Requirements & Procurement
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France Aims to Land Javelin for VAB
France’s defence procurement agency (DGA) has begun an order for FGM-148 Javelin missile systems to be integrated with Véhicule Avant Blindé (VAB) armoured personnel carriers, effectively simplifying operation of the vehicle’s anti-tank capabilities.
Australian Light Armoured Vehicle Coiled to Strike
The Australian government has given its official backing to Thales Australia as its approved manufacturer of the Army’s Protected Mobility Vehicle, in a potential £1 billion agreement.
New Saudi Arabian Humvees to counter foreign and homeland threats
Saudi Arabia is looking to purchase more than 200 armoured Humvees, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency who notified Congress at the end of October…
£1 billion investment for UK Warrior armoured vehicles
UK forces were bolstered this month with the news that the contract for the Army’s Warrior infantry fighting vehicle upgrade has finally been sealed, which should see the service life of the fleet extended to at least 2040.
India buys new armoured recovery vehicles
India’s Army is set to receive over 200 armoured recovery and repair vehicles to provide support to its T-72 battle tank fleet, at a predicted cost of approximately £890,000 per unit.
Australia’s military vehicle industry base
A short overview of Australia’s complex armoured vehicles market, looking at the newest contracts, delays and future opportunities. Nigel Pittaway reports for Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter. Read the digital magazine at www.asiapacificdefencereporter.com.
Roundtable discussion [transcript]: Armoured Vehicles After Afghanistan
Read the full interview transcript of our roundtable discussion on the subject of the future of vehicle requirements. Author and academic Professor Richard Ogorkiewicz and Jane’s Editor Christopher Foss debate the likely environment of tomorrow’s conflicts and confront the issues of transporting heavier vehicles, the need for an industrial base, and modular solutions.
After Afghanistan: what next for Armoured Vehicles?
Perhaps the most vital concern for all those involved in the armoured vehicle industry is the issue of future requirements. With Canadian combat operations now at an end in Afghanistan, and with many other NATO states, including the US, beginning periodic withdrawal from this year onwards, the question over tomorrow’s needs is one that requires a prompt and practical response…
Ground Combat Vehicle programme rolls forward
The US military has finally approved a programme of production for the Army’s proposed Ground Combat Vehicle at a cost of $1.35 billion. Organised under the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Modernisation programme, the new platform will begin to replace the long-serving Bradley Fighting Vehicle by 2017…
Will Coalition Troops Be Allowed to Use Special Forces Technology to Counter IED Attacks?
In Afghanistan, population-centric operations to increase Afghan human security and support for the Coalition are being underpinned by high-end technological efforts that directly target the insurgents (INS). Targeting is crucial in any counter-insurgency (COIN) effort where kinetic operations are concerned and Afghanistan is certainly no exception. It is well documented how careless or misguided strikes have inflicted dire civilian casualties, causing the legitimacy of ISAF troops to be undermined as Afghan support is lost.
European Armour Development Bears Up Under Tightening Fiscal Restraints
Despite a doctrinal shift away from large mechanised formations in all European armed forces, main battle tanks (MBT), infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and myriad other ground fighting vehicles are a vital component of modern military operations. Whilst the armour technology market has traditionally been viewed as a less profitable affair then aerospace, some of the world’s most successful military vehicle manufacturers are based in Europe, with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall of Germany, the UK’s BAE Land Systems, Nexter of France and Finland’s Patria all boasting fairly healthy order books. When coupled with new trends in force protection needs and upgrade packages, Europe’s mechanised armour industry is likely to enjoy gainful employment in the coming years.
Libya Phase II - Operations Ellamy and Odyssey Dawn Make Way for NATO
Libya - As rebel momentum grows, NATO hand-over raises serious strategic questions about continued use of air power.
In Bid to Halt Rise in IED Deaths, US Congress Spends $7bn on 'Life Saving' Vehicles
The United States Congress has given the go-ahead to invest $7 billion into the ongoing efforts to mitigate the threat of IEDs in Afghanistan, with a primary focus on the deployment of recently designed armoured vehicle platforms.
Meet your chairman: Lt. Gen. Sir John Kiszely
Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely joins Defence IQ on the line ahead of the event to discuss the past, present and future of armoured vehicles and his involvement as chair on the annual IAV event. Aside to providing early thoughts on the recent focus on counterinsurgency developments and dealing with increasingly heavier units, Kiszely explains why those in the defence vehicle community should be looking forward to attending the 2012 conference and exhibition.
Future capabilities of the Italian armoured vehicle fleet
Defence IQ talks to Lt Gen Antonio Gucciardino on current and future armoured vehicles programmes and procurement within the Italian Army and speculates on what the future of the industry will hold.
Roundtable discussion: Future vehicles in a post-Afghanistan world
Our first roundtable discussion for IAV2012, Defence IQ’s Richard de Silva brings together two heavyweights of the UK armoured vehicle scene: academic and author Prof. Richard Ogorkiewicz, and Jane’s editor Christopher Foss. Together, they tackle the topics of today’s vehicle fleets, how much a difference terrain can make, and why modularity has its limits (runtime: 30 mins).
