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29 Sep 16. ADAS 2016: Korea’s Kia positions Light Tactical Vehicle for Philippine Army. South Korean automaker Kia Motors is looking to expand its presence in the Philippine defence market through potential sales of its Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) and a possible local production programme in collaboration with domestic industry. Alan Lee, the assistant manager of Kia’s defence export division, told IHS Jane’s at the Asian Defence and Security 2016 (ADAS 2016) exhibition in Manila on 29 September that the company has already delivered to the Philippine Army (PA) more than 2,000 military trucks over the past decade, with final batches of vehicles inducted by the service earlier this year. Around 1,800 of these platforms were variations of Kia’s 1.25-ton KM450 (4×4) truck, with the majority of the remainder its 2.5-ton KM250 (6×6) truck. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
28 Sep 16. JLTV to receive more open and flexible C4 design. Oshkosh will begin delivering its first Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) to the US Army the week of 26 September, not only marking the transition from the Humvee, but also introducing a design that could better enable upgrading to the latest technologies, now and in the future.
“JLTV really has [the] communications capability of an on-the-move command post,” Dave Diersen, Oshkosh’s vice-president and general manager of defence programmes for JLTVs, told IHS Jane’s on 27 September during the 2016 Modern Day Marine Military Exposition at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
From a C4 perspective Oshkosh was required to integrate and incorporate many of the legacy C4 systems currently in the army’s inventory, Diersen said. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
28 Sep 16. Protected Mobility (PM) SSS Goes Ahead! Sources close to BATTLESPACE say that the UK MoD DE&S announced during DVD that PM SSS the £1bn contract to manage the 2000 vehicle British Army Protected Mobility Fleet of Jackal, Coyote, Ridgback, Mastiff, Wolfhound, Foxhound and Husky will go out to a competition with the ITT issued later in the year. Companies expected to bid are Leidos, Babcock, Amey, Carillion, TVS and Rheinmetall. The possibility is that the MRV(P) Programme, including the Oshkosh JLTV variant being purchased by the UK will be included in PM SSS.
28 Sep 16. BAE Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Federation of Security and Defence Industries (FSDI) of Latvia to investigate potential partners in-country who can provide indigenous support of Latvia’s new Combat Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)) vehicles, as well as giving direct support for the vehicles where required. The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced the contract to supply 123 CVR(T) vehicles to Latvia in September 2014. The vehicles which have previously been used on operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq and Afghanistan, are being fully overhauled and refurbished by BAE Systems prior to delivery.
“This agreement will ensure not only that Latvia’s fleet of CVR(T)s are in first-class working order, but will help Latvia maintain the vehicle on its home soil with local industry partners.” said Rory Breen, Head of Export of BAE Systems Land (UK).
Agris Dundars, Chairman of the FSDI added: “The MoU with BAE Systems will mean the new CVR(T) fleet of vehicles can be fully relied upon to fulfil their role while bringing additional benefits to Latvia. We are pleased to be working directly with the company that designed, manufactured and has continued to support the vehicle since it came into service.”
Martin O’Neill, BAE Systems’ Platform Manager for CVR(T), explained: “The CVR(T) is an exceptionally flexible vehicle with a long service history. It is an ideal and cost-effective vehicle for Latvian Armed Forces with its outstanding terrain accessibility, high power-to-weight ratio and