Photo Report: Armored vehicles on the move – DVD’ 14
The UK’s biggest military vehicle demonstration, Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD), has got underway in Bedfordshire yesterday, giving visitors an insight into the vast array of equipment used by the British Army.
The DVD 2014 event, held at the Millbrook proving ground brought together the MoD’s equipment and support organisation (DE&S), the Army and industry to showcase vehicles used by the military as well as new vehicles and systems proposed for future use, as the Army looks ahead to the future equipment requirements of Future Force 2020.
Among the equipment on display was the latest prototype of the UK’s first fully digitised tracked armoured vehicle the Scout SV and the gun and turret it intends to carry.
GeneralDynamics has demonstrated two variants of the Ocelot Family of Vehicles (FoV). The Ocelot light tactical 4×4 protected patrol vehicle is in-service with the British Army in Afghanistan, known as Foxhound. At the DVE 2014 GD UK displayed the Ocelot (O) an open architecture (WMiK) variant, which combines the outstanding mobility and blast protection of the Ocelot protected patrol vehicle with greater local situational awareness, agility and firepower of open-topped vehicles used by specialist light role and special operations forces (pictured above). The company also displayed a utility variant Ocelot (U), a designed with a protected cabin accommodating a three man crew and flat-bed capable of carrying a 2.5 tons payload. Both vehicles use the same driveline and chassis as the UK’s Foxhound thus expanding the family of vehicles to assume more missions. The Foxhound is designed for quick reconfiguration in the field, with mission modules can be ‘swapped out’ in three to four hours. The family of vehicles was displayed last year at the DSEI show and this year took part in the dynamic demonstration.
In a recent firing series held in South Africa, the German-South African joint-venture Rheinmetall Denel Munitions (RDM) demonstrated a dramatic increase in the range of its artillery firepower. The demonstration employed three 155 mm cannons with 52 and 39 caliber lengths, which scored three world records - firing at ranges of 76, 67 and 54 km.