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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

BE Meyers & Co “MAWLR” LX570 Build To Be Unveiled At SEMA 2018

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

In March of 2017 Brad Meyers, Founder of B.E. Meyers & Co., passed away after an amazing life.  He was an innovator, inventor, and was always looking to create something new and exciting. This Lexus LX570 was his daily driver, and he drove it to work every day with his dog Shadow always in the back seat. After his passing, Brad’s car sat in the B.E. Meyers & Co. warehouse for over a year, but it wasn’t ready to retire just yet.


In memory of Brad’s adventurous spirit, B.E. Meyers & Co. and Defconbrix are transforming his car into a purpose-built overland vehicle dubbed the “MAWLR” to travel with them as they showcase their Modular Advanced Weapon Laser, the MAWL®. You can follow the MAWLR build on Instagram (@the.mawlr) and Facebook (@mawlr).


The completed MAWLR build will be unveiled in the Toyo Tires Treadpass area at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada October 30 – November 2, 2018.

HMMWV High Back Seat Kits

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

First off, there are still lots of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles in Service. In fact, OshKosh Defense was just awarded a contract for repair parts.

The US Army’s PS magazine wants you to know you can “Pimp your ride” by changing your HMMWV driver’s and commander’s seats to comfy high backs. Order the green seat kit with NSN 2540-01-393-3796 or the tan seat kit with NSN 2540-01-408-7049.

The kits are limited, however, because the contract wasn’t renewed due to testing requirements. When they’re gone, you’ll have to order the individual parts in TACOM drawings 57K0290 (green) and 57K0291 (tan).

Email them for a copy: (this is for Army units)

US Army Interested In Procuring An Infantry Squad Vehicle

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

In a Sources Sought Notice published on 24 September, 2018 by Product Lead, Ground Mobility Vehicles (PL GMV), they are conducting a market survey for new production of an Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV).

According to the notice, the ISV will provide mobility for a 9-soldier infantry squad with associated equipment to move around the close battle area. The ISV is a lightweight, high mobility platform that shall be transportable by all means including vertical lift (via CH47 and UH60) and Low Velocity Air Drop (LVAD).

Polaris DAGOR
Some of this requirement is similar to the DAGORs used by the 82nd Abn Div and GMV 1.1 used by SOF and recently purchased by the Army for as an interim vehicle for five additional Airborne Combat Teams, but Congress has directed the Army to hold a competition for its remaining light ground mobility requirement.

GMV 1.1 manufactured by GD
Neither of these vehicles will accommodate an entire nine-person Squad and equipment into. As both of these trucks satisfy the aerial delivery requirements set forth by the Army, the program is going to be tough to satisfy if the vehicle has to satisfy the large payload as well.

Additional requirements include:

Physical Characteristics: Platform characteristics will be heavily influenced by mobility, payload and by the vertical lift characteristics of the UH60 and internal transport dimensions of the CH47 as defined in MIL-HDBK-1791 and MIL-STD-1366. For purposes of this questionnaire, the ISV shall meet its transportability and aerial delivery requirements at Vehicle Curb Weight (VCW) defined as an empty vehicle with Basic Issue Items (BII), a ¾ complement of fuel, lubricants, coolant, and hydraulic fluid (as applicable). Based on current research and requirements for UH-60 Sling Load capabilities the VCW at a maximum must be 4,800 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) will apply to all other weight requirements. GVW is defined as VCW plus operational payload of Soldiers and their associated equipment and supplies. The GVW will be the VCW with a nine soldier payload (i.e. 3200lbs). The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) will be the VCW plus maximum designed payload.

Military Specific Modifications: Blackout Lights, weapon mounts, Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) paint, 24V electrical, MIL-STD-814/MIL-STD-209K provisions, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Slave and Military Petroleum, Oils and Lubricants (POL)

Mobility: The ISV shall be a vehicle capable of traversing longitudinal grades up to 60%. The ISV shall be capable of meeting the mobility requirements from VCW to GVW on the following terrain profiles:

Survivability: The ISV is envisioned as a lightweight, highly mobile open cab vehicle. Survivability will be achieved through high mobility, a roll cage and occupant restraints.

Transportability: The ISV shall be transportable by the following means: C-17/C-130 airdrop including C-17 Dual Row Airdrop System (DRAS), C-17/C-130 internal transport in roll-on/roll-off (RORO) configuration, CH-47 internal transport, CH-47/UH-60 external transport, rail and sea.

Environmental: The ISV shall be capable of operating in Hot/Basic/Cold as defined in Army Regulation (AR)-38. The ISV shall be capable of saltwater/freshwater fording and operating in adverse environmental conditions as defined in MIL-STD-810 (e.g. blowing rain, blowing dust, salt fog, etc.).

The total number of vehicles is 2,065, procuring 100 per year, beginning in 2020.

Any potential solicitation (and resulting contract) would acquire Government Purpose Rights to associated technical data, logistical and test support, installation kits and ancillary hardware with the vehicles. The ancillary hardware includes, but is not limited to, Basic Issue Items (BII), special tools, new specialty kits, expeditionary field kits, initial support items, self-recovery winch kits, and extended draw bars.

