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30 Jun 17. MIV – Not Through ECAB Yet. Sources close to BATTLESPACE say that the UK MoD Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Requirement (MIV) has not go through the The Executive Committee of the Army Board (ECAB). The ECAB assists the Chief of the General Staff in discharging his executive responsibilities for the delivery of coherent military capability, the current and future fighting effectiveness and efficiency of the Army and the morale of the Service. It also supports the Chief of the General Staff as the Budget Holder to produce the Army’s Plan and oversee in-year performance management, risk, budgetary, resource and financial assurance issues. It will take account of concerns raised by the Adjutant General and the Non Executive Director. The source suggest that the Programme is not fully funded but may go to ECAB next month ready for a DSEI Announcement? There are believed to be two options on the table, one, a direct buy of the ARTEC Boxer vehicle with 50% UK content via Occar, which would not only have considerable VAT saving but also introduce a vehicle which has UK design content given the GKN and later AlvisVickers’ participation in the project. The other alternative is to have an open competition for a number of vehicles which may include VBCI, Piranha 5, Patria and ST Kinetics vehicles.
29 Jun 17. Lightforce Introduces the HTX Hybrid Driving Light. By fusing HID and LED technology, Lightforce Performance Lighting has developed the ultimate driving light with the HTX Hybrid. This hybrid light combines 20 LEDs with 80 watts of output to provide an instant flood beam, with a 70 watt HID (high-intensity discharge) bulb within a 170mm reflector for long distance viewing. Together the two systems provide 8,400 effective lumens of visibility for driving in all conditions.
“By combining HID and LED technology, we are able to provide a combined flood and long-distance light for drivers in a single, durable unit,” said Tarnia Conti, Lightforce Chief Operating Officer. “This eliminates the need for additional light bars and spotlights beyond a single set of HTX Hybrids.”
The HTX comes in a lightweight, fiberglass-reinforced nylon housing, with an extruded 6063 aluminum heat sink to make the LEDs run more efficiently. It is IP69k rated to keep out moisture and contaminants, and features a hard-coated, impact-resistant polycarbonate lens. It also has a genuine Gore®
waterproof membrane, a high-current waterproof connector and thermal overload protection, as well as over, under and reverse voltage protection.
With three modes of operation (LED only, HID only and combo) and a five-year warranty, the Australian-made HTX Hybrid gives adventure drivers the ability to master the dark.
HTX Hybrid Specs:
• LED power: 80W
• HID power: 70W
• Effective lumens: 8400
• 1768 metres (1934 yards) @ 1 LUX
• Input voltage range: 10-16V DC
• Current draw: 11Amps @ 13.2V
• LED color temperature: 5000K
• Matched HID color temperature
• Input cable length: 17.71in (450mm)
• Operating temperature: -40°F to 140°F
• Weight including bracket: 5.07lbs (2.3kg)
• Dimensions – 9in (230mm) diameter, 4.37in (111mm) depth, 9.65in (245mm) height including reversible bracket
28 Jun 17. S. Korea Set to Mass-Produce New Self-Propelled 105mm Howitzer. South Korea said Wednesday it has completed the development of an upgraded 105 mm howitzer featuring increased agility and automated firing control. The self-propelled artillery system combines the existing 105 mm towed howitzer with a five-ton truck as its bed. The 105mm howitzer with a range of around 11 kilometers is known for reliability, speed and accuracy. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the country’s arms procurement agency, launched a project in 2015 to develop the evolved 105mm howitzer in part