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26 JAN 2016
Textron Systems announced today the first export sale of its SCTV (Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle) to the Ukraine. In 2015 the US Government has agreed to deliver Ukraine 200 HMMWVs from US military surplus; Some of these vehicles will be converted by Ukroboronprom into SCTV, using Textron delivered kits. Serial production of the vehicles will be done in Ukraine and Ukroboronprom will be able to export SCTV vehicles in the future, to other countries, pending a US permission. Ukraine officials foresee a viable market for such vehicles, particularly in the Middle East where they already sold locally made vehicles.
Textron has already delivered few converted HMMWVs to Colombia, which has evaluated three partly converted SCTVs, but has yet to decide on the scale and terms of the acquisition of more vehicles.
The SCTV is using an extended HMMWV chassis, new diesel motor, brakes and heavy duty suspension to carry the added weight. It is fitted with a new steel armored monocoque capsule, offering improved ballistic and blast protection, using V-shaped hull, and oblique side armor adding to the vehicle’s ballistic and roadside IED protection. Blast protected seats are also used to keep occupants protected in case of mine or IED blast under the vehicle. Removing the fuel tank and battery compartment from the crew capsule also improves survivability.
Ukrainian state-run defense company Ukroboronprom will convert the vehicles under a joint venture with the US Textron Systems. The vehicles will be delivered to the Ukrainian Army and could also be offered for export.
Textron System announced today at the International Armored Vehicles convention in London. Textron Systems is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT)
8 January 2016
AM General, South Bend, Indiana was awarded a $24,965,954 modification (P00012) to foreign military sales (Iraq) contract W56HZV-15-C-0155 for 120 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles. Work will be performed in Mishawaka, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2016. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of 24,965,954 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
This article is from Defense News 21 DEC 2014. See the article here:
WASHINGTON — The US State Department has signed off two potential sales to Iraq, one for for M1A1 Abarams tanks and another covering M1151A1 up-armored Humvees.
If approved by Congress, the sales could significantly improve the ground capability of the Iraqi military as it continues to fight against the Islamic State group.
The Abrams request would deliver 175 of the heavy tanks, for an estimated value of $12.4 billion. Those tanks would be in the upgraded configuration featuring a 120mm gun. Also included in that sale would be 15 M88A2 tank recovery vehicles, tens of thousands of rounds of 120mm ammunition, 190 AN/VRC-92 vehicular dual long-range radio systems and 700 M1028 commercial utility cargo vehicles, among other support gear.
In a news release announcing the potential sale, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) noted that the tanks would "facilitate progress towards increasing [Iraq's] ability to quickly mobilize and defend its border." The announcement also said the sale would demonstrate "the on-going US commitment to support Iraq's continued development into a sovereign, stable, and long-term self-reliant strategic partner."
The second sale would deliver 1,000 Humvees to the Iraqi forces, equipped with M2 .50 caliber machine guns and MK-19 40mm grenade launchers. That sale has an estimated cost of $579 million. The principal contractor for that deal would be AM General in South Bend, Indiana. While the DSCA notice does not say who the primary contractor on the work would be, the Abrams is produced by General Dynamics. The company undoubtedly welcomes the potential sale, especially given the Army's attempts at cutting procurement for the tank.
As with the Abrams tanks, DSCA says the Humvees would increase the "safety, effectiveness, and self-reliance of the Iraqi Security Forces."
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Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE :ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") announced today that it was awarded a contract by Rheinmetall Canada Inc. to provide ELSAT 2100 Satellite-on-the-Move (SOTM) systems for use by the Canadian Armed Forces. The contract value, which is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems, will be performed over an 18-month period.
The ELSAT 2100 SOTM system allows high data rate broadband capabilities at a cost effective price. It can be installed on a variety of platforms and is unique in its low profile and small footprint. As part of this new solution, Elbit Systems offers a compact low profile SOTM antenna system that provides broadband communication in Ku, X and Ka frequency bands anywhere, anytime, while using military and commercial satellites, including the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites network which is accessible to only a few companies in the world.
This article is from National Defense Magazine. See the article here:
Northrop Grumman has designed a new Humvee chassis that would restore the vehicle's original mobility and payload capabilities while maintaining its current level of protection, a company executive announced Oct. 7.
