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18 Nov 22. Harder cushions and better headsets save the day for Ajax. The MoD and GDUK have believed to have come to an agreement that Harder cushions and better headsets will allow the Ajax vehicle to get to the next stage in Trails for entry into service later in the decade. One caveat however is that a source told BATTLESPACE that Qinetiq, who are carrying out the Trials, remain concerned that the vibration issues, caused by the extra weight on the tracks and torsion bars, have not been solved.
18 Nov 22. USMC to develop new expeditionary fuel dispensing system.
The EFDS is a smaller, more agile and reconfigured model of conventional fuel systems. The US Marine Corps (USMC) is working to develop a new expeditionary fuel dispensing system (EFDS) to boost its battlefield flexibility and fuel sustainment capability. The effort has been initiated by Marine Corps Systems Command’s (MCSC) Fuel and Water Team.
The new EFDS is a smaller, more agile and reconfigured model of Amphibious Assault Fuel System (AAFS), the Tactical Airfield Fuel Dispensing System (TAFDS) and other existing conventional fuel systems.
EFDS lead logistician Linnis Hobbs said: “It increases expeditionary capabilities by allowing Bulk Fuel Marines to choose between a small, medium or large containerised system.”
The new compact system will allow the users to customise bulk fuel capabilities, rather than directly employing a large fuel system in an operational environment.
EFDS project officer master sergeant Vidal Rojas Giron said: “EFDS allows us to take a 1.1-million-gallon fuel farm and break it down into smaller pieces.”
The system has been introduced as part of the USMC’s modernisation efforts.
It involved contribution from the different units, including II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Marine Corps Logistics Command and Marine Force Storage Command.
The three units, in collaboration with CSC Engineer Systems programme manager performed an inventory inspection of AAFS and TAFDS bulk fuel assets that were available in storage at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany in Georgia.
Conducted from 22 August to 22 October 2022, the inspection aimed to check the viability of fuel storage equipment to support current needs of the fleet.
Hobbs said: “We knew that this effort couldn’t be done alone and required a large number of resources.”
In the next steps, the USMC said that a similar inspection will be carried out by the MCSC and I MEF Marines at MCLB Barstow in January 2023. (Source: naval-technology.com)
18 Nov 22. US Navy accepts delivery of ship to shore connector LCAC 106.
The LCAC has been designed to enhance capabilities of the country’s Marine Ground Element. The US Navy has taken the delivery of its newest next generation ship to shore connector (SSC), Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 106. Delivered on 17 November, the new air cushion vehicle has been developed to support the transportation of equipment, personnel, weapons and cargo from ship-to-shore, as well as across the sea.
The latest milestone comes after the successful completion of LCAC 106’s sea trials, which were conducted to assess and validate the performance, readiness and capability of the US Navy’s new craft.
The sea trials were carried out under the scrutiny of the US Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.
Programme Executive Office (PEO) Ships Amphibious Assault and Connectors Programmes programme manager said captain Jason Grabelle said: “We are excited to deliver this next generation craft to the US Navy and Marine Corps team.
“LCACs are providing our navy and partners with the speed and agility essential to our missions.”
The LCAC is a high-speed, fully amphibious landing craft, with capability of carrying up to 60t-75t of payload, including an M-1 tank.
According to the US Navy, the construction and design of the new SSC landing craft is based on the dimensions, configurations and clearances of the convectional LCAC vessels.
With a similar built, the next generation SSC air cushion vehicle can easily be integrated with the US Navy’s current well deck-equipped amphibious warships.
Currently, Textron Systems is constructing a total of 11 LCAC vehicles for the US Navy as part of the country’s LCAC programme.
Earlier in June this year, the company handed over LCAC 104 to the US Navy. Prior to this, the company delivered LCAC 101 and 102 in August 2020 and June 2021, respectively. (Source: naval-technology.com)
17 Nov 22. Singapore Army unveils Hunter Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridge. Hunter AVLB in transport configuration. The Singapore Army has put into service a new combat bridging variant of its tracked Hunter armoured vehicle platform, which it revealed in a social media post in mid-October.
