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Army Begins Fielding Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

Friday, December 28th, 2018

In 2008, I worked on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle proposal. Over a decade later, the Army will begin fielding this vehicle which took lessons learned from the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) systems fielded beginning in 2007, and applied them to a replacement for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV).

Based on a recent Army Systems Acquisition Review Council decision, the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division will Ve the first unit equipped and should receive it’s full complement of about 500 new JLTVs by the end of March 2019.

In a recent Army press release, COL Mike Adams, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team commander said, “We are very excited to get these trucks into the hands of our Soldiers. It’s an honor to be chosen as the first unit to receive such an improved capability, and I look forward to getting it into our formations.”

Overall, the Army plans to field 49,099 vehicles across its Active, Reserve, and National Guard components, and the Marine Corps more than 9,000. The Air Force will also field the JLTV.

The JLTV will be fielded in two variants and four mission package configurations: General Purpose, Close Combat Weapons Carrier, Heavy Guns Carrier, and a Utility vehicle.

AFSOC Combat Aviation Advisors

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

USAF MSgt Joseph Kimbrell, a Combat Aviation Advisor with the 5th Special Operations Squadron, prepares to load a motorcycle onto a C-145A “Combat Coyote” for a training mission.

The C-145A is capable of moving non-standard cargo into remote locations, usually inaccessible by larger, more traditional cargo aircraft.

Police in Nordrhein-Westfalen take delivery of Rheinmetall Survivor R special operations vehicle

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Rheinmetall has just handed over a heavily protected Survivor R special operations vehicle to the police in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. Herbert Reul, minister of the interior of Nordrhein-Westfalen, symbolically presented the keys to the police SWAT unit in Essen. This versatile vehicle, ordered in spring 2018, is specially configured to meet the needs of tactical law enforcement in extreme situations. Three German states – Berlin, Saxony and Nordrhein-Westfalen – now equip their police special operators with the Survivor R.

Made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, the Survivor R epitomizes Rheinmetall’s commitment to the twin modern imperatives of security and mobility. Developed in cooperation with Austrian special vehicle maker Achleitner, the Survivor R is superbly suited to police SWAT team-type operations. Vehicles of this kind are particularly important in high-risk situations when special operators need to be transported safely to the area of operations, or for evacuating persons from the danger zone.

The Survivor R is based on a high-performance 4×4 MAN truck chassis, outfitted with a steel armour passenger compartment. Capable of reaching a top speed of over 100 km/h, this high-mobility vehicle combines tried-and-tested automotive engineering from large-scale production runs with state-of-the-art force protection technology from Rheinmetall.

Systematic use of civilian off-the-shelf and standard military components results in a sensibly priced vehicle, while simultaneously benefitting from Rheinmetall MAN’s global service and maintenance network. This makes the Survivor R a cost-efficient, easy-to-maintain vehicle with low lifecycle costs and high operational readiness.

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Polaris Launches Industry-Leading Work Utility Vehicle: PRO XD

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

All-new diesel UTV line-up engineered for durability, serviceability and safety with industry-leading payload and towing for any jobsite

Minneapolis, December 10, 2018 – Polaris® Commercial has designed a breakthrough line of utility task vehicles (UTVs) purpose-built for work: the all-new PRO XD. The PRO XD line from Polaris offers three diesel-powered models built to withstand the tough duty cycles and usage on the worksite, boasting industry-leading payload and towing capabilities and unmatched durability, serviceability and safety tailored to the commercial working customer.
“Polaris Commercial is lazer-focused on delivering best-in-class capability, durability, serviceability, and safety to drive increased productivity for commercial work needs, missions, and markets. We listened, learned, and leveraged our nearly 65 years in this business and now we’re delivering the absolute best new UTV optimized for work,” said John Olson, vice president and general manager of Polaris Commercial. “These new vehicles will deliver huge value to our hard-working customers in the rental, construction, commercial and government sectors.”

