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19 Sep 18. Lockheed Martin shows off Indian LSV at DVD. The LSV 4×4 (Light Specialist Vehicle), busing the Lockheed air suspension system as used on the Supacat Jackal and based on the Jackal design, a small armoured platform dedicated to operate on rough terrains, and adaptable to several purposes: reconnaissance, counter-insurgency, armament carrier, troop carriage, patrol missions, was developed by Lockheed Martin and Ashok Leyland to meet the Indian Army requirement of up to 7000 Light Strike Vehicles, with an initial order for 1200 vehicles. Other bidders included Mahindra offering a HMMV variant and Baharat offering their own vehicle. Kathryn Hasse of Lockheed Martin MFC told the Editor that the vehicle had already undergone extensive trials and had been down-selected to the final bidding process. LSV 4×4 is a Light Specialist, Troop mobility vehicle dedicated to operate in tough terrains under adverse weather conditions. It is fitted with H6 engine, 5 Speed GB, 2 speed AGB, Independent Suspended axles, Hydraulic brake system that provides for excellent mobility & maneuverability with all four sides protected for STANAG Level armoured cab as per customer requirement. GVW: 5T (8T Max) | PAYLOAD: 1T | Max crew: 2+2
- Application: Various
- Capacity: 5 Crew members
- Feature: Carry battle loads
- Application: Reconnaissance
- Capacity: 5 Crew members
- Feature: STANAG Level I Protection
19 Sep 18. Ural AZ upgrades Ural-53099 MRAP vehicle. Russia’s Ural Automotive Plant (Ural AZ) has upgraded its Ural-53099 4×4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, which the Russian government calls the Taifun-U, that is primarily intended for military units. The Ural-53099 is 9.55 m long, 2.55 m wide, and 3.35 m high. The updated vehicle weighs 14,500 kg, transports eight soldiers or a 2,000 kg useful payload, and features a welded five-door monocoque hull. The Ural-53099 is powered by a 312hp YaMZ-53677 turbocharged diesel engine, producing a maximum speed of 100 km/h and a cruise range of 1,000 km. The powerpack is coupled to a YaMZ-2393 nine-speed transmission. “The chassis of the vehicle incorporates only serially produced components, resulting in a twice reduction of its price compared to the original model. It is also fitted with a central tire inflation system,” a source from the Ural AZ told Jane’s. The vehicle’s single-space compartment is equipped with a climate control system and filtration unit. The crew compartment has two anti-blast seats (ABSs) for the driver and commander and two side-mounted doors, while the troop compartment is fitted with six ABSs, two side-mounted doors, and a rear hatch. “A number of auxiliary systems can be mounted on the vehicle’s rear platform. The Ural-53099 has also received externally mounted protected fuel tanks,” the source said. However, he did not disclose the protection level of the updated 4×4. The baseline Ural-53099 MRAP vehicle is armed with the BMDU light remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) developed by Uralvagonzavod’s NPO Elektromashina. The RCWS is armed with a dual-axis stabilised Kord 12.7mm heavy machine gun and carries 250 ready-use cartridges. The BMDU weighs 210 kg, has an elevation angle varying between -14 degrees and 70 degrees, and an all-round traverse angle. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
14 Sep 18. Hyundai Rotem readies K2 MBT for Middle East opportunities. South Korean defence prime Hyundai Rotem has taken the opportunity at the DX Korea 2018 land forces exhibition to showcase a desert-optimised version of its 56-tonne K2 ‘Black Panther’ main battle tank (MBT), revealing its aim to position the vehicle for opportunities in the Middle East. The K2 MBT on display was painted in desert camouflage and brought to an undisclosed location in the region for mobility and firing trials in early 2018, Hwan Cho, General Manager of the Global Defense and Marketing Team, told Jane’s on 14 September. Cho noted that only minor modifications were required to adapt the K2 to the hot and sandy environment. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
