General Dynamics UK (GDUK) unveiled today the Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) at the DVD event in Millbrook Proving Ground in the UK. This is the first of a new generation of armoured vehicles being developed for the British Army.
The vehicle is a pre-production prototype of the ‘Protected Mobility Recce Support’ (PMRS) variant designed and built for the British Army. General Dynamics recently completed the Base Platform Critical Design Review (CDR) for the PMRS variant, as part of the SCOUT SV programme.
The review covered the PMRS system architecture, including the physical architecture and software, its sub-systems and PMRS specific design interfaces, as well as confirming its mine and ballistic survivability design following an extensive test regime. The overarching CDR for the PMRS variant, which will take place this year, will establish the final design of the variant for future production, drawing upon lessons learned from the PMRS pre-production prototype.
In April GDUK announced a major step forward with the completion of the critical design review (CDR) of the troop carrier variant of Scout SV. It is the first variant to have completed such a review
[ismember]Last week the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that the cost of the contract for the demonstration phase of the Scout SV family of vehicles has risen by 20%, from £500m to more than £600m. The M0D said that the increase in cost had been agreed with GDUK in order to fund additional work thrown up during the development of the vehicles.
The size of any future production contract could potentially be very large. The British Army currently has 1,133 of the CVR(T) family of vehicles, which Scout SV is designed to replace, although only 641 are reported to be operable.
In 2012 the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that £5.5bn would be available for armoured fighting vehicles, but it is unclear how much of that would awarded to Scout SV production (wales online).[/ismember]
In service, PMRS will provide safe transportation of fully-equipped soldiers in a well-protected environment. On dismount, troops will be able to more effectively conduct a variety of tasks, such as dismounted surveillance (including patrols), observation posts and close target reconnaissance. Its extensive capabilities include acoustic detectors, a laser warning system, a local situational awareness system, an electronic countermeasure system, a route marking system, an advanced electronic architecture and a high performance power pack.
The Scout SV family of vehicles are based on Common Base Platform derived from the Ascod II, already used by the Spanish and Austrian military. The British version is modified and designed to address specific British requirements, maximise commonality in mobility, electronic architecture and survivability. Each variant of the family – one of which is the PMRS variant – will be a highly-agile, tracked, medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle, providing British troops with state-of-the-art protection.
Scout SV is initially being developed in four variants. Besides the troop carrier, which can carry eight soldiers, there is also a scouting vehicle and recovery and repair variants. The troop carrier and scout variants will both be armed with a 40mm cased telescope cannon, under development as a joint venture between BAE Systems and French company Nexter.
The turret developed by Lockheed Martin UK is also on display at DVD. Lockheed Martin is displaying turret’s Engineering Development Unit (EDU), representing the Scout reconnaissance variant turret concept. The EDU is used to de-risk development and early testing and integration of the turret system. The EDU includes the CT40 cannon and ammunition handling system, the traverse and elevation motor and gearbox, primary and secondary sighting systems and the turret basket with seating.
[ismember]Looking forward towards wheeled vehicles requirements of the British Army, General Dynamics is showcasing the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) Demonstrator displayed last week at the Eurosatory 2014 exhibition. Based on the Canadian Army’s LAV 6.0, the LAV Demonstrator integrates many enhancements utilizing mature, off the shelf technologies.
Primarily, the vehicle provides higher level of protection with blast-deflecting Double-V Hull technology and energy-absorbing seating for crew and troops. A sixth generation suspension and driveline and a more powerful engine provide superior mobility and significantly increased payload, while the 30mm Kongsberg PROTECTOR RWS ensures highly accurate and lethal firepower.[/ismember]