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30 September 2013

CZ Presents Ballistic Protection Solutions

On 30 September, Česká Zbrojovka (CZ), at its Reunion of European Jounalists 2013, presented its new FENIX Protector Ballistic Vest.

FENIX Protector Ballistic Vest. (Photo: DPM)

The FENIX Protector line inludes a full upper body armor, a backpack system and accessories.

Developed and designed by ALP, with CZ supplying the ballistic protection and international marketing, the FENIX Protector Ballistic Vest ensures the utmost comfort for extend periods of wearing. The special shape of the vest lowers the pressure on the exposed parts of the body even under the fullest loading of the vest (tested in desert conditions in watches of over 48 hours). Furthermore, the design of the vest allows the user to quickly put on the vest, and ensures reliable removal under any conditions with a single movement. The quick release system allows to be out of the vest in less than a second.

Quick release of the FENIX Protector Ballistic Vest. (Photo: DPM)

The vest is constructed to compensate for the weight difference of equipment in the front and back parts of the vest and so to eliminate excess burdening of the shoulders and neck. Thanks to the integrated water pouch in the rear part of the vest, the weight of the material being carried on the vest (primarily ammunition in the front part of the vest) is spread out evenly.

The vest is equipped with an interior layer of special 3D material that ensures dissipation of water vapor and heat out of the space between the body and the vest. The vest is also supplemented with a ballistic-resistant lumbar band that protects the lower part of the body during movements of the vest, for example, in a vehicle or movements of the wearer. The vest is modular and is predetermined for any type of task. The modular arrangement enables supplementing the vest with ballistic-resistant sleeves, a jockstrap, collar or side shields. For to prevents loss a personal weapon , speeds flush attachment, increases comfort and safety during movement with a weapon.

FENIX Protector Ballistic Vest. (Photo: DPM)

New protection system. (Photo: DPM)

The FENIX Backpack is the second element of the FENIX Protector. It is designed for long and comfortable wear. The backpack is tested for air dropping. It features a unique jettison system that releases the backpack from a lumbar belt, which remains on the body with a necessary gear. Buckle shoulder straps connecting to jettison are released automatically. The Jettison system is patent protected.

The system ensures the absolutely reliable removal of backpack with a single movement in 2.5 seconds. The backpack is released from the lumbar band, a chest strap opens automatically. The lumbar belt with a necessary equipment stays on the body of user.

Materials used are mainly Cordura, but ALP now cooperates with Dupont for use of Nomex.

CZ Redesign its Weapons According to the Experience of Czech Soldiers in Afghanistan

On 30 September, Česká Zbrojovka (CZ), at its Reunion of European Jounalists 2013, presented their hardware in the handgun and automatic gun markets.

CZ 805 BREN in the full automatic version (bottom) and the CZ 805 BREN S1 (semi-Auto), its law enforcement version (top). (Photo: DPM)

The CZ 805 BREN full automatic is a modern assault rifle chambered in 5.56x45 mm NATO cal., adopted as a standard weapon of an individual of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. A few were sold to Special Forces and Asian Police units.  (Photo: DPM)

The CZ 805 BREN utilises a well-proven locked breech principle with rotating breech block and its automatic function is driven by combustion gases tapped from the barrel with option of two-stage regulation of piston mechanism. Interchangeable magazine housing secures, besides the use of the original transparent magazine made by CZ also the possibility to use all standard magazines for the M4/M16 weapons. The weapon enables the fire to be conducted in single shots, two round bursts, and full automatic fire. The receiver is fitted as standard with four accessory rails according to MIL -STD -1913. Fully ambidextrous controls together with easily reversible bolt operating handle allows this weapon to be used by left-handed shooters.  (Photo: DPM)

CZ P-09 Guardian Angel (top), and its more compact CZ P-07. Both feature stronger  synthetic materials, and interchangeable backstrap, and improved ergonomy. THe P-09 has a magazine capacity of 19+1 in 9x19 and, while the P-07 features 15+2 in 9x19, and 12+3 in 40mm. (Photo: DPM)

The CZ 805 G1 is a multi-purpose grenade launcher in 40x46 cal. and is a result of the development concentrated on the next generation of service weapons. (Photo: DPM)
The CZ 805 G1 is a light weapon designed for destroying armoured targets, personnel and military equipment located in an unenclosed ground or field shelters. The CZ 805 G1 can safely fire a wide variety of modern standard grenades of 40x46 cal. such as: cumulative, armour-piercing, fragmentation and special types (thermo-baric, smoke, illuminating, incendiary, chemical and others). (Photo: DPM)

As the CZ 805 G1 is also suitable for non-lethal ammunition use, it could be used with the CZ 805 Bren S1 (see above), as seen in this picture.  (Photo: DPM)

For further information on CZ, please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #9, which includes a CZ Profile, and MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #10, which includes a handgun/pistol report and a sniper rifle article.

MILITARY TECHNOLOGY Meets Admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli, Italian Chief of Defence Staff

Italian Chief of Defence Staff Adm. Luigi Binelli Mantelli (right) with Dennis Merklinghaus, Editor-in-Chief MILITARY TECHNOLOGY (left). (Photo: Mönch)

Exelis Receives $115 Million International Order for Coms

Exelis has been awarded a foreign military sales contract valued at $115 million to provide an undisclosed existing international customer with additional communications equipment, spare parts, ancillary devices and operator training.

Communications equipment acquired under the contract includes the SpearNet radio system with accessories, the RT-1702 SINCGARS (Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System) in the VRC-90 System, and the VRC-92 Dual Long Range Radio System configurations with installation kits and spares to support both systems. Also included in the purchase are PRC-119 MANPACK Radio Systems with GPS and SPEARHEAD handheld radios systems with accessories. Spare parts for all radio systems are included along with SpearNet training for both the vehicular and soldier radio systems.

"This is a key award for Exelis from an existing international customer," said Nick Bobay, President and General Manager of Exelis Night Vision and Tactical Communications Systems. "Our widely fielded and combat-proven SINCGARS continues to be the communications backbone for this force, and they are now integrating our SpearNet into their network as well. This is a tremendous vote of confidence in the breadth of communications equipment that Exelis currently offers."

17 September 2013

LIZARD RS11 - The Revolution of “Rugged Notebooks“

LIZARD RS11 - To the established Rocky notebooks and PANTHER tablets, which are generally mounted in vehicles, roda MilDef succeeded in the revolution for the “mobile” mission. It is the first rugged notebook, which is ultra flat, light as well as the enclosure milled out of all-aluminium. Thereby it was possible to get a high rigidity and robustness in spite of the small available space and the weight. With just 2.6kg (5.7lbs) and a height of 2 mm (<1in) roda MilDef created a new form factor for notebooks in the “rugged world”. In weight and size the LIZARD RS11 conforms to the typical commercial Ultrabooks. Therefore this rugged Laptop is particularly made for mobile outdoor missions and for outdoor applications in which every gram counts. Typical for roda MilDef  there could be customisations despite of the slight weight and the small available space. The LIZARD RS11 performs the requirements of the MIL-STD 810G (Environment) and MIL-STD 461F (EMC) as well as IP65 Protection (with open covers) without any agreements.