Called the Hunter Armoured Vehicle-Launched Bridge (HT-AVLB), the new vehicle was first unveiled during the army Combat Engineers’ 55th Anniversary and commissioned the same day.
The HT-AVLB is jointly designed by the army and the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and produced by the local defence and engineering firm ST Engineering. A mixed-reality simulator has also been developed to boost training efficiency and safety, as well as operator competency.
Specifications of the HT-AVLB have not been disclosed, although it is known that the baseline Hunter armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) measures 6.9m long and 3.4m wide and has a combat weight of approximately 29 tonnes. Like the AFV variant, the HT-AVLB is equipped with an all-round camera suite that provides high levels of situational awareness and enables the crew to fully manoeuvre and operate its bridging system under armour protection, thereby enhancing their survivability.
According to the Singapore Army, the HT-AVLB – which will eventually replace the service’s ageing SM-1 launched bridges – can be deployed within seven minutes and is networked with other Hunter vehicles. The AFV variant of the Hunter platform is the service’s first combat vehicle to incorporate an indigenously developed battlefield C2 system called the Army Tactical Engagement and Information System (ARTEMIS), which is not only an operating system that governs most of the vehicle’s critical mission equipment – including its weapons, sensors, and communications systems – but also functions as a real-time mission planning tool and can wirelessly exchange information between friendly vehicles via low-latency network radios and wide area communication networks.
The service also commissioned an armoured recovery vehicle variant of the Hunter platform called the Hunter Recovery Vehicle (HRV) on 18 February 2022. First revealed to the public as the Next Generation Armoured Recovery Vehicle (NGARV) in July 2017, HRV is operated by a crew of three that includes a vehicle commander, a driver, and an automotive specialist technician. The vehicle’s primary equipment is a telescopic knuckle boom crane that can be traversed through a full 360° and a recovery winch with a stated maximum pull of 25,500kg. DSTA also claims that it features a “first-of-its-kind mechanism” that facilitates swift and easy loading and unloading of the tow bar. When performing a recovery or winching operation with heavy loads, the HRV deploys a front-mounted dozer-like blade as well as a pair of outriggers at its rear to stabilise itself. (Source: AMR)
16 Nov 22. BAE Systems’ new CV90 variants add capabilities and combat efficiency for Swedish Army. BAE Systems is launching two new variants of the CV90—the Forward Maintenance vehicle and the Combat Engineer vehicle—to support Swedish Army requirements. BAE Systems has signed a follow-on contract worth $90m with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for two new CV90 variants, which are being added to the Swedish CV90 RENO upgrade program.
The two new variants will be delivered by BAE Systems’ Swedish joint venture HB Utveckling AB, which brings together BAE Systems Hägglunds and Bofors manufacturing capabilities. The new variants are the Forward Maintenance vehicle, which will provide critical frontline support, repair, and recovery for other vehicles, ensuring improved overall combat vehicle availability; and the Combat Engineer variant, which will significantly grow the ability to ensure route clearance and deny enemy forces mission critical mobility. These two new variants will join the Swedish Army’s mechanized formations with deliveries scheduled between 2023 and 2027.
“We are proud to be producing these two new CV90 variants for the Swedish Army,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, managing director of BAE Systems Hägglunds. “The collaborative approach involved in the Swedish CV90 RENO program has been recognized as a key success factor in achieving a timely, balanced, and cost-effective solution to meet the customer’s capability requirements. We look forward to supporting our Swedish customer in increasing their combat efficiency.”
The two new CV90 variants will be produced at BAE Systems Hägglunds’ facility in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden and by Ritek in Levanger, Norway. Ritek is one of BAE Systems Hägglunds’ key industrial partners in the Norwegian CV90 program. Ritek’s role in this Swedish program is a significant milestone, moving Ritek into the international CV90 supply chain.
“Ritek has demonstrated that it has the industrial capability and skills required for such a program,” said Peter Sedin, BAE Systems Hägglunds’ director of operations. “As our production partner for a similar Norwegian Army program, it made sense to turn to Ritek when we were looking for the optimal industrial setup for this important FMV contract.”
