Three Light Armored Vehicles to Compete for A$1 Billion Land 121 Phase 4 Procurement

Three Australian led teams were downselected earlier this week to develop protected mobility vehicle prototypes, competing for the 'Project Overlander' Land 121 Phase 4, a procurement of about 1,300 of the next generation of light protected mobility vehicles, worth over A$1 billion. The vehicles will be provided to the Army’s combat units and Air Force’s Air Field Defence Guards and will be designed to operate in future conflict environments. (Read More...)

Army Begins GCV Contractor Selection Process

GCV The U.S. Army closed the industry Request for Proposal (RFP)submission process today, effectively launching the formal Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) contractor selection process. The Army will award up to three competitive contracts in late fourth quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 to build and test GCV 'Technology Demonstrator' vehicles, over a period of 27 months. (Read More...)

Oshkosh Defense Unveils New M-ATV Ambulance Variant

matv ambulance Oshkosh Defense is unveiling a new version of its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) tactical ambulance variant at the 2010 Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) Army Medical Symposium and Exposition, which is being held May 18-20 in San Antonio, Texas. (Read More...)

Stealthy Hy-DRA Takes Hybrid-Electric Technology Off-Road

Raytheon HydraRaytheon is entering the automotive market with an innovative new All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) aimed at the special forces market. Hybrid-Defense Reconnaissance Assault (Hy-DRA) was officially launched at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX), held in Amman, Jordan in May 2010. What sets Hy-DRA apart from other all-terrain vehicles is the advanced, hybrid-electric drive system (HED) enabling the vehicle to perform with unique stealth capabilities. The vehicle has a top speed of 96 km/h (60 mph). Its range is 563 km (350 miles) in hybrid mode. (read more about the Hy-DRA...)

Zibar MkII - Israel's New Extreme Strike Vehicle

ZibarA new Israeli all-terrain vehicle is on display at Eurosatory 2010 for the first time. The vehicle, 'Zibar Mk II' is the second generation of the Zibar M, an all terrain light vehicle developed by Israel's top off-road vehicle specialist Ido OffRoad Center (IORC). According to Ido Cohen, owner and chief designer of the vehicle, the company has received significant orders for the vehicle and is gearing to expand its production lines, by teaming with local companies for manufacturing and marketing of the Zibar. Sofar more than 20 Zibar vehicles are operational. One of the applications currently operational overseas is the Mobile Support Vehicle (MSV) offered by Aeronautics Defense Systems. (read the full story...)

The U.S. Army Recalls 44,000 Advanced Combat Helmets

Advanced HelmetsThe U.S. Army is recalling 44,000 Advanced Combat Helmets produced by the ArmorSource company (formerly Rabintex USA), after the Program Executive Office (PEO-Soldier) raised concerns about their ballistic protection. The case is currently being investigated by the Department of Justice. According to an All Army Activities message released May 14. “There is evidence that ArmorSource and Rabintex ACHs were produced using unauthorized manufacturing practices, defective materials and improper quality procedures which could potentially reduce ballistic and fragmentation protection." (more...)

Israeli Company Develops Thermal Stealth Suite for Combat Vehicles

Eltics Black FoxThermal stealth technology being developed by the Israeli company Eltics promises to render military vehicles, combat helicopters and even entire naval surface ships invisible to thermal imaging surveillance sensors, targeting systems or missile seekers employing thermal sensors. The patented system, dubbed 'Black Fox' is designed to be applied as an add-on layer, on top of existing armor, or be embedded into the outer layer, comprising one layer in the 'onion ring' defensive concept of modern platforms. (read the full story...)

France's Embarks on the Scorpion Land Forces Transformation

The French Ministry of Defense is expected to select the a system architecture and design team to lead the development of the transformational 'Scorpion' program - the French Army's 10 billion euro ($13.2 billion) modernization program. Scorpion will integrate advanced weaponry and network-centric technology to empower the French land forces' legacy equipment, enabling battle groups of tomorrow to maintain battlefield dominance through the next decade. The current definition of the architecture phase is expected to lead the DGA to launch the request for proposal by 2012 for an advanced armored combat vehicles expected to be the principal new platform of the Scorpion program. Other elements are expected to comprise a variety of unmanned systems of different sizes. (Read More...)

Oshkosh turns the SandCat into an Off-road Border Patroller

Oshkosh TPVOshkosh Defense has introduced a new, high mobility, protected vehicle designed for border security. Oshkosh is unveiling the new 'Tactical Protector Vehicle' (TPV) at the Border Management Summit, held in Phoenix, Az. this month. The vehicle can be customized for a variety of high-risk missions in places ranging from rural outposts to city streets. The vehicle offers NIJ Level IV protection, and is capable of stopping multi-hit, armor-piercing rounds. Other protection measures include high-energy-absorbing under-body armor, ballistic-steel roof and suspended-seat systems and run-flat tires (Read More...)

DGA Orders Last Batch of PVP Armored Vehicles

The French Armament Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l'armement, DGA) has ordered the final lot of 187 Panhard PVP (small armored vehicles), completing the planned acquisition of 933 PVPs since 2004. So far 506 vehicles were delivered to the French Army and the current orders are expected to be completed in 2011.

Multicam Gear to Arrive in Afghanistan by October 2010

Beginning August 2010 the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) will begin distributing the Multicam combat uniform to units deploying to Afghanistan. By October 2010 Multicam uniforms and gear is expected to be distributed to units already in. In addition to the uniform suite, soldiers will also receive matching Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE), protection gear and accessories all designed with the new pattern. The current plan for the MultiCam uniform is for its use only in Afghanistan. The uniform for Iraq will still be the FR ACU in the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP). Once a Soldier deploys back to home station, he or she will wear the Army Combat Uniform. Soldiers will be permitted to keep the MultiCam clothing upon their return to the U.S.A. (more on Multicam)

Australia to Invest A$1.4 Billion in Force protection

The Australian defence has recently allocated an additional A$1.4 billion to improve the protection of Australian forces deployed in Afghanistan. This investment will focus on Enhanced protection and firepower for Protected Mobility Vehicles, improved route clearing equipment to counter IED, additional working dogs, night fighting equipment, new biometric capabilities, improved body armor, and the acquisition of a Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) sense and warn capability, improving the early-warning of indirect fire attacks.

Counter-RPG TRAPS Completes System-Level Testing

tarpsTextron Defense Systems completed the third phase of testing of the Tactical Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) Airbag Protection System, ( TRAPS). "System-level testing allows us to expose products to the rigorous use and stresses that are present in the field," says Textron Systems Chief Technology Officer Thomas McNamara. "In this case, TRAPS demonstrated its effectiveness against different types of RPGs and over a much larger range than in prior phases. The tests were conducted at the Army's Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) in Socorro, New Mexico. The tests validated the hardware modifications introduced to the system, based on the Army Fuze Safety Review Board's recommendations. All three phases of testing utilized a TRAPS architecture design for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicle.
(more on TRAPS...)


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