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Warrior EAST 19 – Silent Tactical Energy Enhanced Dismount by Hendrick Motorsports

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

The Silent Tactical Energy Enhanced Dismount or STEED, by Hendrick Motorsports is an all terrain, electric power card. It has zero emissions and can carry up to 500 lbs over complex terrain. STEED will even climb stairs and can be used in water.

This is not a robot. It is simple to use. STEED is a two wheeled cart and not gyro stabilized, requiring at least one person to balance and operate the STEED. It features forward and reverse along with a thumb pedal to control speeds up to 5 1/2 mph. The two wheels make it easy to maneuver into tight spaces.

STEED began as a USSOCOM mobility project but was temporarily shelved due to other, pressing requirements. It was picked up by Asymmetric Warfare Group for use by squads to transport Subterranean operations equipment. STEED has successfully completed a Combat Validation with SOFWERX.

STEED is also a participating technology in the 2019 Advanced Expeditionary Warrior Experiments.

Although it is envisioned for use in subterranean operations, it handles the transit across rough terrain quite well and would greatly enhance the capability of a squad to move bulky equipment such as weapons along with bulk fuel, food, water, and ammunition as well as casualties.

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Forging Ahead: Rheinmetall Spearheads Ongoing Consolidation in the Military Vehicle Sector

Monday, July 1st, 2019

The high-tech Rheinmetall Group continues to pursue a strategy of industrial consolidation. Now that the competition authorities have given the project the go-ahead, a military vehicle joint venture between Rheinmetall and BAE Systems in the United Kingdom is poised for final implementation.

Moreover, a buyback of shares held by MAN Truck & Bus SE in the joint venture company Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) is set to further strengthen Rheinmetall in the wheeled armoured vehicles realm, one of the Group’s mainstays.

The planned partial buyback of stock held by MAN Truck & Bus SE in the joint venture Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) increases the share of the present Tactical Vehicles business unit to 100%. The two partners will continue to cooperate in the field of military trucks through their joint venture Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, in which Rheinmetall holds a 51% stake. The joint venture recently won major orders from Australia and the German Bundeswehr.

As co-owners of RMMV, Rheinmetall and MAN agree that the tactical wheeled vehicle business will grow more robustly under exclusive Rheinmetall management, i.e. outside the RMMV framework.

The Tactical Vehicles business unit is synonymous with products such as the Boxer and Fuchs/Fox wheeled armoured vehicles and the Survivor R tactical law enforcement vehicle. Rheinmetall was recently selected to supply Her Majesty’s Armed Forces with a large number of 8×8 Boxer armoured vehicles. Last year in Australia, Rheinmetall won a roughly €2.1 billion order for the Boxer, one of the largest single contracts in the Group’s history.

The share buyback is due to take place during the second half of 2019, taking retroactive legal effect on 1 January 2019.

Joint Venture with BAE Systems in Great Britain

In January 2019 Rheinmetall and BAE Systems announced that they would be setting up a UK-based joint venture to facilitate cooperation in the land systems field. Rheinmetall thus welcomes the recently published announcement of the British procurement authority CMA approving the creation of a military vehicle joint venture between Rheinmetall and BAE Systems. The formal foundation of the joint venture, to be known as Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land, is expected to take place shortly. The company will be located in Telford, England.

The new wheeled armoured Mechanised Infantry Vehicle for the British Army, and the pending modernization of the UK’s fleet of Challenger 2 main battle tanks, are two important projects which the new company will be vying for.

Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems division

The Vehicle Systems division of Rheinmetall AG was formed on 1 January 2016. With annual sales last year of €1.6 billion, it is one of the world’s foremost suppliers of military vehicles. The division is the Düsseldorf-based Group’s centre of excellence for military vehicles ranging from unprotected and protected trucks to heavy armoured fighting vehicles. Serving markets around the globe, the Vehicle Systems division is responsible for Rheinmetall’s complete spectrum of military trucks, including the TG and HX logistic vehicles; tracked and wheeled tactical vehicles like the Fuchs/Fox, Boxer*, Puma* and Lynx; and turret solutions for armoured fighting vehicles – all from a single source.

* jointly produced with other contractors

Rheinmetall Books Order for Second Lot of Trucks: Bundeswehr to Buy 252 Unprotected Transport Vehicles Under Framework Contract

Friday, June 14th, 2019

The German Bundeswehr has awarded Rheinmetall an order for 252 unprotected transport vehicles with payloads of five and fifteen tonnes. This order falls under the framework agreement concluded in 2017 for more than 2,200 state-of-the-art military trucks. The order value of the 252 trucks just ordered comes to around €92 million, including value added tax. Before the end of 2019, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) will build and deliver the vehicles, which include a total of 161 5-tonne trucks and 91 15-tonne trucks. Production of the lot just ordered will commence directly after completion of the first lot of vehicles, which are due to be delivered during the next few months, right on schedule.

Encompassing a total of 2,271 unprotected transport vehicles from RMMV’s HX family, the framework agreement concluded on 5 July 2017 with the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support (BAAINBw) is worth around €900 million (without VAT), including special tools and training services. As a first step, an order was issued for an initial lot of 558 vehicles.

