transit, civil and military. With an extensive know-how and ballistic expertise, Centigon vehicles offer protection against multiple threats (handgun, assault rifle, piercing weapons and blast). Centigon employs 160 people and has delivered 1000+ armoured vehicles over the past five years.

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DSA 2018: Malaysian companies unveil special operations vehicles

Gabriel Dominguez, Kuala Lumpur and Jayesh Dhingra, Kuala Lumpur - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

18 April 2018


Malaysia’s Kembara Suci unveiled its Tafuq special operations vehicle at the DSA 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Source: IHS Markit/Gabriel Dominguez

Two Malaysian companies unveiled at the 16-19 Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) new 4x4 vehicles that are being marketed for special operations forces (SOF) in Southeast Asia.

Selangor-based firm Kembara Suci (KS) showcased its 5.3 m-long Tafuq special operations vehicle (SOV), which has been primarily designed to meet a requirement for the commando units of the Malaysian armed forces, but is also being offered to other Southeast Asian countries.

Powered by a 197 bhp diesel engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, the 1.86 m-wide and 1.81 m-high vehicle can be equipped with up to three weapon mounts that can carry a 7.62 mm, a 12.7 mm machine gun, and a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.

Designed for quick-reaction teams the recently developed four-seat platform has a kerb weight of 2,010 kg, a maximum payload capacity of 1,500 kg, a ground clearance of 250 mm, and a fording capability of 500 mm.

An SOV currently under development by Putrajaya-based Cendana Auto was also displayed at the show. The 4.95 m-long and 1.85 m-wide platform is powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine generating 197 bhp and can reach a top cruising speed of 170 km/h.

The 1.8 tonne vehicle, which has a lower centre of gravity to enhance manoeuvrability, has a fording capability of 750 mm and is fitted with two Rubtec-made soft mounts for 7.62 mm light machine guns and one ring mount for a 12.7 mm machine gun or a 50 mm grenade launcher.

Once development of the four-seat platform is completed the company wants to offer it primarily to the Malaysian Army for the service’s fast-assault-vehicle requirement, but a company official told Jane’s that Cendana Auto will also promote the vehicle for the broader Asian market.

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Roshel Has Started Serial Production of its New APC – Roshel Senator

(Source: Roshel Defence Solutions; issued April 18, 2018)


Even though it enters a very crowded market, Canada’s Roshel says that its Senator 4x4 armored vehicle has already won some production orders, with the first delivery planned for October. (Roshel photo)

TORONTO --- Roshel Defence Solutions has started serial production of its recently developed and tested multi-purpose Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) – Senator. The APCs of these series are produced from start to finish at the Roshel’s manufacturing facility in Toronto, Canada.

The Roshel Senator is a high mobile multi-purpose transport vehicle, which was specifically developed for peacekeeping and law enforcement applications. This tactical platform features a high level of maneuverability as well as advanced off-road capabilities, making it efficient in accomplishing its missions in urban and cross-country terrain. In addition to being an Armored Personnel Carrier, this versatile platform offers various interchangeable function modules, such as Medical Evacuation, Anti-riot, Command & Control Centre, EOD, NBC, Reconnaissance, etc.

Depending on the intended role, the Roshel Senator provides ballistic and mine protection for up to CEN B7/ STANAG 4569 Level II. As an industry leader in the law enforcement vehicle market, Roshel focuses its R&D and engineering efforts on the survivability of its vehicles, along with ergonomic design and increased performance. To achieve this highly-desired combination, Roshel has developed and implemented an innovative technology based on multilayer composite materials offering superior ballistic performance (protection against fragmentation and bullet penetration) at a lighter weight.

The manufacturer only utilizes ballistic materials and heavy-duty components, which have been tested by internationally recognized North American and European laboratories, to meet ballistic protection standards.

The Roshel Senator APC stands out from its competition by providing advanced integration capabilities allowing the platform to be equipped with comprehensive security systems, such as observation and surveillance, thermal and infrared imaging, two-way communications with a command control center, night vision, fire source detection, laser range finder, remote control weapons, chemical protection and many more.

The base model of the Senator comes with perimeter gunports, escape hatches, perimeter view cameras, gas extraction system, siren/PA system, emergency lighting, military-grade mine protected seats, 3-point military-grade seatbelts and many other security systems and emergency equipment.

