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10 Sep 19. FAUN Trackway Limited, the leading manufacturer of ground stabilisation Trackway® systems, has completed its delivery of Medium Ground Mobility Systems to the New Zealand Defence Force.
Training of the equipment was successfully completed by the 5th Movements Company Capability Branch at Army Bay, Whangaparaoa, where the deployment and recovery of the Trackway® was conducted in quick succession by a CAT 938K Material Handling Equipment, and modified by Gough Cat.
Purchased as part of the Capability Branch’s Logistics over the Shore (LOTS) project to facilitate the transfer of personnel, equipment and material from ship to shore and beyond, the Medium Ground Mobility System enables vehicles to navigate through challenging terrain by stabilising the ground conditions and allowing for a temporary and portable aluminium route.
Comprising of FAUN Trackway®’s M30H Trackway® solution which is coiled onto a Spool; the Trackway® is deployed and recovered by their Medium Beam Dispenser which attaches to the CAT 938K. In under six minutes, up to 40m of M30H Trackway® can be deployed, with additional matting joined quickly and effectively to create a longer route or turning area; this is simply carried out by unloading the empty Spool and loading a second.
Chris Kendall, CEO at FAUN Trackway Limited, said: “We were delighted to join the 5th Movements Company during the trials at Army Bay. Their professionalism led to a well-executed exercise of the FAUN Trackway® Medium Ground Mobility System.
“Our constant strive for engineering excellence drives us to deliver innovative systems that truly meet the needs of modern armed forces. This latest system will allow the 5th Movements Company to reinforce its over the shore capabilities.
09 Sep 19. Defence Primes and Ministry of Defence Join JOSCAR. The Ministry of Defence, Rolls-Royce Submarines, MBDA UK Limited and General Dynamics UK have joined JOSCAR (Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register). JOSCAR was established in 2015, following an initiative led by ADS, to collect supplier compliance information across the defence, aerospace, security and space sectors.
JOSCAR provides a cross-sector collaborative solution which reduces the time, cost and duplication needed to provide compliance information to major defence industry prime contractors.
JOSCAR is becoming the standard across the defence and aerospace industries for pre-qualification supplier compliance information.
Amanda Wood, Procurement Manager, BAE Systems said:
“By reducing duplication and having one source of validated information available to all buyers, JOSCAR reduces the compliance workload for both suppliers and buyers.”
Frank Beagan, VP Procurement Capability, Leonardo MW said:
“Leonardo have access to both the JOSCAR Governance Group and Technical Working Groups to shape the future direction of the JOSCAR programme.”
Hellios’ continuous validation process ensures all supplier information is accurate and up to date, collecting information on 19 areas of compliance including Modern Slavery, Information and Cyber Security, Fraud & Anti-Bribery, Fourth Parties and Brexit Preparations.
JOSCAR holds information on over 5150 suppliers across the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.
Chaired by ADS, the current members of the JOSCAR buyer community are: the Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Babcock International, Rolls Royce Submarines, QinetiQ, Leonardo, MBDA, General Dynamics, NATS, and Meggitt.
09 Sep 19. Mabey Bridge to Demo Digital Engineering Expertise for the Military at DSEI. Spearheading innovation with the introduction of a digital Line of Communication Bridge Training Aid. Leading bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey Bridge will continue to lead the future of military modular bridging at DSEI. Exhibiting on Stand S3-430 in the UK Pavilion, Mabey Bridge will be demonstrating its military digital engineering capabilities which enable customers to define, design, procure and install their solutions more efficiently. Visitors to the stand will be able to explore Mabey Bridge’s Logistic Support Bridge™
(LSB™) in augmented and virtual reality, which enables three-dimensional scrutiny of LSB™ structures in multiple configurations. They will also be able to engage, for the first time, with Mabey Bridge’s new LSB™ Digital Training Aid, which will launch at the show and which uses brilliant graphics and animations to bring the LSB™ training manual to life.