The Rocky brother LIZARD RS11 isone of the worldwide the highest performance rugged notebooks currently available. High-capacity Intel-Core i7 Processor, 8GB RAM- Main memory, 13.3” Multitouch Display (incl. Optical Bonding), as well as a 2.5” SATA HDD 500 GB or optional SATA SSD 120 GB Hard disk are protected by the all-aluminium exterior. (Photo: roda MilDef)

13 September 2013

DSEi 2013: RUAG Defence Raises Tactical Telephony Functionality to a New Level

At DSEI 2013 (booth S8-160), RUAG Defence – the specialist in tactical communication solutions for army units and security forces – will demonstrate the latest set-up of its mobile battlefield communications. This is state-of-the-art and brings further enhancements to the Tactical Telephony functionality.

STRYKER with equipment. (Photo: RUAG)

In the combat arena, where flexible and reliable tactical communication infrastructures are a must, effectiveness is the foundation of all mission critical communication.

RUAG’s tactical communication experts are highly focused on supporting network enabled operations for defence and security organisations. Based on the Tactical openAccess platform our network equipment such as the Tactical openAccess Node, Tactical LAN Switch and Tactical Power Supply Unit allow military and homeland security organisations to be securely connected, mobile and more effective.

Key to this mobility is the existence of Tactical Telephony Services (TTEL). This allows the building of a distributed telephony system, whereby the directory can be decentralised and support full user and subnet mobility. This makes a user always individually reachable with the same number, wherever they physically are in the network. TTEL provides seamless voice communications across legacy networks be they military Eurocom networks, analogue radio or digital telephony networks and their functionalities, as well as the modern SIP based VoIP networks. Now prioritisation has been added to the features of the TTEL, providing added functionalities to support communications during crisis and emergency operations.

RUAG's product portfolio is built on proven and state-of-the art technology which has been field tested by several defence forces in military environments and by peace keeping forces in multi-national operations. Today these solutions form the backbone of tactical communication infrastructures that deliver the highest standards of performance and reliability demanded by national and international military, peace-keeping and crisis management operations.

In RUAG's home markets we act as system integrators, providing complete solutions and services for communication infrastructures. Through this role the company is experienced in developing partnerships to provide integrated solutions in fields such as radio and software application integration.

RUAG's focus on communications and tactical communications experience is well recognised throughout the defence industry and makes RUAG a valuable partner.

DSEI 2013: Datron Enhances Strategic HF Communications Product Line

Datron World Communications, a leader in military communications products, at DSEI announced the addition of the PPS7700 Pre/Post Selector and LPF7700 Low Pass Filter to their 7700-Series Strategic HF Communications System.

Datron systems are designed to US Navy requirements for demanding collocated environments, such as shipboard or command center installations, requiring up to 16kW of transmit power. Datron can integrate a full suite of filters, power amplifiers, couplers, and external data capabilities to provide turnkey systems for worldwide HF network implementations.

Datron’s PPS7700 Pre/Post Selector provides 70 dB rejection of interfering signals, flat response over 2-30 MHz, and a 4 millisecond tune time. The LPF7700 Low Pass Filter also supports up to 16kW of signal power, and features low in-band insertion loss, excellent out-of-band isolation, and minimal passive intermodulation.

Datron’s Strategic HF product line includes the components required to deliver the unique solutions that meet the exacting requirements of our customers,” said Kevin Kane, CEO of Datron. “Datron HF solutions provide reliable, cost-effective, beyond-line-of-sight communications for naval, ground-to-air, and nationwide applications.”

Leveraging Datron’s RT7700H JITC-certified software-defined HF transceiver, 7700-Series systems have proven interoperability with other certified ALE radios to meet demanding HF requirements now and in the future. The 7700-Series transceiver has been validated for Link-11 compatibility to deliver maritime tactical digital information link (TADIL), and is IP-addressable for local or remote operation via Datron’s PC-based Virtual Remote Control Unit application.

Datron is showcasing the 7700-Series Strategic HF Communications System at booth N4-316 during DSEI.

Datron is showcasing the 7700-Series Strategic HF Communications System. (Photo: DPM)

12 September 2013

DSEI 2013: New Protection Solutions against Heavy Threats

IBD Deisenroth Engineering developed the Evolution Survivability Concept to protect medium platforms and Main Battle Tanks against heavy threats. This concept uses the latest NANO-technologies integrated in the IBD PROTech Family of protection products and has already been applied in several upgrade projects of Main Battle Tanks. This concept and the corresponding technologies are presented at the DSEi booth S6-260 together with a Live-Demonstration of the outstanding performance of IBD’s Natural NANO-Fibre Products at 11:00 and 15:00.

With the revival of the main battle tanks as support in peace keeping operations IBD introduced its Evolution Concept as a comprehensive protection solution for both the tank-against-tank scenario and asymmetric warfare. To protect against the threats of both scenarios a spherical protection is required.

The LEOPARD 2 A4 was the first platform the Evolution Concept was adapted to. Similarly kits have been applied to the LEOPARD 2 A5 and A6 (e.g. from Greece and Spain) and the MBT 122 from Sweden. Such all versions have become Multi-Purpose-Tanks for international operations.

As a result it was possible to verify the protection capability against severe threats such as heavy mines and IEDs, EFPs, shaped charges and even culvert mines. With all versions of the Leopard 2 the combat weight stayed in the range 60-64 tonnes.

Additionally a complete kit based on the Evolution Concept was designed and applied to the CV90 representing the platforms of the medium range.

The complete modularity of the Evolution Concept allows the adaptation to any kind of medium to heavy platform without major changes on the hull. The modular design also supports easy maintenance, repair and upgrades of the platforms, even under field conditions.

So far the Evolution Concept is the culminating result of IBD’s successful integration of protection solutions with exceptionally high performance against heavy threats on many large international land vehicle programmes.

Based on this extensive experience IBD has teamed up with international partners for the design and development of new Main Battle Tanks (MBT) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). For the support of our OEM customers IBD has built up an infrastructure that allows the assembly and integration of such platforms.

See IBD Deisenroth Engineering at booth S6-260 in the German Pavilion !

DSEI 2013: Nexter Unveils TITUS Armoured Personnel Carrier

Nexter's TITUS is able to fulfill the full range of missions from Infantry transport to combat missions, combat support and combat service support functions, in any kind of type of commitments likely to occur in a hybrid conflict. (Photo: DPM)

Seen and Heard from Andrew Drwiega on Day Two

Small High Speed Craft Show Minespeeding and Armed Raiding Tasks at DSEi

An unmanned minesweeper with a top speed of 40 knots – that’s the ARCIMS remote minesweeping platform from Atlas Elektronik.

