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25 mars 2015 3 25 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
Armed Aerial Scout still valid requirement, US Army says

 

March 22nd, 2015 By Army News Service - defencetalk.com

 

Despite cancelling its quest for an Armed Aerial Scout, or AAS, aircraft – a replacement for the OH-58 Kiowa – an Army leader told Congress there is still a valid need for that type of aircraft.

During a March 19 hearing before the House Armed Services Committee, subcommittee on tactical air and land forces, Maj. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, commander of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, said the Army still considers AAS a valid requirement.

“We still have a valid requirement for Armed Aerial Scout. That has not changed,” he said. “We made a fiscal decision, based on the original 40-percent cuts that came into the aviation modernization portfolio.”

Right now the Army plans to divest itself of the OH-58 Kiowa aircraft, which had performed the armed reconnaissance helicopter mission. The Army deemed it too expensive to maintain the aircraft or upgrade it for the AAS mission through a Service Life Extension Program. Also too expensive was a replacement aircraft.

The Army now plans to use AH-64 Apache aircraft teamed with unmanned aerial systems to fill the role. But Lundy said that isn’t the end of the Army’s quest for a new AAS aircraft.

“Really where we are taking that now is, as we go into Future Vertical Lift [FVL]- what is going to be the armored reconnaissance capability that we have in FVL? We are doing a number of analyses of alternatives associated with the armored reconnaissance variant. We’ve got the requirement already clearly identified for a conventional aircraft right now. We are looking again at FVL as being that next iteration of the armed scout,” Lundy told lawmakers. “If something materializes between now and then we are going to remain agile enough we can look at it. It is a valid requirement. But we are certainly going to be dependent on the fiscal constraints that we have.”

For those pilots making the transition from OH-58 to AH-64 Apache pilot, Lundy said the training is going well, and said that the Army recently graduated three such pilots from training, and that two of those had done well enough to remain on at the school house as instructor pilots.

“I see no issues with the training,” Lundy said.

 

BLACK HAWK MODERNIZATION

Lundy also told lawmakers that the Army’s effort at modernization of the UH-60 Black Hawk is underway, and that it supports all components of the Army.

As many as 600 UH-60A Black Hawks across the Army will be divested from the fleet by 2023, he said. Additionally, the Army is converting UH-60L Black Hawks to the UH-60V version, which includes a glass cockpit.

Fielding will happen between 2018-2032, he said. The majority of those will go into the National Guard and the Army Reserve. The Army continues to field the UH-60M model as well, and expects to finish by 2028.

 

M4 CARBINE IS A SOLID WEAPON

Challenged by one lawmaker with the suggestion that the M4 Carbine is a less-than-satisfactory weapon, the Army’s chief of resourcing said he has heard no complaints from Soldiers.

“It is a capable weapon,” said Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, deputy chief of staff, Army G-8. “In my service in 1st Cavalry Division, I did not hear one complaint from my Soldiers about the M4 Carbine. In fact, Soldiers wanted the M4 for what it brings: which is a compact, easy-to-maintain, and capable weapon.”

Ierardi said the Army will continue to enhance the M4, including conversion to the heavier M4A1. He said 90 improvements have been made to the weapon since it was fielded in 1994.

 

GOODBYE M113

The M113 armored personnel carrier has been in the Army since 1960 and Ierardi said the vehicle has already seen its last days as an operational vehicle. While a number of M113s remain in the Army inventory, the service has stopped using them operationally. The Army plans to replace the M113’s capability with the armored multi-purpose vehicle, or AMPV.

“It is the Army’s intent, and it is under execution now to move away from M113, which brings into discussion the armored multi-purpose vehicle, the follow-on vehicle to the M113 variant,” Ierardi said. “It’s an important capability for the Army to replace: the mobility that the M113s bring in the varied terrain that our armored and tracked vehicles operate. So AMPV is an important program for us to replace the M113s.”

The Army announced in late 2014 that that BAE Systems Land & Armaments, L.P. was selected for the engineering and manufacturing development, or EMD, contract for the AMPV. The initial award is for a 52-month base term, valued at about $382 million. During that time, BAE Systems will produce 29 vehicles.