Mabey Bridge’s LSB™ is the lighter, stronger, modern successor to the original Bailey. Bridge developed during World War II. It combines the original benefits of the Bailey Bridge – rapid erection, simple to build, robust modular design and fully interchangeable standard components – with more modern materials, steel decking, integral grillages and a fully adjustable ramp system. The ground beam and grillage system, unique to the LSB™, enables construction on greenfield sites with no special preparation required. Widely used by NATO nations, the LSB™ is the natural choice for military engineers and civil defence organisations. System attributes include:
Exceptional Value: LSB™ is a Line of Communication Bridging System (LOCB) with countless decades of in-service life and exceptionally low ownership costs.
Operational Support: ‘Reachback’ support can be an operational game-changer and Mabey Bridge’s engineers can be available to support disaster relief or operational deployments.
Limitless Capability: Cross single span gaps at Military Load Class (MLC) 80T, across a clear span of 60m, or build multi-span bridges hundreds of metres long over wet and dry-gap crossings using LSB™ piers, existing piers, or floating pontoons for wet gap crossings.
Optimised for Greenfield Crossings: Mabey Bridge’s unique LSB™ grillages and fully adjustable ramps allow swift construction on greenfield sites with the absolute minimum of preparation.
LSB™ Training Module: The training module is a highly cost-effective way of training troops with the minimum of equipment
“We’re really passionate about being at the forefront of digitalisation in our industry,” commented Michael Treacy, CEO, Mabey Bridge. “We continue to focus on and invest in technology-enabled tools, and we look forward to showcasing our achievements to our military customers this year at DSEI.”
About Mabey Bridge
Mabey Bridge is a leading international provider of high-quality modular bridging solutions. We specialise in rapid-build, pre-engineered modular steel bridges to enable accelerated bridge construction in urban and rural areas. We also deliver bridging solutions for the construction, oil and gas, and mining sectors, as well as for specialist military applications, humanitarian emergencies and disaster relief. Mabey Bridge, an Acrow Group company, is based in Gloucestershire, UK and has supplied modular bridging solutions to over 150 countries worldwide.
09 Sep 19. THIELMANN WEW, the industry leading deployable fuel and water solutions expert, has expanded its military base support capabilities with a new approach to Generic Base Architecture (GBA) requirements.
GBA is a Defense Standard that specifies mandatory standards for data, power, water, waste and fuel infrastructure in an operational military base or headquarters, including mechanical interfaces for all equipment.
As armed forces look to reduce dependency on the logistics supply chain and increase camp autonomy, GBA requirements are once again emerging in the base support domain – and THIELMANN WEW is ready to meet them with its expanded camp utilities capabilities.
THIELMANN WEW’s ‘drop and go’ 2-50,000L fuel and water systems are already designed to meet the ruggedized requirements of the defense environment, with high-grade steel tank and frame and integrated ancillary systems (pumps, filter units, distribution and recording systems) providing a ‘plug and play’ mainstay capability in support of doctrinal 4th through to 1st line military echelons.
The company’s fuel system portfolio has now been extended by teaming/partnering with other specialists, to include expandable ‘pack and go’ capabilities that can fulfil more temporary and mobile base requirements as defense forces seek increasingly mobile and scalable camps in support of deployed forces. These include expandable skid mounted bladders for vertical storage, and flexible bund and bladder storage solutions with shade protectors to reduce evaporation and the risk of condensation contamination.
For its water solutions portfolio, the company’s product line has been expanded to include water treatment plants that enable water to be derived from local water sources, including lakes, rivers and boreholes; wastewater treatment plants that can recycle camp water; secondary grey water piping systems; sludge de-watering; and solid waste incineration to reduce waste removal from site.
As a whole, these new capabilities will enable THIELMANN WEW to provide a one stop shop for camp utilities – water, waste and fuel – as part of its 20’x 8’ x (5’8” to 8’) intermodal, C130-transportable and PLS system-capable product line.
