29 October 2013
23 October 2013
Polaris Industries, a leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, was awarded a contract by the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to provide MRZR Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicles. This contract award spans up to five years, and allows SOCOM to manage their ultra-light tactical mobility needs to meet mission demands and emerging threats.
|The MRZR2 and MRZR4 are highly-mobile, CV-22 transportable, multi-configurable off-road platforms, and will be supplied with accessories, spare parts, mechanical and operator training. (Photo: DPM)|
"Polaris is proud to supply the US Special Operations Forces with our high-performing MRZR vehicles," said Rich Haddad, General Manager of Polaris Defense. "As a recognised industry leading original manufacturer of off-road vehicles, Polaris is uniquely positioned to rapidly develop and provide the military with purpose built mobility platforms."
This award comes on the heels of the five-year contract awarded to Polaris, in August, to provide MV850 ATVs to USSOCOM. The MV850 is a highly-mobile single operator ATV platform, designed for the US military and allied forces. These recent contract awards reflect Polaris' commitment to serve the U.S. military and favorably positions the company to supply the US and allied militaries with ultra-light tactical vehicles and mobility solutions.
"These platforms are a modular design to meet the demanding needs of U.S. and international special operations, expeditionary and light infantry forces," added Haddad. "Both of these vehicles are deployed and in use around the globe, in all of the U.S. military branches and special operations forces along with several allied militaries and special operations forces."
Raytheon presented the Accelerated Improved Intercept Program (AI3), which is intended to enhance protection to warfighters by intercepting rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Developed in partnership with the US Army, the system is comprised of includes the Ku Radio Frequency System (KRFS) fire control radar; AVENGER-based AI3 launcher with technical fire control; Counter Rockets, Artillery and Mortars command and control that is operated virtually on the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System server stack; and the AI3 missile. Raytheon is coming off a rather successful test of the new system in Yuma, Arizona; 22 of the 24 airborne threats were intercepted successfully. The system was designed to integrate with current government equipment, and uses only slightly modified vehicles.
The Precision Extended Range Ammunition (PERM) was highlighted as well. Currently the only mortar program of record for the United States Marine Corp, PERM will be used with the M327 rifled towed mortar, the primary weapon system of the Expeditionary Fire Support System. The PERM features operational flexibility, extended range, and precision lethality, and the control system design compensates for weather and gun emplacement induced errors.
General Dynamics had their Multipurpose Unmanned Tactical Transport (MUTT) type 2 unit on display. Designed with a payload of up to 600 pounds, the unit is intended to “lighten the load” for light infantry by following silently behind ant speeds averaging four miles per hour. It’s equipped with a heavy fuel hybrid electric fuel cell, a 16 hour fuel tank, and an optional auxiliary fuel tank that provides up to 72 hours. The MUTT is amphibious capable and can also provide an optional one kilowatt expeditionary power while stationary.
Also featured was the BUFFALO - a Mine Protected Clearance Vehicle (MPCV) class three MRAP currently in use with the US army. Intended for the remote interrogation of mines or IEDs, the BUFFALO features a 30ft interrogation arm with an optional air spade. It provides high survivability due to the v-shaped, monocoque steel hull. All external components are bolt on, bolt off – reducing injury risks and increasing ease of repairs after an IED or blast event. The BUFFALO lives up to its name – weighing in at 66,000lbs and measuring almost four meters tall and three meters wide. It’s able to seat up to six personnel, and has a range of 300 miles.
D3O is an impact protection solutions company that sells and licenses a range of patented smart materials. Their team of chemists and material scientists, in collaboration with British military experts, have engineered a collection of market specific solutions to provide trauma reduction and shock absorption, combined with enhanced comfort and cushioning, using D3O’s patented technologies.
D3O TRUST Helmet Liner SystemConstructed using D3O’s newly engineered DECELL material, the helmet liner system provides comfort and high performance protection, which, according to the company, exceeds the required level of protection by 33% in the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) tests at 10ft/sec. Each helmet pad in this 7-piece system features a unique, auxetic geometry that allows the pad to fit the shape of the head and offers superior deceleration and protection under blunt impact tests. Lined with technical wicking fabric on one side, and a hook and loop system on the other, the pads can be fitted directly into combat helmets.
D3O TRUST Internal Knee PadThe new TRUST Internal Knee Pad offers comfort and enhanced protection. Made from LITE by D3O, a brand new lightweight, temperature stable and flexible material, the knee pad has an ergonomic, pre-curved shape for optimised fit. Its unique design features a flexible, hard shell for anti-abrasion with ridges to prevent rocking and help locate and stabilise the knee on impact. Available in regular and extra-long sizes, the TRUST Internal Knee Pad is compatible with most Army combat pant knee pockets.
D3O TRUST Internal Elbow PadThe TRUST Internal Elbow Pad, constructed from LITE by D3O, features an anti-abrasion hard shell and pre-curved ergonomic design providing lightweight, flexible and comfortable protection. Compatible with combat shirt elbow pockets.
