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EagleFire Launcher

Raytheon Company has introduced its TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wireless-guided) EagleFire launcher, an evolutionary development designed to bridge the capabilities of existing launchers and eliminate obsolescence issues. Designed to fire both the wire-guided and wireless radio frequency missiles, TOW EagleFire provides increased capabilities over the TOW 2 launcher at a lower cost.

A TOW 2B missile is fired during a live-fire exercise at the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Feb. 1, 2014. (Photo: U.S. Army)
A TOW 2B missile is fired during a live-fire exercise at the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Feb. 1, 2014. (Photo: U.S. Army)

«We improved target acquisition and engagement found in the older TOW 2 launcher system», said Duane Gooden, vice president of Raytheon’s Land Warfare Systems. «TOW EagleFire is simpler to maintain and more reliable, thanks to built-in test equipment and a significant reduction in system subassemblies».

Other improvements include:

  • Integrated day-and-night sight with range-finding capability;
  • Ergonomic handgrips;
  • Extensive Built-in-Test capability.

TOW EagleFire’s lithium-ion power source allows for a nine-hour silent watch capability, when a vehicle’s engine is off, along with built-in AC and on-vehicle charging capability.

«Because the new system is less complex, we can provide superior performance in a reduced package», said Gooden. «By planning today for tomorrow’s upgrades, TOW EagleFire will accommodate future missile evolution».

Raytheon Company has delivered more than 675,000 TOW Weapon Systems to U.S. and allied warfighters
Raytheon Company has delivered more than 675,000 TOW Weapon Systems to U.S. and allied warfighters

 

TOW

The tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided Weapon System, with the multi-mission TOW 2A, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster missiles, is the premier long-range, heavy assault-precision anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used throughout the world today.

The weapon system is deployed with more than 40 international armed forces and integrated on more than 15,000 ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms. TOW is also the preferred heavy assault anti-armor weapon system for NATO, coalition, United Nations and peacekeeping operations worldwide.

The TOW 2A, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster missiles can be fired from all TOW launchers – including the Improved Target Acquisition Systems (ITAS), Stryker anti-tank guided missile vehicle (modified ITAS) and Bradley Fighting Vehicles (Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystem).

With its extended range performance, the TOW Weapon System is the long-range precision, heavy anti-tank and assault weapon system of choice for the U.S. Army Stryker, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, ITAS High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle and Light Armored Vehicle-Anti-tank platforms. The TOW weapon system will be in service with the U.S. military beyond 2050.

The TOW Weapon System has transitioned to wireless guidance and is being produced for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marines and all international customers

Archer to Sweden

BAE Systems on September 28 delivered the first production series Archer artillery system to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) during a ceremony at the company’s Karlskoga facility. The Archer system is one of the world’s most advanced artillery systems with high mobility and precision. Archer provides fire support that is powerful and flexible, and features high levels of autonomous operation under protection. It is based on proven subsystems and has an extensive ammunition portfolio.

The system is supported by an Ammunition Resupply Vehicle (ARV), designed to provide a complete reload of the howitzer within minutes
The system is supported by an Ammunition Resupply Vehicle (ARV), designed to provide a complete reload of the howitzer within minutes

«BAE Systems and FMV have been working very closely to achieve our high-level requirements for the Archer program. This is an important milestone as we begin the delivery of all systems for our Swedish customer», said Lena Gillström, managing director for Weapon Systems, Sweden at BAE Systems, Inc. « Archer will provide the Swedish armed forces with an advanced artillery system that focuses on the safety of our soldiers».

BAE Systems’ employees and representatives from FMV, the Swedish Armed Forces, and the Ministry of Defence were in attendance as Gillström delivered the first system to Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvst. «Archer is an important part of strengthening the Swedish defense», said Dan Ohlsson, Acting Director General for FMV.

BAE Systems delivered the pre-serial Archer systems to the Swedish government in 2013, which have been in use by the Swedish artillery regiment.

