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The new family of vehicles consists of the Armata, a new tracked platform that will replace existing platforms that have been used in the T72 and T90 tanks since the mid-70s. The platform provides a common chassis for some 13 different combat vehicles weighing below 50 tons.

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The T-14 main battle tank is armed with a new model of the 125mm cannon, comprising a larger auto-loader packing 32 rounds. The weapon system is mounted on an unmanned turret with the three crew members seated in a protected cell in the hull. (Subscribers can click to enlarge) Photo: Vitaly Kuzmin

The Russian Ministry of defense is lifting the veil on a new family of combat vehicles that has been under development in the past years. The new family scheduled to enter service with the Russian ground forces in the next years will be unveiled in public for the first time May 9th, 2015 on the traditional ‘Victory Day Parade’, marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.

The new family of vehicles consists of the Armata, a new tracked platform that will replace existing platforms that have been used in the T72 and T90 tanks since the mid-70s. The platform provides a common chassis for some 13 different combat vehicles weighing below 50 tons.

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These include the new T-14 main battle tank that weighs 48 tons and T-15 infantry carrier; a new variant of the tank support vehicle (Terminator), an armored recovery vehicle (ARV), MT-A bridgelayer, Combat Engineering Vehicle (CEV), BMO-2 support vehicle carrying multiple launchers of thermobaric rockets, and USM-1 minelayer. Another variant that could be added in the future is a self propelled artillery system (SPG). However, the new Coalitziya SM SPG displayed on the May 9 parade is still based on the T-90 chassis.

An inspection of the T-14 tanks rehearsing for the May 9 parade shows a combination of layers of modular armor comprising active and hybrid protection. Adding protection beyond the frontal arc and sides is a common design feature today, adapting MBTs for combat in complex, urban terrain, where threats exist over 360 degrees.

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Additional slat armor is used to protect the engine compartment and enable easy access to the sprocket. The forward section of the belly mounts an active counter-mine protection. Countermeasure dischargers firing instant smoke obscurants are employed, on both sides of the turret as part of the overall protection system.

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The Armata-chassis based T-15 BMP uses a front-mounted engine. The vehicle is manned by a crew of three and carries a squad of eight soldiers. The vehicle is equipped with remotely operated gun turret mounting a 30mm cannon, 7.62 coax MG and four Kornet E guided missiles. Note the five canisters pointing outward, these are likely parts of the vehicle’s self-protection system.  Photo: Marina Lystseva
The T-15 carries a complex remotely operated weapon system comprising the 30mm automatic cannon (with 500 rounds), 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, four Kornet E guided missiles, optronic systems for target acquisition and missile guidance and hard and soft kill active protection systems.
The T-15 carries a complex remotely operated weapon system comprising the 30mm automatic cannon (with 500 rounds), 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, four Kornet E guided missiles, optronic systems for target acquisition and missile guidance and hard and soft kill active protection systems.

The T-15 IVF (BMP) also shares the common Armata chassis. As a troop carrier, it will replace the current BMP-2 variants offering much improved mobility and protection although at a significant weight increase. The vehicle is operated by three crew members and accommodates eight troops. It is likely to be equipped with a new remotely operated weapon station designed by KBP. This turret mounts the 2A42 30mm cannon with 500 rounds, 7.62 coaxial machine gun and four Kornet-EM guided missiles (two on each side). The T-15 shares a protection system similar to that of Armata.

An elevated view of the new T-15 BMP, based on the Armata chassis. Photo: Vitaly Kuzmin
An elevated view of the new T-15 BMP, based on the Armata chassis. Photo: Vitaly Kuzmin

Although some press reports indicated that Kurganets-25 has high commonality with the Armata platform, an external view does not show such similarity, except the KBP Epoch turret that is common to both Kurganets-25 BMP and T-15 BMP.

Kurganets 25 BTR is equipped with dual-weapon remotely operated weapon station mounting a 12.7 and 7.62 PKT machine guns. Photo: Vitaly Kuzmin

The Russian army is displaying the first mechanized unit deployed with the new Kurganets-25 armored fighting vehicles during the May 9th parade in Moscow. This is the first public unveiling of the new armored vehicle, that has been in development in the past decade. The new family of vehicles was designed and produced by KMZ (Kurganmashzavod), the manufacturer of the BMP-2, BMP-3 and BMD vehicles.

