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01 Jun 17. BAE Systems has signed a teaming agreement with QinetiQ to incorporate the latest technology for electric drive mobility systems on combat vehicles. This agreement combines BAE Systems’ capabilities as a vehicle designer, developer, manufacturer, and systems integrator with the electric drive expertise offered by QinetiQ, a leading UK science and engineering company operating primarily in the defense, security, and aerospace markets. The technology offers improved fuel efficiency, reliability, and mobility performance, as well as reduced life-cycle costs and unmatched electrical power available to the platform. This combination allows for advanced weaponry, communications, radar, and field power generation on vehicles.
“This strategic partnership with QinetiQ in the electric drive field ensures we are offering our customers a mature, low-cost technology that can enhance the performance of current and future combat vehicles,” said Dean Medland, vice president of combat vehicle programs at BAE Systems. “This positions us to be a leader in the market as more platforms across the world move toward an electric drive architecture.”
QinetiQ’s E-X-Drive transmission for tracked combat vehicles was first conceived in 1999 as an alternative to more complex and limiting traditional drive systems. QinetiQ has worked in partnership with BAE Systems since 2004 to evolve E-X-Drive into a mature technology, successfully demonstrated in U.S. programs covering the tracked combat vehicle range from 18 to more than 70 tons. Additionally, QinetiQ’s counterpart for wheeled vehicles, the Hub-Drive Unit, is currently being explored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program.
Dr. David Moore, campaign director for Electrical Propulsion and Drivetrains at QinetiQ, said: “This agreement marks a significant step toward wide-scale adoption of electric drive systems for combat vehicles. More than 18 years of research and development at QinetiQ has led to a range of highly advanced technology that will improve survivability and performance by enabling radical new vehicle architectures. These could save lives by placing the crew in a safer position within the vehicle, or improving its agility and mobility to reduce its exposure to danger. Our strategic partnership with BAE Systems creates new opportunities for customers globally to exploit the huge potential of this game-changing technology and demonstrates QinetiQ’s commitment to achieving international growth through collaboration and innovation.” (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
01 Jun 17. Capable combat support. General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS-Canada, Booth 1301) is showcasing two new wheeled combat platform developments: the LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle – Ambulance (CSV-A) and the LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle – Maintenance and Recovery (CSV-MR), both of which are evolved from its baseline 8×8 LAV 6.0 light armoured vehicle platform, the centrepiece of the Canadian Army’s modernised combat vehicle fleet.
The LAV 6.0 solution is the outcome of the C$1.064bn Implementation Phase of the LAV III Upgrade Project (LAV-UP) awarded to GDLS-Canada in October 2011. LAV-UP provides for the comprehensive upgrade of 550 Canadian Army LAV IIIs in four configurations: Infantry Section Carrier, Command Post, Observation Post Vehicle and Engineer Vehicle, and is intended to extend the vehicle’s life to 2035.
In February this year, the company was awarded a C$404m contract amendment to upgrade an additional 14 LAV IIIs to LAV 6.0 standard.
LAV-UP delivers significant improvements in survivability, mobility and lethality. Survivability enhancements include switching to a double-V hull offering inherent and weight-efficient protection from mine and improvised explosiv