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11 Sep 09. British Army downgrades tank operations. Long-term maintenance of the British Army’s Vickers Defence Systems Challenger 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) has not been taking place for almost a year as part of an effort to concentrate resources on supporting equipment being used in combat operations in Afghanistan. UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources have told Jane’s that the contract with its Defence Support Group (DSG) organisation to provide base inspection and repair was cancelled in September 2008 without any public announcement. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
08 Sep 09. Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (MBT): Possible Support Contract
BAE Systems announced (8 Sep 09) that the Company has been invited to submit a non-competitive bid by the end of 2009 to provide support for Challenger MBT. A decision on the way ahead is due in mid-2010, for a programme known as Armoured Vehicle Support Transformation (AVST). Contract value could reach more than £500m over eight years and cover all Challenger-based vehicles (Engineer Tanks, Recovery Vehicles and Driver Training Tanks).
Comment: There are 385 Challenger 2 MBT and BAE Systems intends to introduce a Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for all the vehicles including those mentioned above. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 10/35, 21 Sep 09)
Sep 09. Enhanced Driving system. The new Tavor™ has been designed to provide enhanced driver vision in total darkness, rain, fog, smoke, dust, etc. This allows vehicles to move in conditions where others cannot, ensuring essential supplies and manpower can reach their objectives safely. The Tavor is an uncooled thermal imaging kit based on the Opgal Eye R25 engine. This is packed into a ruggedized housing and integrated with hard carbon coated optics. The ruggedized LCD display, connecting cable, camera-mounting kit are all packed into the same rugged carrying case. The system is MIL-STD-810E approved. Powerful proprietary algorithms provide safe driving in the most difficult conditions. The system has an anti-blooming mechanism to prevent dazzle and a high resolution LCD. Electronic zoom (x2 & x4) combined with a wide viewing area of 64° horizontal further enhance driver vision.
15 Sep 09. Poland showcases OSS-D weapon for first time. Poland’s land forces demonstrated AMZ-Kutno’s combat proven OSS-D one-man protected weapon station in public for the first time at the MSPO exhibition in Kielce. OSS-D was designed and developed alongside the smaller, manually-operated OSS-M for the troop transport and logistic variants of the Rosomak wheeled armoured personnel carriers at the request of the land forces headquarters. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)