The new Kurganets-25 armored infantry fighting vehicle is designed to replace a number of combat vehicles currently used in mechanized divisions, such as BMP and MT-LB platforms. Kurganets-25 represents a distinctive change from the traditional Russian low profile design. The new vehicle is higher, thus better designed for mounted combat, rather than a troop carrier. Higher floor also means better IED and mine protection, better adapting the vehicle to asymmetric warfare.

The new chassis is designed for vehicles with combat weight up to 30 tons, supporting a number of variants, including the AIFV (Kurganets-25 BMP), armed with the Epoch turret mounting a 30mm automatic cannon and the troop carrier (Kurganets-25 BTR) armed with a smaller turret mounting a 12.7mm and 7.62mm machine guns. It is expected that future variants will also include a self-propelled mortar and mobile gun, similar to the Sprut-SD light amphibious tank, which unlike the Sprut-SD, will carry an unmanned turret. Given the large-scale deployment of Kornet missiles with the Kurganets-25 BMP variant, a number of missile carriers will become redundant and may be phased out of service in Kurganets-based formations.

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Kurganets-25 BMP is equipped with the unmanned Epoch turret, mounting 30mm 2A40 30mm cannon. 7.62 PKT coaxial MG and four Kornet EM guided missiles. The turret also carries various sensors and countermeasures, including the Drozd active protection system. Part of the system is also distributed at the vehicles’ front and rear ends (covered). Photo: Vitaly Kuzmin

Although some press reports indicated that Kurganets-25 has high commonality with the Armata platform, an external view does not show such similarity, except the KBP Epoch turret that is common to both Kurganets-25 BMP and T-15 BMP. The engine, tracks, armor modules seem to be different. The two vehicles are also unlikely to be deployed together, as the T-14 and T-15 are expected to deploy with armored formations while Kurganets-25 platforms will equip the mechanized units.

Provided with a modular armor suite, Kurganets 25 offers an increased armor protection, compared to BMP-3 / BMD 4. As the BMP-3, it can also employ an active protection system. Similar to the T-15, Kurganets 25 mounts the KBP Epoch unmanned turret mounting a single 2A42 30mm cannon, 7.62 PKT coaxial machine gun and four Kornet EM guided missiles. Unlike previous manned turrets that occupied significant space in the fighting compartment, the Epoch is remotely controlled and does not penetrate the deck, thus simplifying the structural design and clearing more space for troops and supplies.

Vetronics systems integrated as standard include a fire control system, a day/night sight for the gunner, a missile guidance system for the Kornets, and independent sight for the commander. The vehicle is also equipped with peripheral cameras providing visual situational awareness for the troops.

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As can be seen from this image, Kurganets 25 is much bigger than the airborne capable BMD, and weighs twice as much.

The 800 hp power pack is located at the front, clearing the space and access to an infantry squad of eight troops. Crew of three – commander, weapon operator and driver, operates the vehicle.

As an amphibious vehicle weighing 25 tons, Kurganets 25 can swim in water at a speed of 10 km/h using two waterjet propulsion modules and a wave breaker that opens as the vehicle splashes into the the water. On land the vehicle can move off road at speed up to 80 km/h using the rubber padded tracks and suspension system comprising seven road wheels and torsion bars. Its maximum road speed is 80 km/h.

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Kurganets-25 BMP mounting KBP Epoch remotely operated turret. Note the covered sensors on each end and covered tubes, which could be part of the vehicle’s active protection system. Photo: VItaly Kuzmin

 

Alford Technologies displayed a wide range of water projecting disruptors, for deployment against small and large IEDs, including vehicle borne IEDs (VBIED). The device is using a wate container surrounded by a linear shaped charge. When activated, the explosion forms a jet of water slicing through a suspected object at a speed of 1200 m/sec, devastating the target and disrupting its triggering mechanism. While devastating at a close range, the water jet rapidly dissipate at longer range, thus eliminating collateral damage. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update.

The following photos are part of Defense-Update coverage of breaking news at the Counter Terror Expo that opened today in London.

Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems offers a communications device that can link 4Khz of digital voice or data to a diver or vehicle 50 meter underground, or submerged. Several such devices can be used to locate (triangulate) a and track vehicles underground, underwater or in tunnels and mines. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems offers a communications device that can link 4Khz of digital voice or data to a diver or vehicle 50 meter underground, or submerged. Several such devices can be used to locate (triangulate) a and track vehicles underground, underwater or in tunnels and mines. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
Radio Physics displayed the polymeric Millimeter-Wave Radar Threat Level Evaluation (MiRTLE), a polymetric radaroperating at the 75-110 GHz wave band, that detects suicide bombers from a distanceof 30-40 meters. The tripod radar can detect various threats based on the composition of material, from a distance if 6-40 meters. A hand-held system weighing 2.8 k is also available, capable of detecting threats at range up to 10 meters. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
Radio Physics displayed the polymteric Millimeter-Wave Radar Threat Level Evaluation (MiRTLE), a polymetric radaroperating at the 75-110 GHz wave band, that detects suicide bombers from a distanceof 30-40 meters. The tripod radar can detect various threats based on the composition of material, from a distance if 6-40 meters. A hand-held system weighing 2.8 k is also available, capable of detecting threats at range up to 10 meters. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
WeaponsEffects (WE) has been offering military and law enforcement non-pyrotechnic weapon effects that realistically simulate threats, including this suicide vest kit, worn by insurgent opforce. to simulate the behavioral psychological effect of suicide bombers attacks . The charges are powered by compressed gas (CO2 ) and create a noise, flash/smoke effect. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
WeaponsEffects (WE) has been offering military and law enforcement non-pyrotechnic weapon effects that realistically simulate threats, including this suicide vest kit, worn by insurgent opforce. to simulate the behavioral psychological effect of suicide bombers attacks . The charges are powered by compressed gas (CO2 ) and create a noise, flash/smoke effect. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
Advanced Laser Imaging displayed a 3D laser scanner that can be mounted on tripod, robot or multirotor, providing rapid and accurate 3D model of a scene. For recording of a crime scene, the hand held Freestyle 3D scanner is used, providing accurate, simple and affordable solution for crime scene recording. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
Advanced Laser Imaging displayed a 3D laser scanner that can be mounted on tripod, robot or multirotor, providing rapid and accurate 3D model of a scene. For recording of a crime scene, the hand held Freestyle 3D scanner is used, providing accurate, simple and affordable solution for crime scene recording. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
Alford Technologies displayed a wide range of water projecting disruptors, for deployment against small and large IEDs, including vehicle borne IEDs (VBIED). The device is using a wate container surrounded by a linear shaped charge. When activated, the explosion forms a jet of water slicing through a suspected object at a speed of 1200 m/sec, devastating the target and disrupting its triggering mechanism. While devastating at a close range, the water jet rapidly dissipate at longer range, thus eliminating collateral damage. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update.
Alford Technologies displayed a wide range of water projecting disruptors, for deployment against small and large IEDs, including vehicle borne IEDs (VBIED). The device is using a wate container surrounded by a linear shaped charge. When activated, the explosion forms a jet of water slicing through a suspected object at a speed of 1200 m/sec, devastating the target and disrupting its triggering mechanism. While devastating at a close range, the water jet rapidly dissipate at longer range, thus eliminating collateral damage. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update.

Iranian Sayyad-3 missile is part of the new Bavar-373 air and missile defense system Iran has developed, to fulfil the role of the Russian S-300 that has been denied by the Russians since 2010. Photo: FARS News

Iranian Sayyad-3 missile is part of the new Bavar-373 air and missile defense system Iran has developed, to fulfil the role of the Russian S-300 that has been denied by the Russians since 2010. Photo: FARS News

Iran unveiled yesterday the Bavar-373, an indigenous long-range air defense missile defense system employing Sayyad-3 (Hunter III) interceptor during the Army National Day parade. Iran launched the indigenous development program after the delivery of Russian S300 systems was suspended under the sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN in 2010. Immediately after the cancellation of the Russian sale Iran displayed a mockup of a similar weapon during a military march in Tehran, claiming it is developing its own version of the system.

Tehran’s declaration was not an empty promise. In the recent years Iran has made significant progress in its air defense capabilities in recent years, with the modernization of obsolete systems such as the US MIM-23 Hawk and Standard Missile I supplied in the 1970s by the US, and the introduction of locally developed Ta’er (SA-11/17 equivalent) and Sayyad-2 missiles that are being integrated into existing air defense systems. Iranian officials have also announced that Bavar-373 could be deployed operationally this year, reflecting an accelerated development and testing process, since the system’s interceptor, Sayyad-3 missile was tested on its first launch only in August 2014.