In undertaking this large-scale project, the Du?sseldorf-based Group for mobility and security solutions is making a major contribution to modernizing the Bundeswehr’s fleet of trucks, which numbers in the thousands. Consisting primarily of components made in Germany, e.g. the engines, axles, transmissions and build-ons, the vehicles will be assembled at the RMMV plant in Vienna.

Particularly when it comes to multinational operations, the widespread global presence of RMMV vehicles results in major advantages with respect to interoperability and logistics. Among others, current users include the armed forces of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark. Norway and Sweden have also placed substantial orders for trucks made by RMMV.

VMod from Tactical Walls

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Based on Tactical Walls’ ModWall Home System, the VMod tailgate organizer uses the same slot style attachment system for hangers. It is attached to the interior of the tailgate and you can swap out different panel configurations, based on your needs. It’s just another way to organize your equipment and overlanders love organization.

They offer version to fit Jeep JL, JK and/or Rubicon models as well as Toyota FJs.

Attn Brandon Whorley…The Jeep

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

JB sends from the DR.

Rampart Range Day 19 – Brenergy 6T Li-on 24v Battery by Bren-Tronics

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Gone are the days of dual Lead-Acid 12v batteries in military vehicles with 24v systems. Bren-Tronics, makers of military batteries and charging systems has introduced Brenergy 6T 24v Lithium Ion batteries.

Likely to continue to be used in pairs (or more) on tactical military vehicles, it will output up to 3.2kWh and offers a capacity of Capacity 2.7kWh (Power), 3.2kWh (Energy). The battery weighs 42lbs and will last 3,000 cycles.

Bren-Tronics products are available in Canada from Rampart International.

The Armored Group, LLC Enters the South Asian Market

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

The Armored Group Now Providing Armored Vehicles to U.S. Ally Bangladesh

(Phoenix, AZ – May 21, 2019) The Armored Group, LLC (TAG) has announced the delivery of seven Ballistic Armored Tactical Transport (BATT®-X) armored vehicles to Bangladesh, a brand-new market for the armored vehicle manufacturer. The vehicles will be used by local law enforcement departments. In addition to providing the vehicles, The Armored Group also developed a comprehensive training program for over 20 police officers that will be using the vehicles.

The BATT-X can carry 10 officers, depending on the size of the operators and amount of gear. It was designed to comfortably accommodate law enforcement agencies and tactical teams while offering the highest level of security features such as the B7/NIJ IV+ .50 Cal Ball Ammo Protection or B7/NIJ III Armor Levels.

These particular vehicles were customized with partial V-bottom hulls for increased blast, which is unique on the F550. In addition, individual blast seats were installed.

Other features include:

• Blast mitigating floor.

• Internal armored firewall.

• Rifle-rated roof protection.

• Fully armored hood clip.

• TAG Exclusive Flip Forward Front Clip System

• Best-in-class climate control system.

• Dual heating and air conditioning systems in front and back.

• Oversized rear deployment bumper with steps.

• Front door lockout ability at 90° and 45°.

• Rear door lockout ability at 90° and at full open

• Heavy Duty Oversized Running Boards

• Optic-ready gun ports.

• Four-wheel drive off-road capabilities.

• Enclosed under-seat storage in rear compartment with back board slat cut outs

• 360° Rotating Turret with Oversized flush-mounted sniper step.

• Roof Hatches

• Emergency Lights and Siren System

“We are happy to enter the South Asian market and help our allies in Bangladesh. Both of our countries have shared values in the matters of regional and global security and counter terrorism. In fact, they were a key participant in Obama’s international development initiatives including food security, healthcare and environmental concerns,” said Robert Pazderka, President and founder of The Armored Group. “This new alliance with Bangladesh has opened the doors for TAG to provide the highest level of protection to our allies in South Asia and keep those fighting for positive changes as safe as possible.

The comprehensive TAG training program included the following Technical, Mechanical and Driving training programs:

Technical training:

·         Training on all the accessories and their functions:

o   Gunport operation 

o   Door operation (various angles, lockout function)

o   front winch operations

o   STIS compressor operations

o   Turret functionality and movability

o   Police lights, strobe lights, infrared lights operations

o   OEM (original equipment manufacturer) operations of the vehicle

Mechanical Training 

·         Training of how to maintain the vehicle and how to do preventative maintenance

·         Daily inspections to be conducted before vehicle can be deployed

·         Service Maintenance (Oil change, Oil filter change, Transmission fluid change, Steering fluid change, Battery monitoring and signals to look for when to replace the battery, fuel filter replacement, AC filter replacement, Air filter replacement)

·         General Maintenance (Lubrication of all joints, Hinges, bearings)

·         Scheduled maintenance timings (When the vehicle should have a service and when the parts needs to be checked or replaced)

Driving Training

·         Each trainee had to learn how to drive the BATT X

o   Operating various functions while driving

o   Emergency brake testing

o   Various maneuvering techniques  

o   General driving safety principals

SOFIC 19 – ZERO Motorcycles MMX

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

The ZERO MMX features a 100% electric power train, allowing nearly silent movement over complex terrain.

The MMX offers a top sport of 85 mph and 78 ft lb of peak torque. It uses a swappable lithium ion intelligence modular battery and features a clutchless direct drive.

It features a range of 79 miles in the city or 65 to 175 minutes of recon riding or 45 to 155 minutes of aggressive Tactical riding.