Land Systems News - September 2010

Photo Above: As the last combat unit are leaving Iraq, over 50,000 troops are still in the country. 
Capt. Charles Barrett of the 3rd HBCT, 3rd Inf. Div provides an insight of what his brigade is up to... (read more...)


Pentagon Tests U.S., Foreign Active Protection Systems in Search for a Mature Solution Against RPGs

APS RPG The U.S. Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) is testing seven Active protection Systems, mostly from international vendors, to determine the maturity and potential of such systems, protecting U.S. forces against Rocket Propelled Grenades and other Anti-Armor weapons. The Active Protection Systems Live Fire Test and Evaluation effort, which was mandated by Congress in 2008 provides U.S. with comparative insight into potential defenses readily available to protect U.S. forces. (Read More...)

IMI’s Iron Fist APS Completes a Successful Evaluation in the U.S.A.

imi iron fist Iron Fist, the active protection system (APS) for armored vehicles developed by Israel Military Industries (IMI), has completed an evaluation by the U.S. Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) as part of a congressionally mandated evaluation of domestic and foreign APS. For the OSD evaluation IMI integrated the Iron Fist onto a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicle. The rigorous test program spanned over several months and evaluated the system under complex engagement scenarios. (Read More...)

Navistar Introduces the Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) High Mobility Truck

Navistar MTV Navistar Defense, LLC unveiled today a new, high-mobility medium tactical vehicle (MTV) at the Modern Day Marine Exposition. The MTV is based on the International 7000-MV platform. The MTV incorporates the DXM independent suspension and can also accommodate a variety of survivability and armoring solutions derived from the International MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. (Read More...)

Ocelot Selected for the British LPPV Program

Ocelot Force Protection Europe Ltd (FPE), developer of the Occelot light armored vehicle, has been selected as the preferred bidder in U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) program. According to FPE, the first Ocelot vehicles are expected to be available for the training of U.K. forces in 2011. The initial phase will require up to 400 new vehicles to be delivered by 2010-2011. FPE won this competition against the all British Supacat group, offering the Supacat Protected Vehicle (SPV) SPV-400. (Read More...)

Raytheon Sarcos Unveil a New, More Powerful Exoskeleton

Exsoskeleton Raytheon is introducing a lighter exoskeleton system offering stronger system with more endurance over the company’s first generation exoskeleton developed by Sarcos in 2002. Sarcos became part of Raytheon in 2007. The new ‘second generation’ XOS 2 system is built from a combination of structures, sensors, actuators and controllers, and it is powered by high pressure (3,000psi) hydraulics. XOS 2 is lighter, stronger and faster than its predecessor, yet it uses 50 percent less power, and its new design makes it more resistant to the environment. (Read More...)

Oshkosh Customizes the HMMWV for Rough Rides

Oshkosh Suspension Oshkosh Defense is offering to upgrade the Marine Corps HMMWVs, enhancing its off-road mobility, maneuverability, and speed, while retaining, and even improving its ballistic protection and introducing V-shaped under armor for additional blast protection. The key for this miracle is the TAK-4 independent suspension system, customizing the tactical utility HMMWV into a customized off-road vehicle. Oshkosh is presenting the customized HMMWV at the Modern Marine expo in Quantico, VA. (Read More...)

Casspir IV – Denel Introduces A Modern Version for the Legendary Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV)

Casspir IV 31 years after pioneering mine protection for vehicles with the first Casspir Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) Denel unveiled today a new version of South Africa’s iconic mine-protection vehicle – Casspir MK IV. The new vehicle was launched today in Cape Town today, at the African Aerospace and Defence Expo (AAD) taking place at the Ysterplaat Air Force Base. (Read More...)

Paramount Unveils Mbombe, a New 6x6 IFV, Pioneering a New Mine Protected, Armored Vehicle Family

Mbombe Paramount unveiled today the Mbombe at the African Aerospace and Defense 2010 (AAD) Expo. Mbombe is a 6×6 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) implementing a flat hull (rather than the traditional V-shape invented in South Africa). The honeycomb flat hull enables much lower silhouette, compared to contemporary MRAPs claimed to offer better protection against IEDs than many vehicles currently used by NATO forces in Afghanistan. (Read More...)

Australian-Afghan Patrol Engages Insurgents Near Derapet, Afghanistan

This video records captured in action, by an Australian Defense Forces (ADF) soldier using a helmet mounted camera records a fierce firefight erupting between an Australian and Afghan National Army (ANA) patrol and Afghan insurgents. The event began as an observation from an ADF elements in overwatch covering the patrol route identify Afghan fighting-aged males moving into the area while women and children seen leaving. The suspicious movement triggered an early warning passed to the patrol, moving along an aqueduct leading to the town of Derapet. (Read More...)