Iranian Sayyad-3 surface-to-air missile is developed as part of the Bavar-373 air and missile defense system. Photo: FARS News
Iranian Sayyad-3 (red, in the front) and Sayyed-2 (white in the back) surface-to-air missiles developed by Iran. The Sayyad-3 interceptor is part of the Iranian Bavar-373 air and missile defense system. The Mersad radar, associated with Sayyad-2 system is seen in the front.

This rapid pace of development could be explained by Iranian access to S-300 subsystems. According to unconfirmed news reports, such systems were delivered prior and after 2010 from Russia, Belarus or Croatia. Last week Russian president Vladimir Putin said he approved the release of S-300 system to Iran. The first system could be delivered within a year.

The Iranians claim the Bavar 373 system is capable of handling 100 targets – just as the S-300 can, but the targeting capability of the Iranian system is superior over the S-300 they originally ordered from Russia a decade ago. The Iranians also claim their system can deploy faster and offers better mobility, compared to the original Russian system. The system could be deployed on a 10-wheel missile carrier, deploying four missiles in ready to launch canisters.

If Bavar-373 proves to be as reliable and effective as the S-300, and its test program is completed in time, it is likely that Iran would limit the number of systems procured from Russia.

THe Zoljanah 10x10 heavy duty truck was displayed for the first time in 2012. It is believed to be the platform carrying four Sayyad-3 missiles in sealed canister-launchers.
THe Zoljanah 10×10 heavy duty truck was displayed for the first time in 2012. It is believed to be the platform carrying four Sayyad-3 missiles in sealed canister-launchers.

A production-standard Raven AESA radar is now installed on Gripen demonstration aircraft. Flight testing of the radar with the Skyward G IRST have been underway since March 2014. With the Raven ES-05 radar, Skyward-G and Mode 5 Identification Friend/Foe (IFF) systems Finmeccanica– Selex ES already provides about 30 percent of the next-generation Gripen’s electronics.

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With the IRST a Gripen can detect and track enemy targets, including aircraft, naval vessels and ground vehicles. The system can also complement the radar by tracking the heat signatures of stealthy targets that are not visible or trackable by radar. Photo: Selex ES

Selex ES announced it has signs contract with SAAB for the supply of 60 Skyward-G InfraRed Search and Track (IRST) Skyward for SAAB’s Gripen E. The new systems will equip the Swedish Air Force’s Gripen E fleet. SAAB is developing the new version for the Swedish Air Force. Skyward-G can silently detect threats, at beyond-visual range without relying on active (radar) emissions that could betray the aircraft’s intentions and position to hostile forces. With the IRST a Gripen can detect and track enemy targets, including aircraft, naval vessels and ground vehicles. The system can also complement the radar by tracking the heat signatures of stealthy targets that are not visible or trackable by radar.

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The production contract for the production of Selex ES Raven ES-05 AESA radar for the Gripen E/NG was signed in July 2014. Photo: Selex ES

Finmeccanica– Selex ES also provides the fighter aircraft with the Raven ES-05 AESA (active electronically scanned array). The production contract for the radar was signed in July 2014. Finmeccanica – Selex ES’s participation in the Gripen NG programme dates back to 2009, when an agreement was signed with Saab for the development of the Raven ES AESA radar. This was followed in 2010 by the selection of the Skyward-G IRST sensor and the IFF system. A production-standard Raven AESA radar is now installed on Gripen demonstration aircraft. Flight testing of the radar with the Skyward G IRST have been underway since March 2014, achieving excellent results and demonstrating the value of a passive sensor as an integral part of a weapons system. With the Raven ES-05 radar, Skyward-G and Mode 5 Identification Friend/Foe (IFF) systems Finmeccanica– Selex ES already provides about 30 percent of the next-generation Gripen’s electronics. In addition, Saab is also offering the BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy (EAD) as an electronic warfare option for the Gripen E. In 2013 Saab teamed with Finmeccanica– Selex ES becoming the first partner to offer the new decoy as an electronic warfare enhancement option on all Gripen aircraft. (Continue reading)

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The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled some of the most advanced unmanned and autonomous systems developed today, that could introduce new concepts of warfare in the years to come. the Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle-Innovative Naval Prototype (LDUUV-INP), swarms of mini-drones, laser weapons designed to shoot such drones out of the sky, or ghost ships that can loiter at sea for months, are only few of the promising capabilities the Navy is planning for future operations.