The service has not signed on those upgrades yet, but Northrop executives hope that its performance in testing will convince the Army to invest in the new chassis, said Greg Schmidt, vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman Technical Services' mission solutions and readiness division.
The threat of improvised explosive devices and roadside bombs during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan prompted the Army to outfit its fleet with heavy, but protective, armor. "What this did is it greatly degraded or limited the capabilities of the Humvee," including decreased fuel economy and mobility, he told journalists at a news conference in Washington, D.C.
That, in turn, resulted in a longer logistical tail, including more fuel tankers and larger convoys, Schmidt said. "You can see where this really becomes a spiral."
The company has already installed the new chassis on four vehicles through a cooperative agreement with the Army, two of which have been delivered to the service for trials, he said. Northrop is putting the other two vehicles through endurance testing at sites in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada.
The new chassis enables the vehicle to accelerate to 66 miles per hour in 22 seconds and increases gas mileage to 18 miles per gallon, he said. Northrop is working with automobile component manufacturer Meritor Corp. and Pratt & Miller Engineering. Cummins is supplying the engine.
"What we're talking about doing is, through a depot operation, rolling the Humvee into the depot, removing the six attachment bolts and the electrical connections, lifting the body of the Humvee off, rolling the old chassis out and rolling the brand new chassis in," he said. The chassis would include a new power train, transmission and transfer case.
Northrop plans on releasing more information about its upgrade plan at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting and exposition next week, Schmidt said.
A new Humvee chassis is just one of the upgrades the company is pitching to the service. With Army budgets downsizing and little money available for new-start programs, Northrop Grumman's is pinning its hopes on modernizing the service's land and aviation systems, officials said.
The company's strategy is to offer mature technologies that can be rapidly installed at low cost, said Jeffrey Palombo, vice president and general manager for its land and self protection systems division. It is also focusing on keeping upgraded systems within the same size, weight and power requirements as the legacy ones.
It can be just as expensive to install a new capabilty as it is to buy the equipment itself, he said. If the engineering or installation involved with a weapons system is too pricey, the military will not buy into the program.
"The design of the upgrade, that new capability, how it gets integrated in the platform is just as important as the capability itself," he said
One area ripe for modernization is electric warfare systems, Palombo said.
"Over the past seven years, there hasn't been a tremendous amount of investment by the Department of Defense, or indeed globally, in the area of electronic warfare," he said. "With not having that kind of investment from the various governments and industry over a period of time, you have to start to question the relevance and the survivability of the platforms that we do have out there."
Electronic warfare threats grow quickly and inexpensively, he said. "We have a heck of a lot of catching up to do, he said."
Northrop is pitching its AN/APR-39D(V)2 radar warning receiver to replace the legacy APR-39 receivers, which have been installed on almost every Army, Air Force and Marine Corps airplane or helicopter, Palombo said.
The new digital AN/APR-39D(V)2 can fit into the same space as older receivers, he said. The four antennas on the outside of the aircraft can be installed without having to redo the cabling, bracket or location of the antenna.
The platorm can also be outfitted with an additional communications card or radar jamming capability, he said.
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Although there is no funding in the Army budget for a Humvee upgrade, Northrop Grumman officials on Tuesday presented an upgrade to the military workhorse that would lighten the truck and extend its life in the fleet.
Northrop Grumman officials said they had come up with a back-to-the-future fix that would return the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (Humvee) to its original performance and payload designs of the 1980s while keeping the armor that was added to counter improvised explosive devices in Iraq.
"It's not a program of record," said Frank P. Simpkins, director for Land Forces Programs at Northrop Grumman, but "the Army has a 25-year plan for this system. They have to pull the money from somewhere. What we're showing them is a solution." Simpkins presented the upgrade at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C.
The Army is proceeding with the program to build the Humvee-replacement, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which is scheduled to come on line by 2019-2021. However, the Army does not have the budget to completely replace the Humvee fleet with JLTV and Northrop Grumman officials said the Humvee will need to be upgraded.