“Interoperability has long been one of the differentiators of THIELMANN WEW fuel and water solutions,” Falko Pfeuffer, head of Defense, THIELMANN WEW, said. “Our ‘drop and go’ products are designed to work with the typical handling and support equipment used by military logisticians around the world, and our ISO frame design means that the systems can be carried by any standard logistics vehicle that can carry containerized military systems.
“This move to GBA is a natural continuation of this design approach as military forces look to simplify their base camp infrastructure, and maximize commonality and interoperability of all the systems that fit together to make up a base.” THIELMANN WEW is exhibiting at DSEI 10-13th September on stand #S3-547.
28 Aug 19. DE&S looks to place new contract for Land Rover Wolf spares. The current contract held by TVS has expired and a competition for future support is due to begin imminently. TVS has held this contract supplying Babcock with Land Rover spares at a difficult time when JLR ceased production of the Defender and GKN ceased production of the Wolf chassis. TVS encountered a problem earlier this year in sourcing swivel housings from a new supplier which did not match the specification of its previous part. This led to a large number of Wolf vehicles being off the road. Hobson Industries is a major supplier to TVS under the old contract and is likely to remain key to this contract in the next bidding process which is expected to include, Leidos, TVS, BAE Systems, Thales and KBR. On wider issues, the MoD us finding it harder to keep the fleet of over 6000 ageing Wolf vehicles on the road and is reported to be leasing Ford F350 vehicles and painting them green. The current fleet is slated to leave service in 2024 (some say 2030) at which time sourcing spares after the required Defender cancellation period of 10years in 2026. Will the MoD bite the bullet and scrap the existing fleet and buy or lease a new fleet from Mercedes, Ford or Toyota. The current usage of the Land Rover Wolfs for some roles, does not require a 4×4 vehicle, a standard pick up would suffice. There is little news on the Pinzgauer refurbishment which was slated to start some four years ago. Existing vehicles have already been cannibalised to keep the fleet on the road and again, the age of the vehicles and the fact that production has ceased and the complication of IP and ownership, again leaves DE&S with a headache to support these vehicles. DE&S is understood to be conducting a fleet review of all light and medium 4×4 vehicles and the decision may be made to scrap both Land Rover Wolf and Pinzgauers with JLTV and other vehicles replacing the fleet. As the Pinzgauer has a light role with the Paras, DE&S may well look at the winner of the US Infantry Squad Vehicle Program, currently being bid by Oshkosh/Flyer, General Motors and SAIC to replace these vehicles.
10 Sep 19. SubSea Craft, an advanced maritime technology company, has today revealed the full details of its VICTA Class Diver Delivery Unit (DDU) at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). This revolutionary craft combines the speed, range and capacity of a Long-Range Insertion Craft (LRIC) with the stealth and versatility of a Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV).
Specifically designed around the operator, its 30kt+ speed, 250 nm endurance and 2-minute transition between surface and sub-surface, enables delivery of 8 operators and their equipment to their objective ‘mission-ready’ before recovering them. Offering leading-edge design and manufacture and providing truly formidable operational flexibility, VICTA opens up potentially game-changing tactical and strategic choices in maritime, joint and special operations.
Easily transportable to and within an operational theatre, and inter-operable with the most commonly employed lift assets, VICTA is designed to operate independently of costly strategic platforms particularly, from surface vessels and ports of opportunity. Its compatibility with a standard ISO shipping container means it can easily and discreetly be moved to an area of operation whilst, equally, it can be lifted within the cargo bay of standard air-transports, most typically, the Lockheed C130 Hercules, or underslung from heavy-lift helicopters, typically the Boeing CH-47 Chinook.
Propulsion and Controls
Propulsion is provided by a 725 hp Seatek diesel engine powering Kongsberg Kamewa waterjets. Twin Marine Propulsion 20 kW electric thrusters propel the craft sub-surface while four vertically-mounted Copenhagen thrusters provide accurate slow-speed depth control.
The craft is fully fly-by-wire and will be ‘flown’ under water, with roll and pitch control through forward and aft hydroplanes while control in both dimensions is exercised through the same purpose-built steering columns, giving the pilot a common interface for both surfaced and sub-surface running.