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25 décembre 2014 4 25 /12 /décembre /2014 12:20
BAE Systems remporte un contrat d'environ 1 milliard d'euros aux Etats-Unis

BAE Systems va fournir un nouveau type de véhicule blindé pour l'armée américaine

 

24/12/2014 latribune.fr 

 

Le groupe britannique de défense a remporté un contrat allant jusqu'à 1,2 milliard de dollars (986 millions d'euros) portant sur la construction d'un nouveau type de véhicule blindé pour l'armée américaine.

 

L'année finit bien pour BAE Systems. Le groupe britannique de défense a annoncé mercredi avoir remporté un contrat allant jusqu'à 1,2 milliard de dollars (986 millions d'euros) portant sur la construction d'un nouveau type de véhicule blindé pour l'armée américaine. Le contrat initial porte sur la fabrication de 29 véhicules avec cinq variantes pour 383 millions de dollars. Une option prévoit ensuite la fabrication de 289 unités supplémentaires pour un total de 1,2 milliard de dollars.

Il s'agit de remplacer les antiques M113 datant de la guerre du Vietnam avec de nouveaux véhicules blindés polyvalents (AMPV), a expliqué BAE Systems dans un communiqué. Le groupe britannique, très implanté aux États-Unis, a précisé que la fabrication va commencer immédiatement dans ses usines de Pennsylvanie et du Michigan.

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24 décembre 2014 3 24 /12 /décembre /2014 12:20
AMPV Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

AMPV Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

 

 

23 December 2014 BAE Systems  Ref 259/2014

 

BAE Systems was awarded a contract worth up to $1.2 billion from the U.S. Army for the Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) and Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV).

 

 

The program aims to provide the U.S. Army with a highly survivable and mobile fleet of vehicles that addresses a critical need to replace the Vietnam-era M113s.

 

“This award represents a significant milestone for the U.S. Army and BAE Systems,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles at BAE Systems. “The AMPV will provide a substantial upgrade over the Army’s current personnel carrier fleet, increasing the service’s survivability, force protection, and mobility while providing for future growth potential. It also confirms BAE Systems’ role as a leading provider of combat vehicles.”

 

The initial award is for a 52-month base term, valued at approximately $383 million, during which BAE Systems will produce 29 vehicles across each of the variants. The award also provides an option to begin the LRIP phase immediately following the current EMD phase, at which time the company would produce an additional 289 vehicles for a total contract value of $1.2 billion.

 

The AMPV capitalizes on proven Bradley and M109A7 designs, meeting the Army’s force protection and all-terrain mobility requirements while enabling the AMPV to maneuver with the rest of the Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT). The maximized commonality within the AMPV family of vehicles and the ABCT will reduce risk and provide significant cost savings to the Army.

 

The BAE Systems AMPV team includes DRS Technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Air Methods Corporation, and Red River Army Depot. Work on the contract is expected to begin immediately and will take place primarily at the company’s York, Pennsylvania, and Sterling Heights, Michigan, facilities.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
US Army Rejects GD's Vehicle Protest; Company Mulls Further Action

General Dynamics will have to decide whether to pursue a more formal protest regarding the fairness of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program. (US Army)

 

Apr. 7, 2014 - By PAUL MCLEARY – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — The April 4 rejection by US Army Materiel Command of a General Dynamics Land Systems protest disputing the fairness of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) competition puts the ball squarely back into GD’s court, which has the option of lodging a more formal protest with the Government Accountability Office — a move that would halt all work on the program for weeks or even months.

 

On Feb. 14, GD filed a protest contending “the AMPV solicitation provides a competitive advantage” to competitor BAE Systems, since BAE “has years of Army test and performance data” on the M113 personnel carrier, which the competition has been launched to replace.

 

“In our view, the AMPV procurement process is not consistent with the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984, requiring a “full and open competition,” the company said in a statement.

 

These statements could indicate the company will file a protest with the GAO during the 10-day window that began when the initial protest was denied on April 4.

 

At issue is the fact that the Army wants competitors to incorporate parts from the Bradley fighting vehicle and the M113 in their AMPV designs, both of which are made by BAE. General Dynamics contends that it doesn’t have all of the relevant historical information on those parts to fully compete. The company has long said that it would submit a version of its eight-wheeled Stryker vehicle, of which the Army currently fields nine full brigades and a smaller Special Operations contingent.

 

BAE launched its own salvo on Friday afternoon, saying that it “is pleased” at the decision and that “cost savings, political expediency and business reasons do not justify putting soldiers’ lives at risk. The Army has had this solicitation in the works for two years and has adjusted requirements based on industry feedback to accommodate the broadest number of competitive offerings possible.”