"This vehicle (the Humvee) is still going to be in the inventory" through 2040, said Jeff Wood, a Northrop Grumman official. He also emphasized that the potential upgrade would not be in competition with the JLTV.
The proposed Northrop Grumman refits would involve upgrades to the Humvee's power train, suspension, dashboard, hydraulics and central tire inflation systems.
"This solution has been engineered to handle the weight of the armor. It's a bumper-to-bumper modernization," Simpkins said.
The fixes would cost about $145,000 per vehicle but would produce significant savings over the life cycles of the Humvee fleet, the Northrop Grumman officials said.
The upgrades would come in a kit and the installation could be performed while the Humvees are forward deployed, Simpkins said.
"I can turn it in a week," he said of the installation. "We've kitted it in a way that I can deliver this forward."
Several Humvees with the upgrades have been delivered to the Army for testing and training, Wood said. "I'm very confident that he have a good solution" to the degraded performance of the Humvees under the added weight of the armor, Wood said.
However, the Army has yet to render a verdict.
Link To Original Story: Iraq HMMWVs Being Used In Syria- military.com article
U.S.-made military vehicles captured from Iraq are now being used by militants in northern Syria, Reuters is reporting.
Iconic utility trucks, known as Humvees, and other vehicles are in the possession of fighters aligned with the al Qaeda-splinter group Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant, or ISIL, according to the news agency, citing information from the British-based monitoring organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
A spokesperson for the monitoring organization didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail requesting comment.
The light-duty trucks made by AM General LLC, based in South Bend, Indiana, may have been raided from Iraq’s Second Division in Mosul, which included a motorized brigade and several infantry brigades, according to Fox News.
ISIL militants routed Iraqi forces in that key northern city and Nineveh Province capital earlier this month and have since taken control of towns in Anbar Province, giving them freedom to navigate across the northwestern border into Syria, where rebels are waging a three-year-old civil war to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
It remains unclear how many and what types of vehicles and equipment the fighters have captured from Iraqi forces. The Defense Department referred questions about the matter to the Iraqi military. “DoD is not in a position to provide information on the status of Iraqi military equipment,” Navy Cmdr. Bill Speaks, a spokesman at the Pentagon, said in an e-mail. “You would have to ask the Iraqis.”
A spokesperson at the Iraqi embassy in Washington, D.C., didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail requesting comment. The country is believed to have upwards of 10,000 Humvees left over from the U.S.-led war there that began in 2003 and ended in 2011.
A spokesman for the manufacturer also didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
ISIL, also known as ISIS, has touted on social media sites such as Twitter its capture of the equipment, which appears to include Humvees, blast-resistant trucks and tanks.
One taunting post features an edited version of the mournful image of First Lady Michelle Obama holding a note after the suspected kidnapping of girls in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. But instead of “#Bring Back Our Girls,” the text has been changed to “#BringBack Our Humvee.”
There are questions about what, if any, strategic advantages the vehicles offer the militants, who may not be able to keep them operational in the long-term without ready access to spare parts and supplies. Regardless, the coup raises serious doubts about Iraqi forces’ ability to safeguard their weapons and equipment.
Iraq is poised to receive its first shipment of F-16 fighter jets in coming months as part of a multi-billion-dollar sale of American-made arms.
The government of Iraq has sought to rebuild its military in part with American-made equipment, including M1 Abrams tanks made by General Dynamics Corp., F-16 fighter jets and C-130 cargo planes made by Lockheed Martin Corp. and air defense systems.
As of 2012, the Pentagon’s $11.6 billion foreign military sales program with Iraq was the fourth-largest in the region and the ninth-largest in the world, Pentagon officials have said.
The U.S. since 2005 has offered Iraq some $35 billion in weapons and services, though only about $8 billion of that involve deals implemented or approved by the U.S. government, according to research by William Hartung, an author and director at the Center for International Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization.
Some of the high-profile sales to Iraq have included 140 M1 Abrams tanks, 18 F-16s (with a pending order for another 18 of the jets), six C-130s, and other aircraft and combat vehicles, according to Hartung.
