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08 Jul 14. Ukroboronprom evaluates Dozor-B and BTR-4E armoured vehicles. Ukroboronprom has carried out testing on the Dozor-B light armoured vehicle at a firing range in Chuguev, Kharkov region, Ukraine. The Kharkiv morozov machine-building design bureau (KMDB) conducted the firing testing, which forms part of a framework of preparations to launch the vehicle’s serial production and induction into service with the Ukrainian Armed Forces and National Guard. The test results proved the quality of the technical specifications of the 4×4 infantry mobility vehicle, which is designed to transport personnel and cargo loads. KMDB chief Oleksandr Katorgin said: “Force units of Ukraine do require this vehicle. It’s mobile, manoeuvrable, and well protected. “It will definitely expand the possibilities of the National Guard units during the anti-terrorist operation (ATO).”Privately developed by KMDB since 2004, the all-terrain armoured personnel carrier (APC) is suitable for both cross-country and road surfaces, and provides protection against small arms and weapons of mass destruction. It can transport 11 people. The vehicle’s fuel consumption is claimed to be at least three times less compared with the BTR-80 armoured personnel carrier, while the price and maintenance costs are several times lower. KMDB specialists also tested the BTR-80 armoured personnel carrier at the same test range. The National Guard of Ukraine Academy exploitation and repair of cars and vehicles chief Ruslan Kaidalov said BTR-4E’s combat capacities made Ukrainian units more powerful and better protected. “This APC significantly changed the passage of events during [the] ATO for the benefit of Ukrainian servicemen,” Kaidalov said. (Source: army-technology.com)
08 Jul 14. Brazilian 4×4 programme proceeds with five competitors. The Brazilian Army’s Evaluations Center (CAEx) is scheduled to finish its evaluation of five platforms competing for the 4×4 tactical vehicle element of the Guarani Strategic Project (PEE Guarani) at the end of this month, a source close to the programme told IHS Jane’s on 8 July.
The Iveco Defence Vehicles LMV, Avibras Tupi (based on Renault Trucks Defense’s Sherpa Light Scout), and Inbraland Gladiador BLSR (based on an Agrale Marruá chassis) vehicles are currently being tested. BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa’s RG32M and AM General/Plasan’s MLTV-BR vehicles are awaiting clearance at customs to join the CAEx, the source said. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
09 Jul 14. FAUN Trackway, the leading manufacturer of portable aviation and roadway solutions, will promote its innovative UAV Landing Mat at the Farnborough Air Show. Launched in 2011, the UAV Landing Mat is the first product of its type to be developed specifically for use with unmanned systems. The matting, which acts as a temporary airfield for drones, can be laid where it is not practical or feasible to install permanent infrastructure. It can also be used as a platform for remotely-operated helicopters, meaning forces should only need to invest in one system for all their UAV needs. Made of lightweight aluminium Trackway panels, the product is easily transportable and quickly constructed by hand, helping to provide a smooth landing, regardless of terrain, for any size or weight of UAV. Arrestor gear can also be fitted, allowing aircraft to quickly decelerate on landing and stop them overshooting the runway. Australia was the first country to invest in the UAV Landing Mat, placing an order in December 2011. The system has since completed successful trials with the Australian armed forces as part of its bespoke Shadow 200 programme. At Farnborough, FAUN Trackway will also be promoting its Helicopter Landing Mat (HLM). The HLM comprises interlocking military-grade panels that can be used to mark out safe take-off