US Army's ‘light tank' competition enters limited user-testing phase
22 September 2021
by Ashley Roque
A representation of BAE Systems' MPF prototype that is designed for three crew members. (BAE Systems )
The US Army intends to decide which company will build its new ‘light tank' in the April-to-June 2022 timeframe and is currently conducting a limited user test with two different prototypes to help guide this decision.
Ashley John, the Public Affairs Director for the army's Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, gave Janes an update of the service's Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) competition that involves evaluating 12 prototypes built by BAE Systems and another dozen from General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS).
Each company received a contract valued up to USD376 million to build its respective MPF vehicle lot with the initial expectation that all prototypes would be delivered to the army between March 2020 and the end of August 2020. However, neither company met this timetable. The army attributed these delays to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and other supply and integration issues.
GDLS delivered its 12th and final prototype to the army at the end of December 2020.
UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Sultan bin Ahmed al-Jabr inspects Kasser II MRAPs at a facility in Tawazun Industrial Park. (WAM news agency)
A production batch of Kasser II mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles was seen when the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) minister of industry and advanced technology visited the country's defence industries on 1 August.
A short video released by the UAE's WAM news agency showed the delegation led by Sultan bin Ahmed al-Jabr inspecting at least nine Kasser IIs inside an unidentified facility during the visit to defence companies at Tawazun Industrial Park, which is located in Zayed Military City in Abu Dhabi. Two were numbered as 13 and 14, indicating that at least this many have been produced. It was unclear if they are being made at the facility or undergoing systems integration after delivery.
The Kasser II was unveiled during the IDEX defence show held in Abu Dhabi in February 2021. It has a stated combat weight of 17.2 tonnes, a 400 hp Cummins diesel engine, and can accommodate up to eleven people or nine when fitted with a weapon station.
The British Army's 1st Deep Recce Strike BCT will integrate fires similar to those provided by the MLRS pictured with ISTAR. (UK MoD/Crown copyright 2022)
British Army chiefs have disbanded one of the service's three armoured infantry brigades as they proceed to implement their Future Soldier reorganisation plan.
The disbandment of the Tidworth-based 1st Armoured Infantry (AI) Brigade took place in early July but was not announced by the British Army or UK Ministry of Defence at the time.
Two of the brigade's armoured cavalry units, the Household Cavalry and Royal Lancers, have been transferred to the newly formed 1st Deep Recce Strike Brigade Combat Team (BCT), which has been created out of the former 1st Artillery Brigade, a British Army spokesperson told Janes on 29 July. Three former 1st AI Brigade infantry battalions and small support subunits have also been reassigned to other brigades.
Brigadier Neil Budd, commander of 1st Deep Recce Strike BCT, told Janes
US Army receives first upgunned Stryker, hardware and software fixes made
02 August 2022
by Ashley Roque
The US Army has ordered 269 upgunned Strykers from Oshkosh Defense. (Janes/US Army)
Oshkosh Defense has delivered its first upgunned Stryker to the US Army after the service discovered several problems with an early version of the platform during a risk management test phase, the service told
on 2 August. Several hardware and software fixes, some affecting the main gun, have now been made to the vehicle and the army may have its first unit equipped with the platform by December 2023.
The army selected an Oshkosh Defense-led team in July 2021 to outfit Stryker Double-V Hull Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVVA1) with a 30 mm cannon under its Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS) programme. In July 2021
reported that the army had discovered several problems with the winning bid sample during the source selection process, including the weapon's ability to mark targets and hit them while on the move. Programme officials then embarked on a ‘risk management testing' effort to find and fix a variety of issues before moving into production.
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