04 Mar 21. Otokar introduced its Electric Armored Vehicle “AKREP IIe” at IDEX. One of the regular IDEX participants Otokar, participated in IDEX – 2021, in Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates in order to meet with its more than 55 End Users from all over the world. Introducing its electric armored vehicle, AKREP IIe for first time for its international markets, Otokar also displayed its well-known and globally desired wheeled armored vehicles ARMA 6×6 and COBRA II 4×4 as well as the new generation COBRA II MRAP. In addition to the wheeled vehicles, the tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle, SAFA has also taken its place in Otokar stand.
Serdar Görgüç, General Manager, Otokar, stated that being a regular vendor to both NATO and the United Nations, Otokar is continuously expanding its customer portfolio and serving wider range of customers over the world every year, due to its well appreciated user-oriented approach. “Currently, around 33 thousand Otokar vehicles are actively in service in more than 36 countries in the toughest climates and risky regions. We believe that the performance of our vehicles serving worldwide are the most important reference for our potential customers. We are at the forefront of the global defense industry with our know-how in land systems, engineering and R&D capabilities as well as our wide product range. As our main goal is to continuously strengthen our presence in the region, IDEX offers a great opportunity to meet our existing users as well as potential customers. We will leverage our know-how and experience to respond to the specific requirements of the region in the best possible way.”
Emphasizing Otokar’s strong presence in Gulf region, Görgüç said “GCC countries are particularly important for Otokar. Many different vehicle types of wide Otokar military range are already serving successfully to the requirements of the region in different forces since early 2000s. Through our local company Otokar Land Systems, which was established in 2016, we became much closer to our valued customers. Through our recent activities, in addition to our supplier and contractor role, Otokar highly enjoys being locally present in GCC.”
“In parallel to the successful activities of our joint venture company with EDGE of Abu Dhabi Government, Al Jasoor, RABDAN 8×8 Infantry Fighting Vehicles are already in service of the UAE Armed Forces and despite the pandemic, production and deliveries continue as initially planned.”
Otokar again offered a wide product range to the international markets at IDEX 2021, highlighting its new generation electric powered 4×4 weapon carrier AKREP IIe attributing its legendary AKREP, used in 1990s. The vehicles exhibited at Otokar stand at IDEX are as follows:
In addition to full electric powered engine, AKREP II also appears in diesel and hybrid powerpack options. AKREP II combines latest automotive technologies, high firepower and protection in a low silhouette. Having an effective firepower under amour and high payload capacity, AKREP II comfortably carries turrets up to 90mm cannon.
Being smaller in size and lesser in weight highly contribute to the agility of low silhouette AKREP II. Steering capability on all–axles significantly increases the maneuverability of four-wheel drive AKREP II. Thanks to the independent suspension system and swift torque control, AKREP II can operate with equal ease on all challenging terrain conditions, no matter soft sand, deep mud, and snow. AKREP II can carry total of 3 crew, driver, commander and gunner at a maximum speed of 110km per hour.
Apart from being a perfect weapon carrier for all small, medium, and high calibers, AKREP II is an ideal solution for reconnaissance, scouting, surveillance, and base / air defense missions with quick reaction and silent mobility capabilities.
Like all other OTOKAR vehicles, the electronic system of AKREP II is also designed with an open system architecture where the electronic and human interface can be configured according to customer requirements.
AKREP IIe – Electric powered Armored Vehicle:
Electrical drive version of AKREP II, AKREP IIe, is a low silhouette and low acoustic platform with low thermal signature.
The electric-based power and propulsion results in quicker start with instantaneous high torque for increased mobility. Due to the “Drive-by-Wire” system of electrically controlled steering, acceleration, and braking functions, AKREP IIe appears in the market as technically feasible platform for being remotely controlled or driving assistance system applications including autonomous capabilities.
MINE RESISTANT AMBUSH PROTECTED VEHICLE: COBRA II MRAP
Otokar displayed its new mine resistant ambush protected vehicle “COBRA II MRAP” at IDEX 2021. COBRA II MRAP combines high level of survivability and mobility in a modular package.
The vehicle provides superior protection for the crew against ballistic, mine and IED threats while maintaining high cross-country mobility in battlefield conditions with its independent suspension system. It is specifically designed to provide high reliability, ease of maintenance and quick removal / installation of power pack.
With its modular design, COBRA II MRAP provides high payload and spacious internal space for integration of weapon systems and mission equipment. The vehicle can be configured with alternative seating layouts for up to 11 personnel with 3 or 5 door configurations as per specific user requirements.
