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27 Aug 12. Meritor, Inc. (MTOR) announces that its ProTec™ High Mobility Independent Suspension (HMIS) will be integrated into Lockheed Martin’s (LMT) military vehicle that recently advanced to the next round of the Army and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. Lockheed Martin is one of three companies recently awarded an Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract for the JLTV. This vehicle is designed to provide the ultimate payload, performance and protection to support our warfighters. Engineered for extreme environments, the ProTec Series 30 HMIS is an advanced technology solution that was developed for the JLTV program. It provides outstanding off-road maneuverability and premium ride quality.
“With more than 100,000 miles of testing, the performance of the ProTec HMIS has been proven during the Technology Development phase of the JLTV program,” said Dave Damian, director, Sales and Business Development, Meritor Defense. “Our team began developing the ProTec Series 30 for the JLTV in 2005 and has been dedicated to providing the best possible solution for our warfighters.”
Earlier this year, the JLTV program entered the EMD phase, where six industry teams submitted bids for as many as three contracts. A production contract is expected late in 2015 or in early 2016. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)
04 Aug 12. Iraqi militant group demonstrates mobile killer robots
Ansar al-Islam, an Iraqi militant Sunni Islamist group, released an electronic pamphlet to jihadist forums in October that announced it was building vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) that can be steered to their targets by remote control. The pamphlet admitted the vehicles were difficult to control but said the problem had been offset by the installation of video cameras. (Source: Jane’s)
23 Aug 12. Malaysia prepares for armour replacements. The Malaysian Army is readying for its new Deftech AV8 wheeled combat vehicles, the first elements of which are due to begin arriving for trials at the end of this year. The AV8 beat competition to secure the army’s MYR7.5bn (USD2.4bn) order last year, and Deftech is expected to deliver 257 of the 8×8 vehicles in a host of variants between 2013 and 2018. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
28 Aug 12. Russia will not purchase armoured vehicles from foreign companies and instead concentrate efforts on the development of its domestic military industry, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has revealed. Speaking at the Defence and Security 2012 exhibition in Nizhny Tagil, Rogozin, who is also in charge of the military-industrial complex, told RIA Novosti that mass acquisition of the latest variants of foreign-made weaponry was impossible.
“We just need a few examples to decide what they are like and what advantages they have,” Rogozin added. “Cooperation is possible on assembling armoured vehicles, but this is only in the case of borrowing for those remaining areas where we lag behind.”
The deputy PM was also quoted by RT as saying, “On the whole, we must keep in mind that no one will sell us the smartest and most advanced hardware, even amidst the economic crisis in the West.”
Rozogin said military designers should attend foreign military hardware
exhibitions in contrary to the officials, further noting that the private
businesses will have a greater share in the Russian military-industrial sector in future. On the whole, we must keep in mind that no one will sell us the smartest and most advanced hardware, even amidst the economic crisis in the West. Production cannot rely on state money all the time. Private businesses will become attracted to this sector if normal conditions are created, if profitability is high and if the investment climate is protected.”
Military-industrial commission’s first deputy