The PRO XD provides industry leading payload of 1,930 lbs, towing of 2,500 lbs, and world-class mobility that’s expected from a world leader like Polaris. Extensive research with rental, government and construction industry leaders showed that customer productivity and profitability in work environments who use UTVs are driven by vehicle durability, serviceability and safety — which is exactly what the PRO XD provides. The vehicle models are the two-passenger PRO XD 2000D, which is available in either two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and the four-passenger PRO XD 4000D available in all-wheel drive.

“Our expansive commercial and military customer base operate Polaris vehicles in the harshest environments around the world,” said Sean Cheatham, vice president of product development, strategy, and marketing at Polaris Commercial. “And we have incorporated their feedback into the development of the PRO XD.”

DURABILITY
The Polaris PRO XD is engineered with industry-leading, long-lasting and robust components. Durability drives productivity and profitability by decreasing downtime, lowering the cost of replacement parts, and reducing maintenance labor.
– Kubota industrial diesel engine
– All-new rigid chassis design for industry-leading payload and towing capacities
– Rust-free and dent-resistant composite bed, large enough to fit a full-size pallet
– Heavy-duty, sealed driveline components to increase resistance from corrosive conditions
– Reinforced seat base and heavy-duty seat material for the industry’s most puncture- and tear-resistant seat
– Industry-first, 26-inch, non-directional jobsite tire designed for puncture resistance and longer life on hard-packed surfaces

SERVICEABILITY
The ability to easily identify issues and conduct simple service tasks on a vehicle at the jobsite is critical to keeping the machine running efficiently and delivering a better return on investment. The Polaris PRO XD is designed to increase vehicle lifespan and optimize uptime.
– Engine maintenance intervals doubled to 200 hours — Polaris is the only vehicle brand to offer this standard on a diesel UTV — the result is less time and money spent on oil changes and extended use time
– Improved vehicle fault alarms to notify users of potential issues that could cause serious damage to the vehicle. Alarms include low oil pressure, parking brake engagement, belt burn, and engine overheat
– Relocated dipstick and air filter for easiest service maintenance through side access without the need to raise the bed
– Front air intake for clean air ingestion, improved air filter life, consistent engine power and durability
– Two-seat, two-wheel drive offering for driveline service simplicity
– Polaris PULSETM Connector simplifies the process of adding electronic accessories like lights and radios to the vehicle’s power source, simplifying accessory installation and enhancing upfit possibilities

SAFETY
Safety is a major focus on jobsites to prevent losses and enhance effectiveness. Reducing accidents and injuries, avoiding mishaps, and enhancing situational awareness are key focus areas for our Polaris Commercial customers. That’s why the Polaris PRO XD incorporates safety features to stay at the forefront of jobsite compliance.
– Industry-first orange seat belts and vehicle decals to improve vehicle visibility to surrounding workers and jobsite supervisors
– Backup alarm, horn and parking brake standard
– Vehicle starts only in Park with brake enabled
– Industry’s widest foot wells to easily enter/exit vehicle with real work boots and gear
– Speed limited to 26 miles per hour for jobsite compliance, with additional speed limiting capabilities down to 15 miles per hour for slower jobsite requirements driven by safety critical operations
– Engine Braking System (EBS) for slow decent down hills
– Fully sealed cab to prevent dust ingestion. This also makes the cab quieter thereby reducting noise hazards and fatigue.

Produced in Polaris’ state-of-the-art Huntsville, Alabama manufacturing facility, the PRO XD work vehicle is engineered to handle any construction jobsite, commercial work environment or government application, including operations and maintenance support, personnel transport, and emergency response. The Polaris PRO XD is sold and supported as part of the Polaris Commercial and Polaris Government & Defense portfolio of brands and encourages customization solution requests for improving work and mission productivity and safety at jobsites around the world.

Customers can visit the Polaris Commercial website for more information, or to request a quote.

