NEWS IN BRIEF
Jun 08. DVD Press briefings and announcements on improvements to the combat capabilities and welfare of the UK’s Land Forces include on 25 June:
MOD unveils its brand new command and Liaison Vehicle
* The Army has accepted into service the first batch of a fleet of several hundred “go anywhere” powerful new armoured cars;
New Range of Hot Weather Menus for Troops
* The introduction of 20 new menus for general use on operations as well as six new menus for Halal, Vegetarian and Sikh/Hindu variants;
New machine to improve treatment of battle casualties
* Platelets are vital in the clotting process but can quickly deplete in casualties. A new machine is already improving treatment on ops;
And on 26 June:
New Ridgback armoured car to debut at DVD
* Ridgback is just one of a whole range of protected vehicles for use on operations including Mastiff, Viking, Bulldog, Warrior and Vector;
Briefing on Urgent Operational Requirements
* A MoD expert will brief on the UOR process with a key upgraded combat vehicles on hand to demonstrate the end product;
Army gets its kit on-line
* Three thousand military personnel are trialling a new web-based method of buying their clothing. Experts will brief on the programme;
Minister for Defence Equipment and Support Baroness Ann Taylor will be available for interviews on 26th June along with a number of key military and civilian personnel throughout the two day event.
08 Apr 08. Specially made air-conditioned kennels have been delivered to Iraq and Afghanistan to replace the current accommodation being used by British Forces’ working dogs. The £1.2 contract has been delivered by Expeditionary Campaign Infrastructure Integrated Project Team (ECI IPT) part of the Battlefield Infrastructure and Engineering Group who will be using DVD as its annual stakeholder day in June. The 17 accommodation units are supplied complete with heating and cooling systems to control the sleeping areas for the dogs, helping to ensure that they remain in peak condition despite their challenging working environments. The highly trained dogs are used by the military to protect bases and detect arms, ammunition and explosives. The kennels are DROPS compatible 20ft ISO containers that each house four service dogs. They convert into housing units through the assembly of panels, which provide internal sleeping areas, external kennel areas, feeding preparation and storage with integral water and electrical distribution.
Jun 08. Jankel announces ongoing deliveries of light weight composite armour systems for the UK MoD Land Rover fleet
*Jankel develops extremely light modular protection systems for the WMIK Landrover.
*Deliveries are ongoing with very short order to delivery times.
*Armour systems are combat proven.
At the start of the conflict in Iraq, Jankel identified a requirement by various user groups for an extremely lightweight armour system which could be fitted to vehicles with limited payload, not designed to carry the additional weight of armour.
Jankel set about designing a modular and flexible system that could be deployed into theatre and fitted onto vehicles without any specialist tools and with minimum training. The resulting system known as Modular Armour Protection Installation Kit (MAPIK) has not just been deployed to Iraq but all over the world (patents are pending on a number of aspects of the design).
The system has been described as ‘body armour for vehicles’. A typical vehicle system weighs under 140 kilos and can be fitted to a vehicle in less than 30 minutes. The system provides fragmentation and ballistic protection. Although the system was initially designed for the protection of civilian vehicles, Jankel, working with various user groups, quickly evolved the system for use on light tactical vehicles. Over recent years Jankel have secured UOR requirements from various users including UK MOD SUV IPT. Jankel have worked closely with SUV to provid