Significant separation of the crew from the armament and munitions further enhances survivability
Significant separation of the crew from the armament and munitions further enhances survivability

 

Archer artillery system

Archer is a self-propelled field howitzer that can operate autonomously in tandem with today’s command and control systems. The 155-mm, 52 calibre, long-range weapon features an outstanding tracking capability and an intensive rate of fire, engaging ground and sea targets, both stationary and moving, with high precision.

The projectile magazines handle all types of 155-mm artillery ammo, including advanced sensor-fused and precision-guided munitions. Depending on customer requirements, the charge magazine can be adapted for either conventional bags or modular systems. Fire capabilities include direct fire and Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI).

Precision targeting is achieved using highly integrated components, such as ballistic calculation, in the gun computer system. Firing and operation of the gun computer can both be handled automatically or manually, providing ultimate flexibility.

The system also features a Remotely-Controlled Weapon Station mounted on top of the crew compartment
The system also features a Remotely-Controlled Weapon Station mounted on top of the crew compartment

 

TECHNICAL DATA

DIMENSIONS
Width 9.84 feet/3.0 m
Height 11.15 feet/3.4 m
Height with Remotely-Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) 13.12 feet/4.0 m
Maximum elevation 34.12 feet/10.4 m
FIRING
Calibre 155-mm
Barrel length 52 calibre
Elevation -1° to +70°
Traverse -85° to +85°
Projectile magazine 21 rounds
Charge magazine 18 charges
Rate of fire (burst) 3 rounds/20 sec
Rate of fire (intensive) 21 rounds/3.5 min
Rate of fire (continuous) 54 rounds/35 min
Range BONUS: Up to 21.75 miles/35 km
HEER 40: Up to 24.85 miles/40 km
EXCALIBUR: Up to 31 miles/50 km
Into action approximately 20 secs
Out of action approximately 20 secs
MRSI Up to 6 rounds
Direct fire Day and night capability
Secondary armament Grenade launcher or heavy machine gun (optional)
MOBILITY
Drive 6×6
Road speed 43.5 mph/70 km/h
Cruising range 310.68 miles/500 km
Fuel tank 400 litres
Maximum longitudinal slope 30°
Maximum lateral slope traverse 28°
Fording 3.28 feet/1 m
Ground clearance 1.31 feet/0.4 m
Engine output 252 kW
CREW
Crew members 3 (4)
Ballistic protection Fragment
Bullet
AT mine
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) protection Overpressure principle
Climate control system For harsh winter and summer conditions

BAE Systems delivers the first production series Archer artillery system to Sweden. Archer is one of the world’s most advanced artillery systems. It’s highly mobile and precise; provides powerful and flexible fire support; and features high levels of autonomous operation under protection

Radars to Latvia

ThalesRaytheonSystems announced on September 30 that the country of Latvia will procure four Improved Sentinel AN/MPQ-64 F1 air defense radars. The Sentinel procurement, the first of its kind for the Latvian Armed Forces, will complement the country’s existing defense network by detecting, identifying and tracking airborne threats including: fixed and rotary wing aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The AN/MPQ-64F1 Improved Sentinel air defense radar automatically detects, tracks, identifies, classifies and reports airborne threats
The AN/MPQ-64F1 Improved Sentinel air defense radar automatically detects, tracks, identifies, classifies and reports airborne threats

Sentinel is a highly mobile and versatile three-dimensional, phased-array radar system that operates in the X-band frequency range. Its capabilities are suited for a wide range of missions including air surveillance, air defense and missile systems coordination, and homeland defense, as well as infrastructure and asset protection. The radar is also the primary sensing component for alerting and cueing of targets for NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems).

«Sentinel meets the unique requirements of the Latvia Armed Forces, giving them the ability to more effectively meet today’s ever-evolving threat», said Ross Niebergall, chief executive officer, ThalesRaytheonSystems, LLC, US Operations. «The radar provides accurate, reliable situational awareness that many nations, including the United States, rely on for air defense».

Detects helicopters, high-speed attack aircraft, cruise missiles and UAVs
Detects helicopters, high-speed attack aircraft, cruise missiles and UAVs

 

AN/MPQ-64F1 Improved Sentinel

Range Extension Improvement:

  • Improved target detection at extended ranges – especially Cruise Missiles (CM) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV);
  • Improved target detection for Rotary Wing (RW) and Fixed Wing (FW) aircraft;
  • Improved capability to cue targets beyond visual range.