The Armored Group, LLC Introduces its Newest Vehicle, the Terrier Armored Personnel Carrier

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

New Terrier APC features the highest level of personnel protection and unparalleled mobility in any climate or setting

(Phoenix, AZ – (December 5, 2018) The Armored Group, LLC (TAG), a leading worldwide provider of armored vehicles, has just introduced its newest law enforcement vehicle, the Terrier APC. The Terrier APC developed by the TAG Research and Development Team, offers a large payload capacity for its size as well as the highest level of protection for a vehicle in its class and price range with STANAG II applique option. The vehicle will be used by military, police, SWAT, regional response teams and non-governmental organizations.

The Terrier APC holds up to eight officers (2+6 in individual MIL-STD seats); the optional bench seat can accommodate up to ten officers (2+8) depending on the size of operators and amount of gear. The vehicle was designed with the end-users in mind; to protect those who are in dangerous operational environments.

Terrier APC Features:

Some of the key features of the Terrier APC model include:

Full Protection against Kinetic Energy Weapons conforming to STANAG 4569 Level 1
Heavy Duty Suspension & Axles
Upgraded Tires & Brakes (for better off-road capability)
Category-Leading Ground Clearance
UK Military Grade Locks & Heavy-Duty Hinges
Conveniently Placed High Visibility Gun Ports
3 Doors and Roof Escape Hatch
Crew Cab or 5 Door Option
5100kg Curb Weight (Standard Protection); 1000kg Payload; 6100kg Combat Weight
Modern LED Headlights & Standard Military Convoy Lights
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Diesel 195 HP High Sulfur 1VD-FTV Toyota 4.5L V8
NATO Standard Slave Starting System
TAG Exclusive Flip Forward Armored Front Clip System
Hydraulically Assisted Recirculating Ball Steering
Rear HVAC System as standard
Auxiliary service battery with smart isolator switch and battery monitor
Optional Equipment Includes:

Additional parking AC powered by external 120 / 220VAC while the engine is off
Public address system
Acoustic deterring LRAD system
Intercom
Alternator upgrade
Blast attenuating seats
Interior weapon mounts
VHF/UHF communication system; MF/HF communications system
GPS
DVR
GSM-based live video monitoring system
Tracking system (depends on deployment region)
Smoke grenade launchers
Multiple launch systems for smoke grenades
Roof turret with a ring bearing and split hatch
Remote controlled weapon station
Gunshot detection system
Remote controlled searchlights
Forward-looking thermal camera
Reverse day/night camera
Perimeter day/night cameras
Outboard telescopic mast
IR driving and convoy lights
Overpressure air filtration system
Semi-automatic tire inflation system
Ballistic protection upgrade to STANAG 4569 Level 2
Fire suppression systems
Power inverters
Winch
Ballistic skip round shields
Emergency lighting systems
Interior compartment additional cooling fans
Computer workstations
Rescue medic/trauma pack with backboard/litter
Terrier APC:

The Terrier APC is built using a reinforced/militarized Toyota VDJ79 truck chassis, and COTS components. The vehicle can be built to B6, NIJ-III or STANAG 4569 Level 1 ballistic protection standards and is powered by a 195 HP high sulfur 1VD-FTV Toyota 4.5L V8 diesel and readily available in LHD and RHD configurations. Using upgraded axles, clutch and a reinforced frame as well as oversized super single wheels, the vehicle offers excellent mobility and a high payload capacity making it a superior choice in a variety of dangerous scenarios.

“The new Terrier APC offers the highest level of protection in combat and fire support situations and in mission-specific transport and logistics roles. The Terrier APC is an extremely versatile vehicle with numerous optional upgrades, so agencies requiring the vehicle can customize it to truly meet their individual needs,” said Robert Pazderka, President and Founder of TAG. “Because of its availability and price, it is a smart, effective option for agencies that need to keep their teams safe and secure in dangerous situations.”

For more information, please visit www.armoredcars.com

Last Line of Defense – Travis Haley’s 2017 Tacoma Pro

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

I’m a big fan of the Toyota Tacoma and thought you might be interested in this video by Last Line of Defense about Travis Haley’s 2017 Tacoma Pro.

