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01 Nov 17. Army Headquarters and DE&S Land Equipment can now reveal that DVD will return to Millbrook for its 13th event on 19 and 20 September 2018. DVD2018 is THE EVENT for those involved in equipment and support for the UK’s Land Forces. It will showcase the equipment and technology that can support a British Army, which is fit to meet future challenges and embrace the need for continuous adaptation.
DVD2018 will bring together the military, industry and the acquisition community for two days of informal discussions, engagement with users, briefings, seminars, demonstrations and live displays.
Those attending will be able to see a wide range of equipment on display, from industry and the military, including everything from specialist vehicles to all the equipment and services necessary to support land-based military operations.
For those involved in Land Equipment for Army Headquarters, DE&S, Front Line Commands and the Defence Academy, DVD2018 provides an ideal opportunity to develop ideas and generate a greater understanding of technologies, capabilities and requirements.
Colin McClean, Director Land Equipment, said: “Having been a founding member of DVD when I worked in CSVL IPT in 2001, I am a huge fan of what the event offers. We currently live in challenging times, both operationally and financially, so as never before we must work as a team for mutually beneficial outcomes. DVD2018 will afford both customer and supplier the opportunity to enhance our shared understanding of the challenges that we face and to generate solutions. I look forward to welcoming you to Millbrook.”
Providers of equipment and support for the UK’s Land Forces who would like to exhibit at DVD2018, are encouraged to register their interest at www.theevent.co.uk.
02 Nov 17. China testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles. Images have emerged on online forums suggesting that China is testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles.
The photographs appear to show two very similar, but subtly different vehicles. The first vehicle seems to follow a fairly conventional 6×6 layout, with driver and commander at the front and primary access for dismounts via a hydraulic ramp to the rear.
The vehicle turret appears to be remote, thus allowing more space for dismounts in a smaller hull. The turret is equipped with a small electro-optic mast atop the turret, and a bank of grenade launchers mounted on either side of the primary armament, the latter of which appears to be a heavy machine gun.
The vehicle is equipped with a forward-folding trim vane and ducted propellers for amphibious operations. The rear left of the vehicle hull seems to hold an auxiliary power unit.
As with other amphibious vehicles, the engine intake and exhaust is likely to be mounted on the roof of the hull. In addition, there are two crew firing ports on each side, with cameras mounted in a recessed nook above the ports. It is possible that these cameras form part of a 360° awareness system for the crew.
The second vehicle follows a very similar layout but is longer due to two box structures mounted behind the main hull on either side of the access ramp and door. One of these boxes contains the auxiliary power unit, with the second box likely meant for equipment storage. The turret has been covered with camouflage netting in the photographs but it appears to have been fitted with a panoramic commander’s sight on the right side of the turret. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
01 Nov 17. Afghanistan’s AFV fleet continues to grow. As insurgent groups in Afghanistan intensify their attacks against government forces, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are seeking to enhance their level of protection and firepower by acquiring new armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs). There have been two important AFV