Link To Video Of Captured Iraqi M1114 FRAG 5-
Video Of Captured Iraqi M1114 FRAG 5
This information was reported on ASD News:
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for M1151A1 Up-Armored High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $101 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 13, 2014. The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 200 M1151A1 Up-Armored High Mobility Multi- Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) with M2 .50 cal. machine gun mounts, commercial radios, communication equipment, repair and spare parts, publications and technical documentation, tools and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor logistics and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $101 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner. This proposed sale directly supports the Government of Iraq and serves the interests of the people of Iraq and the United States.
The proposed sale of the M1151 HMMWV’s would facilitate progress towards increasing the Iraq’s ability to defend its oil infrastructure against terrorist attacks. Iraq will use the HMMWVs to increase the safety, effectiveness, and self-reliance of the Iraqi Army’s Oil Pipeline Security Division. Iraq will have no difficulty absorbing these additional HMMWVs into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractor will be AM General in South Bend, Indiana. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connections with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require U.S Government or contractor representatives to travel to Iraq.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
Read more: http://www.asdnews.com/news-54946/Iraq_-_M1151A1_Up-Armored_High_Mobility_Multi-Purpose_Wheeled_Vehicles.htm?HASH=e45150c215bbd70144a89741514eb8d0&utm_source=ASDNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ASDNews+Daily+Z1&utm_content=minuteman1636%40hotmail.com#ixzz31kRtfqhv
Original article appeared in Defense Update.
Link: SOCOM To Update Tactical Vehicle Fleet
As heavy combat vehicle programs are idling, modernization of the tactical vehicles is in progress, as the Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command plan to replace and reset their fleet of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). Two vehicles classes are currently underway – the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), equipping the Army and US Marine Corps, and the Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 – replacing the HMMWVs operated by the Special Operations Command.
JLTV is currently underway, as the services await the delivery of 22 vehicles from three competitors. Following the scheduled testing the Army will select a single vendor to produce 55,000 vehicles or more, replacing HMMWVs currently in service. Since the Army has stressed cost limitations as its highest consideration, all three competitors are offering conventional, diesel powered vehicles, leaving more exotic hybrid electric drives for future upgrades. To reduce cost while meeting weight and size restrictions, manufacturers are employing advanced engineering and manufacturing techniques to minimize weight, while adhering to conventional materials over advanced, high performance composites (reducing material and production costs). For example, in the prototypes Lockheed Martin plans to deliver in about 10 months, the company is using thinner but stronger steel, rather than the lighter but expensive and hard to process aluminum alloys previously used, saving cost and also enabling easier repair in the field. The weight gain resulting from the use of heavier materials was balanced by optimizing design, engineering and manufacturing, therefore limiting the weight increase. The JLTV has already demonstrated helicopter sling-load carriage.
Even when the JLTV is fielded, HMMWVs will still be around, and require ongoing sustainment and support. AM General, the vehicle manufacturer and one of the three finalists for JLTV is also offering a new version of the HMMWV designed for special operations. The HMMWV based GMV, positioned by the company as the ‘next generation vehicle’, which takes the original GMV 1.0 (SOCOM HMMWV) to the next level of performance, mobility and transportability (it is designed for internal transportation in the CH/MH-47 Chinook). This HMMWV is powered by a GEP Optimizer 3200 diesel supporting 300 miles operating range. This version has a lower curb weight and higher gross vehicle weight (GVW), compared to the GMV 1.0. It has full independent suspension for all-terrain mobility, off-road and on road. The vehicle has six articulated weapon mounts and greater stowage capacity, and, along with sustainable highway speed of 80 mph and high dash speed, is well positioned to answer special ops requirements.
AM General HMMWV Beefed Up For SOCOM Use
AM General is not the only company showing vehicles for the GMV 1.1 selection. In fact, all the competitors that are still among the qualified finalists for the programs were there – GDLS, with the Specter, Oshkosh defense unveiled the S-ATV at the Modern Day Marine event, Navistar Defense displayed their pick-up sized ‘Special Operations Tactical Vehicle (SOTV) at AUSA and the BAE-Northrop Grumman team that launched the new MAV-L, ccustom built prototype developed specifically for the GMV 1.1 program by racing specialist Pratt Miller.