Graham Allen, Chairman, SubSea Craft, says: “VICTA adds a unique new dimension to maritime operations. For the first time, defence and security organisations can deploy a craft that travels at speed over remarkable distances on the surface, before diving to approach their objective unseen. VICTA will transform capabilities in high-risk environments.”
Interested organisations are invited to discuss the DDU and its capabilities with SubSea Craft’s design and technical staff at DSEI: Stand S10-150.
The VICTA Class Diver Delivery Unit:
- Patented Ullman Dynamics moulded seats and advance shock-absorbing systems provide a comfortable ride even at high surface speed and can easily be reconfigured or removed to suit mission requirements
- Sub-surface: high-capacity Li-ion battery technology for a range of up to 25 nm and an onboard open circuit air system will provide 8 operators with 4 hours of air, based on a mean breathing rate of 18 lpm, with a reserve of 20%.
Hull and Materials:
- Flooded hull technology ensures stability and predictable responsive handling when submerged.
- Hull constructed from carbon fibre and Diab core to maximise strength-to-weight ratio and withstand a wide range of surface and sub-surface loads that are dictated by mission profiles.
Propulsion and Controls:
- VICTA’s unique multiplex controller is designed around proven Controller Area Network (CAN) technologies allowing common architecture and integration.
- The craft is fly-by-wire with an advanced control system developed in-house by BAR Technologies. Using experience gained from the America’s Cup and Princess Yacht projects the control system manages the dive and surfacing evolutions safely.
- The Human-Machine Interface incorporates features developed for systems used by the RNLI. The specially-designed helm and dashboard displaying vital performance, diagnostic and crew status information at a glance.
- The fully fly-by-wire design allows easy upgrading of guidance and automation system.
Length overall: 11.95m
Beam overall: 2.3m
Full fuel and 2 crew: 0.64m
Height (excluding aerials): 2.0m
Crew (pilot and navigator): 2
Displacement – dry: 6,919kg
Full load displacement: 9,315kg
Fuel tank (fitted): 900 l (2 x 450 l)
Full load condition (sea state dependent)
Endurance: 250nm (expandable)
Engine: Seatek 725 Plus diesel (533 kW)
Gearbox: ZF 220 (with neutral position)
Waterjet: Kongsberg Kamewa FF37
Dive depth: 30m
Cruise speed (opps): 6 kts
Sprint speed: 8 kts
Battery power: 140kWh
Battery type: Li-ion
Main thrusters: 2 x 20kW
Trim thrusters: 2 x 3.5 kW 2 x 2kW
Transition dive time: 120 seconds
05 Sep 19. DSEI 2019 Launches Bespoke Supply Chain Programme. As it marks its 20th year, DSEI is proud to launch a new Supply Chain Programme to connect buyers and providers and enable procurement DSEI attendees to pre-select companies they would like to meet. The DSEI Supply Chain Programme, gives those who work in procurement, purchasing, supply, design engineering and manufacturing a unique opportunity to meet with SMEs and other companies with new and innovative products and services to offer.
The programme is buyer-led with an online diary appointment tool, allowing buyers to pre-select the companies they wish to meet with. A personal meetings programme is then designed for the buyer prior to the opening of DSEI, ensuring that exhibitors will be ready and prepared to meet at the designated time. A dedicated concierge service is provided to handle any queries both prior to the event and onsite, and participants in the programme are also given fast track entry to DSEI, and access to the exclusive onsite Supply Chain Lounge and daily networking events to make connections in an accessible business environment.
The programme is supported by Strategic and Supporting Partners from some of the biggest names in the industry.
Ed Robinson, Director and Defence Lead at Turner and Townsend, a multinational project management and consultancy business based in Leeds, said: “We are excited to be a strategic partner at DSEI 2019, to share our experience of driving value, performance and outcomes on international, complex defence projects. We are looking to engaging with DSEI attendees and delegations from the UK and across the globe.”
