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25 Aug 22. General Dynamics Land Systems to Provide Abrams Tanks to Poland Under $1.1bn Foreign Military Sales Order. General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that it has been awarded a Foreign Military Sales order from the U.S. Army worth up to $1.148 billion to deliver 250 M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams main battle tanks to Poland.
The state-of-the-art M1A2 SEPv3 configuration features technological advancements in communications, fire control and lethality, reliability, sustainment and fuel efficiency, plus upgraded armor. Additionally, the SEPv3 Abrams is designed to seamlessly accept future upgrades.
“We are pleased to have been chosen to provide this critical armored capability to our allies in Poland,” said Chris Brown, vice president of global strategy and international business development at General Dynamics Land Systems. “The M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams is the most advanced main battle tank in the world, and we look forward to getting it into the hands of Polish Soldiers.” (Source: PR Newswire)
25 Aug 22. Allison Transmission Awarded $6.55m Contract to Deliver Next Generation Electrified Transmission to U.S. Army. Allison Transmission, a leading designer and manufacturer of conventional and electrified vehicle propulsion solutions for tactical wheeled and tracked defense vehicles, and medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, has been awarded a $6.55m contract by the U.S. Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center to design, develop and test an electric hybrid sub-system in Allison’s Next Generation Electrified Transmission for armored combat vehicles.
The Next Generation Electrified Transmission is the newest product in Allison’s tactical ground combat vehicle portfolio. It features a 220 kilowatt electric motor and associated inverter for on-board vehicle power and parallel electric hybrid operation. Beyond power generation for auxiliary system capability development, the propulsion solution provides benefits realized in enhanced mobility performance and efficiency with a significant reduction in fuel consumption and reduced thermal and acoustic signatures.
“The Next Generation Electrified Transmission will provide far more than power generation. Our technology will deliver electric hybrid propulsion using blended torque that provides edge-of-the box performance or true engine-off silent mobility,” said Dana Pittard, Vice President Defense Programs at Allison Transmission. “Allison has two decades of expertise with electric hybrid propulsion technology. We’re committed to continuing to lead the way in developing innovative technology that will help the U.S. military to successfully accomplish the mission.”
With the Next Generation Electrified Transmission, Allison anticipates meeting requirements across a wide spectrum of applications, including the U.S. Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) and Main Battle Tank markets in the United States and around the world. The OMFV program will replace nearly 3,000 aging legacy Bradley vehicles, which will be the Army’s largest armored vehicle procurement since the 1980s.
Specifically, the Next Generation Electrified Transmission has been selected by American Rheinmetall Vehicles (ARV) for integration into its OMFV offering. The ARV vehicle delivers best-in-class mobility and unmatched power in a highly maneuverable and modern chassis designed to meet the U.S. Army’s combat vehicle modernization priorities.
“Since 1946, Allison has partnered with the Department of Defense to develop propulsion solutions that deliver in the toughest conditions. For fleets that are developing new wheeled or tracked vehicles, Allison can tailor a transmission, electric hybrid or electric propulsion solution specifically for that application,” said Pittard. “Allison engineers and manufactures reliable and fully customizable propulsion solutions, so customers experience reduced downtime and increased ability to accomplish mission objectives.” (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
24 Aug 22. Gabon parades Norinco VP11 MRAPs. The Gabonese Republican Guard (GR) displayed its Norinco VP11 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles publicly for the first time when 13 were used in the 17 August Independence Day military parade in Libreville.
The GR is an armed forces branch responsible for presidential security and supporting the rest of the military. The commentator for the television coverage of the parade said the VP11s are part of the 2nd Reconnaissance and Combat Squadron of the GR’s Armoured Intervention Group and were used by the Gabonese contingent that served with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
The 4×4 VP11 has a combat weight of 10 tonnes and can accommodate up to eight personnel, including a driver and a gunner. According to the manufacturer, it offers all-round STANAG Level 1 protection, which can be increased to Level 2 using add-on armour, and has a V-shaped hull to mitigate mines and improvised explosive devices. (Source: Janes)
24 Aug 22. Paramount unveils upgraded Marauder. Paramount Group has unveiled its upgraded Marauder ‘Mark 2’ armoured vehicle model, which features updated driver ergonomics and hull changes that will speed up production.