Absent of other new starts in the Army tactical vehicle arena, SOCOM is attracting much interest among tactical vehicle manufacturers. Apart from the GMV 1.1 program that sees the acquisition of at least 1,300 vehicles over the next seven years, SOCOM also plans to buy hundreds of additional special purpose off-road vehicles for long range recon missions, personnel extraction and other special missions. Required to be even more maneuverable and agile than the GMV, these vehicles are attracting specialty vehicle providers such as HDT, Flyer defense (teamed with General Dynamics) and Polaris Defense – all were present at this year’s AUSA and MDM. Designed as a ‘low profile’ vehicle, Navistar’s SOTV could be applied for several SOCOM programs – including GMV 1.1.
13 January 2013
This is one of the many examples to the flow of technologies from “pure” defense to homeland security. The “Trophy” active protection suit develop by RAFAEL for the Israeli “MERKAVA 4″ main battle tank is now used to protect cars.
The Trophy active protection system rapidly detects and tracks any anti-tank threat, classifies it, estimates the optimal intercept point in space and finally neutralizes it away from the platform using countermeasures.
The threat detection and warning subsystem consists of several sensors, including search radar with four flat-panel antennas, located around the protected vehicle – providing full hemispherical coverage. The neutralization process will take place only if the threat is about to hit the platform.
According to RAFAEL, because of the fact that passive protection systems are too heavy for light vehicles – there is a growing need to equip them with lighter versions of the “Trophy”.
The Israeli active protection system is currently produced in three basic models.
• Model HV installed on tanks.
• Model MV for larger vehicles including light armored personnel carrier (APC)
• Model LV for “soft” vehicles like the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), commonly known as the Humvee
A RAFAEL source told i-HLS that the understanding for the operational need to defend light vehicles from anti-tank weapons like RPG is now shared by many defense forces, homeland security agencies and other organizations.
Here is the link to the original article:
Link to the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems page on 'Trophy':
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No matter where the Army deploys in the future, there will be roadside bombs, buried mines and other explosive threats that will require troops to travel in heavily armored vehicles.
Having accepted that reality, the Army has decided it will begin to phase out soft-skin Humvee trucks from combat inventories over the coming years, and will continue to rely on much heavier mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, officials said April 12.
“For combat, we know the Humvee is no longer feasible,” said Army Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, director of force development for the deputy chief of staff, G-8.
The Humvee’s future lies in less dangerous missions such as homeland defense, logistics support and other roles that mostly will be performed by the National Guard, Cucolo told reporters.
Industry observers and military officials had predicted that the MRAP would be mothballed after the war in Afghanistan ends, as it is often criticized by soldiers and commanders for its lack of off-road mobility, weight and restricted maneuverability in combat zones. The last MRAP left Iraq in late March.
But the MRAP fleet is not going anywhere, yet, Cucolo said.
“There is a future for MRAPs,” he said. The heavy casualty toll from IED (improvised explosive device) attacks on U.S. forces over the past decade means that protection of the crew will be top priority in any vehicle that goes to war, Cucolo noted. “MRAP also has got a future in our route clearance, engineering units … and may have future role in echelons above brigade, and we will keep them in prepositioned stocks.”
The Army had planned to upgrade the Humvee fleet by introducing new cabin designs and other features that would have made it more survivable. But the billion-dollar project was terminated in February as the Army decided to place its bets on a new truck, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). Although the upgrade capacity of the Humvee has maxed out, said Cucolo, it will remain in the Army’s inventory for the next 20 years.
“We will slowly displace the Humvees with JLTVs,” he said.
The Army intends to award up to three contracts this summer for JLTV designs. The current plan is to award a production contract in 2015. Officials have said the Army would like to buy 20,000 vehicles and the Marine Corps as many as 5,500. The entire light tactical wheeled vehicle fleet is about 180,000.
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LINK: RIA-JMTC Rolls Out First FRAG 6 Kit
May 13, 2009
The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center rolled out the newest armor kit to protect our warfighters May 8. The Fragmentation Kit Six or FRAG Kit 6, is the latest armor protection set for the Army's M1151 HMMWV.
The new kit boasts a number of improvements that are crucial to protecting the Soldier in the battlefield.