 

On April 3, 10 members of Congress wrote a letter to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester, Frank Kendall, urging the Army to rewrite the five-month-old request for proposals. The lawmakers wrote that the Army should rework the program with a view toward “allowing for a mixed fleet of both track and wheeled vehicles” to meet the requirements for the competition.

 

In other words, the Army should split up the buy for 3,000 AMPVs between Stryker and Bradley variants.

 

The lawmakers also outlined the core reason for GD’s protests: the dearth of new ground vehicle programs in the Army’s near-term future.

 

“Given the intensely restrictive budget requirement the Army faces, the AMPV might be the only new vehicle entering the fleet for decades,” they wrote.

 

Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, who represents the district that houses the Red River Army Depot — and its 4,500 jobs — which performs a great deal of work on Bradleys, issued a statement on Friday applauding the decision.

 

“No current vehicles meet the survivability, mobility, and reliability upgrades outlined in the Army’s competitive bid,” he wrote. The program “cannot be delayed a year or more by rehashing the multi-year bidding process.”

 

On March 4, Hall sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pitching BAE’s AMPV bid as good for the local economy, saying that “if BAE Systems is awarded the contract, jobs will be protected at Red River Army Depot and additional jobs could be added.”

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27 novembre 2013 3 27 /11 /novembre /2013 12:20
US Army Releases RFP for New Armored Vehicle

The US Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program will replace the service's M113 armored personnel carrier. (US Army)

 

Nov. 26, 2013 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — After releasing several draft request for proposal (RFP) documents over the past year, on Tuesday the US Army finally released the final specs for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle’s (AMPV’s) engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase.

 

Despite sequestration and the service’s need to cut billions of dollars from its budget in the coming years, the program appears to be soldiering on, with a solid requirement of 2,907 vehicles to be built over 13 years at roughly $1.8 million apiece.

 

In October, the service announced it intended to delay the start of the program by a year while raising developmental costs by several hundred million dollars in its quest to replace thousands of Vietnam War-era M113 tracked armored personnel carriers.

 

The new document says the Army plans to award a five-year EMD contract in May 2014 to one contractor who will manufacture 29 vehicles for government testing, followed by a three-year low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract beginning in 2020.

 

Earlier documents estimated the EMD phase would run from fiscal years 2014 to 2017 and cost $388 million. But the final plan stretches that out while adding to the overall price tag. The EMD phase will run from fiscal 2015 to 2019 and cost $458 million to develop and build the 29 prototypes.

 

The document released Tuesday lowered that number slightly to $436 million.

 

Likewise, whereas the estimate for the LRIP order of 289 vehicles between 2018 and 2020 was initially pegged at $1.08 billion, the Tuesday RFP lists three options for the LRIP years totaling $1.2 billion, giving the program a $1.68 billion budget before full-rate production begins.

 

The Army requested $116 million in its fiscal 2014 budget for development activities for the AMPV, which Congress approved.

 

The LRIP order will go to only one winner, and BAE Systems and General Dynamics are vying for the final prize.

 

BAE is offering a variant of its turretless Bradley, while General Dynamics is offering either its wheeled double V-hull Stryker, or a newer tracked version of the Stryker.

 

The AMPV has taken on increasing importance in recent months as the Army appears to be moving away from continuing to develop the costly — and increasingly heavy — ground combat vehicle as its primary heavy infantry carrier of the future.

 

What that will mean for the AMPV, and how much of the program will survive the current budget environment, likely will not become clear for several months as the military services work through their five-year budget proposals and have them reviewed by the secretary of defense.

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25 mars 2013 1 25 /03 /mars /2013 17:20

M113 source FOB

 

March 25, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Army TACOM; issued March 21, 2013)

 

Draft RFP Sections

 

The AMPV program is releasing a Full DRAFT Request for Proposal (RFP) for industry review and comment. This DRAFT RFP, including all associated Exhibits and Attachments, are DRAFT ONLY, Pre-decisional, and are anticipated to be changed before the final RFP is released.

-- Questions from Industry

All questions or comments must be submitted through the AMPV email address at usarmy.detroit.acc.mbx.ampv-program@mail.mil. Please note that ALL comments submitted in regard to the DRAFT RFP WILL NOT be released to the public and will be used for program planning purposes only. These responses MAY BE used to update the RFP if the Government determines it is in the program's best interest. All questions submitted will be posted, along with their responses, on the AMPV webpage for Industry to review.