The company said the upgrades include the introduction of a universal hull, interchangeable dashboard modules and steering wheel components. These latest enhancements will enable the Marauder to be manufactured in either Left or Right-Hand Drive configurations, from the same hull and component sets on the same production line.
The vehicle can be converted to Left or Right-Hand Drive version in under two hours, should operational needs (such as peacekeeping deployments in foreign countries) require, making the Marauder highly-applicable to the asymmetrical challenges of the modern battlefield, wherever in the world that battlefield may reside, Paramount said in a statement.
Deon Grobler, CEO of Paramount Land Systems, stated: “The Marauder is one of world’s most iconic and toughest armoured vehicles, often described as best suited for an apocalyptic environment. We are very proud of its well-deserved reputation and our latest advancements present significant benefits to its performance, crew capability and the customer.
“Impressive developments in man-machine interfaces often go unnoticed, however the systems which we have incorporated within the new Marauder ‘Mark 2’ have made great strides in improving ergonomics, comfort and functionality. The improvements in the Marauder’s operator interfaces will increase usability when operating in rugged conditions, while at the same time reducing driver and crew fatigue, making the platform more comfortable and user-friendly, keeping troops safe and battle ready.”
“In keeping with our 27-year track record of manufacturing innovative solutions to optimising our customers’ response capabilities to the threats faced in Africa and around the world, we are also pleased to report that we have today increased our own speed of production. We can now manufacture vehicles for stock purposes as opposed to manufacturing based on customer orders, delivering faster solutions for those partners with urgent demands, whether they are operating right or left-hand drive vehicles,” Grobler concluded.
The Marauder features double-skin armour, a burst speed of 110 km/hr and ability to operate in conditions from – 20 to +50 Degrees Celsius. Day/night vision devices and extra sensors can also be fitted to provide 24/7 operability. The mine-protected vehicle can carry two crew and up to eight fully equipped soldiers in the rear.
The Marauder was launched at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in February 2007, and has since been supplied to customers around the world, including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Malawi, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique and Singapore. (Source: https://www.defenceweb.co.za/)
24 Aug 22. US Army conducts low-velocity airdrops on infantry squad vehicles. The testing follows structural and mechanical changes made to the ISVs produced by General Motors Defense. The US Army Operational Test Command’s Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD) has carried out low-velocity airdrops of infantry squad vehicles (ISVs).
The ISV is designed to enable the Army’s Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) personnel to cover tough terrains in a short span of time.
The vehicle also allows the soldiers to carry adequate personal and squad provisions to survive for several days.
ABNSOTD Test Division chief lieutenant colonel Derek Johnson said: “Testing centred around determining if production representative mode ISVs could tolerate the forces experienced during low velocity airdrop operations.”
ABNSOTD Electronics engineer Michael Estremera added: “During the execution of the SAITs, high-speed video, photography, and instrumentation [accelerometers and impact data recorders] were employed to assess the PRM ISV’s reaction to the forces experienced during LVAD operations.”
The ISVs also underwent a 50km road test on improved, semi-improved, and unimproved roads, as well as off-road routes.
The vehicles were then inspected by ABNSOTD, General Motors Defense, and ISV Program Office personnel. This testing will ensure that the PRM ISVs are mission capable. (Source: army-technology.com)
22 Aug 22. Oshkosh Defense Receives 5 New Patents on Hybrid Electric JLTV. Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, today announced that it was granted five new patents for the Oshkosh Defense hybrid electric Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or eJLTV, strengthening the company’s intellectual property position in hybrid-electric technology.
The Oshkosh eJLTV was unveiled in January 2022 as the first-ever silent drive hybrid electric Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. These recent patents relate to the accessory drive approach, battery and inverter integration, and the range and capability of the Oshkosh vehicle.