To date, Roshel has already received several orders for its new Senator APC, and plans to deliver the first batch of vehicles in the third quarter of 2018. An official public release of the vehicle will be held at 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition, the largest defence trade show in North America, which will take place on October 8-10, 2018, in Washington, DC, USA (Roshel’s booth #2835).

“With our new series of vehicles, we are continuously focusing on providing our clients with future-proof solutions by further development of both hardware and software. In modern missions and operations, it’s not enough for the armoured vehicle just to provide reliable ballistic protection – it has to employ active protection systems and advanced security and control features. By integrating advanced electronic components developed by the top five global technology and defence leaders we believe to stay a step ahead of the competition for years to come. By the end of the year, we target to achieve over 3% market share in this segment”, says Roman Shimonov, CEO, Roshel Defence Solutions.

Roshel Defence Solutions specializes in manufacturing and supplying of tactical defence and security solutions to its clientele on a global scale. Our broad range of products includes armoured and special purpose vehicles, electronic countermeasures, and cyber intelligence systems.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Roshel was established by a distinguished group of defence and security professionals with many years of experience within the global markets.

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Soldiers, Marines Bring Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Operational Testing to Completion

(Source: US Army; issued April 17, 2018)


Marine Corps Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment perform amphibious landing missions at Camp Pendleton, Calif., during Joint Light Tactical Vehicle operational testing. (US Army photo)

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. --- Marines and Soldiers will finish testing the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Thursday at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) here.

Soldiers from Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division joined with Marines of Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, to run the JLTV through its paces by conducting real-world missions in an operational environment as realistic as Iraq or Afghanistan.

Testing began late February, and according to Randall G. Fincher, JLTV test officer with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC), 39 JLTVs in two variants of Combat Tactical Vehicle and Combat Support Vehicle were split, with 18 going to the Marines and 21 to the Army test units.

"The Marines and the Army were equipped with both variants in the following mission packages: Heavy Guns Carrier, General Purpose, Close Combat Weapons Carrier, and the Utility version," said Fincher.

The biggest advantage to testing was the almost unreserved size of the MCAGCC training area and its harsh terrain, providing a true test of the vehicle's maneuverability.

"The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center offers us a large expanse of maneuverable terrain with hardball routes, secondary routes, and cross-country terrain in a realistic desert environment," said Col. John W. Leffers, director of USAOTC's Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate.

"The terrain I see out there, is very indicative of what a Soldier or Marine would see in southern Afghanistan," he continued.

"It's absolutely the conditions the JLTV will be operating in, real-world, based on past deployments and the strong possibility of areas we will operate in for the foreseeable future."

Leffers said the two particular Marine and Army units performing tests represent the JLTV's primary customers.

"It's a joint vehicle," he said. "We used the Marines, who picked the company they thought would use the JLTV on a frequent basis. And, for the Army, the Recon Troop was perfect because of the number of JLTVs we wanted to test in a variety of missions that we project the JLTV might be operating under."

Operationally realistic scenarios allowed the test unit Marines and Soldiers to tell the Department of Defense how well the system supports their mission execution.

For the Marines, live fire and helicopter sling load operations, as well as a Marine Amphibious Landing mission at Camp Pendleton, Calif., were added to testing.

One combined anti-armor team section leader Marine who has been deployed to Iraq twice, said training during JLTV testing was beneficial.

"In terms of everything we did specific to Twentynine Palms and the combat center here -- all of the scenarios -- we're pretty much experts at," said Marine Sgt. McLennan S. Janes. "That's all we do. That's our bread and butter, in terms of movement to contact and conducting deliberate attacks, defense in-depths, and conducting raids and clearances.

"The things exclusive to JLTV testing included the amphibious landings and sling loads by helicopter that we never get to do."

The 101st Airborne Division Soldiers from Fort Campbell, Ky., compared the MCAGCC terrain and size to much smaller training areas at their home station.

"It's not very often my Troop gets to go out anywhere for an extended period of time and train mounted tactics, especially in this kind of terrain," said Capt. Michael D. Rodriguez, Bravo Troop commander. "It's just not what's at Fort Campbell."

Rodriguez said a Mounted Cavalry Troop is required to spread out over distances up to 15 kilometers and be able to shoot, move and communicate.

