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Patria unveiled the wheeled vehicle concept vehicle, offering 10% increase in payload capacity and many improvements over current AMVs.

Patria unveiled the wheeled vehicle concept vehicle, offering 10% increase in payload capacity and many improvements over current AMVs.

A front view of the Patria Wheeled Vehicle Concept

A front view of the Patria Wheeled Vehicle Concept

This SuperAV 8x8 from IVECO is currently being offered for the US Marine Corps MPC program.

This SuperAV 8×8 from IVECO is currently being offered for the US Marine Corps MPC program. The vehicle is developed to meet the requirement for a vehicle to support littoral operations and is fitted for amphibious operation.

Gibbs has made its 'amphitruck' international debut with ST Kinetics, with which Gibbs is negotiating a co-production contract, which will see STK producing the 20 foot amphibious truck in Singapore. A 30 foot model will follow soon after the first will enter production.

Gibbs has made its ‘amphitruck’ international debut with ST Kinetics, with which Gibbs is negotiating a co-production contract, which will see STK producing the 20 foot ‘Humdinga’ amphibious truck in Singapore. A 30 foot model will follow soon after the first will enter production.

 

AVST debuts the Multi-role POD (tracked) (mPODt) at DSEI 2013, utilizing a CVR(T) chassis upgraded and modified to carry the mPOD mission module. This module can be a C4ISR, troop carrier, weaponized POD (carrying remotely controlled or manned turret) etc.

AVST debuts the Multi-role POD (tracked) (mPODt) at DSEI 2013, utilizing a CVR(T) chassis upgraded and modified to carry the mPOD mission module. This module can be a C4ISR, troop carrier, weaponized POD (carrying remotely controlled or manned turret) etc.

Inside the modified and upgraded CVR(T) the seating configuration has been improved, with driver and commander seated side by side, with the troops seatec on blast protected seats to the rear.

Inside the modified and upgraded CVR(T) the seating configuration has been improved, with driver and commander seated side by side, with the troops seatec on blast protected seats to the rear.

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Elbit Systems unveiled the TITYUS low-profile active protection designed to protect armored vehicles from a wide range of threats, when operating at urban areas.

Rapidranger from Thales employs a multi-mission weapon station mounting four weapon launchers. These can deploy Starstreak missiles, LMM or Brimstones.

Rapidranger from Thales employs a multi-mission weapon station mounting four weapon launchers. These can deploy Starstreak missiles, LMM or Brimstones.

KMW displayed a CBRN Recce variant of the MUNGO specialist vehicle

KMW displayed a CBRN Recce variant of the MUNGO specialist vehicle

 

 

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The new Sea Ceptor Mach 3 naval air defense missile will replace the Vertical Launch SeaWolf on Type 23 frigates and extend the vessel’s defense against supersonic attack missiles. Photo: MBDA

MBDA received a £250M production contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the delivery of the Sea Ceptor air defence weapon system, that comprises of the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) and system equipment. Sea Ceptor will initially equip the Royal Navy’s (RN) Type 23 frigates from 2016 onwards replacing Seawolf and then be integrated into the Type 26 frigates as the primary air defence system.
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The deployment of Sea Ceptor was required as a replacement of the Seawolf, as it reaches the end of its service life. CAMM’s active seeker technology, soft vertical launch and compact installation footprint give Sea Ceptor an excellent defensive capability for a worldwide variety of vessels against multiple threats. Sea Ceptor will be installed in the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship as they replace the Type 23s in the 2020s. With MOD expected to commit to manufacture of the T26 in the middle of this decade, cross-decking this capability will ensure that the T26 enters service with a proven air defence capability.

The contract will directly sustain around 250 highly skilled technology jobs across MBDA and the UK-based supply chain and approximately the same number again indirectly. The production line will be optimised to supply the UK requirements whilst also supporting potential overseas customers who wish to acquire Sea Ceptor. Final assembly of the CAMM missiles will be done at MBDA’s Lostock manufacturing and assembly facility whilst nine UK-based 1st tier subcontractors are distributed across sites in England and Scotland.