“Hybrid electric vehicle technology provides silent drive, extended silent watch, enhanced fuel economy, and increased exportable power that enables it to be used in combat and reconnaissance scenarios,” said George Mansfield, Vice President and General Manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The addition of these recent patents underscores our unique ability to deliver innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customer and advance technology for the tactical wheeled vehicle fleet.”
Oshkosh has a robust portfolio of 115+ patents and pending applications for the JLTV, the eJLTV, and related technologies. (Source: ASD Network)
23 Aug 22. DVD2022 to demonstrate a new Decade of Delivery.
As visitor and media registration opens for DVD2022, Army Headquarters and DE&S announce the themes for this year’s event. On 21st and 22nd September at UTAC Millbrook, industry and Defence in the Land Equipment sector will meet to discuss Future Soldier and the Land Industrial Strategy (LIS), bringing ‘A Decade of Delivery: Transformation and Sustainment’ to life through themed areas, presentations, and a ‘Boxer Village’.
DVD is a biennial Defence industry exhibition that enables focussed engagement between Defence industry, DE&S Delivery Teams, Army HQ staff and other Defence community users of Land Equipment.
The primary objective of DVD2022 is engagement and communications with industry and key MOD stakeholders to realise the following benefits:
- MOD: Develop a greater understanding of the land equipment sector across MOD stakeholders; and to promote UK Defence industry and innovation.
- Army HQ: DVD provides an opportunity to develop intelligent customer knowledge and market awareness to inform capability planning, requirements setting and equipment management. And explain land equipment requirements and activity to industry and key MOD decision makers.
- DE&S: An opportunity to engage with industry, alongside Army HQ and HQ Field Army staff as the customer and user; and to develop a common understanding of the industrial base and review technology. As well as developing DE&S staff knowledge, skills and experience.
- Industry: Gain a better understanding of MOD needs through direct engagement with Army HQ staff, with the expertise of DE&S staff available to advise on procurement and support issues. DVD also provides an opportunity for industry-to-industry engagement.
Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Sir Christopher Tickell KBE explains: “I’m pleased to see the return of DVD, following the 2020 hiatus. The land equipment sector has inevitably changed since our last event in 2018 and DVD2022 presents us with an exciting opportunity to take stock of the past and look ahead to a new ‘Decade of Delivery: Transformation and Sustainment’.
Transformation – to Future Soldier – and Sustainment – through the Land Industrial Strategy – remain paramount to maintaining world-class capabilities across the spectrum of Land Equipment, reflected in our current procurement and upgrade programmes and in our future capability requirements.”
For those involved in Land Equipment for Army Headquarters, DE&S and Front-Line Commands DVD2022 provides an ideal opportunity to identify innovation, develop ideas and generate a greater understanding of technologies, capabilities and requirements. To register as a visitor please visit www.theevent.co.uk/visitor.
Providers of equipment and support for the UK’s Land Forces who would like to exhibit at DVD2022, are encouraged to register their interest at www.theevent.co.uk/Exhibitor.
23 Aug 22. BAE Systems wins US Army deal for Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle. The U.S. Army has selected BAE Systems to produce its new Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle, picking the contractor over an Oshkosh Defense-ST Engineering team.
The service awarded BAE’s U.S. unit and its Swedish business a $278m contract that includes production units, spare parts and contractor logistics support, according to an Aug. 22 company statement.
To replace its aging Small Unit Support Vehicle, known as SUSV, the Army evaluated both offerings in Alaska’s Cold Regions Test Center from August to December 2021.
The SUSV — also built by BAE Systems — is based on 1960s and 1970s technology and was last procured in the early 1980s. The Army plans to buy 163 Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicles.
BAE submitted to the competition Beowulf, an unarmored, tracked vehicle that can carry people and payloads in either of its two compartments.
“Beowulf can traverse snow, ice, rock, sand, mud, and swamp conditions, and can operate in steep mountain environments,” the company statement says. “Its amphibious feature also allows it to swim in flooded areas or coastal waters.”
