IDEX 2017

Stealthy travel [IDEX17D4]

21 February 2017

Being shown for the first time in the Middle East on the Trust Stand (11- C05, UAE Pavilion) is the German FFG Protected Mission Modular Carrier G5 (PMMC G5), which has been developed as a private venture.

It is being shown fitted with the Dynamit Nobel Defence FEWAS 30 remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a stabilised Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30mm MK44 dual feed cannon, 7.62mm co-axial machine gun and a twin anti-tank guided missile launcher. The 30mm cannon is provided with 200 rounds of ready use ammunition, while 500 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition are also carried.

This RWS is equipped with two identical sighting systems, one for the commander and one for the gunner, to allow for hunter/killer target engagements to take place.

These are coupled to a computerised fire control system. The PMMC G5 has a gross vehicle weight of 26.5 tonnes, of which 8.5 tonnes is payload, which includes the weapon system, ammunition, crew, fuel and protection package.

A key feature is that it can be rapidly fitted with various standardised mission modules to meet different user requirements.

When being used as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) it can normally carry eight dismounts plus two crew. More specialised versions of the PMMC G5 are ambulance, command post, combat engineer, mortar carrier and recovery. It is powered by an MTU 199 TE21 V-6 550hp diesel engine coupled to a ZF LSG 1000 HD automatic transmission, which gives a maximum road speed of 74km/h and a range of 1,000km.

The baseline PMMC G5 has a high level of integrated mine and IED protection, and add-on modules provide a high level of ballistic protection. To reduce life cycle costs the PMMC G5 uses proven commercial off-the-shelf and military off-the-shelf subsystems wherever possible.

The PMMC G5 is also fitted with Soucy International rubber band tracks, which are lighter, quieter and cause less vibration. In addition, because it has less rolling resistance, the rubber band track increases the operational range of the platform, as well as improving its stealth characteristics.

As well as prototype and developmental PMMC G5 vehicles, the company has completed two production standard vehicles and production can commence when orders are placed. In addition to supplying vehicles from a German production line, there is also potential for an overseas technology transfer package.

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