PM AMPV remains committed to review all Industry's comments and address all questions and concerns related to the posted DRAFT RFP. Please be advised that comments and questions received close to the date of a final RFP release may not get answered or posted to the website. Due to uncertainty of a final RFP release date, the Government may lack sufficient time to respond, but will make every attempt to reconcile and post responses to submitted questions. Any previously submitted questions, which are not reconciled before a final RFP, may be resubmitted and answers will be posted until receipt of proposals.

-- *Questions to Industry (RFI Questions)
In addition to receiving industry feedback and comments based on the released DRAFT RFP and associated documents, the AMPV team would like industry feedback on specific sections within the DRAFT RFP. The following is a list of questions for industry to review and provide comment: Request for Information (RFI) Questions

-- *Please note that ALL responses to the RFI Questions WILL NOT be released to the public and will be used for program planning purposes only. These responses MAY BE used to update the RFP or Acquisition Strategy, if the Government determines it is in the program's best interest.

-- Industry Day
A second Industry Day is planned for April 23, 2013. The purpose of this event is to update industry on AMPV program requirements and provide an overview of the DRAFT RFP. Details regarding industry day, including how to register, can be found on the following link: 2013 AMPV Industry Day

-- Instructions on Requesting CUI/CLASSIFIED/FOUO/Export Controlled Information

Information on this webpage, including the referenced attachments below, marked as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is subject to export control. See the following instructions for access to CUI, in addition to all Classified and FOUO information: (link).


Click here to reach the RFP page, listing all related documents, on the US Army TACOM website.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: The AMPV is thus described in the RFP:
“The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is the proposed United States Army program for replacement of the M113 Family of Vehicles (FOV) to mitigate current and future capability gaps in force protection, mobility, reliability, and interoperability by mission role variant within the Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT).
The AMPV will have multiple variants tailored to specific mission roles within HBCT. Mission roles are as follows: General Purpose, Medical Evacuation, Medical Treatment, Mortar Carrier, and Mission Command.
AMPV is a vehicle integration program. Existing Mission Equipment Packages (MEPs) will be transferred into the AMPV platforms where applicable.)

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24 mars 2013 7 24 /03 /mars /2013 12:30

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23.03.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

Le Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) a diffusé vendredi un pré-appel d'offres (draft RFP) pour le remplacement des M-113 (en service depuis 53 ans) par un "Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle" (on lira le texte du draft RFP ici). La première phase de ce projet prévoit une commande de 29 prototypes sous 4 ans (d'ici à 2017) puis une première tranche de 289 véhicules (2018-2020). Coût prévu: 1,5 milliard de dollars.

 

La deuxième tranche, d'un montant de 4,7 milliards, concernera 2 618 autres exemplaires de l'AMPV. Soit 522 exemplaires pour le transport de matériels, 386 pour le transport de mortiers, 933 véhicules radio, 790 ambulances et 216 mini-cliniques mobiles.

 

Parmi les projets annoncés,

 

des modèles du Stryker

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et du Bradley

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23 novembre 2012 5 23 /11 /novembre /2012 12:00

Stryker photo US Army

 

Nov. 22, 2012 - By PAUL McLEARY Defense News

 

More than 100 civilian employees at the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama are facing layoffs in January unless the U.S. Army decides before the start of the year to refurbish more than the 47 Stryker vehicles it has already contracted for as part of the upgrade program.

 

On Nov. 8, General Dynamics Land Systems issued notices under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act to 139 employees working on the Stryker exchange program, in which parts from old vehicles are used to complete new-build Strykers.

 

The move follows recent announcements by vehicle makers Oshkosh Defense and BAE Systems that they are letting go of 450 and 145 employees, respectively, as a result of a slowdown on Army ground combat vehicle programs.

 

While General Dynamics is waiting until January to begin the layoffs, it does not appear any new Stryker work will come in by then — if it ever does — according to Scott Davis, the head of the Army’s Ground Combat Systems office.

 

Davis told Defense News the Army “is thinking through and prioritizing whether we want to continue” with its Stryker exchange program, part of a public-private partnership between General Dynamics Land Systems and Anniston.

