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13 June 2016

Eurosatory 2016: Impressions from KMW at the FLW 500 premier

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) showcases innovations under the umbrella of KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems (KNDS). Six months after the formal conclusion of their association under the
umbrella of the joint holding company KNDS, KMW and Nexter Systems are sharing a trade fair booth for the first time at Eurosatory 2016. It will be the LEOPARD’S HOME on new territory
– but with its renowned excellence in innovation. KMW is presenting the future development of the LEOPARD 2 and a series of other innovations in wheeled vehicles and armaments to international
industry experts.

Combat systems
The LEOPARD 2 A7V is KMW’s response to the upgrade programmes planned by the German Armed Forces, in particular with a view to forthcoming procurement projects. All of the current
requirements for the new system have been implemented in this variant. Amongst other features, this includes a 20 kW auxiliary power unit that safeguards selected tactical and operational
functionalities in the area of sensor systems and communication systems when the primary power pack is shut off, and safeguards the capability to use programmable ammunition. A modular
protection concept enables the adaptation of the LEOPARD 2 A7V to different mission requirements. With the LEOPARD 2 A7V, KMW has set another milestone in the continual further development of
the LEOPARD 2 combat system, whose capabilities 18 user nations now rely on.

Multitudinous variants
In the Remote Controlled Howitzer 155 (RCH 155), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann has united state-of-the-art artillery technology and mobility at a level never previously achieved. Its basis is the drive
module of the BOXER 8x8 high-protection wheeled vehicle, and ist main weapon system consists of the 155 mm AGM (Artillery Gun Module), which performs all loading and firing processes fully
automatically via remote control. With just a two-man crew, the system is fully mission ready. Its outstanding mobility characteristics open up new strategic, operational and tactical possibilities for
artillery operations.
In the wheeled Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) variant Remote Controlled Turret 30 (RCT 30), the BOXER is equipped with the field-tested unmanned PUMA turret with a 30 mm gun. The BOXER
IFV offers up to ten crew members the highest level of protection. With the further development of the chassis and the correlating increase in load class, combined with the increase in power pack
output to 600 kW, the BOXER offers the potential to meet future challenges as well.

Protected vehicles
The DINGO 2 HD will also be on exhibit in a large-capacity variant at the KMW booth. This variant has capacity for up to ten crew members. Rapid mounting and dismounting in the rear section of
the high-protection large-capacity cell is enabled by means of an electrically operable stairway. The increased payload of up to three tonnes, enhanced-performance air conditioning and the
combination of a fully automatic gearbox with increased engine power to over 225 kW enable an expanded scope of deployment. The DINGO 2 HD will shortly be handed over to users in the
Command Post, Tactical Radar Ground Surveillance (TRGS) and Ambulance variants.

FLW 500
KMW is unveiling the remote controlled Light Weapon Station 500 (FLW 500) demonstration unit for the first time. Equipped with tertiary armament, the system is a further development of the
operation-tested, highly successful FLW 100 and 200. In addition to a 30 mm-calibre automatic cannon as the main gun, secondary armament in the form of a 7.62 mm-calibre machine gun as well as
a 76 mm-calibre multi-tube launcher system as tertiary armament are provided in the FLW 500. The FLW 500 can also be optionally equipped with guided missiles, such as anti-tank guided missiles.
The modular system enables continued use of weapon equipment sets from the established FLW 100 and 200. With a system weight of approximately 500 kg, it is suitable for use on light protected
vehicles with limited roof loads.

Special Operations Vehicle
The KMW Special Operations Vehicle (SOV) is designed for the particular challenges encountered by special forces. It can be transported by air in a CH-53 helicopter and offers exceptional
mobility and off-road ability, integrated protection and a payload of up to 2.5 tonnes. The modular vehicle system enables different mission variants with a crew of up to six soldiers.