Signal Data Processor:

  • 10 slot VME-64x Rack with slots available for growth;
  • Multiple On-board computers.

Receiver:

  • X-Band, single channel;
  • Single LRU.

Exciter:

  • X-Band, DDS Technology;
  • Single Master Oscillator upconverted to generate frequency;
  • Single LRU.

Transmitter:

  • X-Band, Multiple TWT;
  • Low/Mid/High PRFs.

Motor Controller:

  • Digital Interface to the Signal Data Processor;
  • Improved DC Motor and Controller.

New Operating Modes:

  • Full Coverage Mode – Surveillance from Horizon (terrain) to ~18 degrees, providing balanced height coverage;
  • Low Altitude Coverage Mode – Surveillance from Horizon to ~5 degrees, providing focused energy and fast revisit times for low altitude advanced target threats (cruise missiles, UAVs).
Future enhancements currently in development include an 80 percent increase in the radar’s detection range
Future enhancements currently in development include an 80 percent increase in the radar’s detection range

Lithuanian Panzer

On September 29, a contract on procuring PzH2000 self-propelled howitzers from the German Armed Forces was signed at the Ministry of National Defence. The contract was endorsed by Lithuanian Ministry of Defence Director General for Capabilities and Armaments Colonel Darius Užkuraitis and Head of Armament Department of the Federal Ministry of Defence Wilfried Georg.

Designed for joint operations, the full autonomy of the complete system in terms of handling, navigation, fire control as well as its system-based stability enables completely new tactical mission possibilities
Designed for joint operations, the full autonomy of the complete system in terms of handling, navigation, fire control as well as its system-based stability enables completely new tactical mission possibilities

Commander of the Logistics Command Colonel Sigitas Mundris signed the contract on behalf of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, the recipient of the equipment. The contract was endorsed in the presence of Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Ambassador of Germany in Lithuania HE Jutta Schmitz.

«The changed geopolitical situation and lessons learnt from the conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine have made the Lithuanian Armed Forces prioritize an efficient fire support to maneuver units on the course of its development. Looking for solution, we turned to Germany, our ally, and its understanding and good will has helped us come up with a compromise on the procurement on one of the most modern self-propelled howitzers in the world within a particularly short time. That is a clear demonstration that Germany understands the reasons behind our security concerns and is sending a clear signal that it stands firmly by Lithuania», Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas says.

EUR 58.3 million, to be allotted until 2019, has been appropriated for the artillery enhancement project. EUR 16.2 million will be paid to Germany for 53 pieces of military equipment. The rest of the sum (EUR 42.1 million) will be used for modernisation of the equipment, installation of battlefield management system and communications and control equipment, for adjusting military infrastructure for the new howitzers and for training personnel to operate them.

Panzerhaubitze 2000 in Afghanistan
Panzerhaubitze 2000 in Afghanistan

The Lithuanian Armed Forces will obtain 21 155-mm self-propelled howitzers from the German Armed Forces under the contract. 16 of them will be usable for combat purposes, 2 will be used for training firing and driving skills, and 3 more – for spare parts. The Lithuanian Armed Forces will also receive 26 M577 V2 armoured command vehicles and 6 BPZ2 recovery tanks. All of the procured equipment was formerly used by the German Armed Forces.

Representatives of the German Armed Forces will also instruct Lithuanian soldiers on technical maintenance and servicing and operation of the equipment, and its employment in operations at operational planning level.

The new purchase of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will be used by General Romualdas Giedraitis Artillery Battalion of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf based in Rukla. The Battalion currently operates 105-mm howitzers with effective range of 11 kilometres, while the new PzH2000 self-propelled howitzers will enable it to destroy targets at the range of 40 km.

Lithuanian Armed Forces’ personnel will begin training for using the new purchase by the end of the year. Lithuanian soldiers will attend courses, meet with German experts and learn from their experience at military education institutions of both, Germany and Lithuania.

