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ARGENTINE ARMY RECEIVES NEW SANY STC800 CRANE
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Argentine Army SANY STC800 Crane

Source: Argentine Army


Argentine Army SANY STC800 Crane

Source: Argentine Army


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BUENOS AIRES - The Argentine Army has taken delivery of a new SANY STC800 crane truck, which will be operated by the Engineering Battalion 601. The truck is the first of four to be delivered to Argentina.

The Army took delivery of the crane during a ceremony on October 17, 2017 headed by Colonel Walter Martinchuk, the commander of the Engineering Battalion 601.

SANY is a Chinese heavy machinery manufacturer. It's STC800 crane has a lifting capacity of 80 tons and is able to reach a height of 61 meters (200 ft). It has a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) thanks to a double driving axle. It has two main steering axes controlled manually, and at the same time, two auxiliary axes controlled by the electric and hydraulic system, which can be locked, ensuring a small turning radius.

Argentina acquired the crane from South American heavy equipment dealer Guras San Blas S.A. The contract also includes training, both in a simulator and in the field, and a one-year warranty.

Argentina has been upgrading its military capabilities lately. Most of the investment has been in warfighting systems, such as radar and anti-tank weapons. However, the military also needs engineering equipment that will be used both to support military operations and humanitarian efforts following natural disasters.

Source:  Argentine Army
Associated URL: https://www.ejercito.mil.ar/noticias/desarrollo/noticia019.html
Source Date: November 16, 2017
Source Language: Spanish
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
RUSSIAN ROCKET LAUNCHERS TO BE DEPLOYED IN EASTERN MD
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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TOS-1A Solntsepyok rocket launcher

Source: Russia MoD


TOS-1A Solntsepyok rocket launcher

Source: Russia MoD


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MOSCOW - Several units equipped with the TOS-1A Solntsepyok rocket launcher are to be established in the RChBD formations located in East Siberia and Far East, Eastern Military District, according to the Russia MoD. The new units are to be fully manned with contract servicemen.

The TOS-1A Solntsepyok rocket launcher systems mounted on the modernized T-72 track will join the RChBD formation in Amur region by late 2017.

The TOS-1A system is a modified version of the well-known TOS-1 Buratino. It features new advanced launching tubes and can fire 220-mm missiles.

According to the Russia MoD, the modern equipment will enhance combat potential of combined arms formations in the Eastern MD.

Source:  Russia MoD
Associated URL: eng.mil.ru
Source Date: November 16, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
XBOX CONTROLLERS, HOVERBIKES AND ROBOTIC TRUCKS TRIALED BY BRITISH AND AMERICAN ARMIES
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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British and American trucks in a driverless convoy

Source: UK MoD


British and American trucks in a driverless convoy

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LONDON - Continuing the MoD’s investment in cutting-edge technology, the UK has been working with the US military on autonomous resupply, providing a glimpse into the future of getting much-needed supplies to the front line.

In a week-long exercise in Michigan, the UK MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and organizations from the US Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) have been testing an all-terrain 4x4 vehicle controlled by an Xbox-style controller, driverless trucks in convoy and Hoverbike drones for delivering supplies in the most dangerous "last mile" up to the battlefield.

"One hundred years ago we pioneered tank warfare with our US allies, and today we remain right at the forefront of military technology together," said Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin. "This exercise has proven the success of our ongoing investment in science and technology as we see concepts becoming reality. This particular project is spearheading solutions to the notoriously dangerous operation of supplying our frontline on the battlefield. Delivering crucial food, fuel and ammo remotely will help save soldiers’ lives."

This is a new way of coordinating and delivering vital supplies to front-line operations, aiming to reduce risk to those troops and provide on-demand delivery of food, fuel or ammunition to the front line. The Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR) demonstration, the first in a three-year project to bring concepts to life, marked initial demonstration of unmanned tactical resupply technologies in the three areas.

The line-haul convoy is the first time ever that a UK-US collaboration has joined together in this format, with a British Army MAN SV 6-tonne truck as a ‘leader’ vehicle in the convoy, followed by two US Light Medium Tactical Vehicles (LMTV) trucks. Travelling at speeds of up to 25mph, the vehicles used integrated robotics to make decisions about speed, steering and other driving functions.

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) demonstrated included the British-developed Malloy Aeronautics Hoverbike. An advanced prototype quadcopter drone, it can deliver more than 100kg of supplies, using a simple tablet controller. Unveiled for the first time, this version of the Hoverbike could also potentially be used for humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions.

The 4x4 vehicle tested was a tele-operated Polaris MRZR, fitted with advanced sensors, cameras and GPS, and operated by a joint UK-US trials team. Using an adapted Xbox game console controller, Corporal Mortimer and Lance Corporal Thorne remotely ‘drove’ the 4x4 around the area to simulate an off-road task.

Under the Autonomous Last Mile resupply challenge, Dstl and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) are bringing together a wide range of military and industry partners to join commercial-off the-shelf (COTS) suppliers with novel ideas and tech start-ups in producing a futuristic demonstration of how UK and US forces’ tactical resupply might one day operate.

The MoD spends 1.2% of its rising £36 billion defende budget on science and technology. In September Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced the 25 winners of the Last Mile Challenge, up-and-coming tech startups and entrepreneurs hoping to bring innovative solutions to resupply the frontline.

Any entrepreneurs can apply to Pitch@Palace Series 9.0, the theme of which is "Data, Intelligence, and The Future of Security". A Defence themed On Tour Event is scheduled to take place in London on 31 January 2018.

Source:  UK MoD
Associated URL: gov.uk
Source Date: November 14, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 

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