The US Navy Office of Naval Research (ONR) completed the first phase of flight testing of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program.

The ONR demonstrations, which took place over the last month in multiple locations, included the launch of Coyote UAVs capable of carrying varying payloads for different missions. Another technology demonstration of nine UAVs accomplished completely autonomous UAV synchronization and formation flight.

ONR has conducted in recent weeks several demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles as part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST program). Photo: US Navy
ONR has conducted in recent weeks several demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles as part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST program). Photo: US Navy

“The recent demonstrations are an important step on the way to the 2016 ship-based demonstration of 30 rapidly launched autonomous, swarming UAVs,” said ONR program manager Lee Mastroianni. According to Navy officials, LOCUST can launch swarming UAVs to autonomously overwhelm an adversary, providing Sailors and Marines a decisive tactical advantage.

LOCUST consists of autonomous, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) launched from a tube-based launcher that can send UAVs into the air in rapid succession. On their mission these mini drones establish a communications network that utilizes information-sharing, enabling autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions.

Since the launcher and the UAVs themselves have a small footprint, the technology enables swarms of compact UAVs to take off from ships, tactical vehicles, aircraft or other unmanned platforms.

The Coyote UAV developed by Advanced Ceramics Research in 2009 (the company was later acquired by BAE Systems and has recently been acquired by Raytheon). With an electrical propulsion that sustains missions for 90 minutes, Coyote carries an EO/IR payload and data transmitter on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Designed with foldable wings and tail, the tube-launched drone can deploy from standard sonobuoy container on maritime-patrol aircraft or anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters, as well as ground or surface (naval) launchers.

The original Coyote was designed to operate autonomously or interactively, under remote control, using VHF/UHF communications. The drones tested during the recent experiment represent new, autonomous capabilities. ONR officials note that while the LOCUST autonomy is cutting edge compared to remote-controlled UAVs, there will always be a human monitoring the mission, able to step in and take control as desired. “This level of autonomous swarming flight has never been done before,” said Mastroianni. “UAVs that are expendable and reconfigurable will free manned aircraft and traditional weapon systems to do more, and essentially multiply combat power at decreased risk to the warfighter.” At a takeoff weight of 5.9kg (13 pounds) Coyote flies a 60 minute mission, with a payload weighing 0.9 kg (1.9 pounds). Previously the entire weight was required for EO/IR payloads but today, as EO/IR payloads are becoming lighter and more affordable, some of the LOCUST swarm could be fitted with higher performance sensors, acting as ‘sensors’ while others carry less capable but lighter EO/IR payloads and lethal warheads, acting as ‘stingers’.

According to the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, in 10-15 years “Unmanned systems in the air and water will employ greater autonomy and be fully integrated with their manned counterparts.”

While UAVs and swarms are offering offensive operational advantages, they also represent significant new risks for the protection of our own forces. To address those risks the US Navy is enhancing Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) with new sensors and high energy lasers. The land-based Ground-Based Air Defense On-the-Move is planned to enhance current systems protecting deployed marine corps forces. GBAD is a vehicle-based, mobile, high-energy laser that is a cost-effective defense against asymmetric threats like UAVs. GBAD’s evolution has mirrored that of other directed-energy programs sponsored by ONR, including the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) that is today operating aboard USS Ponce in the Arabian Gulf. On display at SAS were the Israeli made system’s Multi-mode Hemispherical Radar (MHR), and a model of the systems’ planar waveguide laser. (Continue reading)

Saab is displaying a full-scale model of the Gripen NG at LAAD, representing the aircraft that will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force.

Following the Memorandum of Understanding announced on 11 July 2014, SAAB and Embraer have signed today an agreement for the joint management of the F-X2 Project for the Brazilian Air Force. “The Brazilian Air Force sees with great enthusiasm this additional incentive to the Brazilian industry, through the companies of the defense sector. This new strategic partnership confirms that we are building a promising future. The defense industry needs to be increasingly strengthened as it is one of the main drivers of scientific and technological development of our country”, said Aeronautics Commander, Air Force Brigadier General Nivaldo Luiz Rossato.