The first of the howitzers are expected to be brought to Lithuania in 2016, with the rest to come until the deadline of 2019.

The PzH 2000 satisfies all international requirements for a modern tube artillery system and is currently in use with four NATO member countries
The PzH 2000 satisfies all international requirements for a modern tube artillery system and is currently in use with four NATO member countries

 

Specifications

Manufacturer Kraus-Maffei Wegmann
Crew 3 + 2
Main armament Rheinmetall 155-mm/L 52 ordnance (60 rounds)
Secondary armament Rheinmetall MG 3 7,62-mm (1,000 rounds)
Maximum range 30 km with standard 155-mm round;

40 km with assisted projectiles

Ammunition L 15 A1; M 483 A1 (US); Explosive; Smoke; Illumination; Modulares TreibLadungsSystem (MTLS); Base Bleed/RAP (Rocket Assisted Projectiles); SMArt (SubMunition for Artillery)
Combat load 60 Projectiles/288 Charges
Rate of fire 3 rounds/10 sec; 8-10 rounds/1 min; 20 rounds/2,5 min
Length 11.7 m
Width 3.5 m
Height 3.4 m
Ground clearance 0.40 m
Combat Weight 57 t
Empty weight 48.6 t
Speed road 60 km/h
Speed off-road 45 km/h
Cruising range >420 km
Maximum obstacle heights 1.00 m
Engine MTU MT 881 Ka-501 V8 Diesel engine; 736 kW/986 hp/1,000 PS (Metric horsepower)
The Panzerhaubitze 2000 is a highly mobile and flexible weapon system, which is deployed in both conventional missions as well as in asymmetric mission scenarios as indirect fire support
The Panzerhaubitze 2000 is a highly mobile and flexible weapon system, which is deployed in both conventional missions as well as in asymmetric mission scenarios as indirect fire support

 

Operators

Germany: 173 (31 for conversion to AGM mobile artillery module)

Italy: 70

Netherlands: 57

Qatar: 24

Croatia: 12

In total: 336 (31 for conversion to AGM mobile artillery module)

 

MTU MT 881 Ka-501

(Engine Specifications)

Rated power maximum 880 kW
Speed maximum 3,000 rpm
Length 1,108 mm/43.6 in
Width 972 mm/38.3 in
Height 742 mm/29.2 in
Mass (dry) 1,400 kg/3,086 lbs
Bore/Stroke 144/140 mm/5.7/5.5 in
Cylinder displacement 2.28 L
Displacement, total 18.2 L/1,111 in3
German Army PzH 2000 155 mm self-propelled howitzer
German Army PzH 2000 155 mm self-propelled howitzer

Amphibious Vehicle

Lockheed Martin officially introduced its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 offering at the Modern Day Marine trade show in Quantico, Virginia, on September 23. The armored, eight-wheel-drive vehicle is designed to transport up to 13 Marines, transition seamlessly between land and water, and provide high levels of blast protection. The U.S. Marine Corps established the ACV program to replace its aging fleet of Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV), which have been in service since the 1970s.

The modular design allows a wide range of weapons, sensor and communications options to address evolving mission and affordability requirements
The modular design allows a wide range of weapons, sensor and communications options to address evolving mission and affordability requirements

The Lockheed Martin ACV candidate is a modular, easily upgradable 8×8 design that allows superior growth for a wide range of variants, weapons, sensors and communications options. Lockheed Martin is the original equipment manufacturer, systems integrator, and final-assembly, integration and test agent for its ACV. The company has selected an experienced team of suppliers for their specific capabilities to enable the production and delivery of a high-quality, affordable solution.

«We have been committed to the Marine Corps for more than eight years in the growth and evolution of the ACV and its predecessor programs», said Scott Greene, vice president of Ground Vehicles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. «In concert with the Marine Corps’ desire for domestic production, Lockheed Martin has assembled a supplier team that will enable the manufacturing and delivery of a vehicle that meets or exceeds their requirements at the right price».

