Sporty performance parameters and budget-cost cap burden JLTV program

The U.S. Army has just published its long-anticipated Request for Proposal (RFP) for the next phase of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. The JLTV was intended initially to replace the venerable Humvee while improving on that system’s survivability and performance. At the same time, the JLTV was supposed to have survivability on a par with the MRAP/M-ATV...

Military Armored carrier System (MACS) design from MacNeillie

QinetiQ, teamed with specialist vehicle contractor MacNeillie & Son to offer a vehicle based on MacNeillie's Military Armored carrier System (MACS) design. MacNeillie developed the MACS to be adaptable for various military applications weighing 9.5 to 14 tons. The vehicle design started from a 'clean sheet' and matured into a prototype within a few months. The vehicle is based on...

Mine Protected Vehicle

The Indian Ordnance Factories has developed an armored troop carrier, utilizing bullet proof armor, as well as full protection against heavy mine blasts under the tires and hull, Additional crew protection is provided by the roof mounted multi-purpose remote control weapon station. The station enables observation, target acquisition and firing from within the protected vehicle, and accommodates a 0.5 cal...

Defexpo 2006 – Armored Vehicles & Armor Protection

As at past shows exhibitors at Defexpo 2006 focused on new or upgraded systems and modernization programs for improving current systems instead of new construction main battle tanks. As in the previous show, the new T-90 was absent, and the only MBTs on display were the indigenous Arjun and Experimental EX developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization...

US Army TACOM To Improve the Protection of Bradley, Strykers

The US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) has launched the Bradley Urban Survivability upgrade, with a $15 million order awarded to BAE Systems. The Bradley Urban Survivability Kit (BUSK) includes various elements designed to enhance the protection, capabilities and functionality of the Bradley Combat Systems in urban operations. The kits will be shipped and installed in theater on fielded vehicles...

Sweden Selects AMV for Armored Personnel Vehicle Modernization

The Swedish defense procurement office (FMV) has awarded Patria of Finland the contract to deliver 113 Armored Modular Vehicles (AMV) to the Swedish Armed Forces. The contract value is about €240 million. Deliveries are expected to begin 2011 and span over two years. The AMV is a 27 ton, 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle capable of carrying a crew of three,...

Enhancing Survivability and Protection

Start < Page 4 of 4 > Another area that received special attention from DDR&D is the field of advanced armor, including passive, reactive and Active Protection Systems (APS). To improve protection and survivability of current and future forces the Israeli Ministry of Defense invested in several systems as part of the Israeli thrust to improve protection and survivability of current and future forces. Israel pursued...

Israel is Seeking to Achieve ‘Land Dominance’ in the Battlefield

Israel's land forces command outlines a strategic thrust to achieve 'land dominance', by employing combined maneuver and firepower to gain decisive victory in future wars The IDF intentionally refrained from large-scale ground maneuver operations during the 2006 Lebanon War. This was one of the causes of it's poor showing, which left the scene, for the first time in it's history,...

Upgraded Scorpions for the Light Dragoons

The British Army received the first improved Scorpion Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) CVR(T), upgraded under an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) preparing the light tanks for combat operations in Afghanistan. Under the £19million UOR contract the power train was up-rate with a more powerful engine, gearbox, final drive and cooling system, better suitable for the high altitude, dust and temperature...

Growing Demand for MPVs in Africa

African defense companies are challenging the dominant Western suppliers of mine protected armored vehicles, competing for MRAP type vehicle contracts. According to Ivor Ichikowitz, Executive Chairman of the South African Paramount Group, South Africa's largest independent defense and aerospace contractor, African companies have emerged as technological equals to some of the world's top manufacturers of Mine and IED Protected...

US Army Continues Bradley RESET Process

Bradley Combat Systems fulfill five critical mission roles - infantry fighting vehicle, cavalry fighting vehicle, fire support vehicle, battle command vehicle and engineer squad vehicle. Bradleys are operated with the US Army's Heavy Brigade Combat Teams (HBCTs). The Bradley A3 incorporates many enhancements improving the vehicle's lethality and survivability, including a full fire control solution featuring a hunter / killer...

Integrated Systems for AFVs

Tight integration between sensors, weapon systems and command levels is already reflected throughout all levels of the Israel Defense Forces. The armor and mechanized units are receiving elements of "Battle Management Systems" (BMS). These units developed by Elbit Systems, integrate the vehicle's sensors such as tank commander's thermal sights, navigation and communications systems. The sight images, viewed by the...

Northrop Grumman to Lead JLTV Team with Oshkosh Truck Corp.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE: OSK) have teamed to compete for the U.S. military’s next-generation family of lightweight vehicles. According to the teaming agreement, if selected, the prime contractor for the program will be Northrop Grumman's Mission. Oshkosh Truck’s Defense Group will be responsible for designing, engineering and manufacturing the vehicle. Other bidders planning...

New Networking for the BCT

The network initiative currently under analysis and review, will partly derive from the FCS network technologies, and dovetail into an incremental network strategy to be implemented throughout the U.S. land forces. The network was designed as a central and critical component of the FCS strategy, hence, it was designed to be so robust and resilient, that it required a...

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