AeroVironment, Inc. today announced it has received orders valued at $36,746,304 under a contract for Switchblade tactical missile systems, ancillary equipment and support. The new orders totaling $36.7 million were issued on August 20, September 4 and September 5, 2013 under a sole source contract established on August 30, 2012. All orders under this contract include operational and training rounds plus training, support and rapid delivery to support ongoing customer operations. AeroVironment and its strategic teammate for advanced warheads, ATK, will work together to produce and deliver the systems. The US Army Close Combat Weapons Systems Program Executive Office Missiles and Space (PEO MS) awarded these contract modifications.

“Even in tight defense budget environments, there is a need for innovative new weapon systems that allow our customers to achieve decisive force while reducing total mission costs,” said Tim Conver, AeroVironment chairman and chief executive officer. “This surge of demand for Switchblade represents a breakthrough in its transition from development, testing and evaluation to adoption.”

Switchblade provides a high-precision, direct fire capability at beyond-line-of-sight ranges in a rapidly deployable, backpackable package weighing six pounds. An August 14, 2013 an article on ArmyTimes described the positive response Switchblade has created in the field: “The main draw, an Army official said, is Switchblade’s precision and its ability to limit non-combatant casualties. Soldiers and leaders have readily embraced it as an invaluable tool, the official said. The ability to wave off a target after launch is unique to this weapon over almost all other weapons. Operators can abort a mission if the situation changes after launch, engage a secondary target or safely destroy it without inflicting casualties or collateral damage to property.”

Aerovironment Switchblade Block 10 launched from a man portable carrying tube. Photo: Aerovironment

Aerovironment Switchblade Block 10 launched from a man portable carrying tube. Photo: Aerovironment

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V-280 FVL shown in airplane flight mode. Ilustration: Bell

V-280 FVL shown in airplane flight mode. Ilustration: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will work as a team on the Bell V-280 Valor, making Lockheed Martin the first of Bell Helicopter’s V-280 program tier one team members. Additional team members will be announced in the coming months. The Bell V-280 Valor was recently selected by the U.S. Army to enter into negotiations for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) program, with contracts expected to be awarded by September 2013. The transformational features of Bell Helicopter’s third generation tiltrotor capitalize on combat-proven technology.

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“We made the strategic decision to invest in a mission system and provide Bell Helicopter with this leap-ahead combat capability on the V-280 Valor,” said Dale P. Bennett, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. “The U.S. Government and Lockheed Martin have created affordable yet highly-advanced mission equipment packages for numerous aircraft that can be leveraged to provide an affordable and effective solution for the Future Vertical Lift program. Our efforts will allow the U.S. Army to take advantage of the advanced technology and maturity we’ve achieved in integrated avionics, sensors, and weapons.”

The Valor is designed to deliver the best value in procurement, operations and support, and force structure, through increased maintainability, component reliability and systems designed to reduce operational and support costs. The Valor’s versatile design has the capacity to perform a multitude of missions with unparalleled speed, range and agility, making the aircraft a combat multiplier. The Bell V-280 is the most advanced and operationally effective vertical lift solution, providing the warfighter a decisive advantage.

BAE SystemsTerrier Combat Engineer Vehicle, the latest vehicle to be accepted into service with the British Army, is on display at BAE System’s at DSEI 2013. Terrier has been designed with an integrated electronic architecture which facilitates ‘drive-by-wire’ and remote control making the vehicle highly capable, survivable and adaptable.

David Bond, Managing Director of Combat Vehicles (UK) said: “With Terrier making its first ever appearance at an international defence exhibition, we anticipate plenty of interest from international markets and customers keen to see the benefits of the most up to date technological advancements in armoured vehicle technology as well as confirming our position as the UK’s leading design authority on combat engineer vehicles”

With a flying weight of 32 tonnes, which allows it to be transported in the A400M airlifter, Terrier provides strategic air transportability as well as being extremely mobile on the ground on all terrains, reaching speeds of up to 70 kph and with a road range of 600km.