The Lockheed Martin ACV candidate will meet or exceed the Marine Corps’ ACV requirements in four key areas: Water Operations; Land Operations; Payload Capacity and Protection. The team’s ACV offering is comprised primarily of off-the-shelf components and products currently in service on vehicles around the world. They have been brought together in the Lockheed Martin 8×8 to provide the Marine Corps a vehicle that meets their needs today and supports their missions far into the future.

The Marine Corps will conduct its own series of automotive, amphibious and protection tests
The Marine Corps will conduct its own series of automotive, amphibious and protection tests

Beowulf

A new BAE Systems all-terrain vehicle, which can reach more places and carry more cargo than any other vehicle of its kind, is making its debut at DSEI 2015 (Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition) in London.

BvS10 Beowulf base configuration is a new unprotected platform combining the best of Bv206, Bv206S and BvS10 and is configurable and ready for future growth
BvS10 Beowulf base configuration is a new unprotected platform combining the best of Bv206, Bv206S and BvS10 and is configurable and ready for future growth

The new vehicle, called «Beowulf», is based on the Company’s revered Viking BvS10 fighting, troop-carrying and logistics vehicle that was initially designed in Sweden for the UK Royal Marines. Beowulf has a payload capacity of eight tonnes and built-in flexibility with special role cabins in the rear car to carry a combination of personnel and cargo. The vehicle can traverse through water, swamps, snow and soft sand; and climb 45-degree slopes. Beowulf features increased crew comfort and visibility, and is easy to maintain and support, resulting in reduced operational costs.

«We know from more than 40 years of all-terrain vehicle experience that there is a need for an unarmoured vehicle that can reach places other systems cannot, carry a high payload and do it around the clock regardless of weather conditions», said Tore Akser, platform manager at BAE Systems Hägglunds, a subsidiary of BAE Systems, Inc. in the United States.

BAE Systems sees Beowulf as a successor to its Bv206. More than 12,000 of the glass-fibre bodied vehicles were built and the majority are still in service with military and emergency services in more than 40 countries around the world. Beowulf is well placed to meet a recently declared requirement from the UK Royal Marines for approximately 230 vehicles, in a range of variants to replace the Marines’ 350 Bv206s.

Though aimed primarily at the military market, Beowulf is also expected to attract interest for carrying out civilian missions in areas difficult to access.

In most critical situations, the ability to quickly reach your objective is a top priority. BvS10 Beowulf is designed to support the crew in any conditions and in any terrain. Whether the mission is to transport equipment or serve as an ambulance service, you can always rely on getting there even if you have to cross deep waters or rocky mountains.

Mobile – Outstanding in all environments

Capable – Up to 14 personnel, approximately 17,637 lbs/8,000 kg payload at 40 mph/65 km/h

Durable – Engineered for 24/7 operations

Reliable – All conditions, worldwide

Maintainable – Engineered for low cost of ownership

Amphibious – Without preparation.

The ideal platform for Military applications, HADR (Humanitarian Aid Disaster Relief), Fire Fighting and Rescue operations thanks to the built in flexibility
The ideal platform for Military applications, HADR (Humanitarian Aid Disaster Relief), Fire Fighting and Rescue operations thanks to the built in flexibility

 

Specifications

MOBILITY
Climbing 45 degrees
Gap crossing 6.56 feet/2 m
Step climbing ≥ 3.28 feet/1.0 m
Maximum cant (static) >35 degrees
Turning circle 36/46 feet/11/14 m (with/without pitch control)
Nominal Ground Pressure (NGP) 25 kPA (at 0.2/0.05 m sinkage at GVW – Gross Vehicle Weight)
ENGINE
Cummins 6.7 L in-line 6-cyl
Power 210 kW/285 hk/970 Nm
TRANSMISSION
Allison automatic, 6 speed forward, 1 speed reverse
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Voltage 24V DC
Alternator 400 A
DIMENSIONS
Gross Vehicle Weight ~34,171.7 lbs/15,500 kg
Height ~8.2 feet/2.5 m
Length ~26.25 feet/8.0 m
Width ~7.2 feet/2.2 m
PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed ~43.5 mph/70 km/h
Reverse ~6.2 mph/10 km/h
Water speed ~2.5 mph/4 km/h
Range 248.5 miles/400 km standard – up to 621 miles/1,000 km
FRONT CAR
2/4 people cabin
Load capacity approximately 6,613.87 lbs/3,000 kg
REAR CAR
People/special-to-role cabin
Load capacity approximately 11,023.1 lbs/5,000 kg

