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21 May 12. General Dynamics European Land Systems will present for the first time the newest member of the EAGLE family of vehicles, the EAGLE 6×6 light tactical vehicle, at EUROSATORY 2012 exhibition in Paris from 11-15 June 2012. General Dynamics European Land Systems will be located in Hall 5 – Stand No. 05-C186. Building on the mobility, protection and payload of the class-leading EAGLE 4×4 light tactical vehicle, General Dynamics European Land Systems is proud to present the new EAGLE 6×6 light tactical vehicle at the EUROSATORY show. To meet the growing demand for higher levels of survivability, mobility and capacity in more-affordable light tactical vehicles, General Dynamics European Land Systems combined the proven DURO 6×6 chassis, driveline and suspension with the EAGLE 4×4 hull to create the EAGLE 6×6 light tactical vehicle. The uniquely designed axle and mechanical roll-stabilizer system provides superior driving safety at high speeds and superior traction for negotiating difficult off-road conditions. The General Dynamics-designed transfer case, differentials and wheel ends ensure constant drive to all wheels under all conditions. The optional rear-axle steering further increases the tactical mobility of the EAGLE 6×6.
22 May 12. U.S. Army engineers were recognized for their collaborative efforts with small business to develop a transportable 100 kW generator that is 3,150 pounds lighter than those currently in theater. Members of the Research, Development & Engineering Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, received an Army Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, Phase II Achievement Award at the Women’s Memorial Center, Arlington National Cemetery, April 26, for their work with Spectrum Research Corporation of Albany, N.Y. The effort resulted in a generator light and compact enough to be towed by a Humvee, yet sturdy enough to be transported off road. The towable 100 kW is a load-following, variable-speed generator set; this potentially allows for a 20-percent fuel reduction and mitigates wet stacking, which is a deposit buildup that clogs the exhaust system, resulting in serious damage to the generator. CERDEC’s Command, Power & Integration directorate managed the project, providing technical expertise and guidance to spectrum Research Corp. regarding Army field requirements. The research and development project represents a breakthrough capability for mobile tactical power applications that could be used to support command outposts and expeditionary camps, said Edmund A. Nawrocki, leader for CERDEC CP&I’s Advanced Electromechanical Team. Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems’ Force Provider hopes to evaluate the towable generator this summer during a demonstration at their Base Camp Integration Lab at Fort Devens, Mass. Force Provider is the Army’s base camp life support system, managed by PM FSS. (Source: ASD Network)
23 May 12. The US Army is conducting non-developmental vehicle (NDV) operational assessments of its current combat vehicles to evaluate capabilities against requirements for purchase of a new Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). The assessments form part of the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) programme. The vehicles being validated include the army’s M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Double V-Hull, and a Turretless Bradley, as well as the Israeli Namer and Swedish Combat Vehicle 9035 (CV-9035) heavy armoured IFVs. The NDV assessments, being held at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US, enable the army to conduct a detailed analysis of each of the vehicles’ unique capabilities and configurations to better understand requirements for the new IFV. US Army GCV project manager, Colonel Andrew DiMarco, sa