Land Systems

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Reporting from the U.S. Army expo in Washington, Defense-Update team picked a number of interesting new robotic systems and capabilities on display at AUSAa 2014.

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The MCT30 turret from Kongsberg mounted on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. As a remote controlled turret the overhead installation frees much needed space in the protected fighting compartment, while leaving the commander and gunner adequate operating space below. The turret is accessible from the hull and the gun can be reloaded manually if required; the turret could also have a hatch to enable the vehicle commander to lok out if necessary.

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As the US Army is assessing future technologies that could maintain or increase the Brigade Combat Team's (BCT) overmatch, improve operational capability and reducing the logistical tail required for continued operation, BAE Systems presented at AUSA its vision of the Army's future technological thrust

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Roboteam has introduced new systems designed to assist dismounted forces in inspection and security of urban and complex areas, using networked robotic, unmanned and unattended systems.

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Lightweight, mobile C-RAM radars are providing enhanced situational visibility, force protection to modern tactical forces

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Stark Aerospace is introducing a new, lightweight armor called 'ProtectLite' at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition. Comprising a matrix of ceramic cylinders, ProtectLite armor offers a cost effective lightweight, highly resilient, survivability solution for vehicle armor.

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QinetiQ North America is unveiling at AUSA a new version of its TALON counter IED robot. The TALON V is designed to be stronger, more versatile and interoperable with third party components that gives the soldier more flexibility and options to carry out the mission at hand.

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Oshkosh Corp. announced today it will lay off 250-300 hourly workers and about 70 salaried employees in December 2014 as part of its continued scaling back as a result of decreased military truck orders.

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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD OTS) announced it has reached a critical milestone and is moving to low rate initial production (LRIP) with the custom designed Flyer 72 all terrain vehicle it has been selected to produce for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

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Polaris Defense is unveiling at AUSA a new all-terrain vehicle - the largest off road vehicle it has ever designed - has been developed and produced for SOCOM. The DAGOR offers extreme off-road terrain at full payload. The vehicle curb weight is less than 4,500lbs to maximize aircraft operational range. The width of DAGOR allows rapid loading into the CH-47 Chinook platform without modification and the weight allows it to be sling loaded under the UH-60 Black Hawk.

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