11 Sep 18. South Korea to begin mass-producing K806, K808 armoured combat vehicles. South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem will begin mass-producing its K806 and K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicles later this year after the vehicles completed a series of field tests by Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) units between April and August, the country’s Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) said on 10 September. The move comes after Hyundai Rotem announced in December 2017 that it had been awarded a contract to start series production of the vehicles. Although the DAPA did not disclose how many platforms the company is under contract to build for the RoKA, Jane’s reported in September 2016 that the service has a total requirement for around 100 16-tonne 6×6 K806 vehicles and 500 20-tonne 8×8 K808s. Hyundai Rotem is thought to have capacity to build around 100 of these vehicles a year, which are expected to be outfitted with a one-person protected weapon station armed with an M2 HB machine gun. As Jane’s previously reported, the K806 and K808 share many of the same performance characteristics. According to specifications supplied by the manufacturer, the vehicles are powered by a 420 hp Hyundai Motor Company diesel engine that provides a maximum road speed of 100 km/h via a seven-speed automatic transmission. They are operated by a two-person crew with accommodation for up to nine fully equipped troops. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
11 Sep 18. Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces replace heavy tractors. Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) will receive new Platforma-O heavy wheeled transporters to replace those produced by Belarus’s Minsk Wheel Tractors Plant (MZKT Volat), an industry source has told Jane’s.
“The newest Platforma-O family of heavy wheeled transporters designed by JSC Kamaz and produced by the JSC Remdizel Plant have successfully passed state trials and an adoption order is being drafted. The Platforma-O transporters will be adopted before the end of the year,” the source said. He added that the order could be signed in October.
The military will receive 8×8, 12×12, and 16×16 wheeled transporters with maximum payload weights of 25, 50, and 85 tonnes respectively, an 8×8 semi-trailer with a maximum towing capacity of 165 tonnes, and an 8×8 vehicle with a maximum towing capacity of 400 tonnes.
“Members of the Platforma-O family have 86% commonality,” the source said. “Hub reduction allows the transporters to have relatively low weights.”
The 12×12 and 16×16 platforms will be used as transporter erector launchers (TELs) to be developed for the Topol-M and Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles, while the 8×8 platform, semi-trailer platform, and wheeled ballast prime mover will carry various support systems. “The RVSN will switch completely to the new chassis for TELs and logistics systems within 10 years,” the source said. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
11 Sep 18. Australian audit report raises procedural and reliability concerns over Hawkei procurement. Concerns over the acquisition procedures involved in the AUD1.3bn (USD975m) purchase of the Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light for the Australian Army, together with ongoing reliability issues, have been raised by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) in a report released on 11 September. Auditor-General Grant Hehir advised in the report that he has been unable to reach a clear conclusion on whether the procurement under Project Land 121 Phase 4 has been effective and achieved value for money, following correspondence from Australia’s attorney-general stating that the disclosure of certain information would be contrary to public interest. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
10 Sep 18. Indonesia plans to acquire Sprut-SDM1 SPATGs, says Kurganmashzavod chief. The Indonesian military is planning to procure the Russian-made 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 air-droppable self-propelled anti-tank gun (SPATG), Pyotr Tyukov, the executive director of manufacturer Kurganmashzavod, told Russian TV broadcaster Zvezda on 5 September.
“The Sprut-SDM1 features amphibious capabilities and is heavily armed. A contract with Indonesia for this SPATG will be signed soon,” Tyukov said without specifying the number of guns to be procured by Jakarta.
A Kurganmashzavod source told Jane’s that the manufacturer “sees a potential for the promotion of the vehicle in the arms markets of several Asian and Middle-Eastern countries”.
The latest variant of the Sprut-SDM1 was displayed at the Army 2018 defence show held in Kubinka near Moscow in August. The system is armed with a 2A75M 125 mm smoothbore gun and two Kalashnikov PKTM medium machine guns: one coaxial and the other fitted onto a remote weapon station. The Sprut-SDM1 is based on the lengthened chassis of the air-droppable BMD-4M infantry fighting vehicle. The source also said the manufacturer is planning to increase the ballistic protection of the Sprut-SDM1. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
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