"The main thing we can't get at Campbell that we can get out here is the ability to do our mission over a great distance," he said.

"We've been doing long movements, we've been doing missions at distance, and we've been identifying enemy outside of our weapons range, which is ideal for what we want to do as Scouts -- we want to identify the enemy outside of weapons range and use indirect fire instead of direct fire to disrupt their ability to operate.

"At Fort Campbell, we come right up on our pretend enemy and get into a direct engagement with them. That's good training, but it helps to be out here for my Soldiers to be able to see how big the battlespace is that we are required to cover as a Mounted Troop."

Rodriguez also said he welcomed the opportunity to be involved in an operational test without the normal distractions at home station.

"I was able to look at all of my Soldiers and say, 'Hey, your job is scouting for the next two months.' That's pretty valuable," he said.

One of Rodriguez' platoon leaders said the training experience during the JLTV test will go a long way for him and his Soldiers.

"Traversing in new terrain which is unfamiliar is just like being on a deployment and it's a good experience for all of us," said 1st Lt. Mike D. Towery. "Now, we have this knowledge base of what it's like to maneuver in a desert environment, which will most likely be coming up for us, so now we have that experience in our back pocket.

"We now know the best way to maneuver these vehicles, and especially for myself, I will know how to maneuver a platoon in this type of desert environment."

The operational test's purpose is to collect data to be used to address operational effectiveness, suitability and survivability of the JLTV in its intended environment, according to Fincher.

The Soldiers and Marines felt their opinions were being listened to and considered when test officers solicited their feedback.

"It is a good opportunity to be able to work out the kinks, and provide the future generations in the Marine Corps with a vehicle that is going to be able to operate efficiently in combat," said Janes.

"After every test after action review, I would write about three pages and submit about 20 comment cards per week," said Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Smith, 2nd Platoon Sergeant for the 101st's Bravo Troop.

With 9-and-a-half years as a Cavalry Scout and five wartime deployments, Smith was content with giving his opinion on what works and what does not work with the JLTV.

Smith said that while USAOTC Commander, Brig. Gen. John C. Ulrich was on the ground April 10, he felt the general listened to him with great concern.

"A lot of the comments that I've made have been brought up," he explained.

"I was actually able to talk with the general one-on-one about some issues I addressed during data collection," said Smith. "They're definitely taking our recommendations.

"It seems like they want to make this the best vehicle possible, so they're like, "Hey, here is what we've designed. What do we need to improve upon?'"

Smith said a lot of his Soldiers are young, and outside of JLTV testing, his troops got lots of training on battlefield operations.

"At Fort Campbell, we focus more on dismounted and air assault tactics, and we focus more on the squad level," he said.

"So, to come here, we have a 100-kilometer square that we can operate in and we're out here with 20 vehicles fighting as a unit. Space is something that's limited at Fort Campbell because there's trees everywhere, and you can't put every vehicle in the Troop out there and be able to fight a threat like you can here."

The Army, lead for the JLTV portfolio, plans to purchase some 49,000 JLTVs while the Marine Corps plans to purchase 9,000.

As the Army's only independent operational tester, USAOTC tests Army, joint, and multi-service warfighting systems in realistic operational environments, using typical users to provide data on whether the systems are effective, suitable, and survivable. USAOTC is required by public law to test major systems before they are fielded to its ultimate customer -- the American Soldier.

USAOTC's Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate conducts operational tests of combat engineer, chemical, transportation, military police, quartermaster, ordnance and medical service systems in order to provide Army senior leaders with the necessary information to field the highest quality equipment for the warfighte

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Lawmaker: Is the Army Paying Too Much for its New Ultra-Light Vehicle?


The Ground Mobility Vehicle is designed to be internally transportable via CH-47 Helicopter as well as U.S. Air Force C--130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III heavy lift aircraft. (U.S. Army file photo)

Military.com 19 Apr 2018 By Matthew Cox

Army modernization officials on Wednesday had to explain to Congress why the new, ultra-light combat vehicles the service plans to field to airborne units are so expensive.

Lt. Gen. John M. Murray and Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski testified before the House Armed Services Committee's tactical air and land forces subcommittee about the ground force modernization budget request for fiscal 2019.

Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-California, wanted the Army to explain why the Army is paying more than $270,000 each for its new Ground Mobility Vehicles, "which are fairly-small, unarmored, jeep-like trucks."

In mid-September 2015, Army officials at the Maneuver Conference at Fort Benning, Georgia stressed that Army light infantry units need a transportable, ultra-light combat vehicle that can they can take into a forced-entry operation.

In the proposed fiscal 2019 budget, the Army is requesting $47 million to procure 133 Ground Mobility Vehicles at unit cost of $271,000 each, which is twice the cost what a typical Humvee," Carbajal said.

The Army's fiscal 2018 budget included a request for 100 GMVs for $260,000 each, he said.

Carbajal said he was concerned that the Army is buying 300 GMVs -- enough to equip five airborne infantry brigade combat teams -- through a "sole-source contract" with a plan for a competition in the future to buy more.

"Gen. Murray, do you think the cost per vehicle of more than $270,000 each is warranted?" Carbajal said. "I ask because there appear to be several commercially-available vehicles on the market for much less. And the Army already has large numbers of unarmored Humvees that meet most of the requirements for this vehicle.

"Simply put, are we going to spend more than we should?"

Murray, the deputy chief of staff for Army G-8, disagreed with Carbajal's characterization of the Army's procurement of the GMV as a sole-source contract that was awarded without competition.

The Army is purchasing the GMV through an existing Special Operations Command contract, Murray said.

"SOCOM was buying this vehicle; it had headspace in their contract," Murray said. "This contract was competed prior to us buying off this contract."

Murray said the Army was able to take advantage of the development and an "open competition" that SOCOM had already completed on the vehicle.

"The primary consideration for this vehicle when the decision was made to go with the SOCOM contract was speed, for, as you stated, five airborne IBCTs," Murray said.

The full and open competition, which has funding in fiscal 2019 to complete, is to equip 30 IBCTs with the GMV.

"Is the $270,000 high? It's higher than some of the options on the market, but this was the fastest way to get this requirement to the field because the contract; the competition was done, the [engineering, manufacturing and development] phase was done, the down-select was done," Murray said. "A lot of the things that take up those years to get to what it is you are going to buy was done by SOCOM before we opted to buy off that contract."

Carbajal then asked if the Army had written proof to back up Murray's answer.

"Gen. Ostrowski, is there detailed records about the decision-making process that led to what was articulated by Gen. Murray?" Cabajal asked.

Ostrowski confirmed that the Army had documented the process to include how it had modified that SOCOM contract to reduce the cost of the vehicle.

"We didn't need all the components that SOCOM had on that vehicle, all the bells and whistles, because again what we needed was the capability to move in the period darkness from a drop zone to a landing strip at a speed that was faster than the boot, and so hence the five airborne brigades to start with," Ostrowski said.

"The key thing here, sir, is that the competitive piece to this is going to be where industry is going to have the opportunity to really get after," Ostrowski added. "Right now, we are going to have vehicles in the field in 2018 going off the SOCOM contract.

Otherwise, we would not have had vehicles in the field until 2020."

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.
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Plasan to Introduce an Ultra-Light and Protected Vehicle for Special Ops

By Tamir Eshel - Apr 21, 2018


A glimpse of the new Yagu - from Plasan. Photo: Plasan

Plasan plans to unveil an all-new, lightweight protected vehicle dubbed Yagu. Known for its armor protection legacy with the MRAP, M-ATV, JLTV, and its own Sandcat armored utility and personnel carriers, Plasan’s Yagu positions its protected vehicles to meet the needs of special operations, border patrols, urban warfare as well as special missions in crime-fighting, where light and agile platforms are required. According to Plasan, Yagu provides such high protection level at an exceptionally low weight. Plasan will unveil Yagu at the Expo Seguridad event in Mexico City this week.