There are approximately 1,300 CV90s in service with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The vehicle has a combat-proven track record and is designed to accommodate future growth to meet evolving missions. More recently, both Slovakia and the Czech Republic have selected CV90 to replace their legacy infantry fighting vehicle fleets.
The CV90 will now be available in 17 variants and is designed to provide optimum mobility, with the highest level of protection in any terrain or tactical environment. The CV90 MkIV combines improved battlefield speeds and handling with an upgraded electronic architecture to support future growth capabilities as the complex battlefield evolves.
16 Nov 22. New Zealand issues tender for utility vehicles. The New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a tender supporting the procurement of utility vehicles (UVs) as a part of the country’s Protected Mobility Capability Project (PMCP).
In a request for proposal (RFP), the MoD invited the “respondents to submit a proposal” for the supply of light and medium UVs along with the associated spares, contract data, services, training, and other items.
Nick Gillard, director of the land domain at the New Zealand MoD, told Janes that the RFP covers the supply of approximately 230 light and medium UVs.
In addition to general services, the light UVs will be used for liaison and command purposes, Gillard said.
He added that the medium UVs will be used to support command and control (C2), and forward information support team. The medium UVs will also be used as ambulances and maintenance vehicles. (Source: Janes)
16 Nov 22. Tank swap: Rheinmetall supplying the Slovak Republic with Leopard 2 A4 MBTs. Under the German government’s “Ringtausch” equipment exchange programme, Rheinmetall will soon be supplying the Slovak Republic with main battle tanks and other military hardware. In turn, the Slovak military will be transferring military equipment to Ukraine. This has now been contractually agreed in Brussels between representatives of both countries and Rheinmetall.
The Slovak armed forces will be receiving 15 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks. The order includes ammunition as well as a service package encompassing training and spare parts. The first vehicle is due to be shipped in December 2022, with delivery to be complete by the end of 2023.
The “Ringtausch” is a procedure developed by the German government in cooperation with Germany’s neighbours and NATO allies to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression. Specifically, NATO member states are providing Ukraine with Soviet-era heavy equipment in exchange for readily available Western military systems.
Working in close cooperation with the German Ministry of Defence and the Slovak authorities and armed forces, Rheinmetall swiftly negotiated the necessary contracts. These were signed on 15th November 2022 in Brussles by Martin Sklenár, Defence Policy Director of the Slovak Ministry of Defence; Vice Admiral Carsten Stawitzki, National Armaments Director in the German Ministry of Defence; as well as Dr. Björn Bernhard, CEO of Rheinmetall’s Business Unit Tactical Vehicles and Eduardo Veen Martinez, Executive Vice President Rheinmetall Business Unit Tactical Vehicles.
Work on the vehicles has already begun. The property of Rheinmetall, the vehicles now being made available are overhauled Leopard 2A4 MBTs formerly in the inventories of various user states.
01 Nov 22. Oshkosh Submits Proposal for Phase 3 and 4 of OMFV Program.
Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, announced today it has submitted its proposal in response to the U.S. Army’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program Phases 3 and 4 (Detailed Design and Prototype Test and Build). The OMFV is the Army’s Bradley replacement program.
“We are proud to submit our proposal for Phase 3 and 4 of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program,” said Pat Williams, Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Army and Marine Corps Programs, Oshkosh Defense.
“Our decades of experience working with the U.S. military to support their unique mission requirements with innovative ground vehicle solutions positions us strongly for this next phase of the competition.
By partnering with Pratt Miller Defense, Hanwha Defense USA, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, QinetiQ, and Plasan, we have brought together an elite team of global experts in combat vehicle and lethality design, digital engineering, and manufacturing excellence.
