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08 Apr 14. From the protection of individuals – whether VIPs or NGO personnel – to SWAT operations, armoured vehicles have a key role to play in the defence against terrorism. The nature of the threat is constantly evolving, however, and so too are the requirements placed on the manufacturers of armoured vehicles. At Counter Terror Expo 2014, visitors will be able to view and experience the very latest security solutions from the world’s leading armoured vehicle suppliers within a dedicated Armoured and Support Vehicle area. Bringing together buyers and suppliers from across the world, Counter Terror Expo, now in its 6th edition, is the premier international event of its kind. Jim Clarke, Director of Special Projects for Millbrook, one of the exhibitors, commented: “[We] exhibited at the Counter Terror Expo for the first time in 2013 and found it to be a very successful event, with lots of useful connections made. We found the calibre and focus of delegates in attendance at Counter Terror to be of the right level, in terms of subject matter and their position as key decision makers”. Millbrook, a company with extensive experience in the design, test, development and manufacture of discreet and covert OEM platforms, will be showcasing a discreetly armoured vehicle that is fully integrated with a selection of C4ISTAR systems. In addition to new vehicles being revealed for the first time, the Expo will also feature a range of the most advanced up-armouring, upgrade and retro-fi t options and accessories. As Guerman Goutorov, Chairman of Streit Group, another key exhibitor, said: “We are providing security solutions, manufacturing and redesigning our vehicles to make them suitable for the constant changes in the world’s threat levels”. Streit Group’s main focus for Counter Terror Expo will be on its newest models for VIP and Homeland Security markets as well as the launch of its Armored Riot Control Vehicles. Amongst the other exhibitors showcasing their latest products and solutions in the Armoured and Support Vehicle area will be Digital RF, Land Rover, OVIK and Tyron.
08 Apr 14. After a series of successful tests, the U.S. Navy last month certified that the Boeing Phantom Badger combat support vehicle can be transported inside a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. That is another step toward providing warfighters with more options to deploy the versatile vehicle. The tests included form-fit checks, pressure tests and structural evaluations exceeding four G-forces.
“This certification validates Phantom Badger’s versatile design while offering the warfighter increased battlefield access and deployment options,” said John Chicoli, program manager for Boeing’s internally transportable vehicle program. “Phantom Badger is designed to easily fit in the compact space of the V-22 and it is also compatible with many larger aircraft.”
Ten Phantom Badgers fit in a C-17 transport aircraft and two fit in a C-130 aircraft or CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Phantom Badger has completed more than 5,000 miles of rugged terrain durability testing and successful airdrop tests from a C-17. Developed by Boeing Phantom Works, Phantom Badger supports a wide range of missions not possible with existing combat support vehicles. Its rear section is modular and can be quickly changed for missions including reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, casualty transport, direct action with weapons mounts or explosive ordnance disposal. This combination of modularity, transportability and proven all-terrain performance provides increased mission flexibility and enhanced survivability.
08 Apr 14. Croatia receives donated Maxxpro MRAPs. Croatia received 30 Navistar Maxxpro 4×4 mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from the United States on 7 April, the Croatian Ministry of Defence (