D3O TRUST External Knee PadThe TRUST External Knee Pad has been engineered for optimum comfort and protection. The lightweight protector, made using LITE by D3O, has an ergonomically designed recess to ensure correct placement on the knee cap and resists slipping or moving. It also features a highly durable, anti-abrasion shell with ridges to help locate and stabilise the knee on impact as well as adjustable, detachable leg straps.
D3O TRUST InsolesThe brand new TRUST Insole range includes three different grades designed to offer enhanced comfort, support and protection. Featuring D3O’s patented shock absorbing technology, the new lightweight TRUST Insoles feature D3O DECELL in the heel insert for cushioning and D3O AERO in the forefoot for comfort. D3O’s new footwear materials have been designed specifically to maintain its cushioning properties even at the highest impact energies associated with running and jumping.
- Comfort – dual density material, superior cushioning featuring D3O patented shock absorbing technology.
- Support – structured support through geometry, featuring D3O patented shock absorbing technology.
- Performance – built-in control chassis underfoot for maximum support.
Stephen Wilde, PPE Global Sales Manager said; “As the market leaders in lightweight, flexible protection, we have responded to increased customer demand for a low density, durable and comfortable shock absorbing materials. We recognise that the requirements for athletic or industrial markets differ to those of the military and law enforcement and in turn have tuned our technology to offer market specific solutions.”
TRUST range powered by D3O from D3O Lab on Vimeo.
Meritor Defense showcases advanced technology to support soldiers at booth 1203. These systems will be critical to keeping military vehicles rolling through various terrains and extreme conditions with outstanding traction and mobility. Building on Meritor’s heritage of advanced engineering, these new systems deliver customised tire pressure and drivetrain management through mud, sand and snow, on highways and cross-country, and in emergency situations. Both systems can potentially cross over into other segments, including commercial vehicles.
“We engineered our chassis components and new electronic systems to boost vehicle mobility, traction, overall performance and safety,” said Dave Damian, director of sales and business development, Meritor Defense.
Showcased are new electronic products, SMARTFLOW Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS) and DRIVECOMMAND Drivetrain Control (DTC), and the PROTEC High Mobility Independent Suspension (HMIS). The SMARTFLOW CTIS and DRIVECOMMAND DTC features and benefits are shown via an interactive display in the booth or in the video here.
SMARTFLOW CTIS provides outstanding mobility for military vehicles. Drivers choose a mode through a human machine interface (HMI) panel on the dashboard to inflate or deflate tire pressure based on the terrain they are manoeuvring. Tires can be controlled independently or all four at once.
DRIVECOMMAND DTC engages automatically when the driver chooses a mode on the same HMI panel, locking or unlocking the differentials and controlling the transfer case function based on the terrain. Drivers will maneuver with less difficulty through mud, sand or snow, on highways or cross-country and in emergency situations with these technologies.
Also featured in Meritor Defense’s booth will be the PROTEC HMIS Series 30, which is on vehicles in the Joint Light Tactical Wheeled (JLTV) and High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) programmes. The PROTEC Series 30 is part of a complete chassis offering, which is a bolt-in design and integrates into existing up-armoured HMMWVs.
Meritor’s electronic systems are fully supported by Meritor DRIVEFORCE, the company’s North American sales and service organisation, and the ONTRAC technical support centre. Collectively staffed by more than 150 dedicated professionals, these teams assist commercial vehicle and industrial customers with customized solutions before, during and after the sale.
Meritor is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, breaking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defence, specialty and aftermarket customers in more than 70 countries. Meritor is based in Troy, MI/USA, and is made up of approximately 9,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centres, joint ventures, distribution centres and global offices in 19 countries.
Protecting helicopter fleets from existing and evolving infrared (IR)-guided threats. On today’s battlefields, helicopters are essential to modern warfare and defence, but the aircrews and troops they carry must contend with a growing array of evolving threats — IR-guided missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms fire. BAE Systems is showcasing the capabilities of its Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) solution, which is designed as the next-generation integrated aircraft survivability and protection solution for the US Army. “Since receiving the 2012 award to compete in the CIRCM technology demonstration phase, BAE Systems has met or surpassed every programme milestone, including the early delivery of initial units and successful contractor-led testing,” said Bill Staib, Product Line Director, Threat Management Solutions, BAE Systems.
BAE Systems is furthermore highlighting a new platform milestone for its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket, which was created to bridge the gap between unguided rockets and larger, more expensive anti-armour munitions. "With its latest milestone, the APKWS laser-guided rocket — a precise, lethal, affordable, and versatile weapon — has now been successfully tested on almost a dozen fixed and rotary wing platforms,” explained Dan Riffee, Business Development Manager, BAE Systems at a press briefing.