"One of the major differences is the boxes on the door," said Mike DeWitte, Production Unit Leader for Armor. "These boxes place more armor between Soldiers and projectiles. "
The new kit also boasts several safety enhancements as well. The kit comes with a Vehicle Emergency Egress Window.
"Adding the VEE window to the kit will allow Soldiers another way to exit the vehicle," Program Manager for the FRAG Kit 6, Phil Snyder said. "This window will help save lives."
RIA-JMTC has an order for more than 1,000 kits. In 2006, the arsenal produced over 6,000 FRAG 5 kits in a six-month time frame. The RIA-JMTC commander expressed his confidence in the workforce to deliver this crucial kit to those at the tip of the spear.
"This is a fine team and I'm very proud to serve with them," said RIA-JMTC Commander Col. Craig S. Cotter. "We all know this is a very serious business and we take it seriously. Our Soldiers are counting on us to do the best here."
The program manager for Tactical Vehicles echoed the importance of the kits that Rock Island was producing.
"The FRAG Kit 6 stretches humvee survivability to a new limit," said Program Manager for Tactical Vehicles, Col. Scott Kidd. "It is a limit that is highly necessary to a threat that we face today."
Also on hand for the roll out ceremony was Master Sgt. Jeffrey Mittman. Mittman was wounded by an improvised explosive device on July 7, 2005, while assisting an Iraqi Public Order Brigade in Central Baghdad as a member of the Special Police Transition Team. Since that day, he has worked to recover from the injuries he sustained. Mittman has seen the soft-skinned HMMWV used in Operation Desert Storm evolve to an armor platform that has saved countless lives and allowed warfighters to carry out critical missions today.
"Right here at Rock Island, you are producing the FRAG Kit 6, which is designed to defeat the specific weapon that hit me," said Mittman. "That FRAG Kit 6 will save lives on the battlefield."
As the first kits roll off the production line, the leaders and workforce know the importance of the mission that lie before them.
"Somewhere on a barren mountain top or filthy back alley somewhere our enemies are lying in wait. I will tell you that FRAG Kit 6 will give our Soldiers an edge. Enabling them to meet and defeat our enemies and come home safely to this land we love so much," said Cotter.
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LINK: Army Rushes FRAG 7 To The Field
Warren, MI -U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will have a little more protection for the HMMWV soon as Product Manager, Light Tactical Vehicles (PM, LTV) fields Fragmentation Kit Seven (FRAG 7) to the Army's work horse, the M1151 Up-Armored HMMWV, just in time for the SURGE.
In response to an Operational Needs Statement (ONS) from the field for overhead protection, PM, LTV has accelerated the development and production of FRAG 7, producing the kit in less than 6 months in partnership with Industrial Base Operations- Rock Island Arsenal (IBO-RIA) and AM General Corporation, manufacturer of the HMMWV.
FRAG 7 boasts removable overhead armor protection for both the gunner and all the occupants of the M1151. A majority of the M1151 fleet will be retrofitted with this new enhancement. FRAG 7 was designed to give the commander on the ground the flexibility to use all or a portion of the kit depending on the unit's mission.
FRAG 7 introduces the ARDEC developed and Army Depot produced Overhead Cover (OHC), which provides the capability for the gunner to view the battlefield without compromising safety. Fitted with transparent armored glass, the OHC provides protection from the sun, while still allowing the gunner to maintain situational awareness. A removable roof appliquAfA is also included to shield occupants from overhead threats, as well as new Load Range "E" tire and wheel assemblies that will provide increased reliability and durability compared to the current tire and wheel assembly. The BAE developed Vehicle Emergency Egress (VEE) window will also be included. It provides additional egress options through the driver and passenger side windows. The new armor suspension kit (ASK) will also be provided, this new suspension will increase durability and compensates for the additional weight placed on the vehicle.
Product Manager, Light Tactical Vehicles (PM-LTV) is responsible for the fielding's and manages the Army's entire inventory of HMMWV's, ensuring its sustainment from "cradle to grave".