Plasan provided a sneak preview of its new ultralight protected vehicle prior to its official debut on April 24. The photos provide some hints of the vehicle’s design – all around protection, including belly and roof protection, providing effective protection in an urban environment and counter IED. Small wheels with long travel suspension characteristic of modern ATV. The approach and departure angles are exceptionally high, enabling the driver to negotiate steep obstacles. The belly is extremely low, adding to the vehicle’s road stability but with adverse off-road and blast countering effects. Given Plasan’s excellent knowhow in this field, Yago is likely to have other blast protection measures to protect the crew. Photo: Plasan

The vehicle is designed to behave like an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) but offers its crew of three persons the all-around protection against high-velocity threats that troops are accustomed to with much heavier protected vehicles. The protected capsule provides excellent situational awareness and response, using an overhead remotely operated weapon, operated by the crew from within the air-conditioned, armored capsule.
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Textron TAPV armoured vehicles for Canadian Calgary Regiment

Posted On Monday, 23 April 2018 09:17

On 22 April, the King’s Own Calgary Regiment unveiled their newest 4x4 armoured vehicle – Textron’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) – to mark the unit’s regimental anniversary known as St. George’s Day. 500 of the TAPVs will be put into service in the Canadian Forces, with 307 GU (General Utility) variants and 193 outfitted as reconnaissance vehicles.


Textron's TAPV (Picture source: Cpl Beaudoin)

The TAPV programme began in 2009, and in 2012 the contract was awarded to Textron Systems Inc. On August 16, 2016, Textron systems delivered the first units to the Canadian Army.

500 vehicles have been purchased, valued at $603.4 million, and a second contract for their support at $105.4 million to conduct in-service support for the fleet for five years following the last vehicle delivery. The TAPV will replace the reconnaissance role currently carried out by the Coyote reconnaissance vehicles (LAV II), and the patrolling, liaison, and VIP transport roles formerly carried out by the Armoured Patrol Vehicle (RG-31). The TAPV will complement the Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled (G-Wagon).

The TAPV is powered by a Cummins QSL diesel engine, which provides 365 horsepower (272 kW), allowing the vehicle a maximum speed of 105 km/h (65 mph), and a maximum range of 644 km (400 miles). The vehicle utilizes an independent suspension axle system originally developed by Irish Timoney, and it has a central tire inflation system to prevent flat tires during combat operations.

The TAPV has a V-shaped hull, which provides protection against mine and improvised explosive device (IED) blasts. The vehicle also has a high ground clearance, which increases protection from mine and IED blasts. It can withstand up to 10 kg of explosive force directly under its hull, and can resist even 12.7mm armour-piercing rounds. Each of the seats in the vehicle is blast protected, and the vehicle has vented wheel wells to disperse the energy of an explosion out from the vehicle.

The TAPV is slated to have a remote weapons system based on the M151 Protector. The weapon system is called the Dual Remote Weapon System, and can mount both a C6 7.62mm machine gun and either a HK GMG 40 mm automatic grenade launcher or an M2HB 12.7mm heavy machine gun. The vehicle also possesses smoke grenade launchers located throughout the hull that can fire 350 grenades per minute up to one kilometre.

Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Hunt, commanding officer of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment, says that the biggest advantage of having access to the vehicle is that his soldiers will be able to integrate their training with the regular forces. “This allows us to train with a modern armoured fighting vehicle and it’s also used by the regular force, so we are able to integrate for large scale collective training and on operations overseas.” It takes two weeks for soldiers to qualify to drive on these vehicles, after they’ve completed their basic soldier training and a month’s worth of basic armoured crewman training.
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Centigon France contract partner for Dutch army armoured trucks

Posted On Monday, 23 April 2018 12:41

Following an international tender won by the Swedish manufacturer Scania, more than 2,000 trucks will be built and delivered to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) of the Netherlands' Ministry of Defence.


Armoured cabin developed by Centigon for various military trucks, namely for the Danish army. The Dutch model differs slightly (Picture source: Centigon)

Centigon, a sister company of the Centigon Security Group, a world-leading provider of civil and military armoured vehicles, was contracted by Scania to manufacture 185 armoured cabins with an option for 400 additional units for The Netherlands' Ministry of Defence. The armoured cabins are designed to withstand the various threats during missions.

Centigon France Chief Executive Officer Franck Baucher underlined "the importance of this contract, which came in addition to the Danish forces market. It is the know-how of all the Centigon teams that is recognized, from the design office to the welders through the ballistic experts, not to mention the sales team. The partnership with Scania is a true win-win relationship and we are confident that other armies will follow soon."

For more than 60 years, Centigon has been designing and producing armour conversion services for military and civil applications. Its armoured vehicles well known for their reliability and superior quality are used all over the world by armies, special forces, ministries, governments, NGOs, CIT companies and central banks.