BAE Systems is showcasing its proposed solution to the Army’s Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) programme, which will replace the M113 personnel carrier. “Our non-developmental proven solution uses proven BRADLEY hardware and leverages the platform’s modernization investments to meet the US Army’s mobility, survivability, and commonality needs. The maturity of our offering provides a low-risk solution for the Army and is ready for production,” said Greg Mole, AMPV Program Director, BAE Systems on 22 October.
|BAE Systems’ proposed solution to the Army’s Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) programme (Photo: BAE Systems)|
BAE Systems is working with the US Army to develop a new family of innovative explosives called insensitive munitions (IM). “Once fielded, these technologies will revolutionise the industry and save lives on and off the battlefield. IM are much safer to handle and store than legacy explosive products, like TNT and Composition B. One, called IMX-101 is now in full production and is on track to completely phase out TNT from US artillery in the coming years,” according to Mike Ervin, Innovation and Customer Relations Director, Ordnance Systems, BAE Systems. Beyond IMX-101, various other IM formulations are being developed and qualified for an array of munitions applications, including bombs, grenades, and mortar systems.
|IAI MIDS (Photo: DPM)|
MIDS will be deployed on a ruggedised, commercial, light tracked or wheeled (manned and/or unmanned) engineering vehicle according to customer requirements. It will carry an advanced ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and metal detector (MD) arrays into high threat environments to identify deep buried and surface laid mines / IEDs in, and next to, the advancing path of the manoeuvring forces. The two main arrays (GPR and metal detector) will produce data which will be combined to analyse readings in real time, minimizing false alarms from non-threatening materials such as rocks, wood and other debris.
An onboard IAI-manufactured electro-optic payload with day/night cameras will provide remote operators with situational awareness and enable visual surveillance from a safe distance. On-board navigation systems allow the vehicle to travel along a precise series of pre-programmed or operator designated waypoints and record and transmit the exact location of discovered threats.
MIDS will carry a remotely-operated weapon system slaved to the electro-optic payload for self-defence against enemy combatants or for detonating threats on the operator’s command. The system will also be equipped with a small dozer blade able to clear obstructions, and a lane-painting/marking system for designating both a safe path for following vehicles/troops and for outlining the location of discovered threats. The demonstrator is slated to be ready for field testing by the end of 2014.
DRS is one of the largest US-based suppliers of tactical Environmental Control Units (ECU), and is a leading supplier of Environmental Conditioning Systems (ECS) for military vehicles. Combining the ECU/ECS with CBRN filtration is a natural joining of technology to deliver a complete Environmental Protection System to the soldier in Forward Operating Bases, as well as vehicles.
Beth-El has been designing and manufacturing CBRN collective protection filtration systems for the past 40 years and, for over the past decade, has exported its technology to be used by over 60 militaries worldwide, many NATO forces, and have been tested and qualified by International Standards Institutes from countries all over the world.
According to Jehudah Fehlauer, Head of Marketing & Sales and Business Development for Beth-El, “Beth-El is eager to begin working with DRS in our joint effort to provide a superior CBRN filtration system to the US warfighter.”
Roger Sexauer , Group President for DRS, stated, “DRS looks forward to expanding our ability to protect the war fighter from CBRN threats by leveraging the world’s best filtration technology for field and vehicle applications."
Donaldson Company, a world leader in design, development and production of advanced filtration solutions for military, aerospace and heavy industry vehicles and systems, has collaborated with the Thales Australia engineering design team to provide engine intake and crew cabin filtration systems for the new HAWKEI Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV), currently under development with the Australian Department of Defence.
HAWKEI PMV is a 4 x 4 wheeled, light armored utility vehicle named for Acanthopis Hawkei, better known as the death adder, a native to Australia and one the world’s most venomous and deadliest snakes.
Donaldson will develop a prototype PMV engine and cabin filters, increasing vehicle capabilities so that the The approaches the efficiency of its namesake. Donaldson Australia, the company’s unit in Wyong, New South Wales, designed the system by adapting Donaldson commercial filtration components, and will coordinate the programme with Thales.
Production of Hawkei filtration systems and spare parts will continue for the foreseeable future as Thales markets the vehicle for other military forces. “We are exceptionally proud of our partnership with Thales and the opportunity to support the Australian Defence Force,” said Steve Moon, Director, Defense Ground Vehicle Products, Donaldson Company.
TenCate Advanced Armor USA an active underbody blast mitigation system, called TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system, to reduce casualties and injuries to troops riding in vehicles that are hit by IEDs.
Third party tests confirm that the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system can dramatically mitigate the deadly impulse energy effects of an IED blast. Crew survivability is improved because the system minimises the brutal launch into the air, the violent flight, and the destructive slam back down to earth associated with a vehicle experiencing an IED or mine blast event.
