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05 Aug 11. Poland seeks remote turrets for Rosomaks. The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) has released its requirements to industry for remote turrets for its Rosomak 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). The turrets (Zdalnie Sterowany System Wiezowy – ZSSW) will be acquired between 2013 and 2015 and will equip two Rosomak battalions. (Source: Jane’s, JDW)

18 Aug 11. QinetiQ North America today announced the availability of a new Micro Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MUGV) for military and first responder robotic missions. At just over ten pounds, Dragon Runner 10 (DR10) is small enough to carry in an assault pack and rugged enough to throw into buildings and hostile environments. With multiple sensor and payload options, DR10 is ideal for reconnaissance and surveillance missions to support small military units, patrols and first responder teams. The warfighter uses a wearable controller to send DR10 in first, to assess the situation in advance. Whether it’s being driven or thrown into a potentially hostile area, DR10 can quickly gain situational awareness and report information back to the operator. Its day and night sensors enable DR10 to serve as the team’s forward eyes and ears, while carrying out critical missions such as Explosive Ordnance Disposal, setting counter-IED charges, delivering remote sensors, gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance. (Source: ASD Network)

05 Aug 11. Prototype Shiba route-clearing vehicle rolls out in Poland. Prototype demonstrations have begun in Poland with specialist route-clearing vehicles designed to counter explosive devices. Lessons learned during combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan led Poland’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) to generate a basic requirement for a road-clearing platoon (RCP) set. The initial plan was for the Polish Army to procure up to three standard US Army route-clearing packages (based around the South African-developed Chubby mine-detection and detonation vehicle convoy system, which includes DCD-Dorbyl RSD Husky mine-detection and towing vehicles) via the United States, but US Army-operated RCPs have instead been assigned to support Poland’s Task Force ‘White Eagle’ serving as part of the US-led Regional Command East in Afghanistan. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

18 Aug 11. BAE Systems is releasing details of the latest
addition to its proven mine protected vehicle range, the Casspir Mk6 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC). The Casspir Mk6 evolved from the reliable and renowned Casspir heritage. The latest development also incorporates experience from the battle proven RG31 (over 2400 in service) to ensure a superior and affordable APC. The Casspir Mk6 is an open architecture fit for many applications including the option for different variants – 4×4, 6×6, utility, APC and command. This battle-proven workhorse with its robust design is suitable for the harshest African conditions. COTS (Commercial-off-the-shelve) building blocks are used in the design and manufacturing for increased cost benefit, and contributing to the superior mine protection is the monocoque V-shaped hull. The Casspir Mk6 measures approximately 7.59 meters in length, 2.67 meters in width, with a ground clearance of 380 millimeters. Its gross vehicle mass is 14,320 kg and seats 16 crew members. The straight forward utilisation of a total commercial drive train ensures affordability of this battle proven vehicle. (Source: ASD Network)

05 Aug 11. IDF mulls successor to Merkava MBT. The Israel Defence Force (IDF) has begun drawing up plans for the development of Israel’s future tank and successor to the Merkava Mk 4 main battle tank (MBT). Development of the Merkava began in the 1970s and the most advanced model is the Mk 4, which entered IDF service in 2003 with the IDF’s 401st Armoured Brigade. (Sour

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