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Rheinmetall Boxer with Lance turret

Rheinmetall Boxer with Lance turret


The Rheinmetall MTS Lance is a medium-caliber, modular turret system (MTS) designed for integration into many medium and heavy wheeled and tracked chassis platforms. This two-man, commander and gunner, turret can be equipped with independent observation (commander) and sight (gunner) systems. The degree of protection (comprehensive protection in accordance with STANAG 4569 is standard) and the number of crew (two-man or unmanned with fully remote control) is entirely up to the customer. The company’s electro-optical SEOSS Sector and SEOSS Panoramic sights provide both commander and gunner with a 360° view.

Rheinmetall Boxer with Lance turret

Rheinmetall Boxer with Lance turret


Its main armament is normally a Rheinmetall Mauser MK30-2 air bursting munition (ABM) dual-feed stabilised cannon 30mm auto-cannon capable of firing programmable ammunition and 7.62mm coaxial machine gun., though similar weapons of this type may also be used. Up to 200 rounds of two different types of ammunition can be loaded without leaving the safety of the fighting compartment. A 7.62 x 51mm or .50 cal. machinegun serves as secondary armament. An anti-tank missiles launchers to engage armored targets at longer ranges are also available for the Lance turret. Lance was build to keep the enemy at distance.
Rheinmetall Boxer with Lance turret

Rheinmetall Boxer with Lance turret


The Lance turret system also comes with a 66mm or 76mm smoke/obscurant grenade launcher. Potential add-ons include a laser warning system, identification friend or foe technology, an integrated C4I system, an SAS close-range reconnaissance system or an antitank guided missile system. It enables the crew to fulfil reconnaissance as well as combat missions especially when a significant safety clearance, penetrating power and precision is required. Its open architecture is another important advantage, ensuring future growth potential and the option of subsequent retrofitting with updated technology. All of this ultimately translates into lower lifecycle costs.
Rheinmetall Boxer with Lance turret

Rheinmetall Boxer with Lance turret


Rheinmetall presented a concept study of the highly mobile Boxer wheeled vehicle equipped with a prototype Lance medium-calibre turret system to a wide audience at Eurosatory 2010. Boxer combines excellent battlefield survivability and combat effectiveness with outstanding operational versatility. Rheinmetall presents the Boxer IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) variant, this equipped with the Rheinmetall LANCE 30mm two-man turret. Combining the Boxer inherent high level of protection and the unique mobility with the latest turret technology, the IFV variant presents stateof- the-art capabilities to face current requirements.

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Russian Helicopter Presents Modern Helicopters at Army 2018

Russian Helicopter Presents Modern Helicopters at Army 2018


Russian Helicopters holding company within the Russian State Corporation Rostec presents newest military helicopter is on display at the Army 2018 International Military and Technical forum in the Patriot Park near Moscow. Russian Helicopters is a helicopter design and manufacturing company headquartered in Moscow, Russia. The company designs and manufactures civilian and military helicopters. The holding’s exposition included Mi-28NE, Mi-35M attack helicopters and a Mi-38T troop transport helicopter.

Russian Helicopter Mi-28NE Night Hunter

Russian Helicopter Mi-28NE Night Hunter


The modernized is a modern attack helicopter designed for searching and destruction of tanks, armored and non-armored vehicles, as well as enemy infantry on the battlefield and low-speed air targets. Improvements were primarily related to armaments. The “Night Hunter” has the new Khrizantema-M anti-tank missile with a dual guidance system. Using this missile will increase the tank-type target engagement range to 10 km. The helicopter is also fitted with the modernized Ataka guided missiles with laser guidance. It can also use aerial bombs weighing up to 500 kg.
Russian Helicopter Mi-35M

Russian Helicopter Mi-35M


The Mi-35 attack-transport helicopter is designed for destroying armored fighting vehicles and providing fire support for ground troops. The new Mi-35M helicopter has much more options in terms of equipment. The attack helicopter can be further upgraded for using Igla-S air-to-air guided missiles and the President-S onboard defense system with a laser station for suppression of infra-red homing heads of man-portable air-defense system missiles. Additional equipment may include VOR/ILS systems and a radio rangefinder for measuring the distance between a helicopter and ground-based beacons.
Russian Helicopter Mi-17V-5

