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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.
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24 Jun 10. Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED): Talisman Unveiled. The Talisman suite of vehicles, operated by the Royal Engineers for route clearing, was shown to the public at DVD 2010 (23/24 Jun 10). Each Talisman system consists of: A Mastiff protected patrol vehicle; A Buffalo mine protected vehicle with ‘rummaging’ arm; A JCB high mobility engineer excavator; A T-Hawk micro air vehicle and A Talon tracked remote control vehicle. Talisman is being procured as an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) worth “more than £180m”.
Comment: The then Defence Equipment Minister said (11 Mar 10) that six Talisman systems had been ordered. On 23 Mar 10, the then Defence Secretary said that Talisman was “in theatre [i.e. Afghanistan] and should be operational soon”.(Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 09/25, 28 June 09)
23 Jun 10. Israel develops hybrid vehicle and dismount navigation. The Israel Defence Force (IDF) is using a hybrid land navigation system capable of accurately directing infantry soldiers and armoured vehicles even in GPS-jammed or disrupted environments. The new vehicle system, known as Advanced Navigation System (ADNAV), is in production with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
28 Jun 10. DRS Technologies delivered its On-Board Vehicle Power (OBVP)-equipped High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to the United States Marine Corps on Monday, June 28, 2010. This modified HMMWV delivers more than 30 kilowatts of electrical power for on-vehicle and off-vehicle use. The Marine Corps will evaluate technology provided by two suppliers and will subsequently select one manufacturer to deliver five additional vehicles for continued testing and trials. If all contract options are exercised by the Marines, a total of sixteen vehicles would be modified to the OBVP configuration. DRS’ innovative approach designed and integrated in its Huntsville, AL facility, delivers significant advantages in terms of size, weight, power, combat versatility and cost efficiencies over currently fielded systems. Working with multiple prime contractors and OEMs, DRS is evolving its technology for a broad range of tactical and combat vehicles across the U.S. Military. DRS’ OBVP offers field commanders operational flexibility, reliability and agility, while reducing maintenance and support costs over other power-upgrade solutions that add belts, pulleys and shafts. OBVP reduces the airlift and logistics footprint – and their related cost – when towed generators are not the best power-needs solution. Using DRS’ technology and in close coordination with OEM transmission partners, it is now possible to achieve power levels of more than 30 kilowatts in a HMMWV sized vehicle and up to 125 kilowatts in combat sized vehicles, such as a Stryker and MRAP. Equipping vehicles with more electrical generation capabilities means that increased numbers of technologically advanced devices can be placed in the hands of service men and women. DRS’ OBVP system is delivered as a factory or depot modification kit that features a transmission-integral generator (TIG). The TIG is fully embedded in the existing transmi