The craft, designed by ICE Marine in Surrey, UK, can operate in shallow water using the Shallow Water Influence Minesweeping System (SWIMS).

The boats can operate in shallow water up to 60 miles offshore and in Sea State 4-5,” said James Kelly, Systems Design Authority, MCM Systems Atlas Elektronic. "The company currently has two boats. The concept is to keep naval crewmen out of a mined area while conducting minesweeping operations.

The boats can be quickly deployed by land, sea or air. Kelly said that they represented a flexible yet agile technology and could be deployed ahead of mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs) such as the Royal Navy’s Hunt Class minehunters.

Added Kelly: “The selection of a twin hull not only allows for a shallow draught, but the low well deck, wide beam and helm a long way forward allows for the storage of a good quantity of mine countermeasure payloads.”


How do you turn an offshore wind farm supply vessel into a potent high speed raider / protection vessel. CTruk chairman Andy White has the answer – with the initial idea not coming from a likely source. The genesis of CTruk’s Thor twin-hulled offshore raider comes from the company’s offshore support vessel fleet for wind farms.

Offering high speed maneuverability of up to 40 knots, and rapid acceleration from 0-20 knots, the craft’s light weight allows for it to incorporate armour and weapons (the model being shown at DSEi had a .50 cal and a 7.62mm machine gun mounted in a housing above the bridge.

We took the decision to move into the defence sector a year ago,” reveals White. Where other rigid raider type craft have been shown to be vulnerable to incoming fire, the CTruk can be protected and has its own weaponery.” In its basic form it is ballistically protected against fire up to 7.62mm.

We have launched this concept at DSEi and have already had good interest,” said White. Considering global threats from small craft in the Gulf, pirate activity of the east African coast and anti drug running operations, the concept seems to have applications for numerous security challenges around the world.

                                                                                                                                 Andrew Drwiega

DSEI 2013: BAE Systems Bring Fighter Technologies to Utility Helicopters

Leveraging a long legacy of experience in Heads-up Displays (HUDs – see also story BAE Systems enhance dismounted soldier applications on today’s blog), BAE Systems Rochester is bringing capabilities and technologies previously the exclusive prerogative of fast jet fighter pilots to the more mundane, but equally vital, domain of the utility helicopter.

Dubbed Q-Sight, the new HUD is already in service with Britain’s Royal Navy and the potential applications – both for rotary-wing aircrew and ground-based troops – are multiplying at an astonishing rate, according to Paul Wright, Manager, International Business Development, Soldier Systems at BAE Systems Rochester. “It’s a family of HUD-based systems, inspired by the desire to bring fast-jet technologies to the utility helicopter pilot and ground troops,” he said, adding that the paucity of procurement budgets was also a factor in trying to make this level of technology available to a wider user community at a more affordable price.

One shoe does not fit all from a price perspective, according to Wright. “Actual prices vary according to the requirements of an individual purchase, but in comparative terms you can look at the Striker family of fast-jet HUDs as the house you would like to buy, the Q-Sight family as the car you would like to drive and the Q-Warrior solution as the family holiday you wish for,” he said.

Q-Sight consists essentially of a holographic waveguide display with a monocular viewscreen mounted on a lightweight helmet. For helicopter pilots, for example, the technology enjoyed by fast jet pilots had to be adapted to meet more demanding requirements. “A fast jet HUD is fixed forward with a limited field of view of about 15 degree left and right – a helicopter pilot needs at least 90 degrees visibility in each direction,” said Wright. The ability to slave the system to a tracker therefore brings significant benefits to the pilot.

The results offered by the intelligent and pragmatic combination slaving a repackaged optical tracker to a standard helmet and integrating with a user view from a holographic graticule processing a honeycomb of collimated images are significant, according to Wright. First is a high degree of accuracy in positional and location data used for targeting and cueing – in the order of 5-8 milliradians or better, according to Wright; in addition, the user benefits from enhanced situational awareness (SA) and increased connectivity to peers and assets within his or her sphere of influence.

The true benefits may yet be some time in coming, however. Although helicopter aircrew provided the inspiration for the development of Q-Sight, it is land applications that Wright sees the real exploitation of this technology taking hold in the foreseeable future. “Armoured vehicle crews equipped with Q-Sight are going to have a degree of SA – even when the vehicle is fully closed down – that quite simply hasn’t been possible till now,” he said.

With the increasing demand for flexibility in a wide variety of mission profiles that expeditionary troops are being subjected too, such a facility would seem to be on the money – especially if not too much of that latter precious commodity needs to be expended.

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DSEI 2013: Ultra Electronics, 3eTI Helps Military Bases Increase Physical and Cyber Security

Ultra Electronics, 3eTI made two announcements at the show that will help military bases increase physical and cyber security, as well as operations management efficiency:

Defense-in-Depth (DID) Security for Industrial Control Systems

3eTI launched the next major release of its ETHERGUARD L3, an innovative product that supports the advanced multi-layer cyber security needs for industrial control systems (ICSs) supporting machine-to-machine (M2M) and embedded systems connectivity. ETHERGUARD L3 integrates multiple levels of DID Information Assurance (IA) security to protect against sophisticated cyber-attacks such as Stuxnet or “insider attacks,” and other malicious malware targeted to industrial controls and real-time systems – efficiently providing both safety and security.

Integrated Command and Control (C2) Solutions for Base Operations

3eTI previewed its new ULTRABASE methodology that combines robust, innovative solutions to provide a singular, holistic approach to military base management. ULTRABASE is an integrated C2 environment that enables base operations to provide 24/7 automated base security and access control – protecting personnel, structures and technology, while creating efficient facility and ICS operations over disparate and expanding infrastructures. The potential efficiencies for military bases are particularly significant in the current climate of high-cyber security, budget constraints and limited manpower – all factors which significantly impact the broader mission.

ETHERGUARD L3 (mentioned above) is a major component of the ULTRABASE portfolio.

DSEI 2013: ST Kinetics Showcasing Multiple Engineering Capabilities in Armoured and Emergency Response Vehicles, Weapon Systems, Ammunition, and Transmissions

ST Kinetics is showcasing its multiple engineering capabilities in Armoured and Emergency Response Vehicles, Weapon Systems, Ammunition, and Transmissions at stand N7-150.

WARTHOG All Terrain Vehicle

The WARTHOG All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is a highly protected variant of the BRONCO All Terrain Tracked Carrier. Customised for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the WARTHOG has been keeping British soldiers safe in Afghanistan and boasts a current fleet mileage in excess of 500,000 kilometres. It is battle-proven, and has demonstrated outstanding performance, reliability and versatility, while protecting troops against mine and IED threats in a challenging environment.

WARTHOG (Photo: Crown)

A highly mobile twin-cabin vehicle, the WARTHOG is fully capable of achieving mission objectives across challenging terrain, including soft ground, snow, desert, swamps and inland water. With a payload of 6 metric tonnes and a large usable internal volume of 13 cubic metres, the WARTHOG offers immense flexibility for configuration into multiple roles, including air defence, artillery support, logistics and combat services support.