Raised IED ProtectionTenCate is working with several Department of Defense (DoD) agencies and US military vehicle makers to evaluate the system for use on a wide range of vehicle platforms, including a multi-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM). "Our talented engineering team has raised the bar on IED protection", said Mark Edwards, President of TenCate Advanced Armor USA. "The TenCate ABDS(TM) active blast countermeasure system is the world's first practical active underbody blast mitigation solution, and it's ready to save lives."
The system digitally senses how an IED will effect a ground vehicle and - in the fractions of a second in which an IED explodes - detects, analyses, and directs a powerful active blast countermeasure to protect the vehicle and the troops on board. The system effectively mitigates the acceleration force that launches the vehicle into the air, the vehicle's flight, which is a major contributor to injuries, and also the vehicle's destructive crash down to the ground.
Retrofitted SolutionThe TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system is an off-the-shelf, cost-effective solution. This survivability system is lightweight, requires nominal power, and needs little space. TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system can be integrated and retrofitted onto vehicles, such as the Textron ASV (Armored Security Vehicle), Oshkosh M-ATV (MRAP - All Terrain Vehicle), AM General MECV-HMMWV (up-armored Hummer), GDLS Stryker, GDLS-C LAV (Light Armored Vehicle), Navistar MAXXPRO Dash, and BAE's FMTV (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles) and Bradley products.
With ATDs positioned fore and aft in 18-20,000lbs 4x4 vehicles, 35 key injury parameters were measured, including head, chest, pelvis, neck, spine, femur, upper tibia, lower tibia, foot, and ankle. With the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system turned off, tests recorded multiple injuries which collectively proved lethal to all occupants. With the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system turned on, injuries were reduced significantly - in many cases by as much as 40-70% - and none were lethal.
"The debut of the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system ushers in an era of improved safety and survivability for all military and commercial ground vehicles and the crews and soldiers who work in harm's way each day," Mark Edwards concludes. "TenCate Advanced Armor looks forward to continuing its collaborations with US and allied Department of Defense agencies and military vehicle makers to evaluate the capabilities and survivability advantage that the system can provide on their platforms."
AUSA 2013: Roboteam Unveils New Configuration of its Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) Designed for Harsh Field Conditions
|Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) for harsh terrain (Photo: Roboteam)|
The company unveiled its new configuration of the Micro Tactical Ground Robot - MTGR - designed for harsh field conditions, at the Israel Pavilion, Hall B, Booth 2448. Also on display is Roboteam's generic controllers, suited for any unmanned system.
The MTGR – Micro Tactical Ground Robot - New Configuration
The new configuration of the MTGR was specially developed for harsh field conditions. Designed for intelligence gathering (ISR), EOD missions, and public safety day-to-day activities, the robust MTGR is a 16lb unmanned ground vehicle that is highly maneuverable and is one of the lightest available on the market in its category. Carried by an individual soldier, the MTGR climbs stairs, operates in rough terrain, transmits 360° video in real time, uses a US Military standard battery, and has a secured MANET Data Link.
|Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) for night applications (Photo: Roboteam)|
According to Yosi Wolf, Co-CEO of Roboteam, "We continuously invest resources in order to create the best possible and highest quality solutions in the field, while maintaining a reasonable level of affordability. Our robotic solutions, which are combined with the most advanced command and control systems, are preferred by our customers."
|Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) for public safety applications (Photo: Roboteam)|
Roboteam, founded in 2009, is a fast growing company that integrates its vast experience in the field with cutting-edge technologies. Roboteam is a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of innovative, highly intuitive, ruggedised unmanned systems and controllers. The company has created a range of robotic platforms with multiple unique yet simple-to-use payloads, designed for numerous operational missions, such as intelligence and surveillance (ISR), handling explosives (EOD), border patrol missions, search & rescue, law enforcement, and HAZMAT handling. Roboteam recently established its US-based headquarters to fulfil the US market demand and to promote its position in the US defence industry.
QinetiQ North America displays its latest fleet management, survivability, unmanned systems, portable power and sensor technologies for land, air and maritime environments at booth 7843.
Featured displays include integrated warrior systems, logistics and lifecycle management solutions, gunfire detection solutions, armour protection systems, military robots, tactical controllers, man-portable power solutions and a suite of sensors to support the soldier in any environment.
QinetiQ North America is a subsidiary of QinetiQ Group. Operating in North America, QinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology, responsive services, and innovative solutions for global markets, focusing on US government and commercial customers. Its engineers, scientists and other professionals deliver high quality products and services that leverage detailed mission knowledge and proven, reliable tools and methodologies to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers.
Seraphim Optronics, a leader in electro-optic (EO) surveillance and security equipment has launched the ROSS system (Remote Observation Sensor System), the newest member of its family of Unattended Ground Covert Imaging Surveillance solutions, at the Israeli Pavilion, Hall B, Stand 2456. The company is also showcasing its UGF, an Unattended Gap Filler system.
