GDLS wins US Army's ‘light tank' competition, deliveries to begin in early 2024
29 June 2022
by Ashley Roque
This GDLS ‘light tank' prototype has won the US Army's Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) competition. (GDLS)
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) will build the US Army's new ‘light tank' and has received a USD1.14 billion contract to produce up to 96 vehicles, according to several service officials.
The army has tasked GDLS with producing the first 26 Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) vehicles with initial deliveries scheduled to begin within 19 months, Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems Brigadier General Glenn Dean told reporters on 28 June. The army plans to buy a total of 504 platforms but service leaders may adjust this number over time.
“MPF represents a new capability for the army, allowing our light manoeuvre forces to overmatch adversaries,” said Major General Ross Coffman, director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross-Functional Team. “Through multiple soldier touchpoints, our soldiers have operated the prototypes and provided crucial feedback to the design team, ensuring our forces will have the asset they need on the future battlefield.”
USMC CH-53E marks first transport of JLTV to ship and back to shore
12 August 2022
by Gillian Rich
A US Marine CH-53E Super Stallion carries a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to USS
(ESB 5) in the Philippine Sea.
(Lance Cpl. Christopher England)
The US Marine Corps (USMC) used a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter to transport a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to a ship and back to shore for the first time.
Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit logistics combat element and Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, along with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), transported the JLTV from a beach at a training area in Okinawa, Japan, approximately 13 n miles, to USS
(ESB 5). The CH-53E performed two lifts at the beach landing zone and two lifts aboard
before transporting the vehicle back to the beach, Captain Pawel Puczko, director of communication strategy at the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, told
“The CH-53 and Helicopter Support Team provide a pretty unique capability to get those systems to otherwise inaccessible locations,” said Captain Tyler Hopping, CH-53E pilot with VMM-262 (reinforced), in a statement.
US Army outfitting Infantry Squad Vehicle with 20 kW laser, DE M-SHORAD deliveries forthcoming
11 August 2022
by Ashley Roque
US Army infantry soldiers secure their rucks in the cargo netting on the roof of the ISV after it was airdropped at Fort Bragg during operational testing. The service announced it will outfit the ISV with a 20 kW-class laser to down unmanned aerial systems. (US Department of Defense)
The US Army is integrating a 20 kW-class laser weapon system into its new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) to help soldiers down smaller unmanned aerial systems (UASs), according to the director of the service's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office Lieutenant General Neil Thurgood.
The three-star general spoke at the Space and Missile Defense symposium on 10 August about a host of programmes under his purview including directed energy initiatives. At the event, he announced that senior service leaders recently approved the development of an Army Multi-Purpose High Energy Laser (AMP-HEL) prototype that they want completed by the end of September 2023.
Tentative plans involve outfitting General Motors (GM) Defense's ISV with a pallatised 20 kW-class laser weapon system to enable soldiers to down Group 1 and 2 UAS, Lt Gen Thurgood added.
Australia advances 'battlefield electrification' capability with new Bushmaster prototype
11 August 2022
by Jon Grevatt
Australia's new Bushmaster ePMV is pictured above after being unveiled at the Chief of Army Symposium 2022 in Adelaide. In the background is a Bushmaster ePMV fitted with ruggedised solar panels. (Commonwealth of Australia)
The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has unveiled the Bushmaster electric protected military vehicle (ePMV) reflecting an effort, it said, to ensure the Australian Army is ‘future ready'. The prototype was showcased on 10 August at the Chief of Army Symposium, a three-day event in Adelaide.
The vehicle was developed by the Australian Army's Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO), working in collaboration with an Australian company, 3ME Technology, which specialises in lithium-ion battery systems for mining and military vehicles, and the DoD's Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG).
Colonel Robin Smith, the director of RICO, told Janes in an interview, “This prototype is a normal Bushmaster in terms of its protective hull. We removed its engine, gear box, and drive train, and we replaced those with two electric motors, a battery pack, and the voltage control system.”
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