WARTHOG is fully capable of achieving mission objectives across challenging terrain, including soft ground, snow, desert, swamps and inland water. (Photo: DPM)

EXTREMV Emergency Response Vehicle

ST Kinetics is also showcasing the EXTREMV Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV), an evolution of the highly successful BRONCO family of all-terrain tracked vehicles. The EXTREMV provides multiple essential capabilities for disaster relief missions, ranging from emergency rescue and medical evacuation, to logistics transportation, and fire fighting. Demonstrating extreme mobility in difficult terrain, the back cabin of EXTREMV allows flexible configuration for multiple disaster relief missions, ranging from emergency rescue, medical evacuation, to fire fighting and transportation of essential supplies.

EXTREMV Emergency Response Vehicle ERV (Photo: ST Kinetics)
The EXTREMV enables quick response and relief into difficult-to-access areas with its high mobility and keeps the vital flow of emergency personnel and supplies going immediately after disaster hits with its high and versatile payload. With its high efficiency and cost effectiveness, countries can ensure the robustness of their disaster relief supply chains for emergency personnel and supplies to get quickly to disaster-hit areas.
120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS)
ST Kinetics’ 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS) has a recoil rate of less than 26t and can be mounted and fired on-board wheeled or light tracked platforms without any major modification requirements.

Compared to existing mortar systems which can only fire up to six rounds per minute, ST Kinetics’ 120mm SRAMS can achieve a higher sustained rate of fire, according to the company. Its semi-automatic ammunition transfer system allows for a superior firing rate at 10 rounds per minute.

Fully equipped with a navigation and positioning system, power gun drives and fully integrated with an automatic fire control system, the 120mm SRAMS can perform autonomous fire missions with a lean crew of just three men.  The higher rate of fire also means that less mortar systems are required to achieve the same firing effect. The incorporation of a patented blast diffuser greatly enhances the safety of the troops by reduction of blast overpressures.

40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (CIS 40AGL Mk2)

ST Kinetics is furthermore showcasing its new automatic grenade launcher, the 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (CIS 40AGL Mk2), which improves upon its highly successful CIS 40AGL.

ST Kinetics' CIS 40 AGL (Photo: DPM)

The CIS 40AGL Mk2 retains the proven strengths of the CIS 40AGL – simple to operate, modular in design, and easy to maintain – and features major improvements, including weight reduction, a removable barrel and enhanced safety.  The CIS 40AGL Mk2 can be broken down into five modular parts for ease of maintainability and transportation, with its barrel easily disassembled in the field without the use of any tools.

The CIS 40AGL Mk2 further enhances safety for the user with new safety features in its design. One of these new safety features consists of a smart mechanism, which prevents the accidental firing of rounds if the charging handle is released during charging. Designed to fire a wide range of 40mm High Velocity grenades, the CIS 40AGL Mk2 can also be flexibly integrated into many platforms according to mission requirements.

ULTIMAX 100 Light Machine Gun Mark 5 (U100 LMG Mk5)

The ULTIMAX 100 Light Machine Gun Mark 5 (U100 LMG Mk5) is an upgraded version of the ULTIMAX 100 Mk3A. It is still the lightest machine gun in the world that fires from a drum and can be reloaded on the run, according to the company.

ST Kinetics' ULTIMAX 100 Light Machine Gun Mark 5 (U100 LMG Mk5) is an upgraded version of the ULTIMAX 100 Mk3A (Photo: DPM)

Its patented “constant recoil” principle allows excellent full automatic fire controllability.  Featuring improved aesthetics and ergonomics, the U100 LMG Mk5 also has a unique trigger mechanism that allows charging in safe mode at all times.  At a low weight of about 5kg for the basic system, the U100 LMG Mk5 uses M16 type box magazines, 100 round C-MAG and U100 drum magazines.

Sold to more than 25 countries since its introduction, the U100 LMG Mk5 continues to meet the adverse mission requirements expected of a truly portable squad automatic system. The combination of lightweight, high capacity magazine options, fast reload and deadly accuracy for effective firepower makes the U100 LMG Mk5 a prime choice for today’s armed forces.

40mm Grenade Launcher (STK 40GL)

ST Kinetics is also exhibiting its latest single-shot grenade launcher – the 40mm Grenade Launcher (STK 40GL), which is designed to maximise soldier-level firepower in a lightweight, compact and flexible package. The STK 40GL is modular in design and fully ambidextrous in operation. It incorporates a double trigger mechanism to allow striking of the primer without the need to cock the firing pin.

40mm Grenade Launcher (STK 40GL) (Photo: DPM)

Designed to be compatible with ST Kinetics’ 40mm Low Velocity and Extended Range grenades, it is easily adapted in standalone or underbarrel configurations. In standalone operation, the STK 40GL's modular buttstock allows stable handling, enhancing the soldier's accuracy in the delivery of 40mm projectiles.  As an underbarrel grenade launcher, the STK 40GL can be attached to ST Kinetics' indigenously designed SAR21 assault rifle, or flexibly adapted to almost any other rifle system.

40mm Grenades (Family of Low Velocity, Low Velocity Extended Range & High Velocity)

ST Kinetics also showcases a comprehensive range of 40mm weapons and ammunition from high velocity, low velocity, less than lethal to special purpose. The world’s leading total 40mm solutions provider, ST Kinetics delivers consistently high quality and superior performance products, qualified to the most stringent safety and environmental standards, through years of experience and innovation.

Australian Munitions, a part of Thales) and ST Kinetics have signed an agreement to cooperate in Australia and New Zealand for the development, manufacturing and marketing of ST Kinetics’ 40mm low velocity, extended range, and air bursting ammunition. The two companies will focus on making new 40mm capabilities available to the Australian Department of Defence and establishing supply from within Australia. (Photo: DPM)

Without adding significant load and logistical burden to the squad, ST Kinetics’ family of 40mm Low Velocity and Extended Range ammunition provides the best existing medium to deliver various types of payloads and effects. The low velocity extended range munitions can be fired from existing grenade launchers without further modifications. They have 30% shorter flight time compared to conventional low velocity munitions. With a flatter trajectory, the munitions’ hit probability and accuracy increases by 60% and the munitions have a 50% longer range of 600m compare to the conventional low velocity munitions.

ST Kinetics’ family of 40mm High Velocity ammunition provides greater firepower in terms of higher lethality and improved accuracy, according to the company. Besides exhibiting a slew of safety and modular design features, it is a cost-effective ammunition, which minimises costs in training crew and equipment maintenance.

With advances in technology, ST Kinetics is able to equip the infantry squad with a comprehensive suite of solutions to deal with varied threats. ST Kinetics’ products enhance the survivability and effectiveness of the infantryman with the ability to see ahead, respond effectively in urban and populated environments.

