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04 Sep 19. Jankel launches new Light Tactical Transport Vehicle (LTTV) at DSEi 2019. Jankel, a world-leader in the design and manufacture of high-specification defence, security and NGO protection systems, will be launching their new Light Tactical Transport Vehicle (LTTV) at DSEi 2019, taking place at Excel London 10-13 September 2019.
The unveiling of the LTTV at DSEi follows on from the recent contract award for Belgium which will see Jankel deliver 199 of the Mercedes UNIMOG based vehicles to the Belgium Ministry of Defence (BeMOD). This contract follows the earlier production contract to supply the BeMOD with over 100 FOX Rapid Reaction Vehicles (RRV), based on a modified COTS Toyota chassis system.
Jankel’s LTTV is designed to provide a modular and configurable tactical support vehicle that benefits from unique, removable mission modules that enable the vehicle to be re-rolled rapidly for operational platform versatility. With a payload of over 3 tonnes, dependant on the final vehicle specification, the LTTV has 3 core variants for Special Operations support, including an ambulance variant. Alongside a user-configurable, fully integrated suite of military sub-systems that includes a removable ballistic protection kit, a Roll-Over-Protection-System (ROPS), weapon mounts and communications fit, the platform will provide full interoperability with the Fox fleet of tactical vehicles.
The LTTV’s versatility already promises to be a world-leader, literally able to plug and play between rear bed configurations. Combining the strengths of a trusted OEM platform with militarised and mission specific tactical enhancements, Jankel’s LTTV has already attracted the attention of several other countries and is of particular interest to those already operating with the Mercedes Benz UNIMOG platform.
Dan Crosby, Commercial Director at Jankel said: “Our team is very excited to be showcasing the LTTV at DSEi this year. Having achieved Mercedes Benz Direct Partnership certification, the LTTV is a great example of Jankel’s ability to offer armoured, tactical and utility vehicles based on modified Mercedes Benz chassis systems.” He added: “We believe that the exceptional modular functionality of the LTTV will allow us to build on the significant milestone successes that Jankel has achieved in recent years”.
At DSEi Jankel will be exhibiting at Stand N6-350. As well as the LTTV, Jankel will have on display a Fox RRV and a wide range of BLASTech specialist seating solutions.
05 Sep 19. ELNO exhibits at DSEI 2019. Come and discover our new products. ELNO specializes in the design and manufacture of communication systems for complex environments. Historical technological know-how and a strong capacity for innovation have enabled ELNO to be a privileged partner of the French Army. In particular through the FELIN and SCORPION programs for which ELNO provides head equipment and intercoms for armored vehicles. For its new participation to the DSEI exhibition, ELNO will present some of its new headsets, using the brand new cartilagophonic technology.
First HOPLITE VH, a headset which allow a double protection through ear plugs, but also HOPLITE 3D which allow a spatialisation of the sound thanks to a patented technology: Talk Through® 3D.
Thanks to earplugs, the double protection provides the advantage of being protected against impulse noises(shots) as well as transients (missile departures). For outdoor use, the 3-dimensional exterior listening headset 3D TalkThrough® reproduces ambient noise and offers the user a real spatial perception of his 360° environment.
ELNO will also present its intercoms and more specifically the ELIPS OL. This digital IP intercom now equips the GRIFFON vehicle and is equally suitable for use in the simplest and the most complex configurations. It can be used in any wheeled or tracked vehicles for command, reconnaissance, support or troop transport missions.
04 Sep 19. Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS UGV passes air transportability tests. The THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) by Milrem Robotics, the leading European UGV manufacturer and developer of robotic warfare solutions, passes air transportability tests that adds one more option for it to be deployed to operation areas.
“The most common question about THeMIS size class unmanned ground vehicles is how do you get them to where you need to use them,” explained Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics. “We have tackled this question during development of the newest – fifth generation THeMIS – and added a number of options: towing, hauling, following a convoy autonomously and now airlifting,” Väärsi added.
The air transportability tests were conducted according to NATO standard STANAG 3542 and was facilitated by the helicopter crew of the Estonian Police and Border Guard.
The THeMIS is a multipurpose tracked vehicle that can be equipped with other warfighting technology such as weapon systems, tethered drones, IED detection devices and much more. It can carry a payload of up to 1200kg, move 25 km/h and pull other equipment with a force of 21 000 N.
The THeMIS can be remotely operated via cameras or using autonomous functions such as waypoint navigation, follow-me etc. The intention is to keep soldiers safe, increase their capabilities and in addition lighten their load.