We look forward to continuing our strong partnership and collaboration with the U.S. Army to deliver a capability to the Soldier that increases lethality, situational awareness, and tactical flexibility, while also offering the growth capacity for future mission systems as technologies and capabilities evolve.” (Source: ASD Network)
02 Nov 22. EU consortium commences integration of swarming technology into THeMIS UGVs. Companies working on the Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System (iMUGS) – the European Union’s (EU’s) project for a common unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) – have commenced the integration of swarming technology into Milrem’s THeMIS medium UGV, Janes has learnt. Experts from three organisations within the iMUGS consortium – dotOcean, the Royal Military Academy of Belgium, and Insta – are understood to have begun work on the integration of the swarming technologies at Nexter facilities at Camp Satory, France, on 27 October. The iMUGS project demonstrated swarming technologies integrated into makeshift UGVs at a dynamic demonstration in Belgium in June. These vehicles were crude four-wheeled platforms that were equipped with only Global Positioning System (GPS) and heading devices. The present effort will focus on transferring previously demonstrated swarming technologies into the THeMIS, a far more sophisticated platform of direct military utility. (Source: Janes)
15 Nov 22. Special accolade for new fibreglass suspension spring – Rheinmetall wins SPE Automotive Award 2022. Rheinmetall has won the coveted SPE Automotive Award 2022 with its globally unique fibreglass suspension spring. The innovative new component overcame the competition to take the Grand Innovation Award, a special category. The award ceremony took place in Neuss in mid-October.
First and foremost, Rheinmetall’s fibreglass suspension spring convinced the jury of experts because of its significantly lower weight compared to conventional springs, coupled with its unique, specially patented design. The jury consisted of 27 experts from the plastics technology sector, OEMs, institutes, and trade publications.
“We’re very happy about this special prize, which acknowledges our yearslong research and development effort in what for Rheinmetall is a new sector”, declares Marcus Gerlach, CEO of the Group’s Materials and Trade division.
This unique fibreglass suspension spring has already been put to its first real test at a major automaker. Furthermore, additional development work is already underway with other leading manufacturers in the automotive sector and other industries.
“As we see it, our unique fibreglass suspension spring offers significant advantages, and we’re convinced that it has massive market potential”, insists Ralf Buschbeck, CTO at Materials and Trade.
SPE Central Europe, a section of the Society of Plastics Engineers Inc., has announced the Automotive Division Award contest every 18 months since 1992. By late June, the jury of experts had already made an initial selection of the contestants for the 21st SPE Automotive Award. According to the organizer, the number of components submitted in the contest had never been so high.
As a proven technology partner of the automobile industry, Rheinmetall has been putting its expertise in the world of innovative materials to work for years, making valuable contributions to weight optimization and thus to reduced consumption, while simultaneously leading to advances in e-mobility.
With its innovative spring suspension system, Rheinmetall has succeeded not only in breaking new technological ground: it is entering a future-oriented market with strong growth potential. Today, Rheinmetall INVENT GmbH, a unit of the Group’s Materials and Trade division, is investigating and developing various chassis components with an eye to full-scale production.
Because they serve as a link between the wheels and the chassis, suspension springs play a vital role in determining how a vehicle handles as well as its overall safety. Compared to conventional helical springs made of steel, the new fibreglass-reinforced plastic springs from Rheinmetall result in a weight saving of up to 75 percent in the unsprung mass, making them especially suitable for range-optimized electric vehicles.
Besides light weight, achieving maximum rolling and pitch stability was a key development objective, as were optimum noise, vibration and harshness characteristics. Compared to conventional steel springs, fibreglass-reinforced suspension springs feature the added advantage of greater corrosion resistance, since only certain chemicals can corrode them, but not oxygen and water. The new springs fit into the same design space as standard springs, feature excellent longevity as well as an emergency operating capability the enables that enables the vehicle to keep driving.
The newly developed chassis springs are based on technical know-how accumulated over the decades at Rheinmetall in the twin realms of mobility and security, paired with the Group’s pioneering innovative spirit and commitment to forward-looking trends and developments.