Responses are required by Oct 26, 2018 5:00 pm Eastern. Visit for full details.

Blac Rac Rally On The Rocks

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Harvested HMMWV Parts Will Save Corps Millions, Increase Survivability of JLTV

Thursday, July 26th, 2018


A harvesting effort by Program Executive Officer Land Systems and Marine Corps Systems Command could save the Corps millions and make one of its newest vehicles more survivable.

The Gunner’s Protection Kit, managed by Infantry Weapons within MCSC’s Portfolio Manager Ground Combat Equipment Systems, is currently installed on High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles. As a cost-savings measure, the kits will be removed from HMMWVs and installed on Joint Light Tactical Vehicles as they are fielded to the fleet next year. Using harvested parts instead of buying new potentially saves the Corps more than $100 million.

Logisticians and equipment specialists from Marine Corps Systems Command and Program Executive Officer Land Systems install a Marine Corps Transparent Armor Gun Shield on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle May 1. The installation is part of a cost-savings plan to harvest Gunner’s Protection Kits and other equipment from older High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles and increase the JLTV’s survivability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kristen Murphy)

“The harvesting strategy was developed by the JLTV Joint Program Office in 2012 as part of our efforts to meet affordability metrics for the program,” said Andy Rodgers, program manager for Light Tactical Vehicles in Program Executive Officer Land Systems. “Our collaboration with [Marine Corps Systems Command’s] Program Manager Infantry Weapons is key to that strategy.”

In the spring, logisticians and other program personnel from Infantry Weapons conducted a Proof of Principle, or PoP, going step by step through the process of removing a Marine Corps Transparent Armor Gun Shield—part of the GPK family of systems—from a HMMWV and placing it on a JLTV. The MCTAGS will be installed on the Heavy Guns Carrier JLTV variant.

Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marines prepare to load Joint Light Tactical Vehicles onto Landing Craft Utility boats in preparation for a JLTV Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation amphibious landing March 2, at Camp Pendleton, California. As part of a cost-savings plan, the Marine Corps will harvest Gunner’s Protection Kits and other equipment from older High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles and install them on JLTVs to increase the new vehicles’ survivability. (U.S. Marine Corps courtesy photo)

The PoP will help the program office develop, verify and publish a modification instruction to guide the Corps through the installation process, said Kevin Marion, a logistics management specialist in Infantry Weapons.

“The PoP was successful,” Marion said. “We started with existing [instruction] manuals for the MCTAGS, and then added steps for putting it on the new vehicle. In addition to documenting the steps, it also gave us a chance to identify any parts that can’t be reused because the degree of serviceability is questionable.”

The JLTV program office has completed similar PoP efforts with the Improved TOW GPK, or I-TGPK, which will be installed on the Close Combat Weapons Carrier variant of the JLTV. The CCWC can be armed with TOW—tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided—missiles.

The JLTV is an Army-led light tactical vehicle program. It will partially replace the Army and Marine Corps HMMWV fleet, providing a more survivable vehicle, and closing an existing gap in payload, performance and protection. The JLTV comes in four variants with payloads ranging from 3,500 to 5,100 pounds of cargo, and can go more than 70 miles per hour as well as traverse over arduous terrain.

Although only two variants will be equipped with the MCTAGS or I-TGPK, all JLTVs will contain harvested radios, antennas and other communications equipment from HMMWVs.

“It’s our responsibility as MCSC to be good stewards of taxpayer money, so if we have equipment that is in good condition, we should go ahead and use it,” Marion said.

An advantage to Marines is the tactics, techniques and procedures will remain largely unchanged for the harvested equipment, so they already know how to operate it, Rodgers said.

The HMMWVs will be demilitarized and traded through the Equipment Exchange Program. This program enables the organization to work with commercial vendors who can sell or use the vehicles as they see fit.

“The exchange program is no cost to the government, and no money changes hands,” Rodgers said. “In exchange, the vendor buys equipment we may need like MCTAG covers or ring mounts for the JLTV, and they ship it wherever we need it.”

Once vehicle fielding begins next year, Marine Corps field service representatives will execute the harvesting plan for the units that receive them, Rodgers said. This is part of the program’s “total package fielding” plan.

“As we field the JLTV, we’ll collect the HMMWV, harvest the parts, install them and then return the new vehicles [to the units],” Rodgers said.

Fielding for the JLTV will begin in spring 2019 to the Marine Corps School of Infantry-West at Camp Pendleton, California; School of Infantry-East at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; and Motor Transport Maintenance Instructional Company at Camp Johnson, North Carolina. Fielding to the operating forces will begin in the summer of 2019. In all, the Army plans to purchase 49,000 JLTVs and the Marine Corps will purchase 9,091.

By Monique Randolph, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command

Scorpion MKIV-A Available For Sale

Monday, June 18th, 2018

4×4 magazine called the Scorpion, the ultimate off-road vehicle.

This Scorpion was built for the DARPA Grand Challenge and also competed in the DARPA Urban Challenge. It has performed proof of concept demonstrations for the military and is currently Preferred Chassis Fabrication’s show vehicle. The MKIV-A can be purchased in its current robotic configuration or PCF will convert it to conventional human drive.