Armoured cabin deliveries to Scania will begin in 2020; the ten-year framework contract also includes a suite of support services: integrated logistics (ILS), maintenance and repair (MCO), spare parts provisioning and training.
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Yagu – An Ultralight Special Ops Armored Vehicle

By Tamir Eshel - Apr 24, 2018

Plasan unveiled today it’s all-new, lightweight protected vehicle – Yagu at Expo Seguridad event in Mexico City this week. In fact, plasan transformed the 767 kg commercial Arctic Cat Wildcat 4 1000 four-seat all-terrain vehicle into a 1.48-ton (dry weight) fully-protected assault vehicle.

The vehicle is designed to behave like an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) but offers its crew of three persons the all-around 360 ballistic protection at a level of B6+ (similar to STANAG 4569 Level II) effective against 5.56X45, 7.62X39 and 7.62×51 threats. WIth front and side windows and all-round cameras the protected capsule provides excellent situational awareness and response, using an overhead ultra-light remotely operated weapon, that mounts a 5.56 or 7.62 machine gun and EO sensors operated by the crew from within the air-conditioned, armored capsule. The vehicle can also be equipped with a drone launching system, that can operate airborne for 27 minutes. With automatic target tracking features the drone provides enhanced situational awareness for the crew.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/y2xGDjCPJ-I

The air-transportable Yagu is positioned to meet the needs of special operations, border patrols, urban warfare as well as special missions in crime-fighting, where light and agile platforms are required. According to Plasan, Yagu provides such high protection level at an exceptionally low weight. As its outdoors sibbling, Yagu can move on rocky and muddy terrain, on sand dunes and in forest environments, climbing extreme sloping roads. In urban scenes Yagu’s compact size comes handy, as it is able to move through narrow passages (its width is merely 162 cm), crossing jammed or blocked roads on sidewalks and stairss.

One of the Yagu advantages is the use General Robotics Pitbull – an ultralight remotely operated weapon station,integrating hostile fire and anti-drone, ‘point and shoot’, and remote control functions. Photo: Plasan


Plasan’s new Yagu ultralight Armored Vehicle has all around protection, including belly and roof protection, providing effective protection in an urban environment and counter IED. The wheels use larger tires, compared to the light civilian version of the Wildcat. Approach and departure angles are exceptionally high, enabling the driver to negotiate steep obstacles. The belly is extremely low, adding to the vehicle’s road stability but with adverse off-road and blast countering effects. Given Plasan’s excellent knowhow in this field, Yagu is likely to have other blast protection measures to protect the crew. Photo: Plasan

Even with full armor, three fully equipped troops and 350 kg payload (a gross vehicle weight of more than five tons!), Yagu maintains a power/weight ratio in excess of 53 HP/Ton, thus maintaining much of the agility and mobility of the Wildcat. The platform retains the original 1000 H2 V- Twin, S0HC 4 – stroke, 4 – valve w/EFI 951cc engine with electronic fuel injection, coupled to an automatic transmission with HI/LO gear, 2 or 4 wheel drive and the long-travel front and rear suspension used in the original Wildcat. To support the added weight and improve mobility, Yagu uses bigger tires (28 X 10r14 instead of the civilian version’s 26x9R14 and 26x11R14).


In addition to the powerful 95HP engine Yagu also has an independent power generator and integral air condition systems, maintaining continuous electrical power for the mission systems and comfortable climate inside the protected crew capsule. Photo: Plasan.
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NIMR has demonstrated Ajban 440A armored vehicle in Lithuania

Posted On Thursday, 26 April 2018 16:49

The Company NIMR Automotive, manufacturer of light to medium-wheeled military vehicles headquartered in United Arab Emirates has demonstrated its NIMR Ajban 440A light armoured tactical vehicle in Lithuania fitted with the Kongsberg Protector 12.7mm RWS (Remotely Weapon Station) and Metravib Pilar V Acoustic Shot Detection System.


