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22 Aug 13. Textron Marine & Land Systems announced a $31.6m contract award from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to provide 28 COMMANDOTM Advanced Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), with 40mm/.50 cal remote turrets, to the Colombian Army (COLAR). Initial APC deliveries to the U.S. Army, for shipping to Colombia, are expected to begin in November, with all vehicles scheduled to be completed and transferred by April 2014. The contract also includes repair services on two damaged Armored Personnel Carriers in the COLAR’s inventory, which consists of 39 COMMANDO Advanced APCs in operation with its Armored Cavalry units. These repairs will coincide with vehicle support service work on COLAR APCs awarded to TM&LS earlier this year. Since fielding its APCs in May 2010, the COLAR has employed them extensively while combating internal revolutionary forces in Colombia. These vehicles have provided the mobility, protection and firepower needed to meet all COLAR tactical armored vehicle requirements. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwired)

27 Aug 13. Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: The Global Armored Vehicles MRO Market 2012-2022 – Market Size and Drivers: Market Profile. This report provides readers with a comprehensive analysis of the Armored Vehicles MRO market through 2012-2022, including highlights of the demand drivers and growth stimulators for Armored Vehicles MRO. It also provides an insight on the spending pattern and modernization pattern in different regions around the world. The global armored vehicles MRO market is estimated to value US$4.1bn in 2012 and increase at a CAGR of 5.86% during the forecast period, to reach its peak of US$7.1bn by 2022.
– Gain insight into the Armored Vehicles MRO market with current and forecast market values.
– Understand the key drivers and attractiveness parameters of the global Armored Vehicles MRO market.
– Understand the various factors impacting the growth of the Armored Vehicles MRO market.
(Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

26 Aug 13. BAE Systems’ Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system successfully completed 2,000 miles of testing on a fully integrated “Hotbuck” mobility platform, a significant milestone for the U.S. Army’s GCV program. The Hotbuck is a stationary, state-of-the-art test stand that simulates real-life environments and terrain and puts actual miles on the HED system. Under BAE Systems’ own rigorous timeline, the testing was completed four months ahead of schedule. Developing and testing actual hardware was not a program requirement for the Technology Development (TD) phase, but BAE Systems chose to take the initiative to demonstrate the fuel efficiency and performance of a hybrid system for the Army’s next infantry fighting vehicle. The Hotbuck integrates HED components that will be used in BAE Systems’ GCV offering including the traction drive system, thermal systems, engines, generators, controllers and software. Conducted at the BAE Systems Santa Clara, California facility, the 2,000-mile advanced testing precisely replicated conditions at two well-known military test tracks. The results of the tests further validated the performance, efficiency and maturity of the HED technology applied in BAE Systems’ GCV design, marking a significant milestone for the TD phase of the program. The HED system in BAE System’s GCV offering will contribute to: the availability of high torque at any ground speed resulting in greater agility, greater acceleration and maneuverability than a comparable mechanical system; up to 20 percent less fuel consumption than a conventionally powered GCV, reducing overall costs and the number of fuel convoys; availability of electrical power to incorporate new battlefield technology for

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