Rheinmetall has longstanding expertise in lightweight automotive engineering: its Castings unit is a world-leading maker of lightweight aluminium parts, with a product portfolio encompassing structural and chassis parts as well as specially designed e-mobility components such as e-motor housings and battery trays. Since 2019, the company has also held a roughly 25 percent share in Carbon Truck & Trailer GmbH Stade, which produces support components made of carbon-reinforced plastic. The focus here is on developing reasonably priced serially produced parts for lightweight commercial vehicles.
14 Nov 22. US Army Selects Applied Intuition to Accelerate Autonomy Development for Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV). Applied Intuition, Inc. announced today that it has been selected by the Army and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to deliver an end-to-end autonomy software development and test platform for the Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV program). The $49m contract ceiling for the competitive prototyping phase will span 24 months.
Applied Intuition will provide a foundational modeling and simulation platform that will enable the RCV program office, under the umbrella of PEO Ground Combat Systems, to manage the development and test of software for mission and mobility autonomy for the RCV variants.
Applied’s end-to-end autonomy development solution will enable the RCV program to meet requirements related to off-road maneuvering, obstacle avoidance, and safety. Applied’s toolchain will help the RCV program evaluate autonomy stacks developed by the Army and its other commercial partners.
“We are excited to bring our proven enterprise autonomy development toolchain to the Army’s RCV program,” said Qasar Younis, Co-Founder and CEO of Applied Intuition. “Our modeling and simulation development environment will enable continuous improvement of autonomy software across the program’s lifecycle and will ultimately enhance the Army’s broader approach to autonomy stack development.”
The award is the result of an innovative contracting mechanism, DIU’s Commercial Solutions Opening, where the Army’s RCV program worked in close coordination with DIU to acquire commercial software as a part of the Software Pathway under the Agile Acquisition Framework.
“The innovative use of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Software Acquisition Pathway to acquire commercial modeling and simulation software for autonomy development is a landmark achievement,” said Colin Carroll, Head of Government at Applied Intuition. “We look forward to helping the RCV program and the DOD quickly and safely scale production of autonomous systems.”
About Applied Intuition
Applied Intuition is the foremost enabler of autonomous vehicle (AV) development. The company’s suite of simulation, validation, and drive log management software makes it faster, safer, and easier to bring autonomy to market. AV programs across industries and 17 of the top 20 global OEMs rely on Applied’s solutions to develop, test, and deploy autonomous systems at scale. (Source: PR Newswire)
14 Nov 22. New agreement brings Mbombe 4 production in Saudi Arabia a step closer. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Saudi companies Scopa and the National Company for Mechanical Systems (NCMS) has been signed for the production of Paramount’s Mbombe 4 armoured vehicle in Saudi Arabia.
The agreement was announced by Scopa in September. Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al Ajlan, Chairman of the Board of Scopa, said “this alliance, the first of its kind, aims to provide the gear, technologies, and equipment required by the Saudi armed forces, to serve the Ministry of Defence and all the Saudi military and security agencies,” in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 strategic plan which aims to see the localisation of over 50 percent of military spending.
“Together we celebrate taking a great step in the field of partnerships with major international companies, led by Paramount company, which possesses high defence and security technologies, to support our armed forces and the Saudi military and security services,” he said.
The aim of the MoU is to ultimately manufacture Paramount’s Mbombe 4 in Saudi Arabia, although at present no firm contract has yet been signed. Scopa said its agreement with Paramount covers the supply and localisation of mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) 4×4 vehicles equipped with defensive systems, and which meet international military standards.
Scopa is a new company, having been founded by the Ajilan Group at the beginning of this year. Scopa CEO Nasr Alghrairi has said that within five years, Scopa wants to be amongst the biggest platform manufacturers in the region, and hopefully in the top five. The company is forging partnerships with numerous international entities, including UK-based UAS Tactical Systems. In this case, a recent agreement covers the localisation and co-production of the Watchkeeper UAV, which will be known as the WK-X in Saudi Arabia.
Scopa’s areas of expertise are planned to cover air, land, air defence, sea, information technology, C5ISR, small arms and munitions, CBRN defence, and logistics. Numerous senior retired US military officers have been brought on board to help Scopa achieve its objectives and cement partnerships.
