IDEX 2017

Bird of prey [IDEX17D3]

21 February 2017

Shown for the first time in the Middle East on the AM General stand (01-C20) is the AM General M1152A1 (4x4) High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) with the Mandus Hawkeye 105mm Mobile Weapon System (MWS) integrated onto the rear platform. This had previously been shown on the rear of a Mack Defense Sherpa (4x4) platform, which is the US version of the Renault Trucks Defense Sherpa.

The Hawkeye 105mm soft recoil weapon, or fire out of battery as it is also called, has been developed by Mandus using internal research and development funding.

It is fitted with the complete ordnance of the 105mm M119 Light Gun used in large numbers by the US Army. This weapon has powered traverse of 180° left and right and with elevation from -5°a to +72°. To provide a more stable firing platform, four hydraulically operated stabilisers are provided and these are positioned two at the front and two at the rear.

Maximum range depends on the projectile/charge combination but firing the old 105mm M1 high-explosive (HE) projectile a maximum range of 11.6km is claimed, which can be increased to 19.5km when firing the M193 HE rocket-assisted projectile.

In addition to being fitted with standard direct and indirect sighting systems, the Hawkeye is fitted with the M9000 digital fire control and pointing system (FCS), which enables the system to come into action, carry out a fire mission and then rapidly redeploy before counter battery fire is returned. The FCS includes the Northrop Grumman LN-270 inertial navigation system, Weibul Scientific muzzle velocity radar, model MVR-700C direct fire camera, global positioning system and a Mandus gunner’s flat panel display.

Also being shown for the first time on the AM General stand is the Multi-Purpose Truck, which is a commercial base 4x4 form (cab and chassis) with an 8,391kg gross vehicle weight and a payload of 2,359kg.

This can be supplied to allow customers to fit their own body, such as a personnel carrier or ambulance

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