 

BvS10 Beowulf is a dual body, amphibious vehicle with well-proven technology that is designed to provide total operational support where other vehicles cannot

 

British AJAX

General Dynamics UK has unveiled on September 15, the turreted AJAX prototype platform at DSEI 2015. The platform, the flagship variant of the AJAX programme, is the second prototype to be unveiled by General Dynamics UK, and the first to feature the Lockheed Martin UK-developed turret, which is designed to meet the needs of the modern British soldier.

AJAX, the new name for the British Army’s Scout SV reconnaissance vehicle, was unveiled at the DSEI show in London fitted with its new Lockheed Martin 40-mm turret (GD UK image)
AJAX, the new name for the British Army’s Scout SV reconnaissance vehicle, was unveiled at the DSEI show in London fitted with its new Lockheed Martin 40-mm turret (GD UK image)

The AJAX platform will be the «eyes and ears» of the British Army on the battlefields of the future. It will be effective in the most difficult terrains around the world, providing all-weather Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities.

Commenting on the unveiling of the AJAX platform, MoD Armoured Vehicles Head of Programmes, Major General Talbot-Rice, said: «We are committed to supplying the Armed Forces with the very best equipment possible and are delivering on this by supplying the AJAX platform which will become their first fully digitised armoured fighting vehicle».

The AJAX platform is one of six variants to be delivered to the British Army by General Dynamics UK from 2017 through 2024. It represents the future of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) for the British Army, providing best-in-class protection and survivability, reliability and mobility and advanced ISTAR capabilities.

AJAX has been designed and developed at General Dynamics UK’s AFV design and engineering centre in Oakdale, South Wales. The company’s employees include highly-skilled engineers who are delivering the family of best-in-class platforms.

Kevin Connell, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems – UK, said: «We are delighted to unveil the AJAX prototype, which is another significant step in the on schedule delivery of a family of best-in-class platforms to the British Army. Working together with our industry partners, customer and end-user, we will deliver into service a platform that will enable the British Army to gather the information they need, when they need it, on the battlefields of the future».

The range of AJAX variants will allow the British Army to conduct sustained, expeditionary, full-spectrum and network-enabled operations with a reduced logistics footprint. It can operate in combined-arms and multinational situations across a wide-range of future operating environments. The first British Army squadron will be equipped by mid-2019 to allow conversion to begin with a brigade ready to deploy from the end of 2020.

General Dynamics demonstrates Armoured Fighting Vehicle capability at DSEI 2015
General Dynamics demonstrates Armoured Fighting Vehicle capability at DSEI 2015

Land 400 Phase 2

BAE Systems has offered a highly protected armoured vehicle integrated with a combat proven turret as the solution that will best meet the Australian Army’s mounted combat reconnaissance requirements. As prime contractor, the Company has teamed with Patria to offer the AMV35 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) under Phase 2 of the Land 400 Program.

Patria AMV provides the ideal Military-Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) option
Patria AMV provides the ideal Military-Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) option

The solution combines Patria’s Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) and BAE Systems Hägglunds’ E35 turret system. Both are qualified and in service with NATO nations.

The Patria AMV has been selected by seven nations with more than 1,400 contracted vehicles. The platform has attained a strong combat reputation, chiefly based on the strength of its operational performance with the Polish Army in Afghanistan.

The BAE Systems-Hägglunds manned turret system is fitted to the successful CV90 family of Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) operated by seven nations. It has been used on UN and NATO missions across the globe, including Afghanistan. The unique features of the E35 turret provide the AMV35 with real battlefield advantage for Australian soldiers through game-changing levels of accuracy and weight of fire.

BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Glynn Phillips said: «The AMV35 is an outstanding combat reconnaissance platform that integrates BAE Systems-Hägglunds’ E35 turret onto a modern, agile, highly protected Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV), both of which have attained a fearsome reputation based on their operational performance in Afghanistan. It represents a low risk and affordable step change in protection, mobility and firepower for the Australian Army in any future operations. We look forward to being the given the chance to demonstrate the exceptional capabilities of this armoured vehicle system».

If selected, the BAE Systems/Patria team will manufacture and support the AMV35 in Australia, securing and retaining in-country capability, and contributing significantly to the Australian economy throughout the expected 30+ year life of the vehicles.

The BAE Systems-led team is committed to ensuring a high level of Australian content and industry capability development. The decision to manufacture the vehicle in Australia assures that there will be opportunities for involvement and content for Australian suppliers.

 

12 CV90s to Norway

BAE Systems has delivered 12 new CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) to the Norwegian Army. They are the first production batch of a total of 144 new and upgraded CV90s planned for the nation’s Army and represent the next generation of advanced combat vehicles.

The first 12 new CV90 infantry combat vehicles delivered by BAE Systems to the Norwegian army are new-built
The first 12 new CV90 infantry combat vehicles delivered by BAE Systems to the Norwegian army are new-built

The delivery of the CV90s occurred on schedule and took place during a ceremony at the Setermoen Military Camp in North-Norway. The event was attended by several BAE Systems representatives, including Erwin Bieber, president of the company’s Platforms & Services sector, as well as Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, president of BAE Systems Hägglunds AB.

«The delivery of these vehicles on schedule and within cost illustrates the highly collaborative, robust relationship between the Norwegian authorities, BAE Systems and its Norwegian industry partners», said Gustafsson-Rask. «We look forward to sustaining that relationship as we continue to carry out this contract over many years to come».

The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation and BAE Systems signed a contract in June 2012 for the production of the 41 new vehicles as well as upgrades to 103 of the Army’s existing fleet of CV9030s. The upgrades include enhanced capabilities for protection, survivability, situational awareness, intelligence, and interoperability.

The IFV program is a key part of the Norwegian military’s ongoing modernization. The CV90 is a next generation combat vehicle, one of the most advanced in the world, and is also a mature, proven, and cost-effective solution.

F1 technology adapted to Armoured Combat Vehicles by BAE Systems
F1 technology adapted to Armoured Combat Vehicles by BAE Systems

«We are very proud of giving our soldiers the best IFV in the world. It is thanks to a close and intensive cooperation with BAE Systems Hägglunds and with Norwegian industry for several years that led to this delivery», said Colonel Ragnar Wennevik, the Norwegian Army’s CV90 project leader. «We received the CV90s exactly on the date we wrote into the contract more than three years ago and that is something that we are very pleased with. BAE Systems Hägglunds is a good partner and we hope we can continue to develop the relationship during the many years of use for the CV90 fleet».

The 144 vehicles are designed to operate in five configurations: 74 for infantry fighting, 21 for reconnaissance, 15 for command and control, 16 for engineering support, 16 in a multi-role configuration, and 2 for driver training.

BAE Systems Hägglunds developed a comprehensive partnership with Norwegian industry to develop, produce, and deliver these vehicles. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Nammo Raufoss AS, CHSnor AS, Moelv, and Ritek AS Levanger are among the companies playing a key role in delivering on the contract.

«Our industrial cooperation in Norway is extensive and critical, especially when collaboration across industry is a major factor for international success», said Gustafsson-Rask.

BAE Systems Hägglunds, based in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, is a leading provider of tracked and wheeled combat vehicles, and also develops versions that can be used for civilian purposes. BAE Systems Hägglunds is a subsidiary of BAE Systems, Inc. headquartered in the United States.

In a world first, tracked military vehicles are being upgraded with technology adapted from Formula One to improve handling and speed across the battlefield
In a world first, tracked military vehicles are being upgraded with technology adapted from Formula One to improve handling and speed across the battlefield

Oshkosh JLTV

The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has awarded Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a light tactical vehicle with far superior protection and off-road mobility. During the contract, which includes both Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full Rate Production (FRP), Oshkosh expects to deliver approximately 17,000 vehicles and sustainment services.

