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19 Oct 15. Austrian Know-how for Turkish Tank Engine. A Turkish company commissioned to develop an engine for the country’s future tank has signed a deal with an Austrian company for technical support. The privately owned Turkish engine maker TUMOSAN said it signed an agreement with AVL List, an Austrian firm, to get technical support for the power unit of the Turkish tank, the Altay, and its integration to the tank. Procurement officials said they did not object to any deal involving foreign technical support for what Turkey aims to make an indigenous tank as long as foreign support did not cause licensing problems.
“TUMOSAN, like other companies, should feel free to get technical support from abroad, but it should finally have the intellectual property rights and export licenses for each engine part,” said one official.
In March, TUMOSAN signed a €190m (US $206.35m) contract with the Turkish government to design an engine for the Altay, now under development. The program involves the indigenous design, development, prototype production, testing and qualification of an engine for the Altay. TUMOSAN also will design and develop a transmission for the tank and produce critical parts for its engine, including the diesel pump, electronic control unit and injector. TUMOSAN says it aims to conclude the program within 54 months and “with maximum possible local content.”
The critical engine deal came as Turkey’s procurement authorities prepare to officially launch a multibillion-dollar competition for the serial production of the Altay. The contract may eventually involve 1,000 tanks to be acquired in batches of 250. (Source: Defense News)
19 Oct 15. General Dynamics Land Systems – UK takes the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) on the road. General Dynamics Land Systems – UK is putting the latest in 8×8 wheeled combat technologies, the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) Demonstrator, through its paces as it undertakes a 650-mile journey in less than 24 hours.
Travelling from Plymouth on the South Coast to Inverness, Scotland on Tuesday 20 October 2015 – with waypoints in Bridgwater, Gloucester, Stafford, Chorley, Carlisle and Sterling – the LAV Demonstrator will showcase its outstanding reliability and tactical mobility. These are just two of its capabilities in meeting the gruelling demands of modern warfare, whilst also delivering the extensive capabilities that might be required on future operations.
Based on the latest General Dynamics Land Systems 8×8 technologies now in service with the US and Canadian Armies, the LAV Demonstrator represents best-in-class levels of protection with blast-deflecting Double-V™ hull technology and energy-absorbing seating for crew and troops. A sixth generation suspension and driveline and a more powerful engine provide superior mobility, reliability, and significantly increased payload over the original Strykers first fielded in 2002. The LAV Demonstrator also incorporates the highly reliable and combat-proven Kongsberg PROTECTOR – Remote Weapon Station (RWS) M-151, 12.7mm, integrated with Javelin anti-tank missile system. The system, when combined with the sensor package, smoke grenade dischargers and full stabilisation, markedly enhances the crew’s self-defence and firepower capability.
The Stryker LAV platform is currently in service with seven nations, including the US, Canada and Australia, with more than 10,000 LAVs delivered to date. For the coalition forces, Stryker LAV offers the benefits of shared logistics infrastructure. All systems on the LAV Demonstrator are currently in production and available as off-the-shelf technology.
The LAV Demonstrator is the culmination of decades of experience in the design, development and delivery of world-leading combat vehicles and systems at General Dynamics Land Systems.