C-IED & Survivability
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Armoured Vehicles Report 2012
In coordination with the International Armoured Vehicles conference and exhibition, the Armoured Vehicles Report 2012 explores how the future of the global armoured vehicle market is likely to evolve over the next decade. Topics include armoured vehicle design requirements, key emerging global markets, the lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the impact of the global economic meltdown as defence budgets continue to wane.
Pop-COIN and ‘The Death of American Strategy’
A.E. Stahl, Associate at the Institute for National Security Studies, re-assesses the controversial article published by US Colonel Gian P. Gentile, which argued that Population-Centric Counterinsurgency (Pop-COIN) has signalled the end of American strategy. Is “armed nation building” the wrong approach? Can the impact of counterinsurgency tactics be offset? Is American military strategy “dead”?
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TANK TALK: The week that was
Contributor: Andrew Elwell
Posted: January 10, 2012
In this edition of ‘The week that was’, Defence IQ gives you a snap-shot of all the armoured vehicle updates from around the globe over the last few weeks.
MRAP...ped up - Navistar wins $880 million DoD order Navistar Defense, L.L.C., Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded an $879,923,195 firm-fixed-priced delivery order 0023 under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5032) for the procurement of 2,717 units of rolling chassis; 10 engineering change proposals; and 25 contract data requirements lists, for MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Work will be performed in West Point, Miss., and is expected to be completed by the end of October 2013. Procurement funds in the amount of $879,923,195 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The original contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.
Tanks a lot! UK cuts £10.8 billion from armoured vehicles programmes
Contributor: Andrew Elwell
Posted: December 12, /2011
“The Department has yet to balance its defence budget fully and devise a plan to close capability gaps, despite having conducted the SDSR and two subsequent planning exercises.”
This is one of the many disquieting findings of a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on the UKs armoured vehicle procurement woes, entitled ‘The cost-effective delivery of an armoured vehicle capability.’
The report revealed that since 1998 the MoD (the Department) has spent £1.1 billion on the process of acquiring a new generation of armoured vehicle, but its faltering and abortive methods have meant none of its principal vehicle programmes have yet been delivered. None. This includes the cancelled TRACER (Tactical Reconnaissance Armoured Combat Equipment Requirement) and MRAV (Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle) projects.
Armoured vehicle makers merge to shelter from economic tidal wave
Contributor: Andrew Elwell
Posted: December 12, /2011
Last month we reported that the armoured vehicle mid-market was set for a wave of consolidation as too many firms hanker over too few contracts. Today it looks like Reneault Trucks Defence (RTD) is the latest company to be linked to a mega-merger after a report in Defense News says a ‘now or never’ deal with a European vehicle maker is on the table.
Gérard Amiel, Executive Chairman of Renault Trucks, told Defense News that the deal will double annual sales to €700 million (£593 million) by 2015.
Can we prioritise armoured vehicle capability?
At this summer’s Armoured Vehicles South Africa conference, Defence IQ ran a focus day on survivability. During the discussion panel session, we asked the question – is it possible to prioritise armoured vehicle capability? Read on to find out what these senior officers from the South African Army, UN peacekeeping, and the USMC believe can and cannot be sacrificed for future vehicle requirements.
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…
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.
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.
Room to Live: Why Aren't Armoured Vehicles Surviving the Explosive Threat in Afghanistan?
Vehicle survivability is a key topic in the current public debate surrounding operations in Afghanistan. The subsequent interest this debate has mobilised has pressured manufacturers to find a solution to produce armoured vehicles that can protect ISAF troops from the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Scott Blaney, Chief of C-IED at US Center for Army Lessons Learned, gives Defence IQ a comprehensive overview of the performance of MRAP vehicles in Afghanistan and Iraq, and provides insight into the brand new MRAP Handbook being released in October 2010.
How motorsport can benefit armoured vehicles
Technology used by Formula One (F1) racing cars is being explored for its potential benefit to troops operating armoured vehicles in theatre.
Modern Protection for Combat Vehicles Part 1
After the evaluation of combat missions, combat vehicles, whether wheeled or tracked, and equipped with armour against the respective threats, are in great demand. In particular, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan showed that critical situations could often be mastered only with the use of heavy combat vehicles. The terrorist all-around threat requires heavy all-around protection in order to be sufficiently protected against attacks.
Modern Protection for Combat Vehicles Part 2
Part 2 of Modern Protection for Combat Vehicles article. An armour solution that can be stacked in transport containers, transported by helicopter, and mines has been developed for driving cabs of transport and engineering vehicles. If required, the segments can be exchanged by soldiers without special tooling and not exclusively by the contractors. The partly dismountable driving cabs reduce procurement, user, and transport costs while providing high operational mobility.
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).
Countering the Blast and Saving Lives: MRAP Vehicles Promise Crew Survivability
Scott Blaney is the Counter-IED Chief from the US Army Center for Army Lessons Learned. Here he outlines the history behind the push for technological development in armoured vehicles survivability. MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle development has been rapid but effective, and has ultimately benefited from feedback from the field.
Combating the IED threat with Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz
Defence IQ speaks exclusively with the former director of JIEDDO to discuss the developments and challenges inherent in the IED obstacle, taking new approaches to counterinsurgency, and the need for a forward-thinking strategy
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.
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
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.
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.