NIMR Ajban 440A fitted with Konsberg Protector RWS turret in Lithuania (Picture source NIMR Linkedin)

The Ajban 440A is a highly mobile 4x4 protected vehicle fully developed and designed by the Company NIMR Automotive incorporating latest technologies of ballistic and mine blast protection. Designed for the harshest environments, the vehicle offers exceptional off-road capability as well as unparalleled reliability and performance. Due to the modular nature of the vehicle, it can be configured to suit a variety of operational roles and catering for various mission systems. This allows users to have a single fleet for a multitude of requirements whilst ensuring common logistic support and thereby lower the lifecycle cost.

NIMR vehicles are designed to meet military standards, with their lifespan far exceeding that of militarised commercial vehicles, up-armoured vehicles or those based on commercial drivelines. The evolving global threats mean operational users are required to seek industry leading platforms and technologies, and the AJBAN 440A has proven itself in the most arduous environmental and combat theatres.

Kongsberg is a Finnish Company who has developed a full range of Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) especially design to provide flexible system solutions that meet military and security customer’s specific require­ments.

The Konsberg PROTECTOR RWS is a proven product based on millions of hours of operational experience in combat zones combined with a close cooperation with Defense Forces world wide. This weapon station is built for operation in extreme environmental conditions with capabilities that allow soldiers to operate from a protected position using stabilized precision optics and laser to observe, detect and engage targets with increased ac­curacy and reduced collateral damage.

The fully stabilized system of the Protecor RWS provides unmatched observation and engagement capa­bilities where the gunner is enabled to keep his sights on target, independent of the ballistic solution for the weapon in use.

The Pilar V is an acoustic gunshot detector designed and developed by the French Defense Company Metravib that can be mounted on any armored or reconnaissance vehicle. The PILAR system is a state-of-the-art acoustic device dedicated to detection, localization and classification of light caliber gunshots.

It is composed of one or two acoustic arrays, a compact signal processing unit, and a laptop unit for the display of results. An optional observation turret is also provided and may be may be connected to PILAR system to provide a picture of the origin of the shot in real time.

The processing unit first performs the detection / recognition of acoustic events (MB or SW) and estimates the associated wave vector using the 4 microphones of the tetrahedral antenna.
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NORINCO rolls out palletised loading system

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

30 April 2018

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) is now offering its Palletised Loading System (PLS) integrated on a 6×6 Shaanxi SX2190 truck platform on the export market.

According to NORINCO, the baseline PLS has an unladen weight of 13,400 kg and can accommodate a flat rack with associated load of up to 14,000 kg. It is assumed that the latter figure is for road use as its off-road capability would be lower.


NORINCO’s Palletised Loading System installed on a locally manufactured forward control 6×6 truck with an unprotected cab. A containerised shelter is seen being unloaded towards the rear. (NORINCO)

The hydraulically operated loading/unloading system is mounted to the rear of the cab. The company claims that cargo or mission modules can be transferred to and from the vehicle within 60 seconds.

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I think the cargo weight off-road is a bit moot, as that truck doesn't look like it has much beyond the lower end of the medium mobility scale?
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UK sells Panther fleet

Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

30 April 2018

The UK Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) has put the British Army’s entire fleet of Panther 4x4 vehicles on sale.

Fielded to meet a requirement for the Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (FCLV), the Panther is based on the Italian Iveco Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV), 401 of which were delivered to the British Army by 2009.

DESA is selling 395 Panthers in various configurations as some were upgraded using urgent operational requirement funding to provide a higher level of protection, rear view cameras, larger roof hatches, new rear cargo pods, and electronic devices to counter improvised explosive devices.

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Army, Oshkosh Explore New Capabilities for JLTV

5/3/2018

By Connie Lee


Photo: Oshkosh

The Army and Oshkosh Defense plan to demonstrate new technologies on the joint light tactical vehicle that could expand the system’s capabilities, according to an industry official.

The service earlier this year issued a work directive that involves outfitting the vehicles with four different add-on kits, said George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of joint programs for Oshkosh Defense.

“We are working hand-in-hand with the Army to develop those kits so that this vehicle will become scalable from anywhere from a very lightweight vehicle all the way to [a more heavily armored] vehicle,” he noted. “We do have some things in the works to scale this vehicle that could be an option for replacing more Humvees in the future.”

The JLTV, which is currently in low-rate initial production, is expected to replace some of the service’s up-armored Humvees.