Russian Helicopter Mi-17V-5


The Mi-35T is a troop transport version of the Mi-38 designed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. All Mi-38T accessories and components are produced in Russia. Communication tools for military needs and additional fuel tanks can also be installed to increase flying range. The Mi-38T allows expanding functionality and extending the scope of machines by creating specialized versions, including the “Arctic” version of the helicopter. Russian Helicopters also demonstratef Mi-17V-5 and Ka-226.80 helicopters as well as a patrol variant of the Ansat helicopter at a stationary parking. The Mi-171Sh combat-transport helicopter with expanded capabilities will be on view at the Aviation pavilion. The latest modification of the heavy 26T2V heavy helicopter stand outdoors next to the pavilion.
Russian Helicopter Presents Modern Helicopters at Army 2018

Russian Helicopter Presents Modern Helicopters at Army 2018


Sofram PPLD HeavyRecovery Truck

Sofram PPLD HeavyRecovery Truck


The PPLD (Poteur Polyvalent Lourd de Dépannage, Heavy Multi-purpose Recovery Carrier) is an 8×8 multipurpose heavy recovery truck, the latest generation used by the French Army. This heavy recovery truck for the French Army and is part of of the PPT (Porteurs Polyvalents Terrestres) programme awarded in 2010 by the French procurement agency DGA to Iveco Defence Vehicles and its French partner Soframe (of French Lohr Group). PPT cover the procurement of logistics trucks in different configurations for different missions.

Sofram PPLD HeavyRecovery Truck

Sofram PPLD HeavyRecovery Truck


The PPLD multipurpose heavy recovery truck which is based on M32045WM 8×8 high-mobility tactical truckhigh-mobility truck from Iveco. This multi-purpose heavy recovery trucks, all outfitted with mine protected cabin and a protected weapon station (PL 80 system from Panhard Defense armed with FN Herstal MAG 58 7.62 mm light machine gun) on the top of it. The PPLD can recover and tow heavy vehicles and handle heavy loads. Today the PPLD is in service with the French Army in France and abroad.
Sofram PPLD HeavyRecovery Truck

Sofram PPLD HeavyRecovery Truck

Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)

Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)


Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) is a modern floating bridge system developed by General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS). It is designed to provide ground forces with the capability to transport heavy military equipment such as loaded heavy equipment transporter (HET), weapons systems, wheeled / tracked combat vehicles, trucks, suppliers and troops over rivers and wet gap obstacles. IRB is fully interoperable with General Dynamics European Land Systems’ legacy floating bridge systems, FSB, and the amphibious ferry system M3. It maintains full interoperability with the legacy SRB – Standard Ribbon Bridge and the FSB- Floating Support Bridge, which makes it the standard floating bridge in the Western hemisphere.

Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)

Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)


IRB has seen extensive combat operations with the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps since 2003. As part of the NATO Exercise Anakonda 2016, an Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) was set up by the United States and German Armies and a Standard Ribbon Bridge by Dutch engineers. The IRB is already in service worldwide and has supported theatre and peacekeeping operations, as well as humanitarian and environmental missions. The IRB is fully interoperable with General Dynamics European Land Systems’ legacy floating bridge systems, including the Floating Support Bridge, the Standard Ribbon Bridge (SRB) and the M3 Amphibious Bridge and Ferry System.
Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)

Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)


The IRB provides state of the art loading capabilities up to MLC 80 (T) / 96 (W) that can be crossed by all NATO MBTs such as the Leopard 2, M1A2 Abrams and the Challenger 2. It can operate in significant water currents, enabling all types of platform to cross a gap when used as part of a bridge or as a multi-bay ferry. It is interoperable with other bridging solutions – the M3 and SRB (Standard Ribbon Bridge)/FSB(Floating Support Bridge). We also offer coupling devices to ensure the right interface at any time. That makes the IRB the right fit for coalitions which use different types of equipment but operate jointly. If necessary, the IRB can be supported by a BEB (Bridge Erection Boat) which provides the user with a high performance multipurpose boat.
Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)

Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)


Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) have been successfully used in allied maneuvers such in real combat zones (Iraq) allowing military operations to keep flowing regardless of the combat theater. IRB offers superior performance and reliability under differing climate conditions in exercises and combat operations. Tactical deployability is guaranteed as it can be transported by rotary aircraft, on trucks or on railway flatbed cars. Low maintenance needs and ease for long-term storage help contribute to the IRB’s reasonable life cycle costs. Transport needs are also reduced thanks to its modular design. Combat experience is the key to linking a customer’s engineering needs with real combat environment, to be able to offer them robust, customized and realistic solutions which result in lower maintenance/upgrading costs during the bridge’s life cycle.

Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)

Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)

GDELS Piranha Armoured Fighting Vehicles

GDELS Piranha Armoured Fighting Vehicles


The GDELS Piranha is a family of armoured fighting vehicles designed by the Swiss company MOWAG (since April 2010 the name has changed to General Dynamics European Land Systems GDELS – Mowag GmbH). Five generations of vehicles have been produced, manufactured by Mowag or under licence by other companies, and variants are in service with military forces throughout the world. Piranhas are available in 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, and 10×10 wheel versions. There are several variants within these versions, giving different degrees of armour protection and several kinds of turret, for use in a variety of roles. Piranha derivatives have been assigned roles as troop transports, command vehicles, fire support vehicles, tank trainers, and police vehicles.

GDELS Piranha Armoured Fighting Vehicles

GDELS Piranha Armoured Fighting Vehicles


Piranhas are used by the Swiss Army. Swiss-built Piranha derivatives have been exported to Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Romania, Spain, and Belgium. The Romanian and Belgian Armies have selected the Piranha IIIC 8×8. Belgium converted to an all-wheeled force, and replaced all their M113s, AIFVs and Leopard 1s with 268 Piranha IIIC in 7 variants. Piranha derivatives have been manufactured under license by General Dynamics (Canada), BAE Systems Land Systems (UK), Cardoen and FAMAE (Chile), and in the USA. The 8×8 LAV-25 family in service with the USMC was derived from the AVGP variants of the Piranha 6×6 built by GM Defense (Canada).
GDELS Piranha Armoured Fighting Vehicles

GDELS Piranha Armoured Fighting Vehicles


Due to the design concept of this truly multipurpose vehicle, a wide range of special variants were built to meet the specific requirements of our customers. The Australian Defence Force also had its own modified version of the LAV-25 8×8, known as the ASLAV Type I (Australian Light Armoured Vehicle). The ASLAV is operated by two cavalry regiments (the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment) and is used in the armoured reconnaissance and armoured personnel carrier roles. Some variants, like the United States Marine Corps’s Light Armored Vehicle-25 (LAV-25) and its derivatives, are equipped with propellers for amphibious use, though their swimming capability is restricted to sheltered waters.
GDELS Piranha Armoured Fighting Vehicles

GDELS Piranha Armoured Fighting Vehicles


General Dynamics European Land Systems launched their new Piranha Class 5 at EUROSATORY 2010 with a MTU 6V199 TE21 diesel engine producing 430 kW, both Denmark and Spain have opted for a different Powerpack built by the Spanish company SAPA, consisting of a Scania Diesel engine with 480 kW coupled with the SW 624 automatic transmission, and an auxiliary power unit with 75 kW. With more than 11,000 vehicles fielded worldwide, the development of the PIRANHA family continues. The experience gained from over 40 years of operations in more than 20 countries is reflected in its latest designs. The vehicles offer a full range of standout features, such as custom built driveline, modular protection, unrivalled payload to gross vehicle weight ratio, almost unlimited range of weapon stations, amphibious capability and the renowned PIRANHA mobility.
GDELS Piranha Armoured Fighting Vehicles

GDELS Piranha Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Nexter LG1 105 mm Light Towed Howitzer

Nexter LG1 105 mm Light Towed Howitzer


The LG1 is a modern 105 mm towed howitzer designed and produced by GIAT Industries (now Nexter group) of France. The light towed 105mm gun is fully adapted to be used by rapid deployment units. Lightness, ruggedness and ease of handling are its major operational assets. In operation, the 105 LG1 has proven its unequalled reliability, mobility, manoeuvra bility and firepower. The gun has been used by the Belgian Army, Canadian Army, Colombian National Army, Indonesian Marine Corps, Singapore Army, and the Royal Thai Army. Current service version with Malaysian artillery is the LG1 Mk III fully digitised light howitzer, of which 18 were purchased for the Malaysian Army.