 

The Army and General Dynamics will finish producing the 47 Strykers under contract early in 2013, but “I don’t hold an active requirement or the dollars to continue it” after that, Davis said. He added that his shop is preparing to brief Army leadership on the cost and benefit of modernizing Strykers in December, while a decision on which platforms and which capabilities might be upgraded is expected in February.

 

The Stryker exchange program harvests usable parts from older, flat-bottomed Strykers and uses them to complete builds on new double-V-hull Strykers (DVH) at Anniston. Company officials say the exchange program will not only give the Army more durable combat vehicles but also drive the cost down from $2.4 million for a new DVH to $1.6 million for an exchange vehicle.

 

Without new DVH contracts, operations at the facility will drop to 13 vehicles a month, well below the minimum requirement of 20 vehicles per month needed to keep the workforce at current levels.

 

The Army has ordered 789 DVH Strykers, and about 500 new DVH vehicles have been delivered from the Anniston facility.

 

The Stryker program is not the only one Army leadership is fretting over.

 

When it comes to overall budget pressure, Davis said, “we cut through the skin and we’re down to the bone” on development activities, and “any additional pressure will make it extremely difficult” to continue to modernize and upgrade all variants of combat vehicles on schedule.

 

One of Davis’ chief priorities is to identify ways to protect both the manufacturing and the intellectual industrial base in the face of budget cuts, he said. The number of companies that can design and build ground combat vehicles is limited, he added, saying, “the intellectual industrial base is mostly BAE and GD — it’s those engineers and logisticians who provide the design improvement skills” that he is looking to retain.

 

One of the big points of contention when it comes to the service’s ground vehicle industrial base is the battle over the Abrams tank line in Lima, Ohio. The Army doesn’t want to begin the next major round of Abrams modernization until 2017, and on Sept. 27, it awarded General Dynamics an eight-year, $395 million contract to study what capabilities it can add to the platform when those upgrades begin.

 

Davis said the Army and General Dynamics are studying the critical skill sets that need to be preserved at Lima and how much workflow will have to go through the line to sustain it at the minimum level of 33 tanks a month. The Army is conducting a four-month industrial base study to flesh out those issues.

 

One thing Davis said might help is foreign military sales (FMS).

 

“We’re very, very much in support of putting FMS in Lima,” he said. “We’ve got active cases in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco [for Abrams tanks], and to a large degree, that will help span that gap of U.S. production.”

 

The Saudi and Moroccan deals have not been fully approved by the U.S. government, but Davis said “if things go the way we anticipate it with FMS, we feel good about” the Lima Abrams line being able to meet its minimum production rate.

 

Because the Army and industry face the quandary of Abrams, Stryker and Bradley production ending in 2014, other new programs — such as the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), the M113 replacement — have taken on added importance. The service has said it plans to buy up to 3,800 AMPVs, making the program “pretty critical” for the overall health of the industrial base.

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26 octobre 2012 5 26 /10 /octobre /2012 12:35

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le XP2 sur le stand Nexter pendant AUSA 2012

 

26.10.2012 par Frédéric Lert (FOB)

 

Toute cette semaine, la convention annuelle organisée par l’Association of US Army à Washington a réuni le gratin de l’industrie de défense terrestre. Le salon s’est ouvert dans une ambiance un peu boudeuse, l’épée des coupes claires budgétaires américaines planant au-dessus de toutes les têtes… Faut-il le rappeler, l’US Army ne partait pas favorite pour sauver sa peau dans les arbitrages pressentis. Et puis coup de théâtre en début de semaine, avec cette annonce spectaculaire de Barack Obama au détour de son débat télévisé avec son challenger républicain : contre toute attente, le président-candidat annonçait vouloir rayer d’un trait de plume l’hypothèse d’une réduction de 500 milliards de dollars de l’argent de poche alloué au Pentagone. Une déclaration dont l’onde de choc continue sa course, mais qui est arrivée trop tard en tout état de cause pour apporter un peu de lustre au salon. Certes, comme en 2011, AUSA asseoit son expansion et se maintient sur les deux niveaux du centre de congrès de Washington, alors qu’il n’en occupait qu’un seul en 2010.  Certes, le nombre de visiteurs s’annonce relativement stable d’une année sur l’autre. Le nombre d’exposant connaît toutefois un léger décrochage, passant de 708 à 671. Plus marquant est toutefois la chute spectaculaire du nombre d’officines gouvernementales présentes : elles étaient 96 en 2011, elles ne sont plus que 17 cette année.

