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LifeSaver Jerrycan Water Purifier

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

The LifeSaver Jerrycan has a capacity of 18.5 litres and is available with two sizes of filters, capable of purifying up to either 10,000 or 20,000 litres of clean safe drinking water. The filter has passed NSF Protocol P248 Military Operations – Microbiological Water Purifiers.

These rotomoulded fits standard mounts.

Also available in Blue.

Australian Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle Unveiled for Land 400 Phase 3 Program

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Rheinmetall has unveiled the first of three Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicles designed, developed and manufactured for the Commonwealth of Australia’s $AUD18.1 billion (11.1 MrdEUR) Land 400 Phase 3 program.
Lynx is a next generation tracked, digitised and highly protected Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) built to meet the stringent military requirements of Land 400 Phase 3. The Australian Army needs a new IFV for close combat to close in and defeat an enemy in the most dangerous and lethal environments for Australian soldiers.

Rheinmetall is delivering each of the Lynx vehicles to compete in the test and evaluation trials as part of the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) to be conducted around Australia over a 12 month timeframe from November 2020. If successful, the Lynx fleet will be manufactured in Queensland at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) at Redbank south-west of Brisbane.

The RMA trials will incorporate a range of tests including lethality, mobility and protection. The vehicle unveiled will be the focus of blast testing at a dedicated Commonwealth facility in coming months.

Lynx was unveiled at a closed ceremony with selected Australian industry partners at the MILVEHCOE. Each of the Lynx vehicles delivered into the RMA trials will incorporate a significant level of Australian industry content and local partners to the Rheinmetall offer for Land 400 Phase 3 will be announced in coming weeks.

“Rheinmetall looks forward to demonstrating the capability of this next generation infantry fighting vehicle,” said Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Gary Stewart. “We believe Lynx is the best vehicle in its class and sets a new standard in protection and the lethality needed to survive and defeat any adversary.

“Lynx has been developed so it is positioned at an ideal level of maturity when Australia needs it to enter service – and it will have a growth path to extend these capabilities through its 40-year life.”

Lynx has been selected by the Hungarian Armed Forces for the delivery of more than 200 vehicles in the first launch order for the vehicle globally. Rheinmetall Defence Australia will export turrets to the value of $150 million manufactured by Australians – and will soon announce further export orders into the Hungarian program including orders for Australian SMEs.

Rheinmetall is delivering 211 8×8 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to the Australian Army after the vehicle was selected by the Commonwealth after 12 months of RMA trials by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in 2016-2017.

The company is establishing a local industrial capability in Australia for the design, development and manufacture of military vehicles that creates high technology enduring jobs for hundreds of Australians by localising design and manufacturing expertise in electro-optics, weapon systems, fire control and sensor systems, turret manufacturing, variant design and manufacture, integration, armour systems, simulation, training and fleet sustainment.

“Design, development and manufacture of the Lynx in Australia for the ADF will build on the advanced manufacturing jobs at our new MILVEHCOE, as well as a strong industrial network of SMEs across Australia,” Mr Stewart said.

Both the Boxer and Lynx are modular. That means the vehicle can be split in two, with a mission module sitting on a common drive module. This allows for swap out of mission modules for operational needs, reducing through-life cost for the introduction of new technology, and ongoing fleet management.

“Rheinmetall has taken all of the significant benefits of the Boxer and ensured they are part of the Lynx KF41 package,” Mr Stewart said.
“Our partnership with Army and the Commonwealth to deliver the Boxer for Land 400 Phase 2 presents the opportunity to deliver develop a complete armoured vehicle fighting force for the ADF.”

TNVC Announces new Infrared Vehicle Lighting Systems by Lightforce

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020


Redlands, CA – TNVC and its sister company Night Goggles, Inc announced today they will be bringing on the Lightforce product lineup consisting of Infrared Vehicle Lighting Systems, handheld spotlights and will be one of the premiere suppliers in North America for Lightforce.

Lightforce, based in Adelaide South Australia and sister companies to Nightforce Optics, remains one of the most trusted names in off road vehicle lighting for over 38 years. Having been in use with US Special Operation forces for over 15 years, the new version of the Lightforce Striker IR LED was designed specifically for TIER 1 Military and Special operations units, Law Enforcement, and hard-use hunting applications. Designed to perform to our impossibly high standards, and their IP68 and IP69k ingress protection rating means they are built for extreme conditions. Reduced radio interference (RRI) technology allows you to operate critical communications equipment such as Ham Radios, CB and FRS radios static-free. Optional modular filters let you modify the lights beam patterns to meet the conditions your mission requires. Operating at 850nM, they perform well with all types and generations of night vision and remain our most premium IR product offering.

Other new products available include the Enforcer IR LED Handheld spotlight, which offers a range of 800+ yards of Infrared Light in IR mode, focusable beam, and rechargeable via 12v or 110v wall outlet.

The ROK40 Infrared series offer a more entry level price into the Infrared Driving lineup, and also are more compact to fit on ditch brackets, fog light positions and tighter mounting spaces. They are available in Flood or Spot beam pattern configurations and come as a pair with harness.

For more information regarding the Lightforce lineup of products, please visit:

CV90 Holland: Investing in the Future Battlefield

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

As one of seven European users of the CV90, the Royal Netherlands Army operates 144 CV90s.

Being a part of the CV90 family means that the user is working closely and continuously with BAE Systems to improve the vehicle’s current capabilities and looking at investments that will ensure the Dutch Army’s CV90s stay relevant for future challenges.