Thanks to the systems modularity it has become a very popular choice for different payload integrations and Milrem Robotics has already integrated a dozen different systems with industry partners like Kongsberg, FN Herstal, MBDA, ST Engineering etc.
Please have a look at the THeMIS’ air transportability tests here – https://youtu.be/t6Gf7tBf0qw
The THeMIS will be exhibited at DSEI in London from September 10 to 13 and can be found in the following locations:
- At the Estonian Pavilion (N3-320) where we will be unveiling the fifth generation THeMIS UGV. The UGV will be equipped with FN Herstal’s deFNder® Medium RWS;
- At Kongsberg’s stand (S6-145) where another fifth generation THeMIS will be displayed equipped with Kongsberg’s PROTECTOR RWS-LW30;
- At the Land Ceptor Stand (N10-260) where we will be unveiling a new integration project with MBDA – the THeMIS with the Brimstone ultra-high precision missile system;
- At QinetiQ’s stand (S3-400) another force multiplier will be exhibited. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
03 Sep 19. Soucy showcases Warrior with rubber tracks. Soucy Defence will showcase a Warrior 510 IFV with its Composite Rubber Tracks (CRT) at DSEI 2019 following 5,000km of trials as part of the Warrior Automotive Improvement Programme (WAIP).
Working with the UK MoD’s Equipment Directorate, DE&S and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL)Soucy has provided input to the WAIP via a private venture which the company explained falls into the realms of an ‘unsolicited proposal’.
Speaking to Shephard, Kevin Sloan, business development director at Soucy Defence said, ‘Up until now we have produced a Capability Demonstrator, providing a proof of concept in the hope of moving forward and being part of the WAIP components.’
Within the 5,000km of trials conducted by the British Army’s Armoured Trials and Development Unit 10 battlefield missions of 500km repeats were carried out. These were split between road, cross-country and set obstacles. The trials were conducted from 4 September to 15 December 2017.
According to Sloan various benefits of the CRT were captured during the trials with the aim of reducing the through life costs and enhance the performance of the Warrior IFV. The company will showcase a ‘one-off prototype’ during DSE which has been developed by RBSL as a mortar or armoured battlegroup support vehicle.
As of 1 April 2019, the British Army reported a fleet of 769 Warrior IFVs, these have an out-of-service date of around 2040.
Addition of the CRT reduced vibration, extending the service life of ammunition by reducing the propellent compaction, can increase ammo life by up to 70%, extending life of the electronic equipment components, as well as limiting crew fatigue which allows for longer mission times.
It also reduces fuel consumption by 25% and with the track system weight 1.5mT lighter than steal tracks, additional vehicle mission equipment can be added.
‘The objective data collected during the trial validated Soucy’s claimed benefits,’ Sloan said, ‘Confidence in CRT technology has therefore grown significantly, the trial identified several possible exploitation opportunities in the current and future UK AFV fleet where CRT should deliver programme efficiencies (time and cost) and an enhanced capability to the user.’ (Source: Shephard)
30 Aug 19. Patria’s latest technology featured at DSEI. Patria attends DSEI 2019 event held on 10-13th September at ExCel in London showcasing Patria 6×6 vehicle, Patria Nemo mortar system and several special products related to intelligence, surveillance and command and control systems. Patria’s stand is located at exhibition lot S5-260.
Patria 6X6 is a successor to the Pasi Armoured Personnel Carrier and to complement the vehicle fleets of customers of the legendary Patria AMV 8X8. Patria 6X6 is a multipurpose transport vehicle. The chassis structure is based on the same components as the AMV, but with one less axle. The vehicle is driven by all three axles and steered from the front two, or all three, depending on its equipage. Optional equipage can be added to bring the 6X6 closer to the AMV. For example, various ballistic and mine protection levels, weapon systems, self-protection systems and other interior equipment are available.
Patria Nemo, a turreted, remote-controlled 120 mm mortar system, is an indirect fire support system, but due to its direct fire capability, it can also be used for self-defence. It can also fire Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI) fire missions where up to 5 grenades are hitting the target simultaneously. The light and compact turret is easily installable on light, tracked chassis or wheeled armoured vehicles in the 6×6/8×8 class.
CANDL is a compact data link for air-to-air and air-to-ground applications requiring high reliability, low probability of detection and interception, dynamic networking with several members and long communication ranges. CANDL is perfect data link for example Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) operations, Intra-Flight Data Links (IFDL) and Live Virtual Constructive training (LVC) systems.