 

Heureusement que les Frenchies étaient là pour faire le spectacle… Après  avoir présenté le VBCI puis le Casear au cours des éditions précédentes d’AUSA, Nexter a une fois de plus mis les petits plats dans les grands en déplaçant son XP2 en terre américaine. Le démonstrateur technologique 6×6 a terminé ses expérimentations et il est actuellement utilisé comme vitrine technologique. Son emploi du temps lui laissait donc toute latitude pour consacrer six à sept semaines nécessaires à la traversée de l’Atlantique en bateau dans un sens, puis dans l’autre…

 

« Nous avons emmené le XP2 sans idée préconçue » expliquait-on sur le stand de Nexter. « C’est un investissement à long terme : nous sommes ici pour déclencher la curiosité et montrer l’état de l’art de notre savoir-faire dans le domaine des véhicules blindés à roues ». En toile de fond de cet affichage, le programme américain AMPV (Armoured Multiple Purpose Vehicle) devant donner naissance à une famille de véhicules blindés. L’AMPV n’est encore qu’un embryon dans la matrice, mais il pourrait un jour devenir un beau bébé, le but affiché par l’US Army étant de remplacer les derniers M113 en service. On parle là d’environ 7000 véhicules, excusez du peu ! La route qui fera peut-être un jour se rejoindre l’AMPV et Nexter est longue comme un jour sans pain, mais ce dernier pouvait tout de même se satisfaire d’avoir eu la visite de quelques VIP galonnés sur son stand, parmi lesquels le général Gordon Sullivan, ancien CEMAT américain et actuel patron de l’AUSA, ainsi que quelques autres haut gradés du Tradoc (Training and Doctrine Command) et du Tacom (Tank Automotive and Armament Command).

 

A suivre

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24 octobre 2012 3 24 /10 /octobre /2012 14:28

Nexter XP2 Technology demonstrator for VBMR source DSI

 

Oct. 21, 2012 - By PIERRE TRAN Defense News

 

PARIS — Nexter is sending its XP2 armored vehicle technology demonstrator and CTA International 40mm cannon to this week’s Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) show, both bearing the French company’s hopes of winning orders from the U.S. Army and other forces, a company executive said.

 

The target for the XP2 is the U.S. Army’s Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program, intended to replace the M113 troop carrier, said Patrick Lier, Nexter vice president for international affairs.

 

The M113 saw service in the Vietnam War.

 

The XP2 is a six-wheel-drive vehicle in the 20-ton class, designed to show “capability for innovation and know-how in armored vehicles,” Lier said.

 

The French vehicle is designed to provide a high level of protection up to the NATO Standard Agreement 4 level, offer high mobility and be equipped with advanced onboard electronics and 360-degree camera vision, Lier said. The vehicle can carry nine soldiers and rations for two days, and its motor can be changed in an hour, he said.

 

Nexter faces stiff competition.

 

General Dynamics is expected to pitch its Stryker, while BAE Systems has said it will offer a modified Bradley infantry fighting vehicle.

 

Navistar has said it is interested in competing with a partner.

 

The U.S. Army, which could buy up to 3,800 units, has said it would likely opt for a vehicle already in service and has set a cost target of $2.4 million per vehicle.

 

Another potential buyer of the XP2 is the Australian Army, with a requirement for about 1,500 armored vehicles under its Land 400 program, Lier said.

 

The Australian planners have not yet said whether the new vehicle will be tracked or wheeled, Lier said.

 

Nexter developed the XP2 as a contender for the French Army’s Véhicule Blindé Multi-Role (VBMR), a multirole armored vehicle, for which the previous Army chief of staff set a price cap of 1 million euros ($1.3 million) for the planned 1,000 armored personnel carrier units of the VBMR program.

 

Tourelle 40CTA Nexter (photo Guillaume Belan)

 

The cased telescoped CTA 40mm gun is aimed at arming the U.S. Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), Lier said.

 

Army procurement is looking to buy more than 1,800 GCVs that will be armed with a 25mm gun, but that choice of caliber has sparked comments of “not enough,” Lier said.

 

Nexter hopes to spark interest with its CTA 40mm, built under the CTA International joint venture with BAE.

 

Nexter also hopes to sell the CTA 40mm to Australia, which is looking for a gun for its infantry fighting vehicle, Lier said.

