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06 Jul 17. Milos UGV rolled out. Serbia’s Military Technical Institute (MIT) has worked with the Special Products Factory Namenska to develop to the prototype stage an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designated Milos.
This is claimed to be able to be operate out to a maximum distance of 1km. Milos has been presented in a configuration that features a remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) armed with a locally developed 7.62mm M86 machine gun (MG) and an RBG 40 mm/6 M-11 grenade launcher.
The MG offers a maximum effective range of up to 800m, while the grenade can effectively engage targets out to 400m. The RCWS can be traversed through 360° at a maximum rate of 20°/sec, with weapon elevation from -5 to 45° at 10°/sec. The sensor pod is mounted on the right side and includes a CCD wide field-of-view (CCD WFOV) camera, day CCD narrow FoV camera, night/thermal camera, and a laser rangefinder. Milos is fitted with steel tracks, but rubber band tracks have been tested; MIT is quoting a maximum speed of up to 7km/h. Milos has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 620kg and the onboard batteries provide sufficient power for one hour of continuous operation. For improved mobility, Milos can conduct a pivot turn, a design feature that is intended to enhance utility in restricted spaces. The platform has an overall length of 1,725mm, a width of 770mm, and a height of 950mm. Milos would typically be carried in a trailer equipped with loading ramps, with the operator’s control station integrated into the vehicle that tows the trailer. Typical roles for Milos are set to include battlefield reconnaissance and anti-tank missions, although the weapons fit on the prototype would have to be changed for the latter role. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
05 Jul 17. MIV with a 40mm Turret? Sources close to BATTLESPACE suggest that the British Army is considering the MIV 8×8 vehicle equipped with a CT40 Turret as on Warrior and Ajax as a support vehicle for Challenger 2 in the European theatre.
05 Jul 17. Serbia deploys upgraded BOV light armoured vehicles. An undisclosed number of the Serbian Land Forces’ 4×4 BOV light armoured vehicles (LAVs) have been upgraded by the Serbian Military Technical Institute (MTI) to extend their operational lives. The improved vehicles have been designated the BOV M-16.
The upgrade package includes the installation of a new communications system comprising high and very high-frequency radios, a heating and air-conditioning system, day and thermal cameras to enable the driver to manoeuvre the vehicle in a wider range of weather conditions, and an automatic fire-detection and suppression system.
An auxiliary power unit (APU) has been mounted externally on the rear of the hull, which provides up to eight hours of power for the vehicle’s mission systems – such as communications equipment when the vehicle is configured for the command-post role – even with the main diesel engine shut down.
For enhanced survivability, the BOV M-16 has been fitted with an appliqué armour package for a higher level of ballistic protection.
A number of the vehicles have been fitted with the M15 remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun (HMG). This is provided with 180 rounds of ready-use ammunition fed from a box on the weapon’s left side with the day/night sensor pod mounted on the right.
Other BOV M-16 vehicles have been fitted with a protected weapon station (PWS) armed with either a 7.62 mm MG or 12.7 mm HMG. The station is mounted on the front-right of the vehicle, next to the driver’s station.
More recent versions of the BOV M-16 include a target-acquisition model which is fitted with appliqué armour, PWS, and a telescopic mast to which an all-weather sensor package – comprising day and thermal cameras and a laser rangefinder – is attac