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GENERAL DYNAMICS TO DELIVER NEW EAGLE 4X4 ARMORED PATROL VEHICLES TO DENMARK
Monday, June 26, 2017
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Source: General Dynamics


Source: General Dynamics


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MADRID - General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has been awarded a supply contract for the Danish Army’s new 4x4 Armored Patrol Vehicle program (APV). After a competitive tendering process, including an intensive comparative vehicle trial, the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organization (DALO) has selected GDELS-Mowag’s EAGLE 4x4 vehicle platform.

The initial batch consists of 36 vehicles in the Patrol configuration with first deliveries in 2018. The contract has options for further variants including Electronic Warfare, Support and Reconnaissance.

The vehicles will complement the Danish Army’s existing EAGLE vehicle fleet.

The contract was signed on June 15, 2017, through General Dynamics European Land Systems -Mowag, the Switzerland-based subsidiary of General Dynamics European Land Systems.

Source:  General Dynamics
Associated URL: www.generaldynamics.com
Source Date: June 26, 2017
Posted: 06/27/2017

 
 
ORBITAL ATK DEMONSTRATES MK44 BUSHMASTER CHAIN GUN IN 30MM AND 40MM CONFIGURATIONS
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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Source: Orbital ATK


Source: Orbital ATK


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DULLES, Va. - Orbital ATK provided its customer and partner base a live demonstration of its MK44 Bushmaster® Chain Gun® firing a variety of both 30mm and 40mm ammunition during the company’s Bushmaster User Conference at Big Sandy Range, Arizona. The gathering of domestic and international attendees watched as the MK44 guns hit targets before and after a rapid changeover from a 30mm to a 40mm configuration.

Attendees of the live-fire demonstration saw the MK44 Chain Gun, mounted to a Kongsberg Protector Turret and General Dynamics Land Systems Light Armored Vehicle, engage a variety of adobe, concrete block and steel panel targets in 30mm configuration using high-explosive incendiary ammunition. Additionally, the MK44 was set up with Orbital ATK’s proprietary air-bursting munition fuze-setting equipment to demonstrate the gun’s ability to precisely fire several rounds in rapid succession with point-bursting accuracy, both horizontally and vertically across the target.

In addition to the air-bursting capability, Orbital ATK is developing other precision technologies for its medium-caliber ammunition, including proximity detonating and command guidance that are compatible with its medium-caliber cannons. These two new advanced capabilities will be demonstrated at the Bushmaster Users Conference in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The MK44 Bushmaster Chain Gun is available new as a 30mm or 40mm weapon. At the completion of the 30mm demonstration, the system was easily "upgunned" in about an hour’s time and readied to fire 40mm ammunition. The demonstration in the 40mm configuration showed the increased firepower that the 40mm cannon and ammunition provided engaged against similar target panels. The weapon also fired Orbital ATK’s newly developed 40mm Programmable Air Burst Munitions (PABM) with dramatic effects on a replicated target set in a combat-defilade position.

Industry partners General Dynamics Land Systems, Kongsberg and Orbital ATK are upgrading the U.S. Army’s Second Cavalry Regiment’s Stryker fleet with a similar system integrating the Protector MCT-30 turret and a variant of the MK44 30mm Bushmaster Chain Gun, designated the XM813. Once fielded, the complete Stryker system will offer combat crews greater protection as they will be able to fight under armor with a leap ahead in firepower, reliability and effectiveness through the addition of a vehicle main gun.

Orbital ATK is developing and qualifying an entire Super 40mm family of ammunition to include Target Practice with Tracer, High Explosive Incendiary with Tracer and an Armor Penetrating Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot with Tracer round, as well as the PABM showcased during the Bushmaster User Conference.

Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.

Source:  Orbital ATK
Associated URL: www.orbitalatk.com
Source Date: June 27, 2017
Posted: 06/27/2017

 
 
ELECTRO-OPTIC FIRE CONTROL SYSTEM-THERMAL A MAINSTAY ON CROWS AND BIONIX IFV
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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Bionix IFV

Source: Republic of Singapore Army


Bionix IFV

Source: Republic of Singapore Army


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NEWTOWN, Conn. - The Electro-Optic Fire Control System-Thermal (EFCS-T) day/night fire control system is typically installed into a Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station CROWS unit (although other fire control systems have been installed by some CROWS users). The EFCS-T seems to enjoy two advantages. First, it is capable of land operations, making it well suited to operations in Afghanistan and, in the past, Iraq. Second, it appears to be the only fire control system fitted to CROWS, CROWS II, CROWS III (and likely CROWS Low-Profile, currently under development and being readied for production). It has been promoted in the U.S. as an effective tool for keeping American soldiers safe while performing the increasingly dangerous task of urban security and combat against a guerrilla insurgency.

The CROWS family of systems would appear to be at the heart of the EFCS-T's future and is enjoying considerable support. Manufacturer EOS Fire Control Systems is also fitting its Lightning Stabilized Remote Weapon Station (SRWS) with the EFCS-T. (Lightning is a system similar to CROWS.) The EFCS-T is also being considered for European and Middle Eastern programs, and is currently fitted to Singapore's Bionix infantry fighting vehicle. It is reasonable to expect newly produced Bionix IFVs to carry an SRWS, and Singapore will likely retrofit the full Bionix inventory with the system as funding allows.

The EFCS-T production forecast is primarily founded on the two known platforms: the U.S. Army's CROWS and Singapore's Bionix IFV. Current U.S. CROWS orders are expected to average 240 to -250 units per year to around 2018, at which time procurement will likely drop to 100 units or less for spares and maintenance. Further decreases can then be expected as the EFCS-T technology becomes obsolete and is replaced by newer, more capable systems yet to be developed. The second- largest user is believed to be Singapore, which is expected to complete its main procurement by the end of 2017 and then transition to limited spares and maintenance.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: http://www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: June 27, 2017
Author: R. Sterk, Electro-Optical Systems 
Posted: 06/27/2017

 

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