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Above: This Warrior armored fighting vehicle is seen here testing its CTA 40 mm Case telescopic gun, integrated into the Manned Turret Integration Program (MTIP2) turret developed by BAE Systems. This turret is proposed for the Warrior Lethality Improvement Program as well as the Future Rapid Effects Systems Scout Vehicle (FRES-SV). (Read more...)
photo: BAE Systems


French, German Troops Evaluate Advanced Warfighting during ARTIST Combat Experiment

ARTIST, a recent field experiment held by the French and German forces in Germany evaluated advanced warfighting concepts introduced by modern command, control, intelligence and weapon systems, paving the way for further studies as part of the Air-land operational digitalization study (Bulle Opérationnelle Aéroterrestre - BOA). The exercise involved armored vehicles, infantry and unmanned systems provided by the two countries, Among the vehicles was an AMX10 VOA platform, specially modified with vetronics systems provided by Nexter Systems and the Robot Spotter robotic control systems, provided by the French company Robosoft, enabling the control of unmanned ground vehicles from within the armored vehicles. (read more...)

GTV Completes Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Critical Design Review

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) designed by General Tactical Vehicles (GTV) has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) by early November 2009. GTV was the first JLTV contractor to meet this milestone, enabling the team to proceed to the production and testing of the vehicles and trailers scheduled for delivery for the U.S. government by spring of 2010, under its technology development contract awarded last October. General Tactical Vehicles (GTV), a joint venture between AM General, LLC, and General Dynamics Land Systems was formed to compete to develop and produce the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps' Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

Brigade Paves Way for a New Concept in Iraq

The first new “advise and assist” brigades (AAB) already in Iraq and three more slated to arrive soon will perform a whole new role in Iraq. According to Army Col. Peter Newell, the 4th brigade commander, these AAB brigades will focus less on traditional combat operations and more on advising, assisting and developing capabilities within the Iraqi security forces. They also will conduct coordinated counterterrorism missions and support the State Department’s provincial reconstruction teams and other U.S. interagency partners in Iraq.


New Armored Vehicles Exhibition Attracts Industry Attention

Oshkosh Defence will showcase their vehicle armoring capabilities at International Armored Vehicles taking place on the 1st to the 5th February, at the ExCel Centre, London. According to the organizers, the exhibition, which is taken place alongside the main conference at International Armored Vehicles, is attracting a huge amount of interest from the AFV community, with over 50 exhibitors signed up already. Oshkosh will be joined by an array of vehicle manufacturers and major OEMs, vehicle system suppliers and service providers. Companies include Force Protection, Iveco, MDH Bioquell, Hutchison and Tyron. (read more...)

Proposals are in for FRES -SV

General Dynamics and BAE Systems have both submitted bids to provide the British Army's next generation of reconnaissance Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV). The winner of the £2bn first phase of the Future Rapid Effect System – Specialist Vehicles (FRES SV) vehicle is expected to be announced within 4-5 months, will replace the CVR(T) Scimitar, offering greatly improved protection, firepower and reconnaissance abilities. (read more...)

India Plans to buy over 500 APCs for land forces

In an effort to strengthen its mechanized forces, the Indian Army plans to field over 100 new Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), with plans for additional 400 in the pipeline. The Army has recently floated a request for information for such vehicles and plans to initiate the acquisition process. The new vehicles will be procured over a period of five years. The Indian Defense Forces is expected to require that the majority of vehicles will be manufactured in India, by an Indian owned company, therefore mandating significant technology transfer by the winning bidder. The Indian Army currently operates some 1,500 tracked Russian made APCs, of the BMP-I and II types, operated by some of the 26 mechanized infantry battalions. Each such vehicle can carry 10 soldiers and is operated by a crew of three. The future APCs will be required to be suitable for air transport in the Indian Air Force IL-76 and C-130Js airlifters, as well as operate from the Navy's amphibious warships such as the INS Jalashwa and the INS Airavat.

Plasan Contracts BAE Systems for M-ATV Armor

BAE Systems has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Plasan North America to provide armoring solutions and components for the Oshkosh MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV). Plasan is acting an Oshkosh subcontractor and integrator of the armor and protection system. “The partnership between BAE Systems and Plasan represents the first of what we believe will be many collaborative efforts between our two companies.” said Tony Russell, president of BAE Systems’ Security & Survivability business. (read more...)