40mm Low Velocity Air Bursting Munition System (40mm LV ABMS)

ST Kinetics furthermore shows their 40mm Low Velocity Air Bursting Munition System (40mm LV ABMS), a new generation of the 40mm munition system providing great firepower, high lethality and improved accuracy. This system can be used on existing 40mm Low Velocity grenade launchers, such as STK 40GL, SA80 Rifle, M203 and AG36.

ST Kinetics' 40mm Low Velocity Air Bursting Munition System (40mm LV ABMS) (Photo: DPM)

The 40mm LV ABMS comprises the 40mm Air Bursting Munition (ABM) and Programming Unit (PU). The ABM is different from conventional 40mm ammunition as it uses a programmable time fuze technology. The ABM fuze is reliable as it has no shelf life limiting components. It can be programmed for point impact or air bursting modes and has a self destruct capability.  Comprising a laser range finder and a ballistic computer, the PU automatically computes the firing solution after lasing the target.

Mortar Bombs (60mm, 81mm, 120mm)

ST Kinetics showcases its family of 60mm, 81mm and 120mm calibre mortar bombs. Its range of mortar bombs is compatible with all smooth bore mortar systems, including vehicle mounted mortar systems.

The 120mm mortar bombs offer increased effectiveness with maximum range of up to 9km.  Designed for use across multiple missions and roles, ST Kinetics’ mortar bombs are available in the High Explosive (HE), Infrared (IR), Red Phosphorus (RP) Smoke and Illuminating versions. They also offer mortar bombs with Insensitive Munitions (IM) properties for safety in ammunition storage, transportation and field equipping.

HMX3000 Transmission

The HMX3000 Transmission meets the need for an upgrade where speed, reliability, efficiency and serviceability are of high importance. It is a heavy duty and cost-effective solution that provides excellent mobility and performance.

HMX 3000 (Photo: DPM)

Designed for tracked vehicles up to 30t, with engine ratings of up to 800HP, the HMX3000 is infinitely variable in both forward and reverse and is fully capable of equal speeds in both directions. The HMX3000 makes use of proprietary lightweight integrated pump motor (IPM) variators, delivering transmissions with very high power density.

The HMX3000 belongs to the Hydro-Mechanical series of transmissions that provide a parallel power path through the transmission, permitting it to continuously transfer power in a combination of hydraulic and mechanical modes.  When operating at low speeds, the transmissions allow engines to produce high torque at very low speeds.  When operating at high speed, the transmissions operate almost fully in mechanical mode, offering significant efficiency along with excellent high speed efficiency.

DSEI 2013: BAE Systems Enhance Dismounted Soldier Applications

In a move that leverages a long heritage of head-up displays (HUD) at its Rochester plant, BAE Systems announced at DSEI 2013 on 10th September the launch of Q-Warrior, a see-through display for dismounted soldier applications.

The world’s first true HUD was developed at Rochester in 1958, for the Blackburn Buccaneer naval strike aircraft. Since then the business has focused a great deal of effort and expertise in creating a critical mass of knowledge in the core disciplines and tangential factors pertinent to the design and manufacture of HUDs that have enabled it to develop a comprehensive range of the devices – he company boasts over 14,000 HUDs delivered for several generations of aircraft.  This has culminated in the Q-Warrior launch at DSEI, a launch the company expects to see progress to widespread use at the individual soldier level over time.

It’s really all about integrating capability into a low-weight, efficient and affordable package,” said Ross Hobson, Engineering Project Manager for Electronic Systems at BAE Systems Rochester. He explained that Q-Warrior was developed in response to an American requirement but all the technology is UK-sourced and the system is available for global use. There are six versions of the current standard (known as a Mod 2 pre-production standard) about to be delivered to US forces for test an evaluation. Separate sources indicated later that the testing might be conducted by US special forces troops – an avid consumer of advanced mission support technologies such as this.

The see-through display that forms the backbone for Q-Warrior brings a level of situational awareness to the individual soldier that was formerly available only for pilots, according to Hobson. “The idea is to make this as simple and intuitive as possible – to provide a true ‘plug and play’ capability,” said Hobson. He added that a great deal of attention has been paid to human engineering factors – a domain that Rochester has significant experience in and has been supported by other research activity throughout the corporation – in order to avoid decision paralysis brought on by information overload. “We’ve learned a lot from previous experience and have paid particular attention to the ‘less is more’ maxim as applied to information flow. The relevant information flows to the user and is used to support decision-making appropriate to the circumstances,” he said.

In addition to an impressive, lightweight and affordable headset (“we are aiming at target prices in the region of $15,000,” said Hobson), BAE demonstrated a new utility vest featuring advanced capabilities in the same demonstrator at DSEI. Using cableless and e-textile technologies, the vest provides the user with distributed power and data as well as considerable weight savings.  “The advantages are obvious – a lower overall weight for a similar level of capability, lower potential for snagging cables and associated equipment, better weight distribution and increased efficiency,” said Hobson, adding that even were the vest to be penetrated by small arms fire, multiple redundancy would ensure continued connectivity. “It’s an e-textile solution – it’s the garment itself that conducts the power, so an alternative path can always be found around an interruption,” he said.

As demands on small infantry units continue to increase in scope, complexity and importance – as well as in infinite variety – the demand for integrated and efficient solutions aimed at improving their efficiency, situational awareness and speed of action/decision-making is bound to increase. BAE Systems have obviously recognised this and are using Q-Warrior among other initiatives to get ahead of the demand curve.

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DSEI 2013: Exelis Showcases Defence & Security Capabilities

Exelis showcases its ready-now, affordable technology solutions for military, government and commercial customers involved in land, air, naval security and unmanned aerial systems missions around the world.

Exelis capabilities that are highlighted focus on geospatial intelligence, networked communications and situational awareness, including:

  • Integrated Protection and Transmission Systems (iProTxS) - A small, lightweight technology that enables uninterrupted communications between combat network radios despite nearby jamming signals, without compromising network security. It can be quickly integrated with existing radios and electronic countermeasure equipment on both mounted and dismounted platforms.
  • SpearNet tactical radio and Tactical Mobility Night Vision Goggle (TM-NVG) - An integrated soldier system available to international customers that combines the compact and secure wideband data network of the SpearNet radio with the lightweight, monocular goggle that incorporates Generation 3 night vision technology (e.g., photo/video export, color display, GPS information, etc.) for a system that creates advanced situational awareness in low light and other challenging conditions.
  • Enhanced High Capacity Data Radio (EnHCDR) - A networked radio that provides high bandwidth data and can simultaneously support voice and data with full motion video. Through exchange with other networks, LANS and data terminals through open standard IP protocols, EnHCDR is a self-managing radio network that increases decision-making and pace of operation without compromising range.

Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defence, information and services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. Excelis is a leader in critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare, navigation, sensors, air traffic solutions, communications and information systems and has strong positions in composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. 