With the workhorse of this conflict, the Up-Armored HMMWV, there have been a series of Frag Kits and and other upgrades to ensure mission accomplishment and Soldier survivability. Frag Kit 7 is the next response to the meet the needs of the War Fighter," said Lt. Col. Samuel Homsy, Product Manager for Light Tactical Vehicles. "The dedicated Soldiers and civilians in PM LTV work tirelessly to ensure the quality and timeliness of support to the field."
The FRAG 7 will also include the latest safety enhancements for the M1151, to include a battery back up to the current Fire Suppression System (AFES), and a Manual "3rd Bottle" Fire Suppression System (MFES) for 1st responders. A new brake line kit will also be included to help reduce brake fade that may occur due to the added weight along with a fuel filler door cover kit that prevents unauthorized access to the fuel filler and added armor protection to the edge of the doors.
"The Overhead Cover adds more protection for the Soldier. This addition proved to be a valuable asset especially in the urban area in which my unit was operating in. The armor above the Soldiers' heads gave each one a greater sense of security instead of having a camouflage net attached to a piece of a Hesco basket. Overall this is a great addition to the vehicles," said Capt. Kevin Dagon, Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 25 Field Artillery, whose unit evaluated the OHC in Iraq.
FRAG 7 is designed to be both safe and effective for Soldiers conducting patrols, convoy security and missions throughout battlefield. Its modularity allows for numerous configurations to support the ground commanders' unique mission requirements. Soldiers will not need any additional training for FRAG 7, although they will be reminded to adhere to local commander and unit guidance when conducting combat operations.
(Maj. Carlos Lago serves as the Assistant Product Manager for ARMOR (HMMWV))
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LINK: Army Cancels HMMWV Recap Program
Spending millions to rebuild the Army’s aging Humvee fleet apparently stopped making sense up on Capitol Hill.
Defense leaders, especially those in the Marine Corps, had said it was fool hardy to spend slightly less to rebuild the old fleet rather than invest in new trucks that will last longer. However, Congress pushed back pointing out how each service has recently struggled to deliver new vehicles.
AOL Defense reported that Congress has finally listened to those pleas from the Pentagon and agreed to cancel the Humvee Recapitalization program in the forthcoming defense budget with those funds transferred over to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program.
Defense officials intended to replace the entire Humvee fleet with the JLTV. Spiraling costs and missed deadlines caused Army and Marine Corps officials to amend those expectations. Army leaders now want to replace a third of its 150,000-Humvee fleet with the JLTV and Marine generals plan to buy 5,500.
Read more: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/01/24/report-army-cancels-humvee-recap-places-bets-on-jltv/#ixzz1kZt1e8C8
The following story originally appeared in the New York Times at this link:
HMMWV With Chimney For Safety Draws Military's Interest
Special thanks goes to Patrick Keenan and http://www.warwheels.net/ for the notification of the story.
23 July 2011
An innovative chimney to vent blasts from buried bombs could make the Humvee safer and bring the most popular military vehicle since the Jeep back from the sidelines in Afghanistan.
The Humvee fell out of favor in Iraq and Afghanistan as homemade bombs, the biggest killer of American troops, ripped through its light armor and turned it into a death trap.
But recent blast tests show that Humvees built with the new chimney could provide as much protection as some of the heavier, and more costly, mine-resistant vehicles that have replaced them in many uses.
And if the final tests go well, the invention could save billions in new vehicle costs and restore much of the maneuverability that the Army and the Marines have lacked in the rugged terrain in Afghanistan, military officials say. Engineers say the chimney, which rises through the passenger cabin, releases some of the explosive gases — traveling at twice the speed of a fighter jet — that have mangled and flipped many of the vehicles.
Pentagon officials have said little about the 11 blast tests so far, in which the prototype vehicles are engulfed by a cloud of smoke, dust and fire, but the passenger cabin remains intact.
Dr. Leo Christodoulou, who has overseen the tests for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said in a written statement that the changes represented a “significant improvement” over the classic Humvees.
He said the new design also provided safety levels comparable to the smallest mine-resistant vehicles, which can weigh twice as much as the Humvees, and might be useful in protecting other military vehicles.
John M. McHugh, the Army secretary, recently told a Senate committee that the new approach held “a great deal of promise, and it’s exciting.” He said commanders had been reluctant to send Humvees off bases in Afghanistan “because of the problems with survivability.”