U.S. Army Plan To Modernize Armored Vehicles Makes Sense

t’s tempting to look at the Army’s cancellation of the solicitation for a next-generation troop carrier and conclude that the service has lost its way in figuring out how to meet future combat needs. After all, this is the same service that spent a decade developing a successor to its Kiowa armed reconnaissance helicopter, killed it, and then killed the successor to the successor two years later. End result: Kiowa keeps flying for the foreseeable future. It is also the same service that spent $18 billion developing a net-centric family of future fighting vehicles — the “future combat system” — and then couldn’t convince defense secretary Robert Gates the program made sense. Such episodes don’t inspire confidence. (Read More...)

Russia, Israel Embark on an Unprecedented Defense Cooperation Agreement

Israel and Russia have signed today a military cooperation agreement and are negotiating the establishment of a joint venture to develop and produce unmanned aerial vehicles in Russia. Israel’s minister of defense Ehud Barak and his host, Russian minister of defense, Anatoly Serdyukov have signed a military cooperation agreement today, paving the way for tighter cooperation in the field of unmanned systems, counter terrorism and asymmetric, urban warfare – fields Russia expects a dialog with Israel could be beneficial. (Read More...)

Optronic Module to Improve the Accuracy of Crew Served Weapon’s

Sure Fire, LLC was awarded a $16 million contract by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, for the delivery of Visible Bright Light Heavy (VBL-H) fire control device for the M2HB .50 caliber heavy machine gun. This application augments the capabilities of heavy crew served weapons in low-light or low observation situations. The device provides visible target designation to assist the gunners in target detection, recognition, and identification within the effective range of the M2HB heavy machine gun. (Read More...)

Metal Storm Set Focus on Non-Lethal Weapon

Australian based Metal Storm ltd. has recently won two contracts for non lethal variants of its stacked, electronically fired weapon system. These wins underline the company’s recent shift into the developing market of non-lethal weapon and munitions, expected to rapidly grow in the coming years. (Read More...)

Thales, Textron Selected to Compete for Canadian Next Armored Patrol Vehicle Program

Bushmaster Two companies the Australian subsidiary of Thales and U.S. based Textron Marine & Land Systems have confirmed as qualified for the next stage in the Canadian selection process for future acquisition of about 600 Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle (TAPV), to replace the current RG-31, LAV-2 (Coyote) and some of the light protected G-Wagon utility vehicles. (Read More...)

Luxembourg Orders Mine, Ballistic Protected Trucks from Scania

Scania trucks Scania announced receiving new orders for 8×8 all-wheel drive, mine protected trucks from the NATO military procurement & sustainment agency (NAMSA), to deliver 13 Type 8×8 G 480 trucks for the Luxembourg Army. (Read More...)


BAE Receives First Order for 1,700 Caiman Multi-Terrain MRAP Vehicles

BAE CaimanBAE Systems will upgrade 1,700 Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, under a $629 million contract awarded by the MRAP Joint Program Office (JPO). (Read More...)


Transition Marks Continuing Work for U.S. Advise and Assist Brigades in Iraq

Sept. 1, 2010 marks the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the transition to Operation New Dawn. It is the symbolic date of a transition from combat operations to stability operations. I say “symbolic” because this change doesn’t happen overnight. I wish it were that easy, but rhetoric aside, you have to account for all the moving pieces of this very fluid environment. (Read More...

Army Aborts Ground Combat Vehicle Program, Set to Publish a Revised RFP in October

Ground Combat Vehicle The Army has cancelled the request for proposal process for the Ground Combat Vehicle, delaying the program by about six months. Details about revised rules for a more affordable program are expected within 60 days. Despite the setback, the Army is still hopeful the GCV could be deployed by the year 2017. However, in the near term the service could lose part of the $934 million funding, part of the fiscal 2011 budget request set aside for the development of the GCV prototypes. (Read More...)

Sand-X Motors Introduces the Sand-X T-ATV Desert Patroller

Sand X ATV Originally introduced as a recreational vehicle for the emirate’s elite, UAE based Sand-X Motors has recently introduced the military version of the Sand-X Tracked All terrain Vehicle (T-ATV) designated ‘Desert Patroller’, tailored for security and military market, special operations, border security and other military and security applications. (Read More...)

U.S. Marines Receive New Command Vehicles

Stryker Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered the first two of 52 upgraded Command and Control variants of the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) to the U.S. Marine Corps. The remaining 50 vehicles are to be delivered over the next two years. The vehicle provides a mobile command center providing advanced communication capabilities to Marines in the field. (Read More...)

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