The National Company for Mechanical Systems was registered in 2006, and specialises in mechanical and optical parts manufacturing services and environmental and engineering testing.
Paramount displayed its Mbombe 4 and N-Raven unmanned aerial vehicle at the Scopa stand at the World Defence Show in Riyadh in March this year. The company has already entered into several agreements with foreign countries on Mbombe 4 production, the most recent being with Thailand. Paramount partnered with the Defence Technology Institute (DTI), Thailand’s defence research and development (R&D) agency, and local defence and security company Jatunapas for the local production of the vehicle, which is known as the D-Lion. The first locally assembled D-Lion was handed over to General Chalermphon Srisawasdi, Chief of Defence Forces, Royal Thai Armed Forces, at Defence and Security 2022 in August.
Since its launch in 2019, the Mbombe 4 has been ordered by five nations, including the United Arab Emirates and Togo. Over 150 vehicles have either been manufactured or are on order around the world.
Key features of Mbombe 4 include flat-floor mine protection technology. The vehicle has a burst speed of 140 km/h and a range of 800 km. The platform offers crew compartment NATO STANAG 4569 Level 3 ballistic protection and blast protection to STANAG 4569 Level 4A and 4B and protection against a 50kg TNT side blast or IED/roadside bomb. The 16 tonne Mbombe 4 provides a payload of nearly three tonnes, and has been designed to accommodate a wide range of payloads and turrets, including a 30 mm cannon.
Paramount recently revealed the Mbombe 4 S desert variant, which was developed in response to customer feedback and trials in India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Mbombe 4 draws on the heritage of the eight-wheeled Mbombe 8, launched in 2016, and the six-wheeled Mbombe 6, which is in service. Commonality of components (roughly 70%) across the entire Mbombe family of armoured vehicles lessens the costs associated with support, repairs and training, Paramount maintains. (Source: https://www.defenceweb.co.za/)
14 Nov 22. SPEE3D Chosen by the British Army for the US Army’s Project Convergence Exercise. In collaboration with the British Army, SPEE3D will demonstrate its WarpSPEE3D Printer at the US Army’s Project Convergence 2022, showcasing the benefits of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) technology to Defence.
The SPEE3D team has joined Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) troops at Ft Irwin, California, making parts of consequence for a multi-national training force. Due to the world-leading, high-speed capabilities of its technology, the British Army has requested the company’s support throughout the US Army Future Command’s Project Convergence 2022, as part of a concept assessment.
As one of the first additive manufacturing companies to partner with the British Army, SPEE3D will be showcasing the WarpSPEE3D printer’s deployable technology to print metal 3D printed parts in the field, and in various conditions throughout the exercise.
Project Convergence is a flagship learning, experimentation and demonstration campaign run by the US Army’s Futures Command. From October 30 to November 9, Project Convergence will evaluate approximately 300 technologies, focusing on advancing joint and multinational interoperability in future operational environments. Several thousand US, UK, and Australian service members, researchers, and industry partners are there to experiment with – and assess – these new advancements.
“We are thrilled to be invited by the British Army to collaborate and explore the capabilities and logistical impact of our additive manufacturing technology for the military,” said Byron Kennedy, Co-Founder, and CEO of SPEE3D. “Our partnership over the last two years with them has validated the need for 3D metal printing to solve a myriad of challenges the military faces, and in rough terrain where they need a deployable and easy-to-use solution to print important parts quickly.”
“SPEE3D regularly works with defence worldwide to showcase their innovative additive manufacturing technologies to help solve some of the military’s most pressing supply chain issues,” said the British Army’s LTCOL Davidson Reith.
The company’s unique, patented technology is 1,000 times faster than traditional 3D metal printing, enabling the world’s most affordable additive manufacturing process to produce industrial quality metal parts anywhere in just minutes. SPEE3D’s process operates with compressed air and electricity, and so does not rely on helium or other gasses, unlike large additive manufacturing printers. With the release of its Phaser Nozzle, announced earlier this year, the process can currently produce parts from over 12 material sets, including copper, stainless steel, titanium, high-strength aluminium, and nickel-based carbides, with more in development.