The chimney was designed by a small Maryland firm, Hardwire L.L.C., which is working with AM General, an Indiana company that has built 270,000 Humvees since the mid-1980s. Hardwire is run by a colorful group of aeronautical engineers who say they took a fresh approach to evaluating how to make the vehicles safer.
George Tunis, the company’s chief executive, likened the chimney to an exhaust vent on a rocket.
He said that rather than just piling on more armor to absorb the blasts, as has been typical in the past, the idea was to disperse as much of the explosive energy as possible.
Tests show that the explosive gas from a roadside bomb can accelerate to speeds as high as Mach 4 in less than a millisecond, Mr. Tunis said, or far less time than it takes to blink an eye.
Mr. Tunis said he was inspired to work on the vehicle’s safety after a chance meeting with Octavio Sanchez, a Marine staff sergeant who lost a hand and was badly burned when his Humvee blew up in Iraq in 2005.
Sergeant Sanchez said Friday that he told Mr. Tunis that small safety improvements might have saved his hand, “and I think that turned a light bulb on for him.”
Mr. Tunis said the chimney, which is hidden next to a gunner’s turret atop the Humvee, is the biggest change. But like the mine-resistant vehicles, the Humvee prototypes have V-shaped steel bottoms to deflect parts of the blasts.
Mr. Tunis said his engineers were inspired by sports gear in making other changes.
He said that Dyneema, a thin fiber that links surfboard riders to kite sails, is so strong that it is used in bulletproof vests, and that his team sandwiched plates of it between metal panels throughout the vehicles. It also adapted a rock-climbing device to drop the gunner into the vehicle when a blast occurs.
The Pentagon will conduct five more blast tests, and the Army could request bids this fall for a new version of the Humvee.
Several companies, including Oshkosh, BAE Systems and Textron, are expected to bid. Charles Hall, AM General’s chief executive, said his company had also been working with Plasan, an Israeli armor manufacturer, on another prototype.
But he said in an interview that the blast tests “demonstrate very clearly” that the chimney could offer protection well beyond what the Army was expected to seek.
I first saw this story at AFV News on this link: DRS Technologies OBVP Article
PARSIPPANY, N.J., JULY 14, 2011 - DRS Technologies, Inc., A Finmeccanica Company, announced its Test and Energy Management business unit has delivered the first of its next generation On-Board Vehicle Power (OBVP) equipped HMMWVs to the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, Program Manager of Expeditionary Power Systems.
The fifteen OBVP HMMWV’s currently being produced will be sent to the operating forces for user evaluation.
The OBVP equipped vehicle is capable of producing 10kW of power while mobile and 30 kW of power in the stationary mode.
LTG (Ret.) Jerry Sinn, President, DRS Technologies Tactical Systems Group states, “The Marine Corps is actively working to reduce their logistical footprint within the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. When utilizing the HMMWV to provide power in an expeditionary environment, the OBVP will allow the Marine Corps to eliminate transportation of multiple generator sets aboard amphibious ships, thus saving valuable deck space.”
LTG Sinn added, “We are fortunate to have partnered with the USMC in the validation and delivery of this capability and believe that it offers tremendous benefit in terms of providing a more flexible, resilient, and persistent power source in the field. DRS is committed to this technology and its success in extending the value of the legacy HMMWV fleet for the DoD.”
DRS Technologies, headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A. (FNC.MI) which employs more than 75,000 people worldwide. For more information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company’s website at http://www.drs.com/.
Read the manufacturers product brochure at this link: DRS OBVP Product Brochure
Link Transfer Of 1000th Up-Armored HMMWV To Iraqi Army
Iraqi police officers stand behind an armoured vehicle during a ceremony to commemorate the transfer of the 1000th US-refurbished Humvee vehicle to Iraqi security forces in Taji, 30 kilometers north of Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday, June 26, 2008. Iraqi security forces completed the delivery of the first 1,000 up-armoured High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), known as ‘Humvee’, previously used by the US military, as part of a program that began in March 2008. Iraqi security forces are expected to receive 8500 Humvees through this program by late 2009.