ARIS is a remote operable Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) system used to intercept, identify, record and analyze radar signals. With ARIS you can master strategic ELINT in today’s complex signal environment, get excellent spectrum awareness and make fast and accurate updates to ELINT databases.
ARIS-E is a new Electronic Support Measures (ESM) product building on ARIS. It provides automatic identification, real-time geolocation and tracking of radars on the battlefield. ARIS and ARIS-E together deliver comprehensive tools for strategic and tactical ELINT/ESM for various needs.
MUSCL passive radar system is a covert and easily deployable air surveillance system, using signals from existing radio and TV broadcast networks for target detection and tracking.
TADS is a Tactical Debriefing System that provides instant debriefing of military missions and training exercises from single sortie to large joint forces campaigns involving all branches and LVC (live, virtual, constructive training) scenarios. TADS visualize in details order of battle, weapon and sensor usage as well as electronic warfare activities giving practical and precise feedback to improve the performance of your pilots and operators.
Patria is on stand N6-160.
29 Aug 19. Supacat showcases Light Role Vehicle at DSEi. Users describe vehicle as ‘in a class of its own.’ New engine and chassis upgrade. Supacat, the UK headquartered Special Forces vehicle developer, is showcasing its Light Role Vehicle at DSEi 2019. LRV offers unrivalled performance in terrain access, range and operator comfort. Its low weight and packaging offers a genuine `Fly / Drive` tactical capability utilising current in-service aviation assets for rapid intervention operations, while maintaining excellent payload capacity. Building on Supacat’s experience in building world class high mobility vehicles, the Light Role Vehicle has been designed to deliver exceptional off road performance lowering user fatigue, reducing cognitive burden and enabling the operator to arrive at their objective fit to fight. Supacat’s ongoing design work has upgraded LRV with a new engine and chassis to provide an optimised mix of bespoke and COTS components. This delivers an extended platform life with ease of supportability and standardisation across the LRV variants in order to minimise the through life cost and training burden. The design approach also considers ease of manufacture and maintenance.The Supacat LRV platform is highly modular and offers a range of configuration options to suit a variety of environmental conditions, threat levels and crew requirements. All variants use a common chassis and driveline with customers able to specify modular elements of the vehicle such as open or closed cabs, seating layout, load platform and weapon systems.
LRV also has the unique feature of being convertible between 6×6 and 4×4, offering users the flexibility to reconfigure the vehicle to meet different operational requirements within hours by the addition or removal of a 3rd axle module.
“The feedback from our current specialist customer base has been extremely positive and users describe the vehicles as `in a class of its own`,” said Ben Gaffney, Head of New Programmes, Supacat. “Users love the HMT. The LRV offers the same level of quality and off road capability, in a smaller and more compact vehicle.”
LRV is ITAR free and can be supported via Supacat’s existing globally available spares network. LRV has been developed with a common user interface to its Supacat HMT `Jackal` to maximise inter-operability and minimise training.
DSEi, London 10-13 Sept 2019
Stand No: N9-350
05 Sep 19. iXblue’s Advans Ursa 5: high-grade INS now available for all fleets of tactical vehicles. Saint-Germain-en Laye, 05/09/2019 – iXblue will be presenting the Advans Series, its range of high-grade Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) for Land Defense applications at DSEI London, with a special focus on the Ursa 5 INS.
The company is improving the reliability and competitiveness of the Advans Series. The Advans Ursa 5 INS, which enables tactical vehicles to navigate in fully GNSS-denied environment, is now available at a competitive cost. Following this strategic direction, iXblue hopes to give its customers the opportunity to acquire a better INS, delivering accurate real-time pointing and reliable navigational data whatever the conditions on the battlefield.
Advans Series: navigating in GNSS-denied environments for all Land Defense applications
Over the past, Inertial Navigation Systems use was restricted to sophisticated combat systems while the less complex ones had to rely on GPS for their navigation and positioning. But nowadays, the need for vehicles to be able to operate in GNSS-denied environments is dramatically growing and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) are the best solution to address this issue. The Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) technology, at the heart of iXblue’s INS, brings a number of unique advantages in terms of price/performance ratio, accuracy and reliability to this market. The FOG technology used on the Advans Series makes navigating in GNSS-denied environments accessible to all type of vehicles, a low cost of ownership and with robust autonomy.