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The ROSS (Remote Observation Sensor System)Among the advantages of the ROSS system are its compactness, energy efficiency, and the inclusion of today's most advanced communications systems. In addition, the ROSS can be integrated with a state-of-the-art tactical radar, thus providing the ultimate solution for a known problem - geographical coverage gaps in border protection. The radar continuously scans a sector of 90°, delivering persistent surveillance, with an automatic detection range of up to two kilometres. The system can be triggered by the radar, Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS-acoustic, seismic, etc.), or integral VMD - and can cue the Day & Night (IR) cameras to the location of the alert. ROSS also serves as a data HUB for other UGS, with the ability to continuously relay the video and event data to HQ. The day-and-night (VGA uncooled thermal) cameras play a critical role in determining whether an unauthorized activity is taking place, thus preventing false alarms.
Key capabilities include its high survivability - enabled by the system's being easily camouflaged and able to withstand harsh environments, automatic motion detection in VMD mode, and transmission of alarms in automatic detection sentinel mode - with video stream upon detection. The system also provides a 'house call' option, enabling direct surveillance of pre-memorized locations, a scan path with automatic cyclical scanning of pre-programmed targets, a scheduler for automatic daily operations (camera switchover, hibernate, etc.), and a sabotage sensor with tamper alarm, activated when the system is touched.
ROSS can be used in tactical applications such as border protection and gap filling, perimeter and force/facility protection, and intelligence gathering including suspect surveillance and incrimination. The system can be integrated with small, low-power radars as well as with external controllable sensors including seismic and acoustic sensors, target acquisition solutions, and C4I systems.
The UGF (Unattended Gap Filler System)Seraphim also exhibits its UGF at AUSA - an Unattended Gap Filler system that combines the ROSS/MUGI with a low power consumption staring Tactical Radar for total wireless control of a 2 km2 area with automatic detection, alert and video, communications, and energy platform for long duration missions. The UGF - which can be installed in fixed locations (covert & powered by solar) or quickly deployed for tactical RECON and force protection - can be combined with additional seismic and acoustic UGSs to hermetically seal gaps in the border.
According to Gadi Bar-Ner, VP Sales & Marketing of Seraphim Optronics, "As a company with extensive experience and expertise in covert surveillance solutions, we work on an ongoing basis with our military, police, and special forces customers around the globe to provide more and more advanced solutions that meet their specific needs. At this year's AUSA, we are pleased to present a new solution that combines advanced communications capabilities in an ultra-compact system with significant energy savings. We will also be showcasing our UGF for wireless sealing of border gaps."
MUGI Unattended Ground Sensor
Established in 1993 by members of the technical unit of the Israel Defense Forces, Seraphim Optronics specialises in electro-optic surveillance and security equipment. With more than 30 years of experience, and a unique approach to covert imaging surveillance systems, the company has achieved a leading position in the global security and military markets in the Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS) arena.
With a new arm and accessories, iRobot’s 110 FIRSTLOOK is now well suited for an even greater variety of missions, and is being exhibited at booth 3621. It provides situational awareness, performs persistent observation, investigates and manipulates dangerous objects, and can identify hazardous materials.
Despite weighing just 5lbs, FIRSTLOOK can now be outfitted with numerous third-party accessories, giving it a unique set of capabilities for a robot of its size. These accessories include:
Small, light manipulator – enables FIRSTLOOK to pick up and move objects. The arm is capable of lifting up to 3lbs and extending 12 inches;
CBRN sensors – enabling FIRSTLOOK to identify hazardous chemical materials, gases or radiation;
Thermal Camera – enabling 24/7 operations; and
Integrated Deployment and Camera (IDAC) – allows the operator enhanced situational awareness and the ability to deploy payloads such as markers or charges.
FIRSTLOOK also has unmatched durability and manoeuvrability for a lightweight robot. It survives 15ft drops onto concrete, is waterproof to 3ft, climbs steps, goes over curbs and other obstacles, turns in place and self-rights when flipped over.
The AGMS is mounted on a Volvo FEL L180G at the Mack truck stand 4025 for the duration of the show, where delegations are able to learn more about this adaptable equipment.
|FAUN Trackway AGMS (Photo: DPM)|
|Adjustable Ground Mobility System (AGMS)|
Launched in 2012, the AGMS allows all of FAUN’s portable roadway products to be deployed from by a wide range of front-end loader vehicles, commonly owned by armed forces round the world.
By doing away with the need for a dedicated vehicle the AGMS significantly reduces the cost of equipping a force with portable roadway capability.
The AGMS can be adapted for use with both MLC 70 TRACKWAY – the multi-terrain system for tracked and wheeled vehicles up to and exceeding 70T – and MLC 30 TRACKWAY – which is typically used in beach-landings to offer mobility of wheeled vehicles up to and exceeding 30 tonnes.
This technology has been developed after extensive consultation with a number of U.S. expeditionary forces who are all looking to improve the efficiency of their operations.
