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25 May 16. Wheeled Armored Vehicle PIRANHA 5 Loaded in Airbus A400M. General Dynamics European Land Systems and Airbus Defence and Space successfully demonstrated the load of a PIRANHA 5 8×8 Armored Personal Carrier (APC) into an Airbus A400M cargo aircraft during an evaluation exercise. As part of the drill, the PIRANHA 5 was driven into the cargo compartment and completely tied-down according the airlift procedures. The crew was able to easily load the vehicle in the cargo compartment of the aircraft, which can accommodate one PIRANHA 5 and 29 fully equipped soldiers. The objective was to validate the boarding of a PIRANHA 5 in the cargo compartment without any special preparation as part of a broader A400M evaluation process, demonstrating the transport capability of combat vehicles. The demonstration was conducted at Airbus Defence and Space site in San Pablo (Seville, Spain), which is the final assembly plant for the A400M. Eight countries have placed orders for the A400M aircraft, including Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.
Two NATO countries – Denmark and Spain – have selected the PIRANHA 5 as their future 8×8 vehicle platform. The Danish Ministry of Defence has signed a contract for 309 PIRANHA 5. The Spanish Ministry of Defense selected PIRANHA 5 as platform for the integration of Spanish technologies and subsystems under an R&D contract for the future Wheeled Combat Vehicle (VCR in Spanish) project.
25 May 16. Upgraded Sentry is ready for a challenge. Toronto-based INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing (Booth 1815) is demonstrating the new generation of its Sentry armoured personnel carriers (APCs), multipurpose tactical vehicles that have proved themselves as a favourite choice for extreme climate condition missions.
With its precision-engineered mechanical components, powerful engine and high clearance, the Sentry is able to operate in a variety of challenging environments and terrains.
The new Sentry has been upgraded and optimised for even better performance, with riot control features including a powerful acoustic hailing and warning device, a removable vehicle-mounted barrier for effective crowd control, as well as a durable body frame, built on a heavy-duty truck chassis, and a high ballistic protection level.
The Sentry can also be further customised to serve as a self-sufficient mobile command centre, command control unit, personnel carrier or as a medical evacuation vehicle, among others.
“We are proud to announce the upgraded Sentry in the INKAS APC family,” said INKAS COO, Major General David Fraser. “This machine is unique in terms of technical specifications, design and assembly. We know how important it is to securely and comfortably transport the passengers within an APC in various challenging environments and have implemented the latest innovations to ensure this.”
The INKAS Sentry APC is designed to be used by military forces, SWAT and other law enforcement agencies. It has been deployed to many countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
25 May 16. Rapid role reversal. General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-Canada) (CANSEC Booth 1301 and Outside 3012) is introducing its latest light armoured vehicle (LAV) innovation here at the show. Not only does it stand out because of its dramatic paint scheme – one side painted white and the other green – the LAV combat support vehicle (CSV) also demonstrates its ability to reconfigure quickly from one mission role to another. According to the company, its LAV CSV offers a full spectrum of capability from peace support operations to high-intensity conflict.
Imagined and engineered by GDLS-Canada, the LAV CSV’s innovative modular solution builds on the successes of the LAV 6.0 platform, the cen