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New Trends in Force Protection & Border Protection

HPM Remote Weapon System from BAE Systems.
Force Protection is another field of activity that is expecting to offer sustainable demand over the upcoming years. Despite the draw down of forces from Afghanistan, it can be assumed that the forces remaining in country, as training, support and special operations elements, will require extensive protection means to maintain low signature and avoid casualties or visible damage.

Industry Team Offers MAV-L for Special Applications Beyond SOCOM

MAV-L Driving Tests
MAV-L was designed to meet SOCOM GMV 1.1 requirements, the team considered it has applications beyond SOCOM. For example, such vehicles could be suitable for US Army and Marine Corps recon teams, forced entry teams operated by the Air Force, or for international customers.

Future Fires to Focus on Precision, Clean Weapons

A proposed Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GL-SDB) will utilize the MLRS rocket to boost the SDB to a trajectory from where it will be able to continue gliding to its target like it was dropped from a manned aircraft.
In recent years the role of armaments and weapons in military exhibitions is diminishing, reflecting the diminishing role of kinetic effects and the complex public perception as to their role in modern asymmetric warfare. Hence, the armaments and munitions presented at AUSA and the Modern Day Marine Expo emphasized focused precision effect and low collateral damage as outstanding qualities. This reflected the concern of manufacturers and users alike to those issues.

SOCOM to Modernize its Tactical Vehicle Fleet

AM General is offering a beefed-up variant of the HMMWV, optimized for Special Operations.
As heavy combat vehicle programs are idling, modernization of the tactical vehicles is in progress, as the Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command plan to replace and reset their fleet of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). Two vehicles classes are currently underway - the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), equipping the Army and US Marine Corps, and the Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 – replacing the HMMWVs operated by the Special Operations Command.

Combat Vehicle Modernization

The absence of new programs provided exhibitors an opportunity to highlight improvement to existing platforms. Among the combat vehicles displayed at AUSA were the M-109 Paladin Improved Mobility (PIM) and Bradley, both included in the US Army’s Enhanced Capability Programs (ECP).

Connecting to the Edge

This process, known as Capability Set Management, is a significant departure from the previous practice of fielding systems individually and often to only one...

Armor and Protection

Another area facing a temporary slowdown is the ballistic and blast protection. In past years, armor manufacturers were relatively small and specialist companies that...

Supporting the warfighter

Sustaining combat operations in high intensity ‘linear’ warfare has always represented a huge challenge to military planners, pushing supplies to forward supply bases and...

Vehicle Modernization Programs

Contrary to the Army planner’s foresight in the 2000s, this decade is not about grand programs, but on reconstruction, reconstitution and incremental building of...

Precision Fires

In terms of weapons systems the trend today is towards smaller, focused effects. The days of big bang and carpeting are long gone. Today, the...

Special Forces Mobility

The opportunity to sell thousands of medium and light tactical vehicles to SOCOM has attracted almost all major US military vehicle manufacturers to last...

Better Force Protection

In the past 10 years force protection has been at the focus, as the military invested tens of billions of dollars buying anything that...

SPECIAL COVERAGE: AUSA 2012 PREVIEW

This issue is offered to Defense-Update readers as a complimentary preview issue. Forthcoming reports from the exhibition will be available nightly from Defense Update in web & PDF format, providing excerpts for all readers and full features for our paid subscribers.

Elbit Systems Extends Dismounted C2 System to Infantry Squads and SF...

PNR-1000A network radio and the Raptor computing device are the two main elements of Elbit Systems' new Dominator II LD optimized for squad-level C2. The gross weight of the system is 2.2 pounds - less than one kilogram. Photo: Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems of Israel has introduced a subset of the Dominator IICS integrated combat system designed for the dismounted soldier.

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