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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...

European Defense Spending Shrink

While the global defense market continues to expand, Europe stands as an exception, with defense spending a declining priority throughout most of the continent's capitals. A prolonged period of peace and the lack of a direct territorial threat have created the mindset in European...

CENTCOM’s Targets Terrorist Networks and Individual ‘Extreme Actors’

A recently established Interagency Task Force has been activated at US Central Command to assist the command in its Irregular Warfare activity. The task force will track and target “violent and extreme actors” in the command’s area of operations. “Regionally, we look at influences...

US Outlines its Counter-IED Strategy: Attack the Network, Defeat the Device and Train the Force

The latest information on the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) was the focus of remarks delivered by Joint IED Defeat leadership at a recent Arlington, Va. government-industry summit. The 2008 Counter-IED Summit, sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, is a forum that...

T-95 Main Battle Tanks & Tank Support Vehicles to Augment Russian Armor Units

In 2009 the Russian Army is scheduled to receive a new main battle tank, claimed to be superior to existing designs. The new tank will introduce a new hull, power plant and drive train. It will also have improved firepower, comprising of new armament,...

Merkava Mk-4 Detailed

Merkava Mk4 represents the third evolutionary phase of the Merkava program. The Mk-4 is equipped with a 120 mm gun but the new gun is designed to sustain higher pressures, generating higher muzzle velocities which are an essential feature for advanced kinetic energy ammunition. The...

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