DSEI 2013: Cassidian at DSEi

Today’s increasingly connected world needs advanced information solutions and security systems. As a global provider of security solutions and integrated security systems for the civil and military markets, Cassidian is developing the technologies of the future, drawing on its key competencies in aerospace, security, defence and services. On its stand at DSEI (S2 - 310) Cassidian is presenting a selection of its range of defence and security solutions for current and future challenges and thus prove its leading position in the fields of secure infrastructure and services, Optronics, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.

Cyber Security

Governments and companies share information through IT-based infrastructure and communication networks.  In its TouchLab, Cassidian presents some new scenarios featuring various situations and facing its customers with a display (in an interactive environment) of its innovative solutions that have been developed to meet the challenges of the future.

Cassidian uses its TouchLab interactive area to demonstrate key aspects of cyber defence against the latest wave of cyber attack exploits.  These include the use of cryptographic solutions, secure exchange gateways and security operations centres.

Secure Communications

Cassidian presents the Mobile IP (Internet Protocol) Node as an example of groundbreaking research that will improve the ability of military and emergency response services to communicate using voice, data and video in counter terror or post-natural disaster scenarios.  The technology won the IET Innovation Award in 2012 in the Telecommunications category.

During peak traffic times or in extreme weather conditions networks can become congested, restricting the flow of traffic and impeding operations.  Mobile IP Node takes a holistic view of all routes from sender to audience whilst considering external conditions, message file size, priority, and security level.  Mobile IP Node then selects the optimum route.   Users can be confident that a message will reach its intended audience securely regardless of file size or the scenario.

Secure Distributed Training Services

Cassidian is a full-service provider for the development, installation, acceptance, operation and maintenance of training media, particularly related to air systems. It forms partnerships with customers to provide expert services ranging from classroom and in-field instruction through simulator training right up to in-flight training.

The division also provides Training Services and Management. For example, Cassidian is responsible for the installation and operation of the Eurofighter TYPHOON Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids (ASTA) for the German and Spanish Air Forces. Besides that, Cassidian e.g. delivers maintenance training programmes and other general training such as training for public transport organisations in Germany.

For the French Air Force pilot school the Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS) in Cognac provides fleet management for the training aircraft fleet and operation of ground based flight training devices.  In fact, Cassidian trains the forces of seven nations: Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Singapore, UAE and Switzerland.

Sensors and EW

Cassidian showcases a new generation of naval radars with unprecedented capabilities for the surveillance of sea areas and countering asymmetric threats. TRS-4D is Cassidian's innovative step from conventional radar into a "new dimension" of operational capability. TRS-4D enables ships from patrol vessels to frigate size to exert the different detection tasks of a ship-borne medium range surveillance and target acquisition radar, in blue waters and also in complex littorals with high target densities. It performs faster, more accurate and against a wider scope of targets than in the past.

TRS-4D provides navies and coast guards with the benefits of solid-state based AESA technology, which up to now has been available to highly expensive systems only. Cassidian makes this technology affordable and competitive also for medium-sized Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radars. A non-rotating variant of TRS-4D with four fixed array panels is already under production for the new F125 frigates of the German Navy. The unique detection performance derives from a multitude of Cassidian's Transmit and Receive Modules, based on the most recent GalliumNitride (GaN) technology. Cassidian is a leading supplier of this technology.

Cassidian, the security and defence division of EADS, is a worldwide leader in defence and security solutions. The company delivers advanced defence systems along the whole action chain from sensors through command & control systems to combat aircraft and unmanned air systems. In the area of security, Cassidian provides customers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber security solutions and secure communications. In 2012, Cassidian – with around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.7 billion. 

DSEI 2013: Airborne Systems Showcases the Latest Technologies in Parachutes

Airborne Systems, a division of HDT Global, has returned to DSEI to showcase the latest technologies in personnel parachutes, GPS-guided aerial delivery systems and military search and rescue equipment on N5-340.

Airborne Systems, the world leader in parachute systems, designs, manufactures and supports next generation military parachutes including the INTRUDER, which has been type classified as the RA-1 to replace the MC-4 as the primary tactical parachute with in the US Military.

Airborne Systems is also one of the only companies that offers a complete aerial delivery solution for troops and equipment including a comprehensive through-life support training program for Airborne Systems products and tactical training for operational units at their ISO9001:2008 certified training facility in Arizona, USA.

The fully-autonomous Guided Precision Aerial Delivery Systems (GPADS) are capable of carrying payload ranging from 200 – 45,000 lb (90 – 19,000 kg) and only require the impact coordinates and landing direction (in lieu of standard into-wind landing) to provide precision cargo delivery from high altitude.

GPADS lowers the reliance on convoys and IED exposure, decreases the forward logistic footprint, reduces aircrew threat exposure and provides vertical and horizontal standoff with fewer deployed/exposed personnel.

On display at DSEI are the MICROFLY and FLYCLOPS, both GPADS; INTRUDER and T-11 personnel parachute systems; and other associated personnel support systems such as the Special Operations Long Range Oxygen Supply 3,000 psig (SOLR 3000) that offers 60% more oxygen capacity than the PHAOS; and the Parachutist High Altitude Thermal Suit (PHATS) – lightweight, breathable, windproof and water repellant to protect against extreme cold temperatures during HAHO jumps.

Airborne Systems also presents its leading-edge capabilities in maritime delivery and naval decoys.  Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery Systems (MCADS) are some of the only airdrop services available capable of delivering large Rigid Inflatable Boats using the C-130J HERCULES, and other military transport aircraft.  In addition, Airborne Systems also designs and manufactures the innovative naval decoy system designed to defeat even the most up-to-date developments in anti-RF missile seekers.

Airborne Systems, a division of HDT Global, is a world leader in naval decoy systems and parachute recovery systems. It specialises in the design, development, and manufacturing of parachutes for air vehicle and spacecraft recovery systems, aircraft deceleration and spin/stall systems, personnel, and cargo parachute systems. Airborne Systems is a global company, supporting customers from around the world, with operations centers in Llangeinor, South Wales; Pennsauken, New Jersey; Santa Ana, California; and Belleville, Ontario.

DSEI 2013: The Israel National Pavilion

The Israel National Pavilion is organised by the Israeli MoD, SIBAT.
Companies exhibiting are,

Beth-El - a leader in CBRN and TIC filtration and protection, ventilation, and air conditioning systems –introduces a new configuration to its multi-platform interoperable air filtration system.

Elbit Systems launches MRJ - Electronic Warfare system that blocks Remote Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIED) activated against armoured and VIP vehicles and the new ELSAT2000E – Low profile, small footprint, lightweight, rugged bi-directional Tactical Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Satellite-On-The-Move (SOTM) antenna. The company also has a range of its communications, C4I, fighting vehicles systems, EW & SIGINT and UAS solutions on display.

Netline introduces new reactive IED jammers and mobile phone interception systems, as well as announce the winning of tenders to supply those systems.