COBRA II: HIGH PROTECTION AND MOBILITY CAPABILITIES
COBRA II offers high level of protection, payload capacity, and large internal volume. In addition to superior mobility, COBRA II also comes with the capacity to accommodate 9 personnel including the driver and commander, offering high protection against ballistic, mine and IED threats. Delivering high performance in the toughest terrain and climate conditions with high power to weight ratio, COBRA II is tested rigorously in different parts of the world, on toughest terrain and climate conditions, and made thousands of miles. Preferred especially for offering a wide range of weapons integration and mission equipment options, COBRA II is successfully used for border protection as well as internal security and peacekeeping missions. The modular structure of COBRA II also makes the vehicle a flexible platform to be used as a personnel carrier, weapons platform, ground surveillance radar, CBRN reconnaissance vehicle, command control vehicle, and ambulance.
ARMA 6×6: MODULAR ARMORED VEHICLE
Otokar’s multi-wheeled modular armored vehicle ARMA 6×6 offers superior mobility, high mine and ballistic protection, as well as medium and high-caliber weapon system integration options. Offering high tactical and technical features, ARMA comes with an optional amphibious variant for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid operations in the most demanding terrain and climate conditions.
ARMA 6×6 stands out especially with its high payload capacity and large interior volume. ARMA can be equipped with different weapons and turrets according to the needs. The ARMA 6×6 can be used for various missions as an armored personnel carrier, armored combat vehicle, command control, reconnaissance, and CBRN reconnaissance vehicle while different weapon systems can be integrated into the vehicle.
SAFA INFANTRY FIGHTING VEHICLE
Otokar’s SAFA IFV was exhibited with Otokar design MIZRAK-30 medium turret. The vehicle stands out with mobility, firepower and survivability features. Due to its modular design, SAFA can be fitted with manned or unmanned weapon systems ranging from 7,62 mm to 120 mm as well as air defense and mortar systems. With superior mobility, SAFA can serve in all kinds of combat environments from urban, built-up areas and light bridges to woodlands and all terrains, especially on soft surfaces where main battle tanks are unable to operate due to their heavy weights. Reliable and robust torsion bar suspension system consists of seven dual rubber-tire road wheels on each side. SAFA has an Automatic Track Tensioning system which can adjust track tension for different road conditions to achieve outstanding mobility.
SAFA has a power pack in the front of the hull combined with turbo charged diesel engine and an automatic transmission provides which power ranging from 700 hp to 1100 hp.
The multi-role, modular SAFA series is designed as a platform to meet the users’ needs for a single platform to use in different missions. Tested in the toughest climates and on rough terrain, SAFA boasts best-in-class ballistic and mine protection with modular armor structure that can be configured and tailored as per specific user requirements. SAFA, which can be integrated with active protection systems, has the capacity of carrying up to 9 infantry in addition to its crew of three (commander, gunner and driver).
03 Mar 21. Jankel wins first major order from their new “Act Now – Armour Later” Toyota LC200 initiative. Jankel, a world-leader in the design and manufacture of high-specification defence, security and NGO protection systems, has received an order for 35 Toyota LC200 vehicles following the recent launch of their “Act Now – Armour Later” initiative. The vehicles have been ordered by an undisclosed existing customer and will be securely stored and maintained by Jankel prior to being armoured, as required.
The customer is already in discussions with Jankel regarding the future armouring and/or modification programme of the 35 base LC200 vehicles purchased, to meet their emerging needs. Modifications include Civilian Armoured Vehicle conversions (Hot Formed Armoured CAV), military specification modifications and armoured twin-cab pickup variants.
With the Toyota LC200 due to go out of production in 2021, Jankel are offering current and new clients the “Act Now – Armour Later” scheme to purchase LC200s now and then have them stored up to the point that they require armouring, before then entering service. The scheme is flexible and can be tailored to meet a customer’s specific needs.
Jankel are already working on plans to develop solutions to armour Toyota’s replacement for the LC200 but it remains a fact that there will be a gap between the current LC200 going out of production and the new armoured model being developed, tested, certified, built and suitable for operational use. During this period, Jankel are offering current fleet owners the opportunity to buy the existing LC200 ‘up front’ to ensure there are no gaps in capability during the transition period and to help maintain fleet commonality and discretion for as long as possible.
Dan Crosby, Commercial Director at Jankel Group said: “We are very pleased to have received this first major order of 35 Toyota LC200 vehicles as a direct result of us launching our “Act Now – Armour Later” scheme. He added: “Our detailed analysis indicates that there are very low stocks left worldwide and available for applications such as armouring so we’re encouraging all of our current and potential clients to seriously consider the “Act Now – Armour Later” scheme. Given the constraints imposed by the anticipated end of LC200 production, now is most certainly the time to act, in order to fill the gap until the replacement vehicle is developed, certified and available for use”.
