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Guardian Xtreme 4×4 MRAP

Guardian Xtreme 4×4 MRAP


The Guardian Xtreme is a new member in the family of Guardian 4×4 APC armored vehicle personnel carrier produced and manufactured by the Company IAG (International Armored Group). This is an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) Vehicle which is available in 4×4 and 6×6 configuration. The Guardian Xtreme was especially designed to perform combat, tactical and surveillance missions and can quickly respond to remote area threats due to its high maneuverability.

Guardian Xtreme 4×4 MRAP

Guardian Xtreme 4×4 MRAP


The layout of the Guardian Xtreme 4×4 and 6×6 MRAP is very similar to the original Guardian with the engine at the front, driver and commander in the center and troops compartment at the rear. The Guardian Xtreme is available in 4×4 and 6×6 configurations with standard STANAG 4569 Level II blast and ballistic protection including the engine bay. It can be upgraded to Level III armor protection including front, sides, rear and roof. It offers mine protection STANAG 4569 Level 2a and 2b, against blast explosion of 6 kg TNT charge under the wheels and the center of the floor. Both vehicles, IAG Guardian Xtreme in 4×4 and 6×6 configuration have a V-hull shaped floor to provide superior blast protection and a custom made heavy duty 12,000lbs front axle to provide additional payload.
Guardian Xtreme 4×4 MRAP

Guardian Xtreme 4×4 MRAP


The Guardian Xtreme MRAP is based on the Ford F550 Super Duty 4×4 chassis powered by a 6.7 Liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel Engine developing 330 hp. at 2,600 rpm coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It can run at maximum road speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 800 km. The heavy duty suspension and drive train maximize its off-road capabilities while providing a smooth on-road ride. All the wheels of the vehicle has integrated bead lock and run-flat system designed to prevent tires from separating from the wheels when deflated, and enable the vehicle to keep operating in the event of a tire puncture.
Guardian Xtreme 4×4 MRAP

Guardian Xtreme 4×4 MRAP


Standard equipment of the Guardian Xtreme 4×4 and 6×6 MRAP includes white search light mounted on the roof of the crew cabin, wire mesh for all lights, auxiliary fans, elevated gunner stand, automatic engine fire suppression system, electrical system upgrade to 24V and 360° surveillance system including outside cameras all-around the hull with video screen and DVR (Digital Video Recorder) inside of the vehicle. Optional accessories can be integrated which include thermal imaging surveillance camera systems, grenade launchers, black out lights and much more. The doors of the vehicle are fitted with military grade locking mechanisms ensuring close tightly to form complete 360° protection. The vehicle is also equipped with anti-mine blast seats with headrests and 5 points harness. It has the standard Ford dashboard and controls for ease of use and operator familiarity.

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U.S. State Dept clears of 240 Namer APC Power Packs to Israel for $238M

U.S. State Dept clears of 240 Namer APC Power Packs to Israel for $238M

The United States state department has approved sale of 240 Namer Armored Personnel Carrier (APC-MT883) Power Packs, Less Transmission (NPPLT) and related equipment to Israel for an estimated cost of $238 million. The Government of Israel has requested to buy 240 Namer Armored Personnel Carrier (APC-MT883) Power Packs, Less Transmission (NPPLT) in Full Configuration; 30 Namer Armored Personnel Carrier (APC-MT883) Power Packs, Less Transmission (NPPLT) in Light Configuration; and 179 Control and Diagnostic Systems (CDS), Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

Also included is an Integrated Logistics Support package that includes: special tools for C-Level maintenance; oil spray nozzle test bench; preservation and packaging; containers; configuration management; technical manuals, spare parts catalogs, other documentation and publications, and other related elements of logistics and program support. These upgraded power packs will be used on their Armored Personnel Carriers (APC-MT883) that were fielded in 2008.

U.S. State Dept clears of 240 Namer APC Power Packs to Israel for $238M

U.S. State Dept clears of 240 Namer APC Power Packs to Israel for $238M


The prime contractor will be MTU America, Novi, MI. MTU America is the North American subsidiary of Rolls Royce Power Systems. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives.