The sale of 36 Gripen NG aircraft to Brazil under a contract worth US$ 4.55 Billion provides for a complete, ‘turnkey weapon system’, with comprehensive logistic support that includes training, spare parts, support, planning and maintenance. The order comprises 28 single-seater Gripen NG aircraft (a configuration similar to Sweden’s Gripen E model). In addition, Brazil will partner with Sweden for the development and production or eight two-seater aircraft. SAAB will deliver the aircraft over a period of five years, from 2019 until 2024.

Beginning in the second half of 2015, a team of Embraer engineers and technicians will be based in Sweden to conduct initial training in the maintenance and development work for the Gripen NG. This skill and competence will subsequently be transferred to Brazil. Embraer and SAAB will build an Engineering Centre at Embraer’s industrial plant in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo, to support operations of the Gripen NG fighters with the Brazilian Air Force.

Cockerill XC-8 105HP turret, mounting the Belgian company's 105 mm gun is one of the candidates for the 8x8 'wheeled tank' VMR-MR turret. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

The production of 2044 VBTP-MR Guarani armored personnel carriers for the Brazilian Army is one of the major military procurement programs currently underway in Brazil. An 18 ton 6×6 armored personnel carriers, developed by the Italian company Iveco Defense Vehicles (CNH) in partnership with the Brazilian Army and produced in Brazil at Sete Lagoas. Since the beginning of full rate production in 2013 Iveco has delivered 190 vehicles. These vehicles are gradually replacing the Urutu and Cascavel vehicles, produced by the Brazilian company Engesa in the 1970s.

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The Iveco VBTP-MR was displayed at LAAD with two new add-on counter-RPG protection – the Flexfense and Hybrid, Hybrid Slat Fence (HSF) developed by Plasan. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
Plasan's new Ultra Flex add-on armor includes the Flexible Slat Armor (HFS) skirts developed by Plasan. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
Plasan’s new Ultra Flex add-on armor includes the Hybrid Slat Fence (HSF) skirts developed by Plasan and produced in Brazil by All Tec composite materials. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

In parallel to the ongoing production of the VBTP variant, the Brazilian Army plans to induct the VBR-MR – a ‘wheeled tank’, based on a heavier 8×8 platform to be armed with turreted 105mm cannon. LAAD provides an important opportunity for manufacturers of such turrets. One such company is the South African Denel, Land Systems showcasing the MT-105 turret weapon system, currently evaluated by the Brazilian army for its new VBR-MR. Other candidate turrets include the Oto-Melara and the from CMI.

The Brazilian subsidiary of OTO Melara and local defense company ARES are also moving toward a partnership, to offer Oto Melara’s  105/120 mm modular HITFACT turrets for the VBR-MR program.

ELbit Systems' CARDOM mortar system is marketed in Brazil by Elbit Systems' subsidiary ARES, as an optional weapon system for the VBTP-MR family. Part of these vehicles are already equipped with Elbit Systems' UT30 remotely controlled weapon system mounting the Bushmaster 30mm automatic gun. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
ELbit Systems’ CARDOM mortar system is marketed in Brazil by Elbit Systems’ subsidiary ARES, as an optional weapon system for the VBTP-MR family. Part of these vehicles are already equipped with Elbit Systems’ UT30 remotely controlled weapon system mounting the Bushmaster 30mm automatic gun. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

Another type of RPG and missile protection is provided by IMI’s Bright Arrow – an innovative remotely operated weapon station, integrated with situational awareness and passive and active protection systems, enabling light vehicles to be highly protected against RPGs and missiles. Bright Arrow is displayed on the company’s new ‘CombatGuard’, developed by IMI to support military operations in rough or urban terrain. CombatGuard has been configured to support military, counter terror and special security operations in complex terrain. A highly protected vehicle, the 4×4 CombatGuard carries six fully equipped combatants over extremely rugged terrain, crossing mud, sand dunes or dense urban areas.

