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———————————————————————–05 Mar 12. The Army expects final delivery of additional Stryker double-V hull vehicles, the Stryker DVH, by year’s end and expects to then have a total of about 760. The vehicle has been effective in theater, Army acquisition officials said at a media roundtable Friday.
“To hear from the field, back from Soldiers and commanders about the value of the double-V hull, it is truly remarkable,” said Lt. Gen. Bill Phillips, principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. To date, Phillips said, there have been about 40 incidents where the double-V hull has encountered an improvised explosive device, known as an IED, and with the exception of two incidents, all of the Soldiers walked away with just minor injuries. The Army already has about 300 of the Stryker DVH vehicles in theater. The additional vehicles will allow the Army to build two brigades with the Stryker DVH. Still in theater are Strykers without the special hull design, or “flat bottom” vehicles. Included among those are the nuclear, biological, chemical, reconnaissance vehicle, or Stryker NBC RV version, and the mobile gun system version, or Stryker MGS. Maj. Gen. Tony A. Cucolo III, director, force development, Army G-8, said that across a range of threats, the Stryker flat-bottom could be applied in some areas. He also said that there is a “very capable” underbody kit for the flat-bottom Stryker to provide extra protection. (Source: US Army/ASD Network)
09 Mar 12. Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Upgrading. Contrary to media reports, all Warrior vehicles in Afghanistan were upgraded in June 2011 by BAE Systems as part of an Urgent Operational Requirement. The vehicles were given some 30 improvements under the Warrior Theatre Entry Standard (Herrick) programme worth around £40m. The improvements included improved armour, enhanced seating design and increased mobility for over 70 vehicles. The Capability Sustainment programme for some 380 vehicles is a completely separate project.
Comment: Newspaper stories that ‘nothing has yet been done’ to upgrade Warrior are just nonsense. Prior to the June 2011 programme, Warrior was upgraded in response to emerging threats in Iraq.
(Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 12/11, 12 Mar 12)
01 Mar 12. ACMAT launches Bastion PATSAS Special Forces protected vehicle. ACMAT of France has developed and tested a new 4×4 cross-country vehicle in response to potential Special Forces (SF) customer requirements. Known as the the Bastion PATSAS, the vehicle was shown for the first time in Europe at the International Armoured Vehicles 2012 (IAV 2012) conference and exhibition in Farnborough. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
06 Mar 12. Given the future operating environment and reduced defense spending, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps would be better off investing in science and technology research rather than launching new vehicle development programs, according to a new think tank report.
The report, released March 6 by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), recommends the U.S. military funnels its research dollars into areas like active protection, hybrid-electric propulsion and robotic systems. Krepinevich, who co-authored the report with CSBA analyst Eric Lindsey, said a marginal improvement could mean 50 to 70 percent better. That is to say, a new system would have to be a lot better to make the investment worthwhile, he said. Instead, the Army and Marine Corps should put its limited research dollars into areas where a big breakthrough would greatly boost overall effectiveness and justify a new generation of systems, Krepinevich said. His comments could be viewed as directed at the Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program, which the service has said will bring incremental improvements