Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference: Free Resource Library
The Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference Resource Library provides regularly updated Presentations, Speaker Interviews and Presentations coordinated with the Military Vehicles events. These resources are free for you to access – simply fill in the download forms and start the learning process before, during and after the conference!
Benefits of Remanufacturing Drivetrain Components for Military Vehicles
The current economic climate for military organizations around the world is demanding a focus on reducing costs. Remanufacturing drivetrain components in ground vehicles is a way to reduce waste, save energy, improve performance, and reduce costs. MTP Drivetrain Services remanufacturers engines, transmissions, transfer cases, and axles for military vehicles to best commercial standard or military specification. MTP will work with our military customers to reduce costs.
PEO Land Systems Update on USMC Vehicle RESET
Bryan Prosser, Program Manager, PEO Land Systems explores the USMC’ fleet of replacement vehicles. He also examines the current and future mission objectives of the MTVR and LVSR. Listen up as Mr. Prosser highlights lessons learned in theater and how modifications and RESET was applied to reduce lifecycle costs.
Mr. Prosser will be delivering a presentation at IDGA’s Military Vehicles Expo taking place July 10-13 in Detroit, MI. To hear him in person register at www.MilitaryVehiclesExpo.com and view the agenda to see his presentation topic.
Composites for Military Vehicles: Advancing Durability and Survivability Through Lightweight Technology
Uday Vaidya, Professor & Director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Author of ‘Composites for Automotive, Truck and Mass Transit’
Military vehicles have synergistic needs for weight reduction without compromising performance. This interview examines the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) vehicles technology program with specific focus on some of the technology gaps which exist in the implementation of lightweight materials, and what’s being done to solve these issues. Uday Vaidya, Professor & Director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Author of ‘Composites for Automotive, Truck and Mass Transit’ also examines the past decade in the advancement of technologies for the survivability and durability of materials for military vehicles.
Dr. Vaidya will present at the Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference – find out more by downloading the brochure at bit.ly/KQzYZk. Also, register for a Free Expo Pass at bit.ly/KhQHSQ.
Global Road Map: Military Vehicles of the World
Use this global road-map to identify the military vehicle capability demands and priorities of various nations around the world. For each country featured on this infographic, you will learn which military armored vehicles are being used by the various representative countries speaking at the 4th Annual Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference. From the EE-11 Urtutu in Brazil, to the Combat Vehicles of the United States, download this infographic and discover who will represent each nation at the exhibition and conference and what they will be presenting on.
The Only Time It's 'OK' to Lose: Weight Reduction for Combat Vehicles
Daniel Yaziv, PhD, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (MVEC 2012 Presentation Theater Speaker)
In the modern battlefield, weight reduction of combat vehicles is the most critical challenge in armor design. Weight has a strong effect on power, mobility and maneuverability. The purpose is to obtain maximum protection with minimum weight penalty. The most effective and advanced protection technologies are the Reactive Armor and the Active Protection Systems. Read more...
Speaker Q&A: Future Combat Vehicles - Integrating Armor and Enhancing Hybrid Systems
Mike Micucci, VP Expeditionary Programs, for Textron Marine and Land Systems
How do you determine what direction the military vehicles market with follow in 2013? According to Mike Micucci, VP Expeditionary Programs, for Textron Marine and Land Systems and presenter at Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference 2012, ‘following the money’ and keeping the lines of communications open, are critical to ensuring Industry understands future DoD priorities. The following interview examines the current challenges for OEM’s in tough fiscal times. Mr. Miccuci also identifies some of the most efficient and effective integration and production methods being used to develop the next generation of Military Vehicles.