Already trusted by an increasing number of military integrators, with the Advans Series INS (Ursa, Lyra, Vega) operating in numerous defense programs across Europe, South America and the Middle East, iXblue is a growing player in the Land Defense Market. Combat proven and designed to withstand severe environment, the Advans Series addresses the full spectrum of land applications (new and modernization programs) including Blue Force tracking, artillery launchers, armored and tactical vehicles, as well as optronics and radar systems. With all component being produced in France in iXblue’s factories, the Advans Series INS are ITAR-free solutions and only restricted to French Export Control. The Advans Series is cost-effective, highly-reliable, and very easy to integrate and operate.
29 Aug 19. Upgraded Warrior completes 20 battlefield missions. Key Points:
- Six WCSP prototypes have completed the first 20 battlefield missions as part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) reliability growth tests
- The battlefield missions are designed to demonstrate the upgraded vehicle’s ability to meet the missions required of it by the MoD
Lockheed Martin UK’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) prototypes have completed the first 20 battlefield missions as part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Reliability Growth Tests, programme director Lee Fellows told Jane’s on 22 August.
The six prototype Warrior infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) upgraded under the WCSP have been undergoing trials for the past six months, which will continue until mid-2021. “At the end of the trials will be design acceptance, and a contract will be placed when Lockheed Martin and the MoD decide that the time is right,” said Fellows.
He added that the trials vehicles have completed thousands of kilometres of tests, and fired thousands of 40mm rounds from the vehicle’s main armament and from the 7.62mm chaingun, all without any safety concerns. The successful completion of 20 battlefield missions marks the first point at which Lockheed Martin and the MoD will meet to review the data gathered during the trials.
“We have a plan, we are performing to that plan, and I am meeting all of the milestones,” said Fellows, adding that the upgraded Warriors are the first vehicles to go through this process in the UK since the Challenger 2 main battle tank and its variants were introduced into service in the early 1990s.
The battlefield missions are designed to demonstrate the upgraded vehicle’s ability to meet the missions that are required of it by the UK’s MoD. There are a total of six sets of battlefield missions that are broadly arranged into groups of 20, added Fellows. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
29 Aug 19. Significant Warrior CSP Milestone Achievement for Lockheed Martin UK. Lockheed Martin successfully completes anchor milestone of 20 Battlefield Mission assessments for its Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme. The Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) has recently completed a significant programme milestone – Lockheed Martin jointly with Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) crew have covered over 5,000 kilometers and fired thousands of ammunition rounds to achieve 20 Battlefield Mission assessments. Lockheed Martin UK successfully completed 20 Battlefield Mission (BFM) assessments earlier this month, proving the reliability, lethality and game-changing capabilities of WCSP. BFMs are a key element of the enduring Reliability Growth Tests (RGT), which are made up of a combination of Qualification and Verification (Q&V) activities and representative BFMs – by the time the development programme comes to a conclusion the vehicles will have travelled the equivalent distance of a return journey from the North to the South Pole.
Lee Fellows, Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme Director at Lockheed Martin said: “The programme is at an exciting point – we are six months into RGT and continuing to achieve all our milestones and commitments as agreed with our customer.I’m proud to lead a programme that will bring our British warfighting capability into modern times – our armed forces have some of the world’s most skilled and capable soldiers who know how to get the job done and do it well. “Working in collaboration with our Defence Equipment and Support customer, Lockheed Martin plays a key role in helping to modernise the British Army; providing a critical capability which will serve for decades to come”.
WCSP addresses key capability gaps faced by the legacy vehicle. Once in-service, the significantly enhanced capability will change the way the British Army operates, enabling soldiers to carry out tasks in an even safer, and more modern environment. The key upgrade being delivered by Lockheed Martin is the ability to fire-on-the-move with the new CT40 stabilised cannon. The new digital turret will not only upgrade the lethality of the platform, but the enhanced situational awareness will provide soldiers with a full picture of the battlespace. Whist trials are ongoing at Bovington, with the vehicles continuing to undergo Q&V activity and complete more BFMs, Lockheed Martin is set to showcase one of the WCSP demonstration vehicles at DSEi next month.
29 Aug 19. Rheinmetall to exhibit at DSEI 2019. Rheinmetall will be exhibiting at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019, the leading London trade fair which runs between September 10th and 13th.
True to the motto “Force Protection is our Mission”, Rheinmetall will be on hand with a representative selection of products from its extensive portfolio.