As part of a more than 500 million EUR upgrade program, the most recent step forward is the implementation of a rubber track system on the Dutch CV9035 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. What may seem like a small change from steel tracks to rubber has an enormous benefit – the change will improve crew endurance and running costs and significantly reduce weight, which in turn allows for better performance.

Altogether, the change to rubber tracks increases the potential for further upgrades.

The new contract, signed earlier this month, includes development, testing and verification, as well as the delivery of implementation kits for training alongside the Dutch customer – this will secure Dutch defense security of supply for many years to come.

Staying on track

The modification of the CV9035NL vehicles from steel tracks to a rubber track system has many benefits, including cutting the noise level inside the vehicle by a massive 10 dB and vibration levels by 65 percent.

“The reduced vibration levels will increase the life expectancy of electronics, optronics, and ammunition, which will significantly reduce vehicle running costs,” explains Dan Lindell, Director Combat Vehicles at BAE Systems Hägglunds. “What’s more, with the reduction of close to 1 tonne in vehicle weight as a result of the change to a rubber track system, there will be increased potential for continuous growth.

There are significant benefits for the Dutch CV90 crew too. The change to a rubber track system will help to reduce crew fatigue thanks to reduced noise levels inside the vehicle. The adjustment also improves the CV90’s stealth on the battlefield and increases its mobility in the most challenging conditions.

Continuous development

This modification is the latest in series of incremental upgrades to the Dutch CV90s. Most recently, in 2019, the Dutch Army selected BAE Systems to integrate the Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist Active Protection System (APS) into its fleet. Iron Fist is an advanced technology that automatically detects, tracks and neutralizes incoming threats to protect the vehicle and its crew.

“This development is a real strategic milestone in the CV90’s approach to holistic survivability,” added Lindell. “It complements the already existing stealth- and soft-kill layers with further means to defeat the incoming threat, making survivability even more achievable.”

In the club

While focused on the next phase of their Mid-Life Upgrade program, the Netherlands still finds time to join six other European nations as part of the CV90 User Club.

These annual meetings – normally held in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, where BAE Systems manufactures the CV90 – are a forum for each nation to share combat experiences, concerns about emerging threats and requirements, or ideas for new innovations and technologies.

As a member of the club there is always something more to learn as the group works closely together with the CV90 team to continuously evolve the vehicle’s capabilities as a modern, advanced, and affordable combat vehicle.

The rubber track system is jointly developed by Soucy International in Quebec, Canada, and BAE Systems Hägglunds in Sweden. Soucy has designed and produced the tracks and BAE Systems has qualified the system in full-scale trials. CV90s with rubber track systems are already in use by the Norwegian forces and have been through the real test of active missions in northern Afghanistan.

Green Berets Conduct a 500-Mile Movement Using GMV 1.1

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Reminds me of B-500 at Ft Bliss and the early DMVs back in the 80s.

MILVEHCOE Opening Establishes New Australian Sovereign Military Vehicle Capability

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Rheinmetall is pleased to confirm the opening of its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Redbank, Queensland, Australia and the establish¬ment of a new national sovereign military vehicle capability that enables the design, development and local manufacture of military vehicles, platforms and turrets for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and export to like-minded nations.

The Prime Minister of Australia the Hon Scott Morrison MP officially opened the MILVEHCOE at a ceremony attended by a delegation of Federal MPs and Senators from across Queensland, representatives from Defence and Australian Defence industry.

The MILVEHCOE is an 11ha precinct incorporating a regional headquarters for Rheinmetall and a major manufacturing hub that will deliver vehicles into the ADF including Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) under Australia’s billion project Land 400 Phase 2 and high mobility logistics trucks under the Land 121 Phase 3B/5B program.

Rheinmetall AG Chief Executive Armin Papperger said the MILVEHCOE heralded a new era in Australian manufacturing as the company transferred technology and systems from Germany to establish a global hub for the continuous design, manufacture, export and support for military vehicles, platforms and turrets.

Mr Papperger said the MILVEHCOE’s export focus would also drive the sustainable growth of a military vehicle industry in Australia that would draw on an expanding supply network across the nation to deliver products and services from local industry into Rheinmetall’s Global Supply Chain.

“This state of the art MILVEHCOE establishes a leading edge military vehicle capability that will build on the strong partnership between Rheinmetall and the ADF,” Mr Papperger said.

“Moreover, it will enable Australian developed technology and systems to be exported to the world and opens the way for Australian companies to deliver into our programs for current and future nations including NATO members such as Germany and Hungary,” Mr Papperger said.

The MILVEHCOE precinct includes:
– Engineering and manufacturing for vehicles, turrets, weapons, armour, electronics and electro-optics and simulators;
– A vehicle test track and electromagnetic test chamber – used to confirm that vehicles meet the agreed performance specifications prior to delivery to the Australian Army;
– An indoor firing range – a fully-enclosed, state of the art firing range;
– A systems integration laboratory – used to integrate and optimise performance of Australian Army systems and equipment into the vehicles; and
– Facilities for engineering, training, procurement, project management, finance, legal, marketing and management.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Gary Stewart said the MILVEHCOE would transform the company’s ability to deliver for the ADF and Rheinmetall customers globally.

“This facility has dramatically advanced our business in Australia and the way we engage with the Australian Defence Force and industry,” Mr Stewart said.

“Once fully operational, it will enable the manufacture and sustainment of the Australian Army vehicle fleet of BOXER vehicles and provide a sovereign facility where Defence, industry and research organisations can innovate and collaborate on the Australian Boxer and other defence programs.