01 Mar 21. US Army’s Infantry Squad Vehicle undergoes tests at Arizona’s Yuma Proving Ground. A new vehicle that the U.S. Army is acquiring to provide infantry soldiers with battlefield mobility is being tested in the Yuma Proving Ground’s harsh desert terrain in southwestern Arizona.
Largely based on a midsize Chevrolet pickup, the Infantry Squad Vehicle is intended to carry an infantry squad’s nine soldiers and their equipment, the Yuma Sun reported.
Testing began in early February with a goal of finishing by April, said Isaac Rodriguez, team leader for the proving ground’s combat automotive division.
“Before the soldier ever touches the vehicle, we want to make sure that it is safe for them to use,” Rodriguez told the Yuma Sun.
Along with operating one of nine prototypes over 5,000 miles (8,047 kilometers) of desert terrain at the proving ground, “we will also be doing some slope mobility and cooling system tests,” he said.
The vehicle will be built under a $214.3m contract awarded to a subsidiary, GM Defense LLC, in June. The company said in December it was renovating a facility in Concord, North Carolina, to support production of the vehicle.
The facility is expected to begin delivering production vehicles in April. The Army plans to furnish the vehicles to infantry brigade combat teams that now don’t have vehicles for transporting their frontline foot soldiers.
Having soldiers ride in a vehicle with their equipment instead of carrying it across many miles of cross-country terrain to their destination means they’ll be much less fatigued and better able to carry out their missions, said Steven Herrick, the Army’s product lead for ground mobility vehicles within the Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support.
“It has always been coined as a better boot,” Herrick said. “It is a mode of transportation that effectively changes the game on how soldiers deploy and get to their objectives.”
The unarmored vehicle will be light enough to be sling loaded under a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and small enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
A cargo plane could also deliver the vehicle with a low-altitude airdrop.
A Pentagon assessment said the vehicle will provide infantry soldiers with valuable off-road mobility and “to be less predictable in their movement” but is cramped and lacks convenient storage space for a squad’s nine soldiers and their equipment. The assessment by the Defense Department’s test and evaluation office was first reported by the Task & Purpose military news website.
The vehicle is based on the frame of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck, and Herrick said 90 percent of its parts are commercial off-the-shelf components.
The initial contract is for production of 649 vehicles by the end of the 2024 fiscal year, but the Army plans a total of 2,065.
The 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina — which specializes in parachute assault operations — is slated to receive the first 59 vehicles later this year.
Eventually, 11 infantry brigade combat teams will be outfitted with 59 vehicles each under the first contract. (Source: Defense News)
01 Mar 21. UAE vehicle maker teams up with Singapore’s ST Engineering for hybrid system. Emirati vehicle-maker Nimr has signed a memorandum of understanding during a local trade show with Singaporean firm ST Engineering to develop a hybrid electric drive system, Nimr announced.
The planned system detailed in the memo, which was signed during the Feb. 21-25 International Defence Exhibition and Conference, has the potential to be installed in Nimr’s Hafeet Mk 2 and Ajban Mk 2 armored vehicles.
“It is a result of the strategy to have maximum commonality between the two Mk2 vehicles, which will drive down costs and reduce the logistic footprint for fleet owners,” Nimr CEO Abri Du Plessis told Defense News. “The replacement of mechanical elements by more flexible and lighter electrical systems will increase vehicle efficiency, providing power for all required equipment including communication, electronics and weapon systems.”
Nimr has already showcased the concept design and technology elements in a life-size mock-up of an Ajban Mk 2. Nimr also unveiled at IDEX an autonomous version of the four-wheel drive armored vehicle.
“The hybrid electric engine is seen as a key element for the future introduction of complex sensors and electronics in combat vehicles. It will be more organically linked to such systems than to mechanical ones, and will simplify the integration of [artificial intelligence] AI technology,” the executive said, adding that more intelligent combat vehicles will mean better situational awareness and improved responses to threats.
The new characteristics are intended to improve the vehicle’s range, acceleration and stealth capabilities, as the hybrid electrical drive system is quieter than conventional engines. The hybrid electric drive system is also expected to produce less emissions than standard engines.
“Conversations around hybrid electric technology in the automotive industry are on the increase, and naturally this is echoed in the defense industry,” Du Plessis said. “There are several advantages of implementing hybrid electric drive systems, including improvement of acceleration and fuel economy, silent mobility and silent watch capabilities, and enhancement of onboard electric power generation.”
The CEO also said his company is looking into a range of commercial solutions, whether hybrid or fully electric, to explore how it can incorporate more technology into its products.
Lee Shiang Long, the president of ST Engineering’s land systems business, said in a statement that the hybrid electric drive system was originally designed for commercial applications.
