Photo Report: Armored vehicles on the move – DVD’ 14

The UK’s biggest military vehicle demonstration, Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD), has got underway in Bedfordshire yesterday, giving visitors an insight into the vast array of equipment used by the British Army.

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High rollers, a Husky armored, mine protected vehicle pushes the Barbarian mine clearing roller at the DVD 2014 display. Photo: MOD, Crown Copyright

The DVD 2014 event, held at the Millbrook proving ground brought together the MoD’s equipment and support organisation (DE&S), the Army and industry to showcase vehicles used by the military as well as new vehicles and systems proposed for future use, as the Army looks ahead to the future equipment requirements of Future Force 2020.

Among the equipment on display was the latest prototype of the UK’s first fully digitised tracked armoured vehicle the Scout SV and the gun and turret it intends to carry.

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The Thales group demonstrated the Hawkei light armored vehicle at the 2014 DVD. Hawkei, selected by the Australian military, is expected to be fielded next year. Thales is eying the British ‘Multirole Vehicle Protected’ program, under which the British Ministry of Defence is seeking a protected multirole vehicle able to undertake command-and-control, logistics and passenger-carrying duties. Photo: MOD, crown Copyright
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Lockheed Martin displayed one of the prototypes built by the company for the JLTV program. The vehicle that was shown on the static display area at Eurosatory last week performed here a dynamic demonstration at Millbrook, UK. Lockheed Martin is also likely to bid its JLTV for the Multirole Vehicle Protected progrem. Photo: MOD, Crown Copyright
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Another likely competitor in the Multirole Vehicle Protected is the Scorpion mine protected armored (MRAP) vehicle from Streit group. The Scorpion was one of several foreign participants at DVD 2014 dynamic display. Weighing in at up to 11 tons the Scorpion can reach a top speed of 70 mph with a 6.7L turbocharged engine. It carries a driver and up to five passengers. Photo: MOD, Crown Copyright
An Oshkosh M-ATV on the dynamic display at the DVD 2014. Photo: Bedfordshire News
An Oshkosh M-ATV on the dynamic display at the DVD 2014. Photo: Bedfordshire News
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Husky, the armor protected vehicle from Navistar is pushing the Barbarian mine clearance attachment on display at DVD 2014. Although procured specifically for Iraq and Afghanistan, the vehicles will have a key role in future operations carried out by the Army. Photo: MOD, Crown Copyright
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The British Army is operating the General Dynamics UK Ocelot vehicle in a light, fully armored configuration. At the DVD 2014 the Ocelot was also demonstrated in an open configuration, designed for special operations. Photo: MOD, Crown Copyright

General Dynamics has demonstrated two variants of the Ocelot Family of Vehicles (FoV). The Ocelot light tactical 4×4 protected patrol vehicle is in-service with the British Army in Afghanistan, known as Foxhound. At the DVE 2014 GD UK displayed the Ocelot (O) an open architecture (WMiK) variant, which combines the outstanding mobility and blast protection of the Ocelot protected patrol vehicle with greater local situational awareness, agility and firepower of open-topped vehicles used by specialist light role and special operations forces (pictured above). The company also displayed a utility variant Ocelot (U), a designed with a protected cabin accommodating a three man crew and flat-bed capable of carrying a 2.5 tons payload. Both vehicles use the same driveline and chassis as the UK’s Foxhound thus expanding the family of vehicles to assume more missions. The Foxhound is designed for quick reconfiguration in the field, with mission modules can be ‘swapped out’ in three to four hours. The family of vehicles was displayed last year at the DSEI show and this year took part in the dynamic demonstration.

Ocelot utility vehicle shares a common chassis and many subsystems with the Foxhound. Its cabin accommodates three persons and the flatbed can load 2.5 tons. Photo: Bedfordshire News
Ocelot utility vehicle shares a common chassis and many subsystems with the Foxhound. Its cabin accommodates three persons and the flatbed can load 2.5 tons. Photo: Bedfordshire News
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The UK’s first fully digitised tracked armoured vehicle, the Scout Specialist prototype, will be on display to demonstrate how technology and capability requirements are evolving to meet the needs of Future Force 2020. Photo: MOD, Crown Copyright
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The Scout SV was displayed here with a Protector Remote Weapon Station (RWS), alongside the special turret mounting the CTAS 40mm gun system, developed for the vehicle by Lockheed Martin. Photo: MOD, Crown Copyright
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An Ambulance variant of the Ridgback vehicle seen at the 2014 DVD. Although procured specifically for Iraq and Afghanistan, the vehicles will have a key role in future operations carried out by the Army. Photo: MOD, Crown Copyright