The Namer is a tracked heavy Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) that was built to meet a variety of combat missions and is planned as a common chassis to a family of vehicles (recovery, command, medical and more). The Namer APC is capable of carrying up to 12 people. Three crewmembers (commander, machine­gunner and driver) 8 infantrymen and an option for an additional crewmember. The vehicle is equipped with advanced systems and has a high level of human engineering, based on the Israel Defense Forces experience in a variety of combat situations.

India Army orders 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles

India Army orders 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles

The Indian Army will finally start receiving new small arms after a contract was signed with the small arms manufacturer SIG Sauer in the US for 72,400 rifles of 7.62mm calibre assault rifles. According to a statement, The Indian Ministry of Defence has officially contracted with SIG SAUER to build and deliver 72,400 SIG716 rifles for its frontline infantry soldiers. The deal, valued at some 7 billion Rupees, or about $100 million U.S, which are being acquired under the MoD’s Fast Track Procedure, is expected be completed within 12 months.

The new rifles will replace the locally made Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) 5.56 mm assault rifles that entered IA service in the mid-1990s, but were declared “operationally inadequate” by the army in early 2010. While India fields a 1.2 million-strong Army, the country has a hodgepodge of small arms acquired over the past half-century, and the new guns will go to equip units deployed along the subcontinent’s borders with Pakistan and China while the service looks for domestically-available solutions to reequip the whole force.

India Army orders 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles

India Army orders 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles


The SIG716 is an enhanced AR platform featuring a 16-inch barrel, M-LOM handguard, and a 6-position telescoping stock. Sig Sauer currently makes the rifle in a number of Patrol and DMR variants using a free-floating aluminum handguard with Key-Mod or M-LOK attachments and a top-mounted M1913 Mil-Std rail. The SIG716 is a short-stroke pushrod gas action 7.62mm autoloader that accepts SR25 pattern magazines. SIG Sauer will build the SIG716 rifles for the Indian Army in New Hampshire.

Excalibur Army T815 Patriot MATMMV

Excalibur Army T815 Patriot MATMMV


The Excalibur Army T815 Patriot 4×4 Tactical Armoured Personnel Carrier, also known as the MATMMV (Medium Armored Tactical Multi-Mission Vehicle), was created by Excalibur Army, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Excalibur Czechoslovak group. Thanks to the proven chassis by Tatra Trucks the vehicle provides excellent driving properties in any terrain, and the modular concept allows for many modifications according to the user’s (both military and civil) needs. The T815 Patriot is developed using internal research and development funding and is based on the 4×4 Tatra Force chassis, which features adjustable ground clearance, a central backbone tube, independent swinging air suspended half axles designed to improve cross-country mobility and ride comfort.

Excalibur Army T815 Patriot MATMMV

Excalibur Army T815 Patriot MATMMV


The layout of the Patriot is conventional, with an engine compatment in the front and a crew compartment in the middle. In the basic variant the vehicle can carry a crew of 2 + 4 fully armed and equiped soldiers. Layout of the T815 Patriot is conventional with the powerpack at the front and the crew compartment to the immediate rear. The crew comprises the commander and driver, with provision for up to four dismounts. The Patriot is developed using internal research and development funding and is based on the 4×4 Tatra Force chassis, which features adjustable ground clearance, a central backbone tube, independent swinging air suspended half axles designed to improve cross-country mobility and ride comfort.
Excalibur Army T815 Patriot MATMMV

Excalibur Army T815 Patriot MATMMV


The 6.7 l Cummons ISB diesel engine offers 210 kW and gives the vehicle it’s top road speed of 110 km/h. The vehicle is powered by a Cummins ISB 6-cylinder diesel engine with power of 210 kW, coupled with an Allison 3200SP automatic transmission with six front and one rear gears. This provides a top speed of 130 km/h and a range of up to 500 km. It is also equipped with 14.00xR20 wheels with flat tires and a central tire inflation system (CTIS) that allows the driver to adjust tire pressure during driving. The vehicle can overcome vertical obstacles with a height of up to 500 mm and cross a trench 900 mm wide. A water obstacle up to 1 m deep can pass without preparation.
Excalibur Army T815 Patriot MATMMV