Defending the Valley of the King: KADDB and Jordanian Armed Forces Plan the Road Ahead
In this exclusive high level interview, we have the opportunity to speak with Brig. Gen. Mufareh Al-Tarawneh. Brigadier General Al-Tarawneh is Deputy Managing Director at King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, better known as KADDB. KADDB is the Jordanian research and development facility that supplies defence and commercial equipment within the Jordanian and Middle East defence sectors, as well as globally. In this interview, he addresses the growing demand for technology futures - especially in border management and weapons and vehicles upgrades. The Brigadier also talks about the challenges of meeting JAF demands - and the theatres in which KADDB kit has seen action. He will be speaking at Future Artillery Middle East 2010, being held in Amman, Jordan on the 2nd through the 4th of November.
Jane's Editor and Expert Gives Extensive Overview of Armoured Vehicles Industry
Christopher Foss, expert and journalist on the subject of AVs worldwide and editor of several Jane's defense publications, including Armour and Artillery and Defence Weekly, shares his vast knowledge and wisened opinion on the pressing concerns within the industry today. He provides a perspective on the key concerns for development with particular emphasis on survivability, why he considers UORs a "double-edged sword", and how he has found the deployment of UK AVs to have improved over the last two years.
'No Guts, No Glory': Indian Mechanised Forces Answer the Call for Modernising Armour Technologies
Defence IQ speaks with Colonel (Rtd) A K Sharma, former armour battalion commander, Dean of the Indian Army’s Faculty of Technical Studies, and editor of the South Asia Defence & Strategic Review. He provides an overview of the Indian Army's current AV fleet, the key capability enhancements…
M-ATV acquisition program: Overview by LTC Coll Haddon
Listen to LTC Coll Haddon's overview on the All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Program, in which he discusses program management and acquisition of the M-ATV vehicle for OEF. As the product manager for the MRAP, he discusses the procurement process for the vehicles and the contracts that have grown as a result of the vehicle's proven utility in Afghanistan, as well as the projections to complete production for the remaining vehicles that will be fielded.
Major Brian Sweigart talks Army Stryker Program
With two tours in OIF completed, Major Brian Sweigart, Executive Officer of the Army's 3-16 Cavalry has deployed with a Stryker unit and discusses the challenges that military vehicles face in Iraq specifically issues related to survivability and durability. He details what he sees as upcoming for Stryker and what improvements can be made to ensure it continues to adapt to the latest threat environments.
Live discussion: Can we prioritise armoured vehicle capability?
View the 10 minute discussion at our recent Armoured Vehicles South Africa event, where commanders from the US, South Africa, and UN heavy armour divisions discuss between them what aspects their nations are willing to sacrifice, and what will remain vital for future operations. This is a fascinating insight into the honest thinking of international forces as they prepare for the challenges ahead. You can also read the discussion here.
Roundtable discussion: Armoured Vehicles After Afghanistan
How open architecture can revolutionise vehicle procurement
Defence IQ interviews Michael Henshaw, Professor of Systems Engineering at Loughborough University, leader of the Engineering Systems of Systems (EsoS) Research Group. As an expert in applied physics, through-life management, and Network Enabled Capability, Prof. Henshaw explains in layman’s terms the concept and application of the new open architecture concept set to revolutionise international defence procurement strategies. Based on the success of the UK MoD’s Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) programme, and following the discovery of the millions wasted by recent AV contracts, this is the subject that those involved in procurement, budget and through life support must understand as they move into an uncertain future. (Full interview: 32mins)
British Forces News Report on IAVs 2011
Defence IQ Report on the Ocelot (aka the Foxhound)
'See and Avoid' Ground Penetrating Radars Approved for Afghan Operations
Ground penetrating radar works to create a three dimensional picture of subterranean objects. What it brings to the fight is the ability to scan, identify and avoid land mines and similar threats. Thomas Ornevik of 3D Radar and Ri-Chee Chou of Exponent Inc. talk about the cooperative effort they have introduced to help safeguard armoured vehicle crews. Urgent US Army requirements for Afghan operations have pushed this cooperation forward - with the final product to be installed on the Husky mine detection vehicle
Defence Procurement Showdown: Armoured Vehicle Programme Officers Demand Improved Contractor Support
This multinational panel discussion features key regional viewpoints on armour upgrades. The key question put to these four panellists is, 'How does one prioritise armoured vehicle upgrades whilst balancing requirements for armour, mobility and firepower. Featured here are General Jayasuriya of the Sri Lanka Army; Dr Lusardi, representing the US Marine Corps; Brigadier General Tuilan of the Indonesian MoD and Major Reynolds of the UK MoD. Delivering to increased future expeditionary warfare demands, providing for more UOR focused procurement, safe-guarding cost-effectiveness: these are just a few of the broad range of speaking points delivered from these four experts. Find out what questions their audience poses to them on what has become a controversial subject
Armoured Vehicle Panel Discussion: Procurement Advisors Open the Floor to Industry's Questions
This unique panel discussion engages three representatives who speak directly for their nations' military acquisitions priorities. When it comes to armoured vehicle procurement, each of these three expresses unique and diverse demands for design and funding protocols. Dr Kogila Balakrishnan, Colonel Gilbert Gapay and Lieutenant General Antonio Gucciardino represent Malaysian, Philippine and Italian land force requirements, respectively. This rare and open question and answer session opens the floor to industry - and allows those who advise their governments on acquisitions to outline specific needs through 2020.
