The BMP-T represents a unique Russian concept that evolved from the Second Chechnian campaign. This massive vehicle carries multiple and redundant weapons, facilitating reliable and dependable direct-fire support at all combat ranges. The weapon suite shown here include two 30mm 2A42 automatic cannons, two 30mm grenade launchers, one 7.62mm machine gun and four Ataka-T missiles. BMP-T can be based on T-72 or T-90 hulls, thus maintaining mobility with the armored fore.
The Russian company Uralvagonzavod is displaying two of its most advanced armored fighting vehicles: the newly upgraded T-90S and BMP-Tank (Terminator). This is the first time the T-90S is displayed in the west, coming few months after the official debut at the 2011 Nizhny Tagil expo. As the Russian is one of only few tanks currently in production, Russia hoping the new upgrade will pave the way for T-90 sales in international markets, since the T-90 which was expected to follow the success of the T-72 hasn’t delivered equivalent sales sofar.
Rheinmetall Defence Introduces an Off-Road Pickup Truck
Amarok M, a new pickup truck from Rheinmetall Defence combines good cross-country mobility with comfort and road safety of conventional pickup trucks.Its maximum road speed is 182 km/h. The vehicle is available with 90 to 132 kW engines, and manual or automatic transmission (6 or 8 gears). It has all-wheel drive and off-road ABS and ESP, contributing to high off-road and on-road performance. The vehicle uses a ladder frame with standardized mounting points to make subsequent assembly easier. Amarok M can carry 1.259 ton payload with a double cab or 1.396 tons with a single cab. The vehicle can ford water obstacle 500 mm deep and travel a side slope of 50 degrees.
Renault Trucks Defense’ Sherpa Displays IMI’s Active protection Systems
Renault is displaying at Eurosatory 2012 an armored Sherpa equipped with IMI’s Bright Arrow. The system depicts a new configuration for the IMI active protection system, featuring the redesigned PSR-10 APS radar from Rada, integrated with a stereoscopic IR sensor, both feed target data to the Bright Arrow mounted on the vehicle’s roof. The launcher also carries a laser countermeasure device, employed as a ‘soft kill’ active countermeasure against guided missiles fired at the vehicle.
Eurosatory 2012 Dynamic Demonstration
The Eurosatory 2012 dynamic demonstration is highlighting situations depicting ‘real life’ scenarios, from asymmetric combat, to law enforcement, crowd dispersal to dealing with hazardous materials and chemical or biological threats. The systems on display include armored vehicles of various types, including the French Renault Trucks Defence VAB 4×4 and American M-ATV armored ambulance from Oshkosh defense. Two types of unmanned vehicles were demonstrated in flight – the IT180 mini-drone from Infotron and HoverEye EX developed by Bertin. The demonstration also featured dynamic displays of several bridging solutions, these will be covered at a later stage.
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