GD Expands Tactical Vehicles Offering With FPI Merger

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) is widening its tactical armored vehicles portfolio with the acquisition of Force Protection Inc. (FPI). GDLS is a leading U.S. combat vehicles manufacturer but sofar it  has not established a foothold in the IED and mine resistant and armor protected (MRAP) vehicles, leaving this growing market segment to domestic and international competitors such as...

CAMEL Helps Designers Make Vehicles ‘Safe for Combat’

The Concept for Advanced Military Explosion-Mitigation Land (CAMEL) is a concept vehicle demonstrating 'Occupant Centric Platform' (OCP) concepts. A 30 ton class 8x8 troop carrier, CAMEL is designed to safely and securely transport nine troops and two crew members with a goal to reduce combat vehicle casualties well below 50 percent, compared to current combat vehicles.

RG-32M

The RG-32M light armored vehicle is powered by a water cooled 6-cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine. It provides crew protection by an all-steel welded armored monocoque capsule, and ballistic protected transparent armored windows and windshield. The crew compartment is protected to a level of 5.56 x 45mm NATO ball ammunition and against a variety of grenades, firebombs and thrown missiles....

More TALONs for the U.S. Military

Foster-Miller, a subsidiary of QinetiQ's Technology Solutions Group announced the receipt of new orders for TALON robots under a recent $400 million IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) contract awarded by the Robotic Systems Joint Program Office (RSJPO) administered by the Naval Air Warfare Training Systems Division (NAVAIR). It is a follow-on to the $150 million IDIQ awarded in the...

The EFP Killer Strikes again in Basra

By David Eshel Just as the fifteen British captives landed happily on England's soil, last Thursday, the shocking news filtered through the already, high-spirited celebrating media, that four British soldiers became the new victims of the deadly device known as Explosively Formed Projectile (EFP), an offspring of the equally deadly shaped charge IED, used already widely in Iraq and Lebanon. Iranian intelligence...

Multi-Band SAR Supports Task-Force ODIN in Iraq in C-IED Operations

Northrop Grumman Corporation's software-defined Multi-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (MB SAR), recently provided counter-improvised explosive device (IED) support assisting the drawdown of U.S. combat troops in Iraq. The radar was deployed aboard a U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft, which performed missions as a part of Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify and Neutralize (ODIN). Arriving in theater, July 20, 2010, the aircraft,...

AUSA 2014 – Robotics Photo Report

Reporting from the U.S. Army expo in Washington, Defense-Update team picked a number of interesting new robotic systems and capabilities on display at AUSAa 2014.

KBCM

GIAT Industries is developing a modular countermeasure kit designed for mounting on modern armored fighting vehicles. The system was developed by the French Army. The system utilizes the DAL laser warning system and DDM missile launch detection system, smoke countermeasures and electro-optical IR jammer modulated to jam the missile operator's deviation sight. The system is considered for mounting...

Israel Refine R&D to Support Asymmetric Warfare

Start < Page 1 of 4 > Resulting from lessons learned during years of low intensity conflict in an urban environment, the Israel Defense Forces is expanding its capabilities and autonomy at tactical levels. The close cooperation and geographical proximity of industry, military services and R&D authorities all contribute to exceptionally fast and economical development cycle, from concept through system...

Lockheed Martin hopes ‘NAREW’ could offer MEADS a second chance in Poland

The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program returns to the Polish air defense arena, positioned as a candidate for the Polish for Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) requirement. MEADS is now positioned to fulfill three European programs, in Germany, Italy and Poland.

Lockheed Martin to Deliver 110 Vehicular/Portable Surveillance Systems

Lockheed Martin received a $58.6 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for more Vehicle Optic Sensor Systems II (VOSS II) and Portable Rapid Deployment Surveillance Systems (PRDSS). Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide 110 VOSS II and 30 PRDSS, plus additional field services and equipment in support of these systems. The new kits are designed as lightweight and...

Robotic Multi Terrain Loader (MTL)

Applied Research Associates (ARA) from the USA unveiled at AUVSI 07 a new robotic application of the Caterpillar Multi Terrain Loader (MTL). ARA's Modular Robotic Control System (MRCS) displayed at the AUVSI demonstration equipped a Cat 247B MTL customized for handling heavy unexploded ordnance. The vehicle can be fitted with various attachments, including grappler, IED disruptor, forks, bucket, backhoe,...

Flying IEDs: The Next Evolution in Warfare?

With the evolution and proliferation of drone technology, ordnance disposal units are now facing a new and worrisome threat, the Flying IED.

Long Range Acoustic Device – LRAD

LRAD – is a long-range hailing and warning, directed acoustic device designed to communicate with authority and exceptionally high intelligibility in a 15-30 degree beam. LRAD can issue a verbal challenge with instructions in excess of 500 meters and has the capability of following up with a warning tone to influence behavior or determine intent. The "hailing and warning"...

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