Michael Holdcraft, Vice President of Business Development, FAUN TRACKWAY USA, said: “At a time when defence budgets continue to face cuts, flexible solutions that enhance access to remote territories are the ideal. There will be a chance for visitors at AUSA to see this impressive system up close, as well as finding out more about FAUN TRACKWAY USA’s suite of expedient ground surfacing solutions.”
On display are the INTRUDER, which has been type-classified as the RA-1 to replace the MC-4 as the primary tactical parachute by the US Army; T-11 personnel parachute; and other 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) – a complete thermal management suit that is lightweight, breathable, windproof and water repellent to protect against extreme cold temperatures during HAHO jumps.
Airborne Systems also highlights the capabilities of the FLYCLOPS, a fully autonomous, one-time use Guided Precision Airdrop System (GPADS) capable of carrying payloads ranging from 200–2,200lb (90–1,000kg) and only requires the impact coordinates and landing direction to provide precision cargo delivery from high altitude.
Airborne Systems is the technological leader in precision aerial delivery as evidenced by FIREFLY and DRAGONFLY being adopted by the US Army for its 2K and 10K JPADS programmes.
GPADS lowers 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.
Airborne Systems also offers a complete aerial delivery solution for troops and equipment including a comprehensive through-life support training programmes for Airborne Systems products and tactical training for operational units at their ISO9001:2008 certified training facility in Arizona, USA.
22 October 2013
The M109A6 PALADIN Integrated Management (PIM) howitzer is a 39-caliber, 155mm artillery system designed to meet the current and future needs of the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams. The PIM programme includes both a self-propelled howitzer, and its companion armoured ammunition resupply vehicle. Both incorporate state-of-the art digital backbone and architecture, with a first-of-its-kind 70KW, 600V power generation and distribution system. The mobility platforms leverage significant commonality with the BRADLEY family of vehicles, and the mission systems utilise technology and hardware designs from the Non-Line of Sight (NLOS) cannon programme. The systems provide soldiers with increased force protection and survivability, and a strong foundation for future growth. The system is wrapping successful Developmental Testing and poised to enter Low Rate Initial Production.
The PIM is the latest howitzer in the BAE Systems M109 family of vehicles, the primary indirect fire support system for the ABCTs. It uses the existing main armament and cab structure of a PALADIN M109A6, and replaces the vehicle’s chassis components with modem components common to the BRADLEY vehicle.
“The improved chassis structure provides greater survivability and commonality with the existing systems in the ABCT, reducing operational sustainability costs by replacing obsolete components,” according to Adam Zarfoss, Artillery Program Director, BAE Systems.
AUSA 2013: Exelis Displays Ready-Now Affordable Solutions and New Technologies for the US Army and International Customers
“We recognise that the current US Department of Defense budget environment requires innovation and ingenuity on the part of our customers and we believe we have the right combination of new technologies and ready-now affordable solutions to help the U.S. Army, and international militaries, better execute their range of missions,” said US Army Lt.Gen. (Ret.) Bob Durbin, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Government Relations for Exelis.
Some highlighted technologies from the Exelis exhibit at this year’s AUSA event include: Networked communication systems, including SideHat, Rifleman and SPEARNET radios, as well as Global Network On-The-Move Active Distribution (GNOMAD), an on-the-move satellite communications system that employs a low-profile antenna to provide reliable connectivity for a wide range of vehicles, from standard SUVs to large armored vehicles in the ABRAMS, BRADLEY, and STRYKER families.
Information processing, exploitation and dissemination solutions, such as JAGWIRE, which helps deliver geospatial intelligence data within seconds, even to the disadvantaged user in austere environments.
Next generation night vision goggles, such as the AN/PSQ-20 SPIRAL Enhanced Night Vision Goggle which provide net-centric solutions that can gather, transmit and receive imagery and tactical intelligence between soldiers and commanders, enhancing situational awareness and decision support.
Individual Soldier System - Voice, video and data integrated into a soldier system allowing commanders to view what soldiers are seeing, send instructions like texts, alerts or images all delivered directly to the goggle’s display in a light and sound secure way. This system integrates the Exelis iAWARE Tactical night vision goggle with the high-data rate SPEARNET radio using JAGWIRE to provide on-demand access to critical geospatial intelligence data, reducing the time from collection to decision.
|Exelis iAWARE Tactical night vision goggle for the international market (Photo: DPM)|
C4i Interoperable Communications Solutions - Exelis is a leader in the design and manufacture of voice over Internet Protocol (IP) solutions for mission critical applications and leading edge technology products. We provide defense organizations with the ability to communicate reliably and securely across the seas or the skies, reducing the time needed to respond to a threat or receive a critical message.