The Top 5 Solutions to Balancing Armoured Vehicle Capability and Survivability
Dr Robert Lusardi is the Deputy Programme Manager for Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) for the US Marine Corps. He approaches armoured vehicle upgrades and modification from an alternative perspective - by beginning with the mission statement of the LAV. Due to its significant legacy and its entrenched interoperability requirements with USMC infantry, LAV modifications must flex to unique demands. Tune in to find out what these specific requirements are - and how the best minds in the field are working to meet them.
Malaysia's Armoured Cavalry: Can the Auto Industry Meet Military Demands?
Kogila Balakrishnan is Undersecretary of the Defence Industrial Division for the Malaysian Ministry of Defence and speaks here about Malaysia's plans for armoured vehicle procurement. Growth and modernisation of the civilian auto industry largely mirrored that of the defence industrial sector - throughout the 1980s and 90s. There emerged a 'dual use' focus of civilian firms that led to greater defence production. Today, the automotive sector for defence production falls under the Malaysian MOD and plans for future platforms have emerged in an organic way from civilian pockets of industry.
Singapore Army exploring C-IED options
Lt Col Lim Tong Hai of the Singapore Army speaks with Defence IQ at Counter IEDs 2010 in London. Here, he talks about the growing utilisation of improvised explosive devices - particularly in the technological evolution of the threat. He expresses his concern with keeping up with training and methodology in this expanding field, as well as exposing broad sectors of the miltiary to counter IED basics.
Director of Force Development in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Discusses Strategy and Procurement Planning for Army Vehicles
Watch this video for a discussion on strategy and procurement planning for vehicles, led by MG Thomas Spoehr, Director of Force Development in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, at IDGA's Tactical Vehicles Summit. The main themes during his talk include the modernization environment and the ends, ways, and means of the modernization strategy for Army vehicles, as well as where things will be moving in the future
The Armoured Vehicles Market 2010-2020
National Audit Office: The Cost-effective Delivery of an Armoured Vehicle Capability May 2011
In the period since 1998, the Department’s standard acquisition approach 14 has failed to deliver armoured vehicle projects on a consistent basis in line with plans. While the Department has delivered a number of smaller projects worth £407 million, it has spent £718 million on projects that have yet to deliver, some of which have been cancelled or suspended indefinitely. In practice, however, this is a relatively small fraction of the £14 billion the Department intended to spend on the Future Rapid Effect System project alone. The result is that the Armed Forces have not received much of the equipment they expected to have over the last decade.
US Defence Acquisitions: Key Questions Confront the Army's 'Ground Force Modernization Initiative'
The US Army is preparing to start a new GCV (ground combat vehicle) acquisition programme by evaluating contractor proposals for technology development. The Army appears to be embarking on a more knowledge-based programme than previously planned, focusing on costs and technical maturity. Yet, to deliver the first production vehicle in 7 years, the programme must complete technology development in 2 years and engineering and manufacturing development in 4 years.
Key questions on GCV pertain to how urgently it is needed, robustness of the analysis of alternatives, its cost and affordability, plausibility of its schedule, and whether mature technologies will be used. Addressing such questions is essential to getting a good start on demonstrating the match between GCV requirements and resources by the end of technology development
White House Fiscal Commission - Defence Recommendations for Deficit Reduction
On 10 November 2010 at 1330 Eastern Standard Time, President Obama's White House Fiscal Commission submitted its draft report to the president on how best to reduce the US Federal deficit. Cuts include large scale, broad reductions in defence materiel, production and manpower. Its specificity in platform cuts also makes it very clear that it will affect UK and European defence industries and armed forces defence partnering projects. They include:
- Double the number of defence contractor positions scheduled for elimination from 10 percent of current staff augmentees to 20 percent
- Reduce procurement by 15 percent, or US$20 billion
- Eliminate the V-22 Osprey programme
- Cancel the Marine Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle programme
- Halve the number of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in favour of F-16s and F/A-18Es
- Cancel the Marine Corps F-35 programme
- Cancel the Navy's Future Maritime Prepositioning Force
- Cancel the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the Ground Combat Vehicle, and the Joint Tactical Radio
- Reduce military forces in Europe and Asia by one-third
- Send all military children based in the US to local schools
Snapshot of the armoured vehicles market
This infographic gives a quick visual snapshot of the number of armoured vehicles in existence across the world today. Find out which regions boast the most!