Simon Williams, Chairman of Clarion Defence and Security, said: “Capability requires availability in order to be effective. Improving availability through re-engineering and re-imagining existing solutions is an unglamorous but vital part of the efforts undertaken by UK industry to deliver capability to the UK armed forces and their partners. DSEI’s emphasis on the supply chain and the UK’s manufacturing capability and capacity are designed to connect those in search of availability as much as those who are seeking new and novel solutions.”
As part of DSEI 2019’s keynote speaker series, Friday September 13th will include a Supply Chain Keynote Panel on “Industry Productivity & Growth”. The panel will consist of Andrew Forzani (Chief Commercial Officer, UK MOD), Stephen Phipson CBE (CEO, Make UK), Paul Everitt (CEO, ADS Group) and Tim Just (Chair of Defence & Security Board, techUK) and a Senior Representative from HVM Catapult.
Andrew Forzani said: “The Supply Chain is a clear focus for DSEI this year – it creates a great showcase for how primes are working with smaller, more niche suppliers who are the experts and innovators in their areas, and how the defence world is opening itself up to working with these smaller-scale suppliers and is able to connect them with primes. With the UK Government target of 33% of expenditure going to SMEs either directly or in the supply chain, and the boost this could bring to the economy after Brexit, this programme at DSEI is a very timely opportunity for us to highlight our action plan and goals in that area.”
To take part in the Supply Chain Programme companies can apply at this link: http://info.clarion-defence.com/l/339191/2019-05-17/5rl18
05 Sep 19. DSEI 2019’s Defence Engineering Skills Conference (DESC) will take place on Thursday 12th September at ExCel, London. The conference provides a unique opportunity for those interested in engineering education and industry to explore the challenges faced by the defence sector and innovative suggestions for their solutions.
The conference also comes at a pertinent time as the UK faces a national skills shortage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM), and will serve to show how the defence industry is playing a vital role in tackling that shortage within an integrated approach. The Defence STEM Engagement interlinks with national initiatives from the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, along with devolved equivalents across the UK. The Ministry of Defence has also committed to the government’s apprenticeship reform programme, offering apprenticeships including craft, technician training and engineering.
DESC has been launched at the request of the MoD Defence Engineering Skills Champion and Chief of Materiel (Air) at Defence Equipment and Support, Air Marshall Julian Young, as part of an ongoing initiative to address the skills shortage. Representatives from a number of universities with Defence STEM training programmes have been invited to attend, and to give their input into how the problem is being tackled across all three British Forces.
DESC’s themes focus on building resilience through greater collaboration and cohesion across the enterprise of the Armed Forces, Civil Service and Industry, and professional institutions and academia.
Participants will include engineer employers from across the defence enterprise, including armed forces, civil service and industry. Professional engineering institutions and defence-partnered academic institutions will also be represented.
Speakers will address the challenges of attracting graduates into a defence engineering career, including methods of retention and professional development. There will also be a focus session on lateral entry and the shift of skill requirements in the digital age.
DESC aims to share good practice across defence engineering while informing the current direction of travel of the defence approach to tackling the skills challenge. It will also support the Defence Professionalization Strategy, specifically its objective “to promote and support the holistic engagement between Defence, professional engineering institutions and society”.
Air Marshal Julian Young, Defence Engineering Champion, said: “Only through a clarity of purpose, coherence of approach and closer collaborative effort can we in the Defence Sector build sufficient resilience to address the current national engineering skills shortfall. This a whole-force and through-life matter, and we must act to attract, recruit and retain the talent we need in a competitive environment. Against this backdrop, this conference seeks to stimulate debate and promote a joined-up approach to manage engineering skills across the Defence Sector, spanning the Ministry of Defence, Industry, Professional Institutions and Academia.”
MoD speakers at DESC include Group Captain Gordon Bettington (Deputy Commandant), Captain David Joyce (Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Branch Management), Col Nick Sharples (Chief Engineer) and Captain Mike Rose (Defence Engineering Champion Team Leader, Ministry of Defence and Programme Director).
A full agenda can be accessed at https://www.dsei.co.uk/desc
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