Nexter LG1 105 mm Light Towed Howitzer

Nexter LG1 105 mm Light Towed Howitzer


The LG1 howitzer is a 105 mm towed artillery piece that features both low weight and a high level of accuracy over long distances. The main advantage of the 105 LG1 MkII is its weight, 1 520 kg, making it by far the lightest gun of its category. This lightness in no way alters its robustness and its performances. The gun can be helitransported, airlifted, parachuted, airdropped or towed by a wide range of light 4-wheel drive vehicles. The gun was specifically designed for use by rapid deployment forces with attributes such as ruggedness, ease of operation and reduced weight.
Nexter LG1 105 mm Light Towed Howitzer

Nexter LG1 105 mm Light Towed Howitzer


The 105 howitzer has a split trail carriage and a 30 calibre ordnance that is fitted with a double-baffle muzzle brake. It can be towed with the 105 mm ordnance over the closed trails or with the ordnance deployed in the normal firing position. The operational life of the barrel is stated to be greater than 7,700 full load rounds. Operated by a five-man gun crew, which can be reduced to three gun crew. It can fire all NATO standard 105 mm ammunition up to a range of 18.5 and 19.5 kilometres (11.5 and 12.1 mi) using HE-ER G2 and US M913 rounds. The weapon can be loaded and fired at any elevation from -3 to +70° and also has a direct-fire capability out to 2,000 m
Nexter LG1 105 mm Light Towed Howitzer

Nexter LG1 105 mm Light Towed Howitzer


Nexter offers an optional system for the artillery environment (ballistic computer and inertial positioning and laying system) which is simple and adapted to flexible use of the equipment. The 105 LG1 can be integrated in all Fire Control Systems (all types of C31 system, etc). The current LG1 Mk II would be fitted with an inertial 3-D aiming and positioning system and muzzle velocity radar. It can also be connected to the EADS STAREM C3I system. This would be the Mk III. Further in the future are the Mk IV with automatic aiming and crew reduced to three and the Mk V with all of the earlier improvements plus automatic loading.

Nexter LG1 105 mm Light Towed Howitzer

Nexter LG1 105 mm Light Towed Howitzer

BAE Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display

BAE Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display


The Striker II Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD) builds on the already well-established Striker HMD, which has decades of combat-proven experience on Typhoon and Gripen C/D aircraft. Striker II was developed as an alternative system for the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter, but was subsequently dropped in favour of the original Vision Systems International design. A full-colour solution, Striker II provides fixed- and rotary-wing pilots with remarkable situational awareness, next generation night vision, 3D audio and target tracking technology; all within a fully integrated visor-projected HMD system.

BAE Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display

BAE Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display


The highly sophisticated Striker II lets pilots see through the body of the aircraft via a distributed aperture system, giving them a vital advantage when it comes to split-second decision making. Using optical sensors embedded in the aircraft, Striker II immediately calculates the pilot’s exact head position and angle. This means no matter where the pilot is looking, Striker II displays accurate targeting information and symbology, with ‘near zero’ latency.
BAE Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display

BAE Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display


Striker II is significantly lighter than today’s current HMD/NVG solutions, which means pilots can fly longer missions with reduced fatigue. The system also offers a better balance and centre of gravity with its integrated night vision camera configuration — increasing comfort during high G-level manoeuvres on fixed-wing platforms and significantly reducing neck loads for extended rotary-wing operations. Every helmet fit is tailored to ensure perfect weight distribution for each pilot; with the inner lining manufactured to the exact shape of the wearer’s head, finished with Italian leather.
BAE Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display

BAE Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display


A unique feature of Striker II is its 3D audio capability, paired with intelligent active noise reduction (ANR). The 3D audio provides the pilot with complete 360-degree directional audio, allowing them to hear the threat relevant to their position while also seeing it visually through colour symbology. The pilot can even tailor the direction of where specific communications come from. For example, they may want ground communications to sound as if it’s originating from below the aircraft and friendly forces to be audible from above. ANR greatly increases the audio clarity delivered to the wearer by significantly reducing noise developed from the platform or the environment. The noise reduction technology supports the loudest of platforms and, by reducing airborne and acoustically transmitted noise, pilots are able to distinguish and interpret what’s most important to their mission.
BAE Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display

BAE Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display