Services/Support/Logistics - Exelis provides world class, service, support and logistics to customers around the globe, deliver affordable solutions in base operations, vehicle maintenance, and logistics through procurement vehicles like the Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise (EAGLE). In addition, Exelis is one of the US Army’s largest providers of network and communications operations and maintenance services.
The Israeli National Pavilion at AUSA 2013 includes:
Beth-El - a leading supplier of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) filtration products. The company has entered into a Teaming Agreement to support the US market for CBRN filtration.
Milper – specialises in advanced rugged solutions and presents its wide range of tactical, communications and command and control solutions.
Nimda - engages in the design, manufacturing, marketing and servicing of world class powerpacks for armoured fighting vehicles – introduces its fully automatic transmission.
RT LTA Systems - a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of aerostats. The company debuts its advanced solutions for unique tactical intelligence aerostats.
Roboteam - a leader in the design, development, and manufacture of innovative, highly Intuitive, ruggedised and affordable robotic systems. At AUSA, Roboteam unveils new configuration for harsh terrain.
Ricor Systems - a world leader in innovative cooling technology, expanding its portfolio and announces a new acquisition.
RADA - specialising in avionics upgrades, data recording and management systems, inertial navigation, and radar solutions - announces its tactical radar’s selection by an international enterprise.
Seraphim - a leader in electro-optic surveillance and security equipment – launches the newest member of its family of Unattended Ground Covert Imaging Surveillance solutions
Techaya - a prime developer, innovator, and manufacturer of military-grade, ruggedised IP-based communication solutions, debut the MILTECH 9012-C military-grade Ethernet switch with routing capabilities.
AUSA 2013: Elbit Systems of America Showcases Proven, Affordable Global Solutions for “America’s Army”
Elbit Systems of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, presents an array of cutting edge solutions designed to enhance the capabilities of the United States Armed Forces on booth 1139, Hall A. With video presentations, product displays, and demonstrations, Elbit Systems of America depicts the successful integration of systems available to empower the warfighter.
Vehicle Refurbishment and UpgradeElbit Systems of America’s innovative solutions for land vehicle refurbishment and upgrades and aviation services are featured during AUSA. Through Elbit’s San Antonio, TX Land Vehicle Center (LVC), non-operational military vehicles with obsolete technology and unserviceable equipment are restored to a fully capable mission state. Lean processes, a strong quality program, and a highly trained, flexible workforce provide the LVC the ability to deliver a cost effective value to its customers without diminishing quality.
Elbit Systems of America provides support solutions designed specifically to meet customers’ needs and expectations. Easy access to OEM support, fast repair turn-around times and online status reporting enable customers to better enhance operational availability. Elbit Systems of America realises its customers deserve a product support structure as stable and reliable as their tactical platforms. THe company provides combat-proven design, development, production, repair and life-cycle supportability solutions of mission critical systems for US and Allied military tactical platforms. They also enhance customer capabilities by managing the repair and overhaul system support, as well as life cycle support for the full range of military electronics systems.
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Located in San Antonio, Texas, Elbit Systems of America’s subsidiary, M7 Aerospace, offers comprehensive, multi-site contractor logistics support, life cycle contractors and depot support for fleets operated by the US military. M7 Aerospace brings world class capabilities in vehicle and avionics upgrades, special mission modifications, reset programmes and airframe modification and repair for numerous aircraft platforms operated by both commercial and military customers. In addition to the LVC, M7 Aerospace offers a full suite of aviation services, including Aerostructure Manufacturing; Government Logistics Support Services; Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul; Engineering Services; Aircraft Parts and Support; and Supply Chain Management and Purchasing. M7 offers an integrated services solution approach to its government and commercial customers, crossing traditional market boundaries.
Real-Time Laboratories (RTL), another Elbit Systems of America subsidiary, has a strong reputation for designing, developing, and manufacturing hydraulic, pneumatic and electro-mechanical components and systems for various aircraft applications as well as tracked and wheeled armored vehicles for defence applications. RTL’s primary products include hydraulic manifolds, valves and cylinders, electro-mechanical assemblies and integrated hydraulic/electronic systems. RTL also designs and produces various heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, nuclear, bacterial, and chemical (NBC) protection systems and Auxiliary Power Units (APUs), many of which will be on display during AUSA.
Integrated Systems and Enhanced Situational AwarenessSupporting our Army aviators, Elbit Systems of America presents the family of Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (AMLCD), Mission Processors and the latest design in Large Area Displays (LAD). As one of the revolutionisers of the functionality of cockpits, the LAD is a panoramic high-definition display measuring up to 22”. The LAD provides integrated high performance flight and mission graphics on a wider, slimmer, single screen. AUSA visitors to the Elbit Systems of America booth may also examine the Integrated Helmet & Display Sight System-21 (IHADSS-21) and participate in a cockpit demonstration, which includes a Helmet Display and Tracker System with Degraded Visual Environment symbology. Elbit System of America provides enhanced situational awareness for the Army Aviation fleet with increased reliability and maintainability as well as integrated system solutions for advanced cockpit upgrades.