Ground Vehicles Reports | Articles | Podcasts | Interview Transcripts | Videos | Reports & White Papers
Before the Exhibition – 2011 Collection | Attendee Snapshots
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Reports
SOCOM Accepts Bids From Industry For New Ground Mobility Vehicle
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (June 22, 2012))
Industry Teams Expect Longer Wait Time For JLTV Contract Award
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (June 15, 2012)
MECV Making A Comeback? Army Plans Humvee Survivability Demo
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (June 4, 2012)
Army Reprogramming Awaited As Lobbying To Save MECV Continues
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (May 17, 2012)
Official: Marines Need $3B In OCO Funds For Ground Vehicle Reset
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (May 11, 2012)
Stackley: JLTV Contract Award Expected In Fourth Quarter Of FY-12
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (May 3, 2012)
Army Might Replace One Third Of Medium TWV Fleet With Contractors
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (April 27, 2012)
'Green Warrior Convoy' Announced As Army Opens New Vehicle Energy Lab
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (April 19, 2012)
Iraq's 'Last MRAP' Headed To A Museum As Services Plan Fleet Strategy
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (April 13, 2012)
Six Bidders Begin Slugging Out Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Competition
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (April 2012)
Ford Motor Co. to Supply JLTV Engine for BAE Team
InsideDefense.com: Ground Vehicles Report (March 2012)
Army Leaders Dig In On Abrams Plant Closure; GAO May Get Involved
Inside the Army: Ground Vehicles Report (March 2012)
Fewer Dollars, Soldiers Means Fewer Tactical Wheeled Vehicles
InsideDefense.com (February 14, 2012)
Humvee Recap Questions Swirling On Capitol Hill Amid Army Budget Talks
Inside the Army - Weekly Ground Vehicles Brief (February 3, 2012)
£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. (October 2011)
Demand climbs for armored recovery vehicles
With the sharp emergence of Mine Resistant Ambush Patrol (MRAP) vehicles being deployed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, along with an increase in armored vehicle orders across all coalition forces, the need for emergency recovery has risen in kind. (September 2010)
BAE and Northrop Say Hybrids Are Ready For Combat, Tactical Vehicles
Inside the Army (June 2011)
European Armor Development Bears Up Under Tightening Fiscal Restraints
Despite a doctrinal shift away from large mechanized 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 armor 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 mechanized armor industry is likely to enjoy gainful employment in the coming years. (April 2011)
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. (March 2011)
Taiwan’s Leopard IFV sees no need to change its spots
According to the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense, a reported flaw in the armor on the military’s CM-32 infantry fighting vehicles has already been resolved, demonstrated with a public display of eight of the fleet currently in production.
Italian future procurement perspectives of armored vehicles
Lt Gen Gucciardino from the Italian Army talks about current capabilities, interoperability and future procurement plans with regards to armored vehicles in the Italian Army as well as the lessons learnt from operations in Afghanistan.
Modernization of PLA Ground Forces: Emerging Trends
China's meteoric rise, fuelled by incredible growth of its economy has created favorable conditions for modernization of its Armed Forces, a key component of its Comprehensive National Power (CNP)...
Indian Armored Vehicles: Looking Ahead
Interview with Colonel (Rtd) A K Sharma, former armor battalion commander, Dean of the Indian Army’s Faculty of Technical Studies, and editor of the South Asia Defense & Strategic Review. He provides an overview of the Indian Army's current AV fleet, the key capability enhancements being explored, and discusses how past campaigns will be benefiting future operations.
New Composites with Dr. Tom Nosker
This audio interview features Dr. Tom Nosker, Principal Investigator, AMIPP Professor, Department of Ceramic and Materials Engineering, Rutgers University. He discusses new composite advances that improve cost effectiveness. (November 2011)
C4I RESET, RECAP, and Retrograde Logistics with Travis Curtis
Travis Curtis, Liason Officer at Tobyhanna Army Depot, discusses the latest at the Army depot. He details the biggest challenge faced by the U.S. Army in terms of RESET and RECAP for Army C4I equipment. He also talks about what solutions may exist for the Army to meet these challenges and to improve C4I retrograde logistics (February 2011)
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 armored vehicles survivability. MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle development has been rapid but effective, and has ultimately benefited from feedback from the field. (February 2011)
The Ultimate Driver's Test: Armored Vehicle Simulators Prepare the Royal Netherlands Army for Action
Combined arms simulation and training are proving increasingly vital to European armies looking to field new crews in existing armored vehicle platforms. Captain Chris Lukose of the Royal Netherlands Army speaks with our own Rich de Silva about how this works - from development of company-level tactics down to training in personal proficiency. The new TACTIS (Tactical Indoor Simulation) system provides a fresh avenue for simulated exercises - by providing a network where vehicle borne crews can sit in hi-fidelity simulations of Leopard tanks, for example. Is this the ultimate solution to preparing crews for the battlefield? (February 2011)
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.