 

“The 40mm could be a serious contender,” he said.

 

The GCV is intended as replacement for the Bradley.

 

Des militaires en Afghanistan avec des canons Caesar de Nex

 

Nexter sent its Véhicule Blindé Combat d’Infanterie (VBCI) to AUSA two years ago, and the Caesar 155mm artillery piece last year.

 

VBCI - French Army in Afghanistan with flexible wire cage R

 

The French company had hoped the VBCI might be picked for the Ground Combat Vehicle, but the requirement for a tracked unit left the wheeled infantry fighting vehicle out in the cold.

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11 avril 2012 3 11 /04 /avril /2012 16:40

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11.04.2012 par Frédéric Lert (FOB)

 

Le 24 avril prochain, l’US Army organise une journée d’information sur l’Armored Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) au profit des industriels. L’occasion pour ceux-ci d’en apprendre un peu plus sur les besoins affichés par les militaires américains, avec en ligne de mire rien de moins que le remplacement des derniers M113 encore en service. Depuis 2007, l’US Army n’a plus investit sur ce véhicule dont elle pense aujourd’hui avoir épuisé toutes les possibilités de développement et de modernisation. Clairement, le M113 ne répond plus aux exigences actuelles en matière de mobilité et de protection. Son remplaçant devra équiper dans un premier temps 24 brigades à raison de 114 véhicules par unité. Si l’on ajoute quelques unités annexes, le besoin total serait un peu supérieur à 3000 véhicules. Le chiffre de 5000 engins in fine est parfois même évoqué. Ces blindés ne seraient d’ailleurs pas forcément dimensionnés pour le combat offensif, comme peuvent l’être les  Bradley. L’US Army envisage plutôt un rôle de véhicule utilitaire blindé du champ de bataille. Le choix entre la roue et la chenille n’est pas encore fait et la compétition à venir placera sans doute face aux intégrateurs traditionnels de véhicules blindés les fabricants de MRAP, ces derniers ayant eu le temps de se faire les dents tout au long des dix ans de conflit afghan.

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10.10.2011 KMW - army-guide.com

 

Outstanding levels of tactical, operational and strategic mobility, compelling combat effectiveness and maximum survivability are key requirements imposed on modern military vehicles today – whether they are designed primarily for combat, command and control, mission-specific roles or transport.

 

In contemporary conflicts, where the threat is often asymmetric yet deadly, protecting troops deployed in harm’s way from hostile fire, IED attacks, CBRN agents and even extreme climates conditions has become a top priority for commanders worldwide: around the clock and in every branch of every service.

 

This is reflected in the current procurement plans of the armed forces of many nations, including the Bundeswehr’s GFF/GTF project to develop protected C4I and mission-specific vehicles as well as protected transport capacity.

 

Under this programme, Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) of Germany have joined forces to develop a highly protected family of armoured multipurpose vehicles (AMPV) in the weight class up to 9 ton. Their design and layout take full account of operational experience accumulated by the German armed forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Engineered exclusively to meet the needs of the modern military, the AMPV family consists of two separate branches.

 

The AMPV,a prototype version of which is currently undergoing qualification by the German armed forces, is slightly over five metres long, two metres wide and two metres high. Empty, it weighs 7.3 tons and can carry a two-ton payload. The highly protected vehicle cell consists of a self-supporting steel hull with composite armour. Spall liners, reinforced flooring and cellular design offer excellent protection against mines and IEDs; while add-on armour modules supply extra ballistic protection.

 

High mobility likewise contributes to a vehicle’s overall battlefield survivability, and the AMPV design reflects this. The vehicle’s robust chassis, featuring independent wheel suspension, is engineered to withstand maximum punishment. An automatic transmission, permanent all-wheel drive, automatic differential locking management and combat wheels with a central tyre inflation system combine to assure superb mobility even in the toughest terrain.

 

A patrol version of AMPV (with an unprotected load space) will be available, as well as mission module carriers with a safety cell extending all the way back to the rear of the vehicle. For enhanced lethality, a remote control weapon station up to calibre .50 can be mounted on any AMPV vehicle.

 

Extremely compact, all members of the AMPV family largely consist of identical components, especially the logistically relevant parts of the vehicle. Moreover, their essentially uniform, highly ergonomic design makes all AMPV vehicles easy to operate as well as facilitating logistics and training.

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