Teams in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore are cooperating on the project from their respective locations. The next step is to finalize a detailed design.
“Plans are to have a running prototype within a year that can be used for extensive testing and characterization. Following that, the system will be fully industrialized in accordance with customer requirements,” Du Plessis said.
The system’s kit will be prepared by ST Engineering, with the vehicle and all other mechanical parts and interfaces handled by Nimr. (Source: Defense News)
26 Feb 21. DRDO hands over the Licensing Agreement for Transfer of Technology (LAToT) to Godrej & Boyce for the production of Mechanical Mine Layer – Self Propelled (MML SP) . Godrej & Boyce, the flagship company of the Godrej Group announced that its business, Godrej Precision Engineering received the coveted Licensing Agreement for Transfer of Technology (LAToT) for the Mechanical Mine Layer – Self Propelled (MML – SP) from the Ministry of Defence’s DRDO Laboratories at the ‘Bandhan’ ceremony at Aero India 2021. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, three Services Chiefs, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy and Secretary (Defence Production) Shri Raj Kumar along with other senior officials from Ministry of Defence and Karnataka Government and industrialists from the entire country were present.
The MML-SP has been designed for laying Anti-tank Bar Mines in varying soil conditions, camouflaging and recording their position accurately. It would play a crucial role in the defence and protection of India’s borders. Godrej Precision Engineering’s state of the art production facilities, stringent quality control and testing systems, coupled with decades of experience in building several ‘first-in-India’ products for defence applications will enable quicker roll out and induction of this product.
Dr. Mayank Dwivedi, Scientist G and Director DIITM, DRDO HQrs added, “Godrej has been an important industry partner in various programs/projects of DRDO. DRDO values its contribution in various projects/programs. DRDO is confident that this LAToT will not only greatly strengthen the home-grown defense manufacturing capability of our country, but also will strengthen this partnership spanning a few decades.”
Kaustubh Shukla, Chief Operating Officer, Industrial Products Group, Godrej & Boyce, said, “We are proud to have partnered with the DRDO for more than three decades, and are deeply honoured by their confidence in us for manufacturing such a critical system. We have always considered it our foremost and sacred duty to contribute towards the defence of our Nation using our state-of-the-art technology coupled with our decades of expertise in this area. This LAToT for the Mechanical Mine Layer – Self Propelled will further strengthen our partnership with them, and we remain committed to achieving an Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
Over the years, Godrej & Boyce has successfully partnered with DRDO for various projects. Godrej Precision Engineering has successfully executed orders for defence land systems like Brahmos Missile Launchers, Missile carriers and Naval systems like Diving and Surfacing Mechanism, Hull Equipment, Life Raft Container Ejection Systems, Steering Gear and so forth.
Godrej Aerospace, another business of Godrej & Boyce works closely with DRDO for developing mission critical systems. The business has the rare honour of having received the Defence Technology Absorption Award twice, first for developing Brahmos Airframes and the second time for Power Take Off (PTO) shafts for LCA.
The association with DRDO is beyond just defence equipment. During the pandemic, Godrej developed and delivered Proportional Solenoid Valves — a critical component for making ventilators. (Source: PR Newswire)
01 Mar 21. RENK to acquire the Combat Propulsion Systems business and Magnet-Motors of L3Harris Technologies. Globally active RENK Aktiengesellschaft (“RENK”) signed an agreement today to acquire the Combat Propulsion Systems business (“CPS”) and Magnet-Motor GmbH (“MM”) from L3Harris Technologies Inc. (“L3Harris”). The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in H2|2021. When the acquisition is completed, RENK will create a globally leading developer and supplier of combat mobility solutions with key operations in Europe and the USA, while combining state-of-the-art technologies of RENK, the previously acquired Horstman Group, CPS and MM. CPS is a well-established supplier of transmissions and engines in the U.S. and international armored vehicle market. It is a leading player to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. Army. By leveraging this footprint and its existing 350 employees through additional technology solutions from RENK, CPS can expand its leading position with international armed forces. MM is a leader in the development and design of high-performance electric power supplies and hybrid drive systems for military applications and is already cooperating with RENK on key strategic programs to provide the next generation of hybrid drive solutions.
RENK CEO Florian Hofbauer says: “We are pleased that RENK will gain a strong presence in the U.S. armored vehicle market, a market with sales prospects of around $10bn annually. Our strategic acquisition of CPS ideally positions us for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle programs.”
CPS General Manager Ted Trzesniowski comments: “With RENK, we have the technology leader on our side whose edge provides us with important strategic advantages. Together, we will be better positioned than ever to capitalize on promising market opportunities in the U.S. and internationally.”