The Army is the first customer for Beowulf, which is based on the BvS10 armored variant used by five European countries: Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Austria.
The U.S. military is increasingly focusing on its preparedness for the Arctic region. The Army released its Arctic strategy last year, which stresses the need to modernize and ramp up the service’s presence as Russia and China continue to assert dominance in the region.
The strategy outlines how the Army will generate, train, organize and equip its forces to partner with allies, secure national interests and maintain regional stability.
Earlier this year, the Army announced it will reactivate the 11th Airborne Division in Alaska and remove Stryker combat vehicles from the force structure there. And it plans to install one of its five Multidomain Task Forces in the Arctic. (Source: Defense News)
22 Aug 22. BAE Systems wins U.S. Army’s CATV competition, receives $278m contract. BAE Systems’ Beowulf has won the U.S. Army’s competition for its Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) program, and the company has received a $278m contract for production units, spare parts, and contractor logistics support. The win further confirms BAE Systems as the industry leader in the design and production of military all-terrain vehicles for operations in harsh terrains and in the toughest weather conditions.
Beowulf is an unarmored, tracked, and highly versatile vehicle for carrying personnel and a variety of payloads in either of its two compartments. Beowulf can traverse snow, ice, rock, sand, mud, and swamp conditions, and can operate in steep mountain environments. Its amphibious feature also allows it to swim in flooded areas or coastal waters. This marks the first sale of Beowulf, which is based on its sister BvS10 armored variant in service with several European nations.
As the focus on Arctic Mobility operations grows, we see increasing opportunities in other markets for the BvS10 and Beowulf with an emerging demand to replace legacy BV206s.
“Beowulf is a highly capable solution to meet the US Army’s requirement for Arctic operations. We look forward to providing our soldiers operating in challenging terrain and environments with this highly capable vehicle,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president of business development at BAE Systems Platforms & Services. “We have been maturing and modernizing cold weather all-terrain capabilities for decades, bringing advanced capabilities to the United States and numerous other countries. This contract means we will continue to do so for many years to come.”
Beowulf’s articulated mobility system is key to its effectiveness, providing optimal maneuverability across varying surfaces. Its modular design can be reconfigured for multiple missions, such as logistical support, disaster and humanitarian relief, search and rescue, and other missions as required.
Its large windows and spacious cabin make Beowulf suitable to the tasks for the CATV program, including search and rescue, defense support to civilian authorities, and homeland defense. Its modern, commercial design ensures soldiers’ operational effectiveness in executing a wide variety of difficult missions.
Beowulf successfully completed the prototype evaluation phase of the CATV program earlier this year in Alaska. It performed in multiple tasks while remaining fully mission capable. The testing included amphibious operations, navigating terrain with varying levels of complexity, starting and operating in extreme cold weather, and most critically, user assessment by soldiers.
Beowulf is built by BAE Systems Hägglunds in northern Sweden, adding firsthand experience in operating in an arctic environment. The platform includes several key components from U.S. suppliers, such as its engine, transmission, and hydraulic system. The CATV program will replace the legacy fleet of Small Unit Support Vehicles (SUSVs), also built by BAE Systems Hägglunds, and known internationally as the BV206. The BV206 has been in service globally, including with the U.S. Armed Forces, since the early 1980s. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
19 Aug 22. Australian Army launches new robotics strategy. The Australian Army has launched a new strategy to enhance capabilities in robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). The strategy – issued earlier this month by the Australian Army’s Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO) – said it is intended to enable the army to “gain an operational advantage” in the battlefield.
“The increased use of RAS capabilities will continue to evolve the way the army trains and fights – enabling increased tempo, decision making, and reducing risk,” said Chief of Army Lieutenant General Simon Stuart in the strategy’s foreword.
“In turn, this will afford commanders new opportunities in achieving competitive advantage in some of the most dangerous tasks in the future operating environment.”
The strategy said RAS capability will enhance the army’s situational awareness, survivability, and lethality through “high-speed information analysis and distribution”. (Source: Janes)
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