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03 Feb 16. DVD2016, 7-8 September at Millbrook, Bedfordshire. Don’t forget to enter 7-8 September 2016 into your new calendar for one of the most important events in the defence diary for those involved in equipment and support for the UK’s Land Forces, DVD2016. DVD will once again bring together industry and defence in the land equipment sector at Millbrook, to develop ideas and generate an increased understanding of the dynamic defence environment. The theme for DVD2016 will encompass the development, modernisation and sustainment of Army capability now and in the future, and will build on the success of DVD2014 to reflect the Army’s continued focus on a return to a contingent operational footing. This is the third event that will be jointly run by Army Headquarters and DE&S Land Equipment and will bring together the military, industry and the acquisition community for two days of informal discussions, engagement with users, demonstrations and live displays. Those attending will be able to see a wide range of equipment on display, from industry and the military, with more than 250 companies expected to exhibit at DVD2016. This will include everything from specialist vehicles to all the equipment and services necessary to support deployment.
Major General Paul Jaques, DE&S Director Land Equipment, said: “DVD is a great opportunity to meet with industry providers and increase understanding of the military market and the challenges it faces. If you are involved in Land Equipment for Army HQ, DE&S, Front Line Commands or the Defence Academy then this is a great event for you to share ideas and meet key people across Defence.”
Brigadier Colin McClean, Head of Equipment at Army Headquarters, said: “Visitors can expect a full experience over the two days, showcasing the equipment and technology that reflects the Army’s continued focus on a return to a contingent operational footing. “
If you are involved in equipment and support for the UK’s Land Forces and would like to exhibit at DVD2016, register your interest at www.theevent.co.uk. Online visitor registration for DVD2016 will open April 2016.
04 Feb 16. Malaysia to upgrade armoured vehicles. Malaysia is looking at ways to upgrade elements of its fleet of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) to extend its operational life, even though the country is currently taking delivery of 257 AV8 8×8 vehicles from local company DEFTECH, the first of which were delivered from the FNSS production line in Turkey.
Speaking at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2016 conference held in London, in late January, Dr Yazid Ahmad, director Mechanical & Aerospace Technology Division of the Science and Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE), revealed that Malaysia is planning to upgrade some of its Alvis Vehicles Scorpion 90 light AFVs and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor 4×4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs).Malaysia received a total of 186 SIMBAS 6×6 AFVs between 1983 and 1984 and 459 Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor 4×4 APC and variants. It also acquired 26 Alvis Scorpion 90 light armoured vehicles (LAVs) from 1983, which were fitted with a two-person turret armed with a 90 mm Cockerill gun and a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun (MG). They were originally fitted with a flotation screen for amphibious operations, but these have now been removed. After looking at a number of options a decision was taken to refurbish the current Perkins diesel engine and upgrade the TN15 transmission to the more reliable TN15DE standard, and also to go with a new single pin track.
The aluminium hull will be refurbished and seven of the remaining 14 Scorpion 90 LAVs will have their turrets removed and replaced by the Thales UK FVT900 one-person turret armed with a 20mm cannon and a 7.62mm co-axial MG.