Technicae, a Brazilian subsidiary of the Singapore technologies (ST Kinetics) is showcased a number of upgrade and reset programs for Brazil’s older combat vehicles, such as the Urutu and Cascavel. For the 6×6 Urutu platform, Technicae offers a turnkey modernisation solution replacing the electrical systems, transmission and drivetrain, navigation systems and  firepower. The company also provides reset for M113 armored personnel carriers, upgrading the platform’s suspension, driver control station, introducing firing ports and bench seats. The conversion can also include ST Kinetics’ InfiniDrive HMX transmission powerpack, available with a choice of heavy duty engine types. Technicae also offers ST Kinetics’ ADDER family of Remote Weapon Stations (RWS), available in single and dual-weapon configurations.

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Iveco is also promoting the LMV – a highly protected light vehicle used for utility and protected transport. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

 

 

IAI Display at LAAD 2015

Israel Aerospace Industries is expanding its activities in Brazil through the partnership with local, strategic defense partners. “IAI sees South America in general, and Brazil in particular, as a ‘growth engine’, and offers a large spectrum of products, backed by wide technological knowhow.” Joseph Weiss, IAI’s President and CEO said “Through working in Brazil extensively for the last few years, we have been exposed to the country’s unique needs and requirements. IAI plans to expand its activities in Brazil by means of cooperation with local companies.

Radar that sees beyond the horizon

Through its partnership with Iacit IAI is promoting comprehensive naval and homeland security capabilities, applicable to Blue Amazon Managing System (SisGAAz). One of these systems is the EZ-Guard ELM2270 Over the Horizon (OTH) radar project that broke ground last month at a coastal site in the South of Brazil. Backed up by transfer of technological knowhow from IAI-ELTA, the project is being conducted with the support of the Brazilian Navy.

IAI is displaying at LAAD 2015 a comprehensive maritime security concept depicted in an interactive 3D model. Photo: IAI
IAI is displaying at LAAD 2015 a comprehensive maritime security concept depicted in an interactive 3D model. Photo: IAI

These advanced maritime surveillance features are combined with IACIT’s oceanic environmental HF capacities. IACIT has been developing an HF Radar solution since 2010 for oceanic environmental weather and sea surface surveillance, as well as pollution control and to assist prediction of environmental hazards such as storms and tsunamis.

The radar system is developed with the support of the Brazilian Federal Funding Authority for Studies and Projects (FINEP) and with the technological cooperation of IAI’s ELTA Group.

Operating in the High-Frequency (HF) band the new radar employs surface-wave propagation to provide continuous surveillance of the sea surface well beyond the horizon, up to 200 nautical miles (370km) range. The radar employs phased array technology and unique interference cancellation techniques which provide reliable and persistent coverage of the broader maritime area at all times, regardless of atmospheric conditions or sea state.

“The technological development process requires time and considerable financial resources, depending on the complexity of the project. The expected assimilation of technology, including by the National Defense Strategic (END), provides a significant leap for technologies already tested outside Brazil with validated solutions. In the case of a Strategic Defense Company (EED) such as IACIT, transfer of technology and know-how are mandatory to ensure continuous production in Brazil. said IACIT president Luiz Teixeira. “The OTH development has propelled IACIT’s capabilities years forward and will provide a strategic advantage for the Brazilian Navy as well as important lifesaving information for environmental control agencies”.

“We view this project as an important milestone towards persistent, affordable, reliable and efficient coverage of a broad Brazilian maritime area”, said Mr. Nisim Hadas, IAI Executive VP & ELTA president.

IAI’s Heron turned into Caçadors

Another UAV project in Brazil is “Caçador”, an evolution of the IAI Heron I into a Brazilian-made Medium Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV. Heron I is operational in Brazil since 2010, operated by the federal police. Caçador UAV is based on this operational experience, to meet the specific requirements of Brazil.

Caçador will be equipped with an automatic takeoff and landing system (ATOL) and equipped to operate in civilian controlled airspace, as has already practiced with Heron I in Brazil and elsewhere. Caçador will carry multiple payloads for line-of-sight missions or beyond line of sight using satellite communications.

The manufacturing will take place in Brazil. IAI has teamed with Avionics Services of Brazil which is currently inducting the maintenance and support of the system at Botucatu airfield in Sao Paolo. European Advanced Technology (EAT), an Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) subsidiary, has acquired minority holding in the Avionics Services in 2014, as part of IAI’s strategic investment in the Brazilian defense market. The cooperation agreement’s main target markets are defense and public security projects primarily for the Brazilian market, which may potentially be extended to international markets in the future. Under the cooperation agreement between the two companies Avionics Services will provide marketing and manufacturing of aircraft systems, unmanned aerial systems, sensors supporting upgrades of aerial platforms.