Excalibur Army T815 Patriot MATMMV


The welded steel cabine has a patented bolted design, which the company calls the “Kitted Hull Concept”. The vehicle provides standard ballistic protection STANAG 4569 Level 3 against small arms (7.62×51mm AP at 30 meters with 930 m/s) and Level 2a/2b anti-mine protection (6 kg Blast AT Mine, 2a – Mine Explosion pressure activated under any wheel or track location, and 2b – Mine Explosion under center). In its base variant, Patriot is capable of transporting 6 people with equipment and provides CBRN protection. Ballistic protection is at level 3 NIJ. Armament, as a rule, includes a remote controlled weaapon station (RWS) mounted on the roof, armed with a 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher.
Excalibur Army T815 Patriot MATMMV

Excalibur Army T815 Patriot MATMMV

Oshkosh Defense awarded $232.7M to recapitalize US Army's heavy vehicle fleet

Oshkosh Defense awarded $232.7M to recapitalize US Army’s heavy vehicle fleet

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced today that it has been awarded two delivery orders, totaling $235.2 million, from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to recapitalize vehicles in the Army’s Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Palletized Load System (PLS) fleets. The Wisconsin-based company will work onheavy expanded mobility tactical trucks, or HEMTT, and palletized load system, or PLS, trucks.

HEMTT 4 is used for cargo, refueling, load handling, recovery, light equipment transportation and transporting guided missiles.

HEMTT 4 is used for cargo, refueling, load handling, recovery, light equipment transportation and transporting guided missiles.


The recapitalization process upgrades vehicles to the latest configuration and quickly returns them to operation with the same high performance and life cycle cost advantage of a new vehicle. The recapitalization process involves stripping a vehicle to the frame rails and rebuilding it to the newest configurations, returning to the fleet a refurbished vehicle with the same technology, safety features and life cycle cost of a brand new one. Through recapitalization, vehicles come off the line in zero-mile, zero-hour condition.

Under the contract, Oshkosh will recapitalize 410 vehicles as well as manufacture 680 new PLS trailers. Deliveries of the units will begin in Fiscal Year 2019. In total, Oshkosh has recapitalized over 13,000 HEMTT and 3,000 PLS since 1995. Since 1995, Oshkosh has been performing recapitalization services on these vehicles. The HEMTTs have been in the Army’s fleet since 1981 and the PLS since 1990.

The PLS is designed to carry ammunition and other critical supplies.

The PLS is designed to carry ammunition and other critical supplies.


“As the backbone of the U.S. Army’s resupply and distribution system, the HEMTT and PLS vehicles are heavily relied on to carry munitions and other critical supplies across all types of terrains and in all types of environments,” said Pat Williams, vice President and general manager of U.S. Army and Marine Corps Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “As the original equipment manufacturer, we know these vehicles inside and out, and we are in the best position to quickly return them to field operations in like-new condition,” Williams said.

Rosomak-Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar System

Rosomak-Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar System


The Rosomak-Rak 120mm self-propelled mortar system is currently being produced by Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) to meet the requirements of the Polish Land Forces. The Rak self-propelled mortar system is based on the on the chassis of Rosomak 8×8 armoured vehicle. The Kołowy Transporter Opancerzony “Rosomak” (Wolverine) is 8×8 multi-role military vehicle produced by Rosomak S.A. in Siemianowice Śląskie, a Polish Armaments Group company. The vehicle is a licensed variant of Patria’s Armored Modular Vehicle (AMV). The Polish Wojskowe Zaklady Mechaniczne company has the rights to produce and marketing the vehicle to both Polish MoD and foreign customers until 2023. This company also has the rights to service and repair these vehicles until 2052.