For info and pricing email

Rheinmetall Unveils the Lynx KF41 Next-Generation Combat Vehicle

Thursday, June 14th, 2018


At Eurosatory 2018 Rheinmetall presented its new Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to the international public for the first time. Highly survivable, adaptable to diverse environments, extremely agile, hard hitting, and with huge payload reserves, the Lynx KF41 is a next-generation combat vehicle designed to confront the challenges of the future battlefield like no other.

Most experts agree that land forces will face unprecedented threats on the future battlefield, where emergent technologies have substantially changed the balance of power. Key technologies influencing armored fighting vehicle (AFV) design for the future include anti- access/area denial systems that reduce the ability to gain and retain air dominance, electronic warfare systems that will deny reliable communications, enhanced artillery systems that restrict freedom of action, and advanced AFV designs that are difficult to defeat with existing systems.

In concert with the technology challenges of future combat, land forces need to be relevant across the full spectrum of conflict, including contributing to peace keeping operations, conducting counter-insurgency campaigns, and engaging in general war-fighting against constantly evolving threats in diverse global environments.
It is with these challenges in mind that Rheinmetall has developed the Lynx KF41 family of vehicles and the companion Lance 2.0 turret, resulting in a revolutionary IFV with a level of adaptability, survivability and capacity not seen before in an IFV family.
Ben Hudson, global head of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems Division said, “With the Lynx KF41, the Rheinmetall team has developed a truly innovative next-generation combat vehicle. The breadth of capabilities that a Lynx IFV provides soldiers results in a veritable Swiss Army knife that has unprecedented utility across the full spectrum of conflict. Its modular, adaptable survivability systems allow the vehicle to evolve through life, the high level of mobility will provide battlefield commanders great tactical flexibility in combat, and the diverse effects that the Lance 2.0 turret can generate allow the crew to deal effectively with a wide variety of battlefield situations”.

Adaptable. The Lynx KF41 is a complete family of vehicles that utilises a common drive module and a flexible mission kit arrangement to allow any base vehicle to be configured as an IFV, an armoured personnel carrier, a command vehicle, a recovery vehicle or an ambulance. Changing from one configuration to another can occur within eight hours. This system provides significant total lifecycle cost savings due to base vehicle commonality, allowing customers to adjust force structures or develop new capabilities in an affordable and timely manner.

Enhancing the vehicle’s flexibility, the sub-systems of the Lynx KF41 are highly modular and adaptable. The Lynx KF41 features a digital backbone with a generic open architecture that allows easy integration of new mission systems, while the entire survivability system is modular and upgradable to allow the vehicle to cope with the highly adaptive threats faced on the battlefield. Different survivability kits are available for peacekeeping situations, counter-insurgency operations in urban terrain, and mounted combat against a peer.

No other vehicle can adapt to diverse environments across the full spectrum of operational challenges like the Lynx KF41 can.
Highly Mobile. The Lynx KF41 features the latest generation of propulsion technology with an 850 kW (1140hp) Liebherr engine and a proven Renk transmission. A flexible suspension system has been developed by Supashock, an Australian company, meaning the Lynx can be configured to carry various mission kits and survivability packages without compromising mobility. When configured for mounted combat operations with the Lance 2.0 turret and a survivability package suitable for peer-on-peer combat, the Lynx KF41 weighs approximately 44 tonnes. In this configuration it provides class leading mobility due the high power-to- weight ratio of 26 hp/t, while still leaving up to six tonnes of reserve payload for future growth.
Survivable. The modular survivability systems of the Lynx provide unprecedented flexibility for customers to cope with the wide variety of threats faced across the spectrum of conflict.

The ballistic and mine protection packages can be easily exchanged, even in the field if needed, while the full spectrum of threats have been taken into account, including roof protection against cluster munitions. The Lynx KF41 with Lance 2.0 has been designed not only for passive and reactive systems, but also for an active protection system to defeat rocket-propelled grenades and antitank guided missiles.

Hard hitting. The Lance 2.0 turret is the next generation of the in-service Lance family and has been developed to improve its suitability for an IFV. Lance 2.0 has various enhancements that provide a troop of Lynx KF41 vehicles with a very high level of organic capability, thus allowing the troop to have a disproportionate effect on the battlefield.

The Lance 2.0 features enhanced protection for critical subsystems against kinetic and fragmentation threats, improving system survivability during close combat. The next enhancement is the integration of the new Wotan 35 electrically driven cannon that fires Rheinmetall’s proven and in-service 35x228mm ammunition family. Lastly, the Lance 2.0 has two flexible mission pods fitted to the left and right of the turret that allow installation of a variety of sub-systems to give the turret a specialist capability. Examples of customer- selectable mission pods include dual Rafael Spike LR2 ATGMs, non-line of sight strike loitering munitions, UAVs or an electronic warfare package.

The Lynx KF41 and Lance 2.0 once again show Rheinmetall’s capabilities as a world- leading company in the fields of security and mobility.