The new independent UK-based joint venture for military vehicle design, manufacture and support, Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), will be exhibiting for the first time. The joint venture was founded by Rheinmetall and BAE Systems on July 1st 2019. Headquartered in Telford in the West Midlands, the joint venture will sustain around 450 jobs across the UK and is well positioned for future growth.
RBSL intends to play a major role in manufacturing the Boxer 8×8 for the British Army’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme and other strategic combat vehicle programmes, while also providing support to the British Army’s in-service tactical vehicle fleets – among them the Modular Bridging System which is RBSL’s proposed solution to the UK MOD’s Project Tyro.
At the Rheinmetall stand at DSEI, a Boxer infantry group variant will be on display. Rheinmetall will also be demonstrating its expertise in tactical combat vehicles upgrade programmes. On show is the Group’s demonstrator for the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (LEP).
Robotics are already changing the battlefield of the future today. Thanks to its modular design, Rheinmetall’s unmanned Mission Master vehicle can be adapted to a wide range of applications. The Cargo, Rescue and Protection versions will be presented at DSEI.
As a leading supplier for soldier systems, sensors, effectors, networking and C4I systems, Rheinmetall sets extraordinary standards in the digitisation of armed forces. The Düsseldorf-based specialist for security and mobility continues to widen its lead in the soldier system market with solutions like Argus New Generation and Gladius 2.0. At DSEI 2019, Rheinmetall’s Lance medium-calibre turret will be networked with the Gladius soldier system. This is achieved via the cutting-edge TacNet command and control system.
The Group is allocating considerable space to its force protection solutions, which range from hard ballistic inserts for bullet-resistant vests to state-of-the-art standoff active protection systems for armoured vehicles. For the first time in Europe, Rheinmetall is showcasing its Hybrid Protection Module. Combining active and passive protection technology, it can be integrated into vehicles.
Rheinmetall’s comprehensive expertise in the air defence domain is also on show at DSEI 2019, embodied in its innovative Skynex system. The Skynex configuration on display at London features the remotely operated, network-capable Oerlikon Revolver Gun Mk3 bolstered by a Sentinel interceptor drone.
Rheinmetall also numbers among the world’s foremost suppliers in the field of training and simulation, where it makes a crucial contribution to enhancing the operational effectiveness of numerous armed forces and law enforcement agencies. Rheinmetall will also be showcasing its Osiris software for command and staff training and operational research as well as its new “Total Ship Training” system, an integrated simulation-based approach for training entire ships’ crews ashore.
Furthermore, at DSEI 2019 Rheinmetall is presenting its comprehensive expertise in practically every capability category. Among other things, these include the Group’s weapon and ammunition systems that are a match for the latest threats, enabling a swift, scalable response; and innovative, network-capable sensors for applications on land, at sea and in the air. We look forward to seeing you at DSEI 2019 at our stand S7-200.
22 Aug 19. Recab Army Ground Vehicle Computer (RAGVC). The RAGVC is a field proven versatile SWaP-C optimized Mission Computer. The design is modular and scalable using industry standard COMe modules, now available with Intel’s gen 8 coffee lake technology. mPCIe modules enables IO per customer requirements. Extremely rugged and compact design. Conduction-cooled, Operative temp -40 – +71 °C, and IP66K sealed. Full MIL STD Certification incl MIL-STD-1275 E, MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F, and Def-Stan 23-09 Compliant. TEMPEST, NATO SDIP 27 level A approved. Booth number: Stand S1-370/S1-375
20 Aug 19. New products from Tek launched at DSEI. TEK Military Seating has developed a new non-stroking blast attenuation system which is available on most ProTEK® seats. ProTEK® SV was developed from non-Newtonian fluid technology, conforms to Stanag 4569 AEP 55 standards and is fully certified and tested. TEK is also launching the new ProTEK® Mesh-Plus seat at DSEI 2019. The new Mesh-Plus offers improved seat ergonomics, making it the ideal choice across most land platforms. For more information on the new ProTEK® Mesh-Plus seat visit Tek on stand N8-200.
Millbrook, based in Bedfordshire, UK, makes a significant contribution to the quality and performance of military vehicles worldwide. Its specialist expertise is focussed in two distinct areas: test programmes to help armed services and their suppliers ensure that their vehicles and systems work as the specification requires; and design and build work to upgrade new or existing vehicles, evaluate vehicle capability and investigate in-service failures. Complementing these is driver and service training and a hospitality business that allows customers to use selected areas of Millbrook’s remarkable facilities for demonstrations and exhibitions.