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 defense and commercial equipment within the Jordanian and Middle East defense 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. (October 2010)
'No Guts, No Glory': Indian Mechanized Forces Answer the Call for Modernizing Armor Technologies
Defence IQ speaks with Colonel (Rtd) A K Sharma, former armor battalion commander, Dean of the Indian Army’s Faculty of Technical Studies, and editor of the South Asia Defense & Strategic Review. He provides an overview of the Indian Army's current AV fleet, the key capability enhancements. (October 2010)
Evaluating the Ethics & Advantages of UCAVs with Dr. Bill Powers
This interview features Dr. Bill Powers, Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities at the Marine Corps War Fighting Lab. Exploring the efficacy of UCAVs for US Long Range Strike power. (August 2011)
SOCAFRICA: Meeting African problems with African solutions
The following interview features Colonel Richard Samuels, Deputy Commander, SOCAFRICA, US Africa Command. The interview explores the range of issues and challenges which are unique to AFRICOM, lessons learned, and military strategies for the future…
Space, China’s Tactical Frontier
In recent years, China has made stunning progress in its satellite reconnaissance capabilities. Matthew Durnin, Researcher at the Center for Defense Insider will present a workshop IDGA’s Military Satellites Summit, entitled ‘Space, China’s Tactical Frontier’. The @DefenseInsider Chris Archer recently spoke with Matthew about the progress China has made in its reconnaissance capabilities, and what this means to the US, and the world. (November 2011)
New Composite Advances that Improve Cost Effectiveness
This interview features Dr. Tom Nosker, Principal Investigator, from the Plastics Research Center, Department of Material Science and Engineering from Rutgers University.(November 2011)
Colonel Richard Samuels on SOCAFRICA and the Future of Special Forces
In this IDGA exclusive interview, Colonel Richard Samuels, USAF Deputy Commander SOCAFRICA, US AFRICOM, examines the role and current priorities within SOCAFRICA. Colonel Samuels also comments on the future priorities for SOCAFRICA and answers the question ‘are we winning or losing on the continent’? (January 2012)
COL Sharon Hamilton of TRADOC on Human Terrain Systems (HTS)
Colonel Sharon Hamilton, Director, Human Terrain System TRADOC examines the value of Human Terrain Systems (HTS) to the U.S military. In this IDGA interview, Colonel Hamilton highlights the impact of HTS within the various combatant commands and explores the latest priorities and new developments on the horizon. (January 2012)
Increasing Survivability Team Wendy Mine Blast Simulation
The following tests simulate the energy pulse experienced by seated occupants when an IED is denoted beneath the vehicle. This test is a simulated version of the NATO test standard RTO-TR-HFM-090, and was performed at MGA Research Corporation. (July 2011)
Integrated Solutions for Tactical Vehicles
Supplied by L-3 Communications
Reading Fleet Services - One Stop Solution
Established in 2005 and owned by The Reading Group, Reading Fleet Services has firm roots in truck manufacturing and customization dating back over 50 years. RFS exhibited at IDGA's Military Vehicles Exhibition and Conference 2011.
Malaysia's Armored Cavalry: Can the Auto Industry Meet Military Demands?
Kogila Balakrishnan is Undersecretary of the Defense Industrial Division for the Malaysian Ministry of Defense and speaks here about Malaysia's plans for armored vehicle procurement. Growth and modernisation of the civilian auto industry largely mirrored that of the defense industrial sector - throughout the 1980s and 90s. There emerged a 'dual use' focus of civilian firms that led to greater defense production. Today, the automotive sector for defense production falls under the Malaysian MOD and plans for future platforms have emerged in an organic way from civilian pockets of industry. (February 2011)
Vyper V2 Vehicle from Vyper Adamas
The Vyper V2 offers flexible modularity with a base platform and custom modular POD configurations, including a full service program. Vehicle enhancements include Duramax diesel engine, automatic transmission, three front seats (cab), A-frame front suspension, V-hull impact resistant, and a 60 gallon gas tank capacity with a 1200 mile range.
TACOM's Tactical Vehicle Strategy
COL David Bassett, Program Manager at TACOM for Tactical Vehicles, discusses the organization's strategy at IDGA's Tactical Vehicles Summit.
Transparent Armor Solutions for Tactical Vehicle Armoring
A panel of industry professionals in military vehicle armoring discuss new developments and requirements at IDGA's Tactical Vehicle Summit. They discuss various innovative products that are improving the performance of armoring for tactical vehicles. These products include transparent plastic armoring and other transparent armor solutions for military vehicles. Vehicle programs such as MRAP are also discussed.
Dr. Pradeep Rohatgi on the Lightweight Material Use in Military Vehicles
This video features Dr. Pradeep Rohatgi, Director of the Composites Center at the University of Wisconsin, as he discusses using lightweight materials in military vehicles at IDGA's Tactical Vehicles event. He talks about the reinforcement of different types of metals to increase reliability and energy efficiency in vehicles, as well as qualities including energy absorbing, self healing, self cleaning, and self lubricating that can greatly increase the quality of design and reduce weight which as a key issue for both the Army and the USMC.
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 utilization 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 military to counter IED basics. (June 2010)
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.
Reports & White Papers
Before the Exhibition – 2011 Collection
Exclusive interviews, articles and videos with many of our exhibitors.
2011 Attendee Snapshot