Rafael displays the following systems: among its advanced air defence systems: multi-purpose, tactical, guided missile systems, such as the SPIKE family , electro-optic, tactical, precision-guided missile systems, and the TYPHOON MLS NLOS - new naval stabilised weapon station medium-range integrated with SPIKE NLOS missiles; Electro Optic Systems: LITENING airborne targeting and navigation pod, RECCELITE tactical reconnaissance pod and TOPLITE electro-optic payload for helicopters and UAV's.
The THOR system is on display at the IVECO stand.

Water-Gen showcases new generation systems for its SPRING back-carried water purification unit and GEN-350G Atmospheric Water Generation Unit for ground forces, as well as announce successful testing results for these systems.

DSEi 2013: Practice Makes Perfect for RUAG Defence

RUAG Defence was awarded “Best Training Programme” in The New Economy Defence Awards, 2013. The award recognises RUAG’s vast expertise in simulation & training solutions, especially the GLADIATOR Man Worn Unit for live-action training.

The New Economy Defence Awards 2013 deliver an impartial appraisal of leading global defence companies. Members of the industry make nominations for companies that are not only driving the industry through innovation, but who also promote the highest standards in ethics and corporate citizenship. As the winner of “Best Training Programme,” RUAG has been recognised as a leading partner for forces who want to maintain and improve their readiness in realistic and cost effective ways.

Designed using high quality Swiss technology, GLADIATOR incorporates both one-way and two-way laser technology. The two-way technology is able to transmit the ballistic data of the weapon to improve realism, and is used depending on the specific needs of customers. This flexible approach to requirements continues throughout the additional features of the system, allowing users to choose from a variety of options including; positioning information, medical support, wound models and graphical hit representation.  (Photo:RUAG)

The GLADIATOR Man Worn Unit is RUAG’s modular live-action training system. It comprises of a helmet unit, an integrated harness unit and a laser unit. Together they enable fire and movement training for individual soldiers through to a whole brigade. Participants learn using GLADIATOR personal weapon handling, individual and group ground tactics and operational techniques. Deployable in both open and urban environments the system caters for a wide range of weapons and operates in conjunction with vehicles, all serving to expand and improve effective training. Participant’s situational awareness and responsiveness is increased with audio and visual effects that correspond to the weapons and scenario deployed.  

The real-time flow of information through cameras and positioning systems to the training headquarters heightens the training's effectiveness. This is analysed by the trainers who can intervene if necessary to keep the scenario as effective as possible. Thanks to data capture everything is available for participants after the training in the after action review, improving their perspective on how performances can be improved.
In addition to its live-action trainings capabilities, RUAG is also an accomplished providers of virtual training solutions. These systems incorporate real interfaces into virtual environments and can be used to train drivers, turret teams and whole crews on a number of vehicles.

As the official supplier of simulation and training solutions to the Swiss Army, RUAG have a long history of developing innovative ways to train soldiers in a safe, cost effective but above all realistic way.

RUAG's GLADIATOR Man Worn Unit is a modular live-action training system. (Photo: RUAG)

DSEI 2013: API Technologies’ Secure Mobility Solutions for the Connected Warrior Showcased

Products Include Ultra Portable SSTTM Brand TEMPEST Tablets and Laptops and Rugged INFOSEC Products

API Technologies, a trusted provider of RF/microwave, microelectronics, and security solutions for critical and high-reliability applications, showcases solutions from both its RF/microwave and Secure Systems and Information Assurance (SSIA) product lines at DSEi. Featured SSIA solutions, including the Company’s secure mobility solutions and SST brand TEMPEST and Emanation Security products, are available for viewing at Stand S8-100.

Today’s mobile warrior must be constantly connected. As emerging demands such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) impact defence and government customers, we leverage our extensive experience to rapidly adapt and design high-performance devices that meet mission requirements and provide heightened information assurance. Today’s mobile warrior must be constantly connected. As emerging demands such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) impact defence and government customers, we leverage our extensive experience to rapidly adapt and design high-performance devices that meet mission requirements and provide heightened information assurance,” said David G. Watson, MBE, General Manager, Secure Systems & Information Assurance (SSIA-UK), API Technologies.

Products featured include:

SST TEMPEST Tablets: The company previews two, new SST TEMPEST tablet designs for the Apple iPad and rugged roda MilDef PANTHER DT6 tablet. Since its founding in 1986, the SST brand name has been synonymous with highly secure, functional, and discreet products for defence and government users.

SST TEMPEST Laptops & Notebooks: The company’s SST brand offers a full line of ultra portable and TEMPEST (NATO SDIP-27) notebooks, including SN500TF and SN6570TF based on rugged Getac computers and the newly released SN1100TF based on a roda MilDef ROCKY laptop. SST has the distinction of being one of the first companies in the UK and Europe to be accredited under the CESG Formal TEMPEST Certification Scheme (CFTCS).

SST Custom Enclosures for TEMPEST and Electromagnetic Control (EMC) Protection: The company’s SST brand offers a wide range of custom enclosures designed to protect the sensitive information and communications delivered by and stored on data centre systems and mobile devices. Solutions range from USB memory stick enclosures to large custom enclosures and portable racks.

SST IP Telephony, Secure Communication & Networking Systems: SST partners with leading OEM providers of COTS products, including HP for computer hardware and Cisco for networking and IP telephony systems, to provide customers these high performance systems with the addition of TEMPEST protection. Encryption and rugged options available.

The SB1500ER Secure Communications Hub (SCH) provides a rugged, portable Secure Communications facility using multiple bearers, perfect for ad-hoc, mobile or remote environments.

DSEI 2013: VTS Radar Successes for Kelvin Hughes in Australia

Kelvin Hughes, the world leader in the design and supply of navigation and surveillance systems, has won a number of Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Radar System contracts with Australian Maritime Systems, which is a leading VTS supplier in Australia.

All of these contracts involve the supply of SharpEye SBS-800 radars with enhanced pulse compression and Doppler processing. One of the latest in a long line of industry firsts from Kelvin Hughes, the SharpEye radar system, available in both X and S band frequencies, represents a radical and innovative departure from current maritime radar technology. The radar has no magnetron and uses a coherent transmission, making it capable of separating small targets from clutter due to their differing radial velocity components. The benefits this brings in terms of safer shipping operations, together with its very low through-life costs, account for the growing demand for SharpEye.

Wheatstone Offshore Gas Processing Platform

Kelvin Hughes was contracted to supply two SharpEye Upmast transceiver X-Band radars with the innovative Kelvin Hughes low profile antennas that reduce windage as part of a system designed to protect what is set to be Australia’s largest offshore platform.

 Radar for Onslow Long Terminal

In addition to the offshore system, the Wheatstone project also encompasses an onshore VTS system, focusing on the monitoring and management of traffic at an LNG terminal to be constructed near Onslow, Western Australia. As with the Wheatstone platform, Kelvin Hughes has supplied SharpEye Upmast transceiver X-Band radars with a Kelvin Hughes low profile antenna.