Rosomak-Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar System

Rosomak-Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar System


The Rosomak-Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar System can conduct indirect, semi-direct and direct fire against mechanised units, command posts, command-observation points and fortifications. The contract for the production of 64 Rak mortar systems and 32 command post vehicles was signed between the MoND Armament Inspectorate and the consortium of Huta Stalowa Wola and Rosomak in April 2016. Each Polish artillery company comprises eight Rak 120mm mortar vehicles, four command-post vehicles for company and platoon commanders, two artillery reconnaissance vehicles, and three artillery ammunition supply vehicles. The Polish Land Forces are anticipated to take delivery of two artillery company modules a year until 2020.
Rosomak-Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar System

Rosomak-Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar System


Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) is developing, as a private venture, a turret mounted 120 mm breech loaded mortar system called Rak to meet the potential requirements of the Polish Army as well as export markets. The turret is of all-welded steel armour protection that provides protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. The system will be operated by a crew of four people. As the system is turret mounted it will be capable of carrying out direct and indirect fire missions with maximum range of the latter depending on the projectile/propellant combination. Maximum stated rate of fire is between 10 and 12 rounds a minute. It is understood that when being used in the indirect fire role it will have a minimum range of 500 m and a maximum range of 12,000 m when being used in the indirect fire role.
Rosomak-Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar System

Rosomak-Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar System


The turret and the hull are of all-welded steel armour which provides a protection against small arms firing 7.62mm caliber, 155mm artillery shell splinters and hand grenades, unexploded artillery fragmenting sub-munitions, and other small anti-personnel explosive devices detonated under the vehicle (Level 1 STANAG 4569).T he RAK 120mm 8×8 self-propelled mortar carrier is motorized with a Scania DI1249A03P turbocharged diesel engine coupled to an automatic gearbox ZF 7HP 902S Ecomat with 7 forward and one reverse gears. The 8×8 chassis is similar to the Rosomak armoured vehicle personnel carrier with hydro pneumatic suspension system. The vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 80 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 500 km. The vehicles can negotiate gradients up to 60% and side slope of 35%, fording depth of 1.5m without preparation. It can cross a trench of 2.1m width and a vertical obstacle of 0.5m.

XRGL40 Extended Range 40mm MGL


The XRGL40 is specifically designed as a lightweight, individually operated, shoulder fired, extended range grenade launcher system. The various ammunition options allow the operational commander extreme flexibility in tactical offensive and defensive application in all theatres of operation.
Can fire all listed ammunition types without any mechanical changes to the launcher. Rippel Effect’s range of reflex sighting system, specifically designed for 40mm grenade launchers (40mm MGL) enhances increased first hit probability and accuracy.

XRGL40 Extended Range 40mm MGL

XRGL40 Extended Range 40mm MGL


The XRGL40 Extended Range Grenade Launcher is certified to fire both Low- and Medium Velocity 40mm grenades, as well as less-lethal riot /crowd control ammunition from the same launcher with no configuration changes. The weapon offers pinpoint accuracy at 250 meters and has an extended range capability of up to 800 meters. A range of lethal- and non-lethal ammunition can be loaded and offers elite-, infantry- and law enforcement units a combat proven weapon to gain tactical superiority.
XRGL40 Extended Range 40mm MGL

XRGL40 Extended Range 40mm MGL


It was reported last year that Energetics Technologies (ETL) of the UK had become the latest ammunition manufacturer to use Rippel Effect’s XRGL40 launcher to develop a 40mm medium velocity (MV) grenade. Other ammunition developers that used the XRGL40 were Diehl BGT Defence, Rheinmetall-Denel Munition and Indumil of Colombia, while STK of Singapore and Atlantis Corporation of South Africa both now certify their extended range low velocity grenades with the XRGL40.
XRGL40 Extended Range 40mm MGL

XRGL40 Extended Range 40mm MGL


Rippel Effect is a South African privately owned military equipment and systems manufacturer. The company has been supplying a range of own designed grenade launchers, sighting and observation systems, and accessories to defense and law enforcement agencies worldwide. Since 1995 Rippel Effect have built a solid reputation for the supply and long-term support of products to the world market, along with training in our respective client countries. All the Rippel Effect products are manufactured to comply with the latest stringent military (NATO) standards.
XRGL40 Extended Range 40mm MGL

XRGL40 Extended Range 40mm MGL