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09 Nov 11. Nexter Systems and Renault Trucks Defense have signed a cooperation agreement to offer a unique solution to fulfil the request for proposal for the VBMR programme. The VBMR programme is intended to provide the French Army with a modernised capability in the multirole/medium range wheeled armoured vehicle segment (20 ton class, 6×6 design suitable for mission variants). The organisational scheme agreed upon by Nexter Systems and Renault Trucks Defense sets up a responsive industrial prime contractorship, focussed on delivering an integrated, cost-effective, adaptable and dependable solution, whilst leveraging on the fields of excellence of both groups. With the aim of expanding commercial opportunities for VBMR vehicles beyond the French national acquisition programme, the cooperation agreement also includes organisational provisions regarding export markets.

07 Nov 11. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls and a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products for the rugged, deployed defense and aerospace market, has announced the availability of a new class of affordable highly available, high performance distributed computing subsystems designed specifically to meet the U.S. military’s current goals for increasing the use of low-cost open standards-based COTS electronics in Military Ground Vehicles. First publicly described in a paper, co-authored by Curtiss-Wright and Northrop Grumman Corporation that was presented at the 2011 Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium, Vehicle Electronics and Architecture (VEA) Mini-Symposium on August 9, 2011, Curtiss-Wright’s family of Packaged COTS (PCOTS) Systems provide military system integrator’s with a Modular Open Standards Approach (MOSA)-compliant and scalable range of rugged systems designed to meet the open standards for the integration of C4ISR and related items of equipment on Army platforms being defined by the Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) working group.

28 Oct 11. Force Protection details TAPV entry. Force Protection has released further information about Timberwolf: its entry for the Canadian Army’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) competition. The Timberwolf is based on the combat-proven Cougar 6×6 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle that is used for a wide range of operations by the US Army and international customers. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

03 Nov 11. VPK improves protected vehicles. Russia’s VPK (Voyenno-promishlennaya kompaniya) presented two new models of its armoured vehicles at the Interpolitex 2011 exhibition in Moscow in late October. Making its public debut was the revised VPK-3924 Medved (Bear) version of the SPM-3 (Spetsialnaya politseyskaya mashina) special police vehicle, developed by VPK’s VITs (Voyenno-Inzhenerniy Tsentr) Military Engineering Centre under contract to the Russian Ministry of the Interior. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

28 Oct 11. Lockheed Martin sees Warrior export opportunity after upgrade award. The UK’s Warrior infantry fighting vehicle is in prime position for exports following the UK’s GBP1 billion (USD1.6bn) upgrade award to Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK), the company’s chief executive has told Jane’s. On 25 October LMUK received a contract to extend the operational life of the Warrior fleet beyond 2040, acting for the first time as systems integrator on a UK armoured fighting vehicle programme. (Source: Jane’s, JDW)

25 Oct 11. Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles: Capability Sustainment Programme. Ministerial announcements were made (25 Oct 11) that, “subject to final contractual negotiations”, the MoD intends to award a contract to Lockheed Martin UK for the demonstration and subsequent manufact

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