In September, SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D was the first metal 3D printer in the world to be able to successfully manufacture metal parts on a US Navy ship during the US Navy’s REPTX trial. In October the company unveiled XSPEE3D – the world’s fastest all-in-one containerized metal 3D printer that is highly mobile, easy to use, and can prints parts from anywhere in minutes. XSPEE3D was developed specifically for the military based on our experiences with the Australian Army during their world-first metal 3D printing trials during 2020 and 2021. (Source: Rumour Control)
08 Nov 22. Heven Drones will be presenting its ACS Drone platform, an Autonomous Container System for end-to-end autonomous logistics missions, at UVID. Heven Drones, a leader in the development and commercialisation of actionable drone platforms with heavy-lift capabilities, will be presenting its Autonomous Container System – a unique system that allows a complete autonomous logistics mission – at the Israeli UVID conference in Tel Aviv.
Based on the company’s ‘Urban’ multi-rotor drone platform that maximises payload while remaining below the civilian weight limitation of 25kg, the ACS drone system autonomously lands the right payload at the right place, with an accuracy of 3 to 5 centimetres. Flying over multiple markers, the system also identifies the correct new payload for pickup and connects to it autonomously. Allowing complete autonomous logistics missions, Heven Drones’ ACS drone platform offers flight endurance of up to 37 minutes with a maximum payload of up to 8Kg.
At UVID, Heven Drones will also present its H100 system, an advanced heavy-lift drone platform. With a 35kg payload capacity, a maximum flight time of 40 minutes, and the ability to use a true flying robot beyond many readily available platforms, Heven Drones’ H100 is ideal for defence and logistic missions.
Bentzion Levinson, Heven Drones Founder & CEO, said: “From delivery and logistics, to defence, emergency response, and infrastructure repair, the future of drones is about flying robots performing tasks as part of a wide eco-system of autonomous mobility and warfare. We at Heven Drones took this mission and are developing next-generation drones utilising advanced energy sources. We are honoured to provide our customers with actionable, autonomous drone solutions that act beyond limits.”
08 Nov 22. JODDB, formerly KADDB, displayed a number of new light vehicle designs at the recent SOFEX (Special Operations Forces Exhibition) in Aqaba, reports Bob Morrison. Over the four years between SOFEX 2018 in Amman and SOFEX 2022 in Aqaba the Jordanian Government-owned JODDB or Jordan Design and Development Bureau, which was formed in 1999 as KADDB or King Abdullah II Design & Development Bureau, has been producing updated light vehicles on both the latest Toyota Land Cruiser 79 chassis and rear-engined space frame ‘dune buggy’ designs. The JLVM (Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing) subsidiary of JODDB, which celebrates twenty years in business during 2023, is responsible for production of these interesting vehicles, some of which are likely to replace ageing earlier generation designs nearing the end of their service life. It is my intention to look a little closer at these in future features, but in the meantime hopefully the accompanying images should be of interest to our light military vehicle aficionado readers. (Source: www.joint-forces.com)
07 Nov 22. Indonesian Army set to receive its first Harimau medium tank. The Indonesian Army is set to receive its first serial production Kaplan MT ‘Harimau’ modern medium weight tank as early as the end of 2022.
The Harimau (Tiger) is a 30-tonne medium battle tank (MBT) that has been jointly developed by Turkish arms manufacturer FNSS Defence Systems and Indonesian state-owned weapons supplier PT Pindad.
An agreement to develop two prototypes of the tank was signed between the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the Turkish Defence Industry Agency (SSB) in 2015.
Subsequently, a serial production contract for 18 Harimau tank units was signed between FNSS and PT Pindad in 2019 after the prototypes completed endurance and firing tests in Indonesia and Turkey.
Speaking to Janes at the Indo Defence 2022 exhibition in Jakarta, FNSS’ corporate communications manager Cem Altınışık confirmed that 10 out of the 18 units were shipped from Turkey to Indonesia in March 2022 as part of the contract’s first batch delivery. (Source: Janes)
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