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Tamir Eshel

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New Surge Reflects a Fresh Strategy for Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Pettit, left, and Cpl. Matthew Miller, both with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (Reinforced), fire their service rifles during an operation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan July 3, 2009. The Marines, who are part of a ground combat...

Khushab Nuclear Complex – Pakistan

Above: Analysis of new construction at the nuclear research and production center near Khushab, Pakistan. Satellite Images: Courtesy of Imagesat International Construction of a new plutonium producing reactor in the Pakistani nuclear research and production center is in pogress, despite the conflict with the Taliban that...

Hijacked vessels and Pirate Mothership Spotted by an Israeli Spy Satellite

All photos taken by Eros satellites, Copyright: Imagesat International.

Pirate Village Identified from Space

All photos by taken by Eros satellites, copyright: Imagesat International

Decisive Cuts Define Pentagon’s Way Forward

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today laid out his recommendations for the 2010 budget during a Pentagon press conference. Among the most dramatic cuts are the restructuring of the Army's Future Combat Systems program, which will terminate the Manned Ground Vehicle (MGV) segment of...

Producing the M-ATV

The Pentagon plans to evaluate up to five MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (MRAP-ATV) candidates, awarding a single prime contractor production orders for up to 10,000 such vehicles. The Army plans to award an initial an order for 2,080 vehicles by May 2009, to be produced...

After Winning Britain, Navistar’s MXT Competes for M-ATV

Navistar Defense is competing for the M-ATV program with the International MXT vehicle platform, a lighter derivative of the company's MaxxPro MRAP design. The MXT configuration utilizes a specially-designed, light-weight armor, which is incorporated into the survivability system. The platform utilizes the MaxxForce D 6.0...

Army Evaluates MTVR-Based M-ATV

Oshkosh unveiled their M-ATV based on the proven MTRV truck hull, originally designed for all-terrain mobility. Oshkosh considers their vehicle to represent a low-risk option, as it is based on a truck widely used in Afghanistan and Iraq by the US Marine Corps in a 6x6...

TACOM Orders two Cheetah M-ATV

The Force Protection Cheetah was one of several MRAP All Terrain Vehicle candidates that won the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) contract worth $1 million for two technology demonstrator vehicles, after passing the initial evaluation in February 2009. Force Dynamics is offering the Cheetah for the Army-USMC...

BAE Submits Two M-ATV Proposals to Pursue Army program

The second M-ATV model developed by BAE System represents an optimized design offering higher mobility, high power/weight ratio and ample payload capacity for future growth. It shares many design features with BAE Systems/Navistar's JLTV vehicle currently in development. One of these common design features...

M-ATV Candidates

Several companies are likely to participate in the M-ATV competition. Lockheed Martin originally planned to submit an M-ATV version based on the family of medium tactical vehicle (FMTV) chassis already proposed for JLTV but eventually didn't deliver a model and preferred to focus on...

Implementing Lessons from MRAP

Besides improving off-road mobility and maneuverability, M-ATV will implement lessons learned from the initial operations with MRAP vehicles in theater. For example, the new all-terrain version is required to be much quieter; the objective goal calls for interior noise level at each seating position...

M-ATV Specifications and Performance

On 8 December 2008 the US Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) issued a request for proposal for a new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle class capable of operating off-road and over rough terrain. The new vehicle dubbed MRAP- ATV (M-ATV) is called to meet...

MRAP – Gearing up for Rough Rides – M-ATV

US Army, Marine Corps to Field dedicated All-Terrain MRAPs optimized for operations in Afghanistan On 8 December 2008 the US Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) issued a request for proposal for a new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle class capable of operating off-road and over...
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