German K-ISOM Announces Special Operations & Special Mission Aircraft Book

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Available now for pre-order, “Special Operations & Special Mission Aircraft” by Christian Rastaetter and edited by Sören Sünkler.

With special emphasis on airdrop, you’ll learn the basics of airborne counterinsurgency (COIN), special forces mobility, electronic warfare, tactical and strategic airlift, and psychological warfare.

Contents:

002 introduction

010 counter insurgency (COIN) from the air: special aircraft for tactical support of special forces on the ground – introduction

018 Paramount Group AHRLAC / Mwari / Bronco II

024 Air Tractor IOMAX AT-802 Archangel / L3 AT-802L Longsword / THRUSH 510G T-Bird

033 Beechcraft AT-6 Texan II / AT-6B Wolverine

042 Cessna AC-208 Combat Caravan / ORBITAL ATK AC-208B Eliminator

046 Embraer Emb-314 / a-29 super tucano

062 Pilatus PC-6 / PC-7 / PC-9 / PC-12 / PC-21

086 textron air land scorpion

076 transport aircraft for special tasks (Multi Mission / special mission aircraft) – Introduction

080 Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules

106 Textron Cessna 208 Grand Caravan EX

108 Beechcraft King Air 350

116 mlw emb KC-390

126 dornier do 328 / C-146 a wolfhound

130 pzl m-28 breeze / C-145 a skytruck

140 facets of electronic and psychological warfare from air – introduction

143 electronic warfare and reconnaissance from air / Airborne C4ISR

164 psychological warfare & propaganda from air / airborne psyops

174 armed transport aircraft to support special forces on the ground (gun ships)

178 Lockheed Martin AC-130 / KC-130

202 Douglas AC-47 spooky / Basel Bt-67 fantasma

207 AIRBUS ORBITAL ATK ACC-235 / AIRBUS ACC-295

219 Leonardo Computer-27 J p

226 Antonov to-72 p

229 of and actuators for special mission aircraft

244 case study: COIN aircraft in bush – example Colombia

250 case study: electronic warfare to support SOF elements in Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria – example task force Odin

253 glossary

256 imprint

Price: 44 euro

ISBN 978-3-9815795-7-4

Delivery begins on 7 December, 2018.

Contact: Bestellung@K-Isom.Com

Berlin Police Take Delivery of Rheinmetall Survivor R Special Operations Vehicle

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Rheinmetall has formally handed over a heavily protected Survivor R special operations vehicle to the Berlin Police Department. Dr Barbara Slowik, Chief of the Berlin Police Department, symbolically handed over the keys to the Operations Directorate, represented by Criminal Investigation Division Director Martin John. This versatile vehicle, ordered as part of a package of counterterrorism measures in late September 2017, is specially configured to meet the needs of the Operations Directorate of the Berlin Police. Berlin follows Saxony as the third German state to equip its police special operators with the Survivor R.

Made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, the Survivor R epitomizes Rheinmetall’s commitment to the twin modern imperatives of security and mobility. Developed in cooperation with Austrian special vehicle maker Achleitner, the Survivor R is superbly suited to police SWAT team-type operations. Vehicles of this kind are particularly important in high- risk situations when special operators need to be transported safely to the area of operations, or for evacuating persons from the danger zone.

The Survivor R is based on a high-performance 4×4 MAN truck chassis, outfitted with a steel armour passenger compartment. Capable of reaching a top speed of over 100 km/h, this high-mobility vehicle combines tried-and-tested automotive engineering from large-scale production runs with state-of-the-art force protection technology from Rheinmetall.

Systematic use of civilian off-the-shelf and standard military components results in a sensibly priced vehicle, while simultaneously benefitting from Rheinmetall MAN’s global service and maintenance network. This makes the Survivor R a cost-efficient, easy-to-maintain vehicle with low lifecycle costs and high operational readiness.

Rheinmetall – a powerful partner of the police and security services