Radar for Port of Darwin

To ensure safe operations at the Port of Darwin, which is Australia’s closest port to SE Asia and over 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour, a VTS system is being installed for which Kelvin Hughes was contracted to supply two SharpEye Upmast transceiver X-Band radars and low profile antennas.

Radar for Port of Dampier

The Port of Dampier, located in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, is the world’s second largest bulk export port and also a major port for rig tenders servicing the offshore gas fields. A 60% increase in marine traffic over the last 10 years has led to the installation of a new VTS centre for which Kelvin Hughes has supplied two SharpEye Upmast transceiver X-Band radars both with their low profile antennas.

Robert Kleist, Kelvin Hughes’ Head of Sales for the ASEAN region, commented: “This succession of contract wins is highly gratifying for us as it highlights the superiority of the SharpEye radar system when it comes to protecting shipping and demonstrates the range of our global reach.”

DSEi 2013: Iveco Defence Vehicles to Display New Vehicles and Variants for the First Time

Iveco Defence Vehicles has a significant presence at DSEI, with vehicles being displayed both on the company’s stand and in the static line vehicle display area. In keeping with the increasing drive to make the most of COTS and MOTS equipment, the focus of this exhibition is on demonstrating how Iveco’s engineering expertise has allowed the development of existing platforms and drivelines to meet new roles of direct relevance to current and evolving requirements.

Faun Trackway HGMS on Iveco TRAKKER trucks. (Photo: Faun Trackway)

The centre-piece of the main stand display is the amphibious 8x8 SUPERAV which is being displayed in the UK for the first time. The base vehicle is currently being offered for the USMC (MPC) programme.

The Medium Protected Vehicle (MPV) family of vehicles was designed to meet an identified requirement for a platform which could provide highly protected workspace for a variety of specialist tasks, including route clearance, casualty treatment, communications, and C2. The 4x4 variant on display is the casualty treatment variant, designed to provide medical staff with the opportunity to provide life-saving treatment well forward in the battle area.

As part of the company’s continuing investment in the highly successful LMV family of vehicles, Iveco Defence Vehicles has teamed with Cristanini to develop a CBRN reconnaissance and survey vehicle. With full COLPRO and capable of undertaking the complete range of CBRN sampling, analysis, survey and marking tasks, the development of the LMV CBRN variant is particularly timely as concerns grow about the use of CBRN agents.

In line with the move by many nations towards an increasingly digitised vehicle architecture, Iveco DV has undertaken a major upgrade programme on its latest variants of the LMV. The version on display provides an increased GVW of up to 7.75t, and incorporates improved protection and enhanced mobility through the provision of Automatic Drive Management. The vehicle is carrying a THOR system produced by Rafael.

In 2009, Iveco delivered the highly successful Self Loading Dump Truck (Protected) (SLDT(P)) in response to an UOR from the UK MoD. This vehicle was based on the Protected TRAKKER 8x8 chassis and involved significant contributions from a variety of sub-contractors. Iveco has continued to develop the base vehicle further, focusing on developing a platform to meet the demand for protected EPLS vehicles. The demonstrator vehicle on display on the static line incorporates all the modifications made for the SLDT(P) programme with the addition of a Cargotec Load handling System. The vehicle is carrying a Faun Trackway Dispenser mounted on ISO twistlocks.

Demonstrating Iveco’s determination to work with the customer to meet even demanding engineering challenges is this further adaptation of the TRAKKER 8x8 chassis, a 10x8x6 vehicle designed in conjunction with WFEL for a bridge launching application for the Swiss Army. The Swiss already have a fleet of TRAKKERs as their principal logistic carrier and the inherent commonality in developing a 10x8 for this specific application made good logistic sense. This impressive platform, complete with its full top hamper, is on the static line.

At the lighter end of the TRAKKER range is the protected 4x4 Fuel Tanker. This exhibit on the static line illustrates the high versatility of the TRAKKER range, with the 4x4 mounting the same protected cab as the 8x8 EPLS(P), and still retaining a highly usable payload.

DSEi 2013: HDT Global Focuses on Robotics

HDT Global is widely recognised for its production of state-of-the-art, fully integrated deployable solutions, including shelters, generators, heaters, air filtration devices, parachutes, aerial delivery systems, robotics, and other engineered technologies, currently used by Armed Forces worldwide, as well as civilian government and commercial customers.

HDT’s focus at this year’s DSEi show is on robotic solutions, including robotic arms and robotic trail clearing/load carrying solutions.

HDT Robotics creates advanced robotic systems for a wide variety of applications, including military, underwater, commercial, and healthcare. HDT’s military robots can save lives and help to increase mission performance. The ADROIT line of manipulators was originally developed for EOD, and the subsea variant of HDT’s manipulators was created to neutralise underwater mines. The PROTECTOR robot was created to support infantry by clearing their trail and carrying their load.

HDT continues to perform cutting edge research in robotics and tactile applications, with a strong focus on how humans and robots can work together, creating a result better than either one could achieve without the other.

The ADROIT arm offers near-human dexterity, strength, and speed. The arm is modular. Single arm versions typically have about 10 actuated degrees of freedom and can lift approximately 50 pounds. A single arm, however, only weighs about 16lbs, which is a strength-to-weight ratio at least three times better than any competing arm. Dual arm versions of the ADROIT manipulator generally have about 25 actuated degrees of freedom and can lift over 110 pounds. Mounting kits for many robots are now available.

ADROIT (Photo: HDT Global)

The PROTECTOR robot was specifically designed to support dismounted infantry. With its Mini-Flail attachment, the PROTECTOR can clear a safe walking path at 3mph. The PROTECTOR can carry 500lbs on the vehicle, with an additional 500lbs on a trailer. Powered by 32 hp turbo diesel/JP8 engine, the robot can run for days on internal fuel. With an ability to climb 45° slopes and a maximum width of just 3ft, the PROTECTOR is a good match for the mobility of dismounted infantry.

PROTECTOR (Photo: HDT Global)

HDT Global exhibits its robotics at booth N2-366.

DSEi 2013: Oxley LED Lighting in New Generation Armour

Oxley is currently supplying LED internal crew compartment lighting for the General Dynamics Force Protection FOXHOUND light protected patrol vehicle.

The Oxley DC Combi light has a rugged design, which provides excellent resistance to shock and vibration and provides high reliability in the field. The light is a “fit and forget solution” as there is no requirement to replace bulbs or tubes and it has a MTBF of over 50,000 hours. (Photo: Oxley)

FOXHOUND is equipped with intelligent internal lights – intelligent by design and intelligent in application. In physical terms the LED technology means they are very low profile – giving more headroom for the soldiers travelling in the vehicle. As back door opens the light goes from white down to red – NVIS friendly capability in a single compact unit.

Oxley is also developing prototype lighting solutions for the GD SCOUT SV. This includes interior DC Combi dual mode crew lighting and the GOOSENECK LED task light designed and manufactured to meet LED Defence Standard 59-411, and Land Class A and B EMC benchmark for UK military equipment.