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30 Nov 10. Defence Equipment and Support issued the following statement. ‘Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) has decided that DVD will become a biennial event, focusing on the Land Domain, with the next event planned for 2012. DVD has expanded considerably beyond the original concept of a Defence Vehicle exhibition and although the need to engage with industry continues, it has prompted DE&S to review the necessity to hold DVD annually. It is intended that the next DVD will concentrate on the Land Equipment delivery team and provide an industry engagement event, with the focus on networking and solutions-based workshops. DE&S is very grateful to all of the industry exhibitors who have supported DVD over the years and hopes that a re-structured event will be equally productive for those involved.’ Millbrook would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support over the previous years and we look forward to seeing you here in 2012.

25 Nov 10. The Wolfhound Tactical Support Vehicle which has just entered operational service in Afghanistan is fitted with a load bed built by Marshall Vehicle Engineering, part of Cambridge based Marshall Land Systems. Utilising a number of Military off the Shelf (MOTS) components, including drop sides and tail boards, Marshall VE delivered the load beds in less than three months following the award of a contract from load bed designers, Ricardo plc.
“Our knowledge of military load beds has been developed over many years, indeed decades and ranges from the supply of large logistic loadbed systems for the UK MOD Support Vehicle programme, of which nearly 4,500 have been delivered, to small utility systems for vehicles such as the Iveco LMV and Renault Sherpa Light. The Wolfhound contract demonstrates that within MLS we have both the knowledge and the manufacturing experience to deliver the quality solutions our customers want and to deliver them on time,” said Peter Callaghan, Chief Executive of Marshall Land Systems. Wolfhound can carry both palletised loads or loose stores in high threat areas making the vehicle capable of offering support to a range of users in Afghanistan. Wolfhound is part of the Tactical Support Vehicle programme which has seen over 400 armoured support trucks ordered by the UK to accompany patrols and carry the essential supplies such as water and ammunition.

30 Nov 210. The second time around, the U.S. Army appears to have taken the Pentagon’s penny-pinching drive to heart, adding cost targets and other price limitations to the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) competition. An artist’s concept of the Ground Combat Vehicle candidate that was to be offered by the BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman team in the first round the GCV competition. (Northrop Grumman-BAE Systems) But one analyst says the Army’s $9m to $10.5m dollar price range is still far too high. The average manufacturing cost target of $9m to $10.5m (in 2010 dollars) includes all of the hardware and software that goes into the vehicle, the GCV project manager, Col. Andrew DiMarco, said during a phone call with reporters. According to a congressional source, that is on the lower end of the r

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