Likened to a combat ‘Swiss Army Knife’, Terrier is one of the most versatile, agile and adaptable combat vehicles and can carry out multiple roles in the most demanding battlefield conditions. Typical applications include providing mobility support (obstacle and route clearance), counter-mobility (digging of anti-tank ditches and other obstacles) and survivability (digging of trenches and Armoured Fighting Vehicle slots).

Terrier is the first combat vehicle with drive-by-wire technology and “special to role” computers which manage the automotive and combat engineer systems respectively allowing electronic signals sent by the vehicle’s computers to perform functions. Physical connections are maintained between the driver and the essential automotive systems for safety and survivability reasons, but the vehicle is capable of being fully controlled via the commander’s joysticks through the drive-by-wire systems and the front loader and the excavator arm hydraulic systems are fully controlled through the databus.

Moreover, the vehicle can be operated by wireless remote control up to 1km away, using a gaming type controller and remote cameras. The remote control interface would be readily recognised by any computer gamer, making this capability easy for new recruits to learn.

Sixty vehicles are being delivered under the programme which are being built in Newcastle.

The Terrier Combat Engineer Vehicle. Photo: BAE Systems

The Terrier Combat Engineer Vehicle. Photo: BAE Systems

Launched from a submarine hanger the SUB SEAL can carry  divers. Photo

Launched from a submarine hanger the SUB SEAL can deliver a six-man diver. Photo JDF

A range of Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) known as The SEAL Pod was introduced today at DSEI 2013 by James Fisher Defence (JFD), a leading sub-sea rescue, operations and engineering company. The launch of The SEAL Pod is a result of JFD’s partnership with Swedish company DCE AB, a leading consultancy and manufacturer of specialist marine crafts.

The SEAL Pod vehicles are surface or sub-sea craft, each optimised for a particular deployment method or mission profile and can be provided in a number of configurations including a Sea Carrier, providing high speed surface transit, a submarine-launched Sub-SEAL for underwater delivery from a hanger or Torpedo SEAL, deploying two divers via the submarine torpedo tube.

The launch further strengthens FD’s Special Operations division as well as the breadth of products and solutions the company provides to covert operations markets, including special forces, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, maritime protection and mine countermeasures. “We are now seeing significant growth in navies looking to develop specific maritime skills for special forces, counter-terrorism and other areas of covert operations, which have declined due to the rise of land-based conflicts over the past decade. In conjunction with this, there is now a fundamental requirement for navies to keep their physical assets, including submarines and vessels, as far away from conflict as possible, which is leading to the integration of SDVs onto suitable submarines and other platforms.” said Ben Sharples, Managing Director, James Fisher Defence, “The SEAL Pod enables us to provide customers with a range of SDV solutions that meet their specific operational requirements. There is a myth that developing specialist maritime capabilities for these specific markets requires significant customer investment; the reality is that the focus must be on implementing a solution that fits with a navy’s current infrastructure, which can then be scaled accordingly as they develop their skills sets, and as new products and technologies come on line.”

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SEAL Carrier: Launched from a surface ship, SEAL Carrier vehicles transit at speeds greater than 30 kts on the surface before switching to submerged mode for a covert final approach. Surface propulsion is provided by an on-board diesel engine and water-jet. Submerged propulsion is delivered by an electric motor and thruster arrangement. SEAL Carrier vehicles can also be airdropped from fixed-wing aircraft. SEAL Carrier is controlled by two personnel; a Pilot and a Navigator, and can be used for mission profiles including; delivery of a 6-man combat team; host platform for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles; remotely operated weapons platform, harbour patrol vessel, rapid-response anti-piracy craft; and mine countermeasure operations. A smaller version of SEAL Carrier is also available, called Smart Seal. The export of Smart SEAL does not require an export license.