Elbit Systems of America’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) division focuses on the SKYLARK I-LE Block II. SKYLARK LE Block II is based on the operationally-proven SKYLARK I UAS, currently used by many coalition partners. The SKYLARK I- LE Block II version increases the system’s operational range up to 10 miles and the endurance to approximately three hours. The system also features a unique gyroscopic-stabilised, gimbaled payload optimally integrated with algorithms derived from the larger HERMES 450 UAS to enable auto-tracking of dynamic targets. A hand-launched unit, the SKYLARK I-LE UAS combines the characteristics normally reserved for larger UAS within the form-factor of a man-portable system.
|SKYLARK LE Block II (Photo: Elbit Systems)|
Targeting and Communication SystemsProviding a range of fielded laser designators, from the Solider on the ground to attack helicopters to AC130 gunships, Elbit Systems of America’s presentations highlight solutions for soldiers and ground combat vehicles. The Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Laser Target Designator (LTD) provides laser marking and designation for foot mobile soldiers, while the Granite XR provides extended, long range reconnaissance surveillance and target acquisition. Also on display will be the Remote Weapon Station, Long Range Thermal Imager (LRTI), Micro Designator Marker, and TALOSTM. TALOS is unattended, low-cost ground radar providing real-time detection and tracking of humans and vehicles within a monitored area.
|Enhanced Joint Terminal Attach Controller Laser Target Designator (Photo: Elbits Systems)|
Elbit Systems of America provides high performance computing and communications products and capabilities including High Power Amplifiers (HPA), networking radios, intercoms, and data modems. Featured at AUSA this year are a line of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) compatible amplifiers that include the newest Dual Avionics HPA, Dual SINCGARS HPA, and wideband amplifiers of reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) consumption. The Improved Data Modem (IDM) line also consists of very small, lightweight Universal and Personal Computer Improved Data Modem (UIDM/PCIDM) models. Both the UIDM and PCIDM provide an interface directly from a personal computer to a radio where data can now be transmitted using a tactical radio relay.
Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products and system solutions focusing on the commercial aviation, defence, homeland security, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the US, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America is wholly owned by Elbit Systems, a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defence and commercial applications.
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defence electronics company engaged in a wide range of programmes throughout the world. The company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defence, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services.
|CİRİT Laser Guided Missile (Photo: Roketsan)|
On the land-sector, Roketsan offeres several systems:
Surface-to-Surface Rocket Systems include:
- 107 mm Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher
- T-122 ÇNRA, 122 mm Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher
- T-300 ÇNRA, 300 mm Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher
- T-107/122 Multipurpose and Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (ÇNRA) System
- T-122/300 Multipurpose and Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (ÇNRA) System
- Base Bleeding Unit for 155 mm Long range Modern Ammunition
- TR-107, 107 mm Extended Range Artillery Rocket
- TR-122 and TRB-122, 122 mm Extended Range Artillery Rocket
- TR-300 Artillery Rockets
Air Defence Systems include:
- Evolved Sea SPARROW Missile (ESSM) Project
- Trigger Control System of PATRIOT Missile and its Integration
- Motor Development for the ASPIDE Missile
- Motor Development for the TESEO Missile
- Low Altitude Air Defense Missile System Project (LAAD Missile)
- Medium Altitude Air Defense Missile System Project (MAAD Missile)
Earlier this year, Roketsan was awarded to supply certain number of 2,75” Laser Guided Missile CİRİT and integration activities for multiple platforms with Tawazun Holding. Roketsan has completed the development and qualification of the new generation 2,75” Laser Guided Missile CIRIT and signed the first contract for the serial production with the Turkish MoND. Being the first guided 2,75” Missile to be under serial production, Roketsan started the deliveries in May 2012 for combat deployment. The missile has a range up to 8km, multi purpose (Anti Armour, Anti Personnel and Incendiary) warhead, AUR characteristics and Insensitive Munition (Type V) properties.
Roketsan Ballistic Protection SystemsNext to missile systems, Roketsan also features Ballistic Protection Systems, such as the RZP-10 Roketsan Fragmentation Shield, the RZK-7 Roketsan Cage Armor, the RZB-20 Roketsan Armor Block, and the Ballistic Protection Center (BPC) Project, under which the ALTAY Turkish Main Battle tank Armor System is being developed.
|ALTAY Turkish Main Battle Tank Armour System (Photo: Roketsan)|
Roketsan Ballistic Protection Systems are structured to fulfill the ballistic protection requirements of military platforms. BPS has composite and explosive reactive armor (ERA) design, development, production and testing capabilities for light/heavy armored vehicles. It also provides force protection solutions. Roketsan Ballistic Protection Systems have the responsibility of design and development of Armour System for the ALTAY Turkish Main Battle Tank currently being developed by Otokar.