DSEI 2015

Improving ride and mobility [DSEI15, D4]

18 September 2015

BAE Systems (Stand S3-110) is showing the latest version of the Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) with a number of technology inserts, including technology adapted from Formula 1 racing cars.

All CV90 vehicles built to date have been fitted with conventional torsion bar suspension, but the latest CV90 technology demonstrator has an active suspension system, which not only provides a much better ride for the crew but also improved cross-country mobility.

BAE Systems is also showing a new product called ‘Battlefield 360’, an advanced technology system that allows soldiers inside an armoured combat vehicle to ‘see through‘ the solid armour of the vehicle for a much enhanced level of situational awareness. Engineers are developing two types of display for use on any vehicle and both can be annotated with symbology to identify friendly forces and targets.

The first head-worn part of the system for crew members can be slaved to vehicle cameras to provide the wearer with a see-through armour capability in both visual and infrared, if the vehicle sensors allow this. The second head-down touchscreen commander’s display gives wider battlefield information.

The company says the system has been designed to be integrated with existing vehicle systems and radios. It uses head-up Q-Sight display technology that was originally developed for the Eurofighter Typhoon by elements of BAE Systems in Sweden and the UK.

BAE Systems Hägglunds is currently in full-scale production of the latest batch of CV9030 IFVs and variants for the Norwegian Army, which is taking delivery of a total of 144 CV9030s − 41 new vehicles and 103 upgraded vehicles.

Norway is also fitting its CV9030 family of vehicles with Soucy International rubber band tracks that offer less noise, vibration and resistance when compared with conventional steel tracks.

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