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Sub SEAL: Sub SEAL vehicles are primarily launched from a hangar attached to the casing of a submarine and are operated fully submerged, at depths of up to 30m for the duration of a mission. The vehicles may approach, or break the surface for communication or reconnaissance purposes. Lithium Polymer batteries and a vectored-thruster arrangement provide the power, which enables sprint speeds of greater than seven kts, and a range of over 70 km. Sub SEAL vehicles may also be deployed by surface craft or rotary-wing aircraft. Sub SEAL is controlled by two personnel; a Pilot and a Navigator, and can be used for mission profiles including; delivery of a 6-man combat team; host platform for littoral survey package; electronic warfare of reconnaissance platform; port and estuary security; and mine countermeasure operations.

Torpedo SEAL: Torpedo SEAL transits within a NATO-standard torpedo tube. Once removed from the tube, Torpedo SEAL is fully extended and ready for use. It is then able to transport two divers and equipment, fully submerged, over a range of 7.5 nm. Torpedo SEAL can also be easily stowed within the multi-purpose tubes being integrated into future submarine designs, or beneath the outer casing of the submarine. Torpedo SEAL is controlled by a single pilot and can also accommodate one passenger and equipment. Torpedo SEAL can be used for mission profiles including; extending the operating range of a combat team; underwater survey and reconnaissance; delivery of explosive ordnance; counter narcotics and harbour patrol; and mine countermeasure operations.

JDF Torpedo SEAL delivery vehicle. Photo: JDF

JDF Torpedo SEAL delivery vehicle. Photo: JFD

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The Supacat LRV 400 unveiled today at DSEI 2013 is a militarized variant of Qt Services’ successful `Wildcat` off-road motorsport vehicle, which has a proven record on the Rally Raid circuit and has earned a reputation for rugged reliability and high speeds over rough terrain.

Supacat is launching the Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) at the DSEi 2013 exhibition opened in London today. The vehicle is designed as a low cost, high performance capability for special forces, border patrol, reconnaissance, rapid intervention and light strike roles. Offering light forces supreme levels of all-terrain mobility, the LRV 400 is able to be tactically loaded within a CH-47 Chinook with its full operational payload on board.

The LRV 400 is a militarized variant of Qt Services’ successful `Wildcat` off-road motorsport vehicle, which has a proven record on the Rally Raid circuit and has earned a reputation for rugged reliability and high speeds over rough terrain.

Using a fresh approach, Supacat have teamed with Qt to modify and integrate the COTS vehicle to military standards, thus providing an affordable capability using proven technology. The LRV 400 fills the gap in Supacat’s product portfolio between the heavier `Jackal` surveillance, reconnaissance and patrol vehicle and the smaller All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP).

“The LRV 400 meets the gap in the military market for a light reconnaissance vehicle with an overall capability as close to that of Jackal as possible, but smaller and at less cost by adopting a COTS approach. We’ve taken motorsports’ best of breed in Qt’s Wildcat and modified it to military specification using Supacat’s proven expertise in developing Jackal,” said Jamie Clarke, Head of Marketing & Communications, Supacat. “Supreme performance and tactical CH-47 internal loading have been key targets on this project. The users will be able to drive in and drive out without the need to offload their payload or to conduct any lengthy preparation for flight. When they get there, they will be afforded the very best terrain access and operational capability. Applying motorsport technology to Defence applications is an exciting approach and one that will deliver unrivalled performance”.

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The LRV 400 has evolved out of customer feedback on a proof-of-concept closed cab demonstrator developed by Supacat and Qt in 2011. Wildcat’s tubular space-frame chassis and state of the art suspension are critical to the LRV’s performance and rugged reliability. The display vehicle at DSEi is shown in a three crew configuration of commander, driver and gunner but the flexibility of the space-frame design allows the LRV 400 to be easily re-configured to meet different operational roles.

With a Gross Vehicle Weight of 3500kg, a width of 1.8m and a height of 1.8m (weapon removed or lowered) the LRV 400 is easily air portable in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. It boasts a maximum speed of 106 mph (170km/h) and a range of 1000km. Payload is up to 1400 kg, depending on customer specification and configuration. It can be fitted with a range of powertrain options – the display vehicle has a Ford 3.2-litre, 5-cylinder diesel engine developing 236 hp and 550 Nm torque coupled to a Ford-supplied 6-speed automatic gearbox and two-speed transfer box however, other engine and transmission options are available.

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