Besides the modernization of combat jets and transport aircraft, the Brazilian military has requirements for new helicopters. Ongoing procurement programs include the delivery of 50 EC725 Cougar helicopters, manufactured in Brazil by Avibras, a local company established by Airbus helicopters to conduct local manufacturing of helicopters in country. Helibras is also upgrading part of the 34 AS565 Panther operated by the Brazilian Army. Despite the significant weight of Airbus Helicopters in Brazil, the country’s strong appetite for helicopters has drawn more manufacturers to LAAD 2015.

The biennial defense and security expo LAAD 2015 held in Rio De Janeiro this week highlights Brazil’s growing importance in the global security and defense market. With more than 650 exhibitors from 43 countries participating in this 10th edition, LAAD has outgrown its local focus as a Brazilian fair, becoming an international exhibition with regional focus.

LAAD covers a diverse range of topics, from military and aerospace, naval and electronics, to logistics, security systems cyber. Special focus is given to military aircraft, surface naval vessels, armored vehicles, unmanned systems, border sand maritime security, command and control, due to ongoing procurement programs in Brazil.

While international participation at LAAD is lighter this year, compared to 2013, ongoing programs and new ones are expected, given the clearing political situation, particularly in the military, and naval sectors, which were held back in recent years, as investments in homeland security were considered at higher priority.

Embraer, Brazil’s leading aerospace and defense company is one of the largest exhibitors at LAAD. Its military operations are conducted under Embraer Defense & Security, established by Embraer in 2013. Beyond the development of the KC-390 tactical military transport aircraft Embraer Defense & Security was selected to lead some of the most important projects in Brazil, such as the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON) and the Brazilian Defense and Strategic Communications Geostationary Satellite (SGDC).

Besides the modernization of combat jets and transport aircraft, the Brazilian military has requirements for new helicopters. Ongoing procurement programs include the delivery of 50 EC725 Cougar helicopters, manufactured in Brazil by Helibras, a local company established by Airbus helicopters to conduct local manufacturing of helicopters in country. Helibras is also upgrading part of the 34 AS565 Panther operated by the Brazilian Army. Despite the significant weight of Airbus Helicopters in Brazil, the country’s strong appetite for helicopters has drawn more manufacturers to LAAD 2015.

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34 Panther SA565 helicopter operated by the Brazilian Army are undergoing a modernization program undertaken by Avibras. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

AgustaWestland, part of the Finmeccanica Group. Is displaying here the AW119Kx, a single engine light helicopter, the AW109 LUH light twin, and the T129 combat helicopter. The AW139 intermediate twin, the AW149 medium multirole aircraft and the AW101 three-engine medium heavy platforms are also displayed, these are often used for services supporting offshore activities. Another exhibitor, Bell Helicopters, is displaying the Bell 407GX and V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. The AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and UH-1Y Venom, currently operated by the US Marines, are promoted to attract potential procurement for the Brazilian marines.

The Russian Helicopters group is promoting a number of helicopters, including the Mi-29NE attack helicopter and Mi-171A2, the latest edition of the Mi-8/17 proven through years of operational service with a number of countries in Latin America. The Mi-171A1 operated by Brazilian air-taxi company Atlas Taxi Aereo carrying freight to and from Brazilian national oil company Petrobras sites located in remote areas of the Amazon jungle. Reliable and economical Mi-171A1 were highly commended by the Brazilian operator. Mi-171A2 has started flight testing in November 2014. Russian Helicopters has recently delivered 12 Mi-35M combat helicopters to Brazil.

Its Mi-17V-5 and MI-171SH military transport helicopters are used by other air force in the region, a recent shipment of 12 Mi-17SH was sent to Peru. To promote the sales prospects of those helicopters in Brazil, Russian Helicopters’ holding company Rostec has been negotiating a possible joint production of helicopters in Brazilian. Rostec has been discussing this option with the Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht Defense and technology and its subsidiary Mectron, “For now it’s a memorandum of cooperation on technology,” he said. “Perhaps it could lead to an assembly line with machines produced in Brazil and, afterwards, you could expand production and transfer certain technologies.” Sergei Goreslavsky, deputy head of Rostec unit Rosoboronexport told Reuters.

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