A full-rate production decision is slated for December and fielding is scheduled for January 2019, he said. Oshkosh is producing the JLTV at a rate of seven to eight trucks a day, he added, and has the capacity to almost triple the rate should the Army decide to increase its demand. The service procurement objective is 49,099 trucks, according to budget justification documents.

The vehicle kits may be ready this summer, Mansfield noted. The platforms will be demonstrated at different Army bases as well as Marine Corps Base Quantico.

“There’s work directives to scale our protection levels, both increase protection and decrease protection, depending on what weight and what mission the vehicles are going on,” he said.

One of the kits, which was developed by Oshkosh, provides the vehicle with additional underbody protection, he said. The Army is developing the other three kits, he noted, declining to provide further details.

At the same time, the company is investing its own research-and-development funds into additional capabilities for the vehicle, he noted. It has conducted trade studies to determine the feasibility of an up-armored ambulance. The Army is currently using the Humvee ambulance configuration.
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Excalibur Army trials T815 Patriot MATMMV

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

04 May 2018


First example of the 4x4 T815 Patriot Medium Armoured Tactical Multi-Mission Vehicle (MATMMV) fitted with roof-mounted remote weapon station. Source: Excalibur Army

Excalibur Army, a subsidiary of the Czechoslovak Group, has developed the Tatra T815 Patriot – also known as the Medium Armoured Tactical Multi-Mission Vehicle (MATMMV) – with the first example currently undergoing company trials.

The T815 Patriot is developed using internal research and development funding and is based on the 4x4 Tatra Force chassis, which features adjustable ground clearance, a central backbone tube, independent swinging air suspended half axles designed to improve cross-country mobility and ride comfort.

Layout of the T815 Patriot is conventional with the powerpack at the front and the crew compartment to the immediate rear. The crew comprises the commander and driver, with provision for up to four dismounts.

The vehicle is powered by a Cummins ISB 6-cylinder diesel engine, developing 210 kW coupled to an Allison 3200SP automatic transmission with six forward and one reverse gears coupled to a Tatra two-speed transfer case. This provides a maximum road speed and range of up to 130 km/h and 500 km respectively.

It is also fitted with 14.00 x R20 run-flat tyres with a central tyre inflation system that enables the driver to adjust the tyre pressure on the move. Vertical obstacle capability is stated to be 500 mm with a trench crossing ability of 900 mm. Waters up to 1 m deep can be traversed without preparation.

The all-welded steel hull is of a patented bolt-on design that the company calls the “Kitted Hull Concept”. This is claimed to provide ballistic protection up to the NATO STANAG 4569 Level 3 standard while mine protection is to STANAG 4569 Level 2a/2b standard.

Armament typically comprises a roof-mounted remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun (MG) or an 40 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL).

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Minotor-Service details Vitim amphibious armoured vehicle family

Dmitry Fediushko, Minsk - Jane's International Defence Review

04 May 2018


Minotor-Service has developed the amphibious Vitim armoured vehicle. Source: Dmitry Fediushko

Belarus’ Minotor-Service automotive company has revealed details of its latest Vitim family of amphibious armoured vehicles designed for patrol, escort, and fire support missions.

The baseline Vitim 4x4 vehicle features a welded monocoque armoured hull, providing Level 2 STANAG 4569 protection against 7.62 mm rounds while belly armour protects the crew and mounted soldiers against F-1 or RGO hand grenades, as well as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) equivalent to 0.5 kg of TNT.

The vehicle is operated by a two-person crew, with provision for up to four fully-equipped soldiers. It has a curb weight of 6,000 kg, a payload of 1,000 kg, and a ground clearance of 430 mm.

A YaMZ turbocharged diesel engine with a power output of 215 hp, coupled to a five-speed mechanical gearbox, enables the vehicle to achieve a maximum road speed of 125 km/h and cruising range of 800 km. It is also capable of swimming at a speed of 5 km/h.

Minotor-Service has also designed two logistics vehicles based on the Vitim chassis: the Vitim-668240 and TZM-2A6M4.

The Vitim-668240 is a 6x6 vehicle with a lengthened chassis.

The four passenger seats of the baseline 4x4 model are replaced by an open-topped cargo compartment covered by a canvas hood. This variant has a curb weight of 7,500 kg and a payload capacity of 3,500 kg, with the other specifications being the same as the baseline model.

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Does this remind anyone else of the Foxhound ??

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