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12 May 09. Panther Command and Liaison Vehicles (CLV): Deployment
The Defence Equipment Minister said (12 May 09) that the first batch of Panther CLV has been deployed to Afghanistan, for use by the Close Support Logistics Regiment and by the RAF Regiment.
Comment: A £166m contract was placed with Alvis Vickers (now BAE Systems) on 6 Nov 03 for 401 CLV. “Over 60” of these vehicles have received Theatre Entry Standard (TES) modifications. An undisclosed number of the modified vehicles are destined for Afghanistan, with the remainder being available for training. In April 2008 BAE Systems Global Combat Systems was awarded a £28m contract to guarantee CLV spares availability to the MoD for five years. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 10/20, 01 June 09)
20 May 09. New truck from IVECO. The Iveco Strator is a bonneted version of the popular Stralis, which is built under license from Iveco by the Charles Feijts Groep (CFG), a long-established Iveco dealer in the Netherlands. The Strator was launched as a European alternative to the Iveco PowerStar, which was previously the only bonneted Iveco heavy truck sold in the world, and a popular model in its Australian home market. Available for sale across Europe exclusively by CFG, in either left or right-hand drive, the Strator is supported by the same comprehensive Iveco warranty as a regular Stralis and can be serviced by any franchised Iveco dealer. The Strator is currently the only bonneted heavy truck for sale by any manufacturer in Europe and can be specified as either a rigid or tractor unit, with the rigid line-up including a 4×2, 6×2, 6×2 rear-steer and a 6×4 chassis in a variety of wheelbase lengths. As a tractor unit it can be ordered as a 4×2 (with optional hub reduction axles), 6×2 mid-lift, 6×2 twin-steer or as a 6×4.
Customers can also choose between three cab variants which follow the same principal choices as the Stralis, with the ADN cab (Active Day), which is aimed at short-haul distribution markets for rigid and tractor applications and ATN (Active Time) models, for distribution and fleet operations as well as medium to long-haul domestic missions. There is a range-topping ASN (Active Space) cab, with either a low or high roof, which features a wide and spacious living area and is specifically for the long-haul and international haulage sectors.
All models are supplied with Euro 5 Cursor engines driven through an automated EuroTronic gearbox, as standard. Operators have the choice of the 10.3 litre Cursor 10 engine, rated to either 420 or 450 hp, or the larger 12.9 litre Cursor 13 engine, with power options of 500 or 560 hp.
Jun 09. Wolfhound to be unveiled at DVD. Integrated Survivability Technologies (IST), the recently announced joint venture between Force Protection and NP Aerospace (NPA), will be unveiling the Wolfhound heavy tactical support vehicle at DVD. The UK MoD has ordered 97 Wolfhounds, which are a support vehicle variant of the acclaimed Force Protection Mastiff armoured troop carrier. Deliveries will begin in September of this y