Adaptable suspension can be raised and lowered to meet transportability requirements using interior controls
Adaptable suspension can be raised and lowered to meet transportability requirements using interior controls

«Following a rigorous, disciplined JLTV competition, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps are giving our nation’s Warfighters the world’s most capable light vehicle – the Oshkosh JLTV», said Charles L. Szews, Oshkosh Corporation chief executive officer. «Oshkosh is honored to be selected for the JLTV production contract, which builds upon our 90-year history of producing tactical wheeled vehicles for U.S. military operations at home and abroad. We are fully prepared to build a fleet of exceptional JLTVs to serve our troops in future missions».

The JLTV program provides protected, sustained and networked light tactical mobility for American troops across the full spectrum of military operations and missions anywhere in the world. The JLTV production contract awarded to Oshkosh includes a base contract award and eight option years covering three years of LRIP and five years of FRP. Oshkosh will begin delivering vehicles approximately ten months after contract award.

«Because of the JLTV program, our Soldiers and Marines are getting a level of technical performance that no other vehicle can match», said U.S. Army Major General (Retired) John M. Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense. «Our JLTV has been extensively tested and is proven to provide the ballistic protection of a light tank, the underbody protection of an MRAP-class (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle, and the off-road mobility of a Baja racer. The Oshkosh JLTV allows troops to travel over rugged terrain at speeds 70% faster than today’s gold standard, which is our Oshkosh M-ATV. Looking to future battlefields, we know that our troops will face a myriad of threats. Soldiers and Marines can be assured that the highly capable Oshkosh JLTV will perform the mission».

Advanced hull designs that are built to optimize survivability against a full range of blast and ballistic threats
Advanced hull designs that are built to optimize survivability against a full range of blast and ballistic threats

The JLTV Family of Vehicles is comprised of two variants, a two-seat and a four-seat variant, as well as a companion trailer (JLTV-T). The two-seat variant has one base vehicle platform, the Utility (JLTV-UTL). The four-seat variant has two base vehicle platforms, the General Purpose (JLTV-GP) and the Close Combat Weapons Carrier (JLTV-CCWC).

The Oshkosh JLTV combines the latest in automotive technologies with the Oshkosh CORE1080 crew protection and TAK-4i independent suspension systems to provide next generation performance. In designing its JLTV, Oshkosh leveraged its extensive experience producing and sustaining more than 150,000 heavy, medium and protected MRAP vehicles for the U.S. and its allies.

«Developing our Oshkosh JLTV solution has been an incredible journey», said Szews. «For the past decade, our entire team has been focused on putting our troops behind the wheel of the world’s most capable light vehicle. It is our relationship with our troops and our deep appreciation for their service that inspires our best work every day. I offer my sincere thanks to our employees and suppliers for their years of dedication to reach this historic day».

Blast protected seats, restraints and stowage to minimize crew impact during adverse events
Blast protected seats, restraints and stowage to minimize crew impact during adverse events

 

The Oshkosh JLTV Journey

2005: Oshkosh begins developing its next generation TAK-4i independent suspension system

2007: Oshkosh develops the Light Combat Tactical Vehicle (LCTV) technology demonstrator

2010: The Oshkosh LCTV is the first military-class vehicle to complete the Baja 1000 desert off-road race

2011: Oshkosh evolves its design and introduces the Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), the platform for the Oshkosh JLTV solution

2012: U.S. Government awards Oshkosh one of three JLTV Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contracts in August

2013: Oshkosh builds its JLTV EMD prototypes on a warm production line and delivers them to the U.S. Army for EMD testing and evaluation

2014: During EMD, Oshkosh successfully completes all requirements, testing and evaluation

2015: Oshkosh responds to the U.S. Government’s JLTV Production Request for Proposal in February and Request for Final Proposal Revisions in July

2015: Oshkosh is awarded the JLTV Production contract

Optimized engine power-to-weight ratio to provide superior acceleration, mobility and speed on grade capability
Optimized engine power-to-weight ratio to provide superior acceleration, mobility and speed on grade capability