U.S. Army Outlines Ground Combat Vehicles Priorities

General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army describes the new Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) "the most important combat development and acquisition decisions we will make over the next seven years". Indeed, the Army is taking this program seriously, and is doing its best to safely conduct it to successful completion. Top Army officials gathered in October and November 2009 have outlined the program to a group of experts from industry, research and development community to introduce the program set to dominate the market through this new decade. (Read more...)

Namer ICV Expands Merkava into a Family of Combat Vehicles

 The 13th Infantry Battalion of the Golani Brigade was the first Israel Defense Forces (IDF) unit to convert from the T-55 based Achzarit armored infantry carrier to the new Infantry Combat Vehicle – the Namer. With the Merkava tank and new Namer ICV, the IDF is expanding the Merkava platform into a family of combat vehicles, to include a tactical support vehicle, armored MedEvac, aRheinmetall, MAN Join Forces Offering Military Vehiclesn Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) and, potentially, future weapons carriers. (Read more...)

M-ATVs Trickle to Afghanistan despite Production Surge

Despite the publicized arrival of M-ATV in Afghanistan, most of the vehicles delivered by Oshkosh are still being prepared for shipment. “Come this spring, we’ll be sending over about 500 a month,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said. According to the Stars and Stripes, as of last week, more than 400 M-ATVs had been delivered to Afghanistan, but only 164 have been fielded to the troops. So far, the vehicles have been flown to Afghanistan, limiting the number that can be transported at any one time. The Pentagon plans to send batches of 500 vehicles by sea in addition to continued aerial delivery. In order to shorten delivery time, the Navy could opt for combined sea and air delivery, shipping the vehicles from the Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston South Carolina to Rota, Spain, and then fly them to Afghanistan. It usually takes about 10 days to reach Rota by ship from the East Coast, and with the strategic airlift capability on site, the turnover time to getting equipment and vehicles downrange is usually about 24 hours. However, M-ATV deliveries will have to compete with the dispatch of 30,000 extra troops and their equipment that are now headed to Afghanistan.

Despite massive acquisition, More Armored Vehicles Are Needed to Protect Brits in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is taking a heavy toll on the military resources of U.S. and NATO allies sharing the ISAF missions in that country. Despite the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) investment of over two billion US$ acquiring hundreds of protected vehicles in the past two years, about half of the armored vehicles used by the British Army in Afghanistan are 'unfit for operational use'. The report refers to all the armored vehicles used by the Brits, from the lightly protected British built Land Rover based Snatch patrol vehicles to the massive U.S. built, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) – the Mastiff and Ridgeback, based on the U.S. built Cougar. (read moe...)

Rheinmetall, MAN Join Forces Offering Military Vehicles

Rheinmetall AG and MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG announced the establishment of a joint company called "Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH" (RMMV) offering complete wheeled vehicle solutions for military applications. The company's activity will cover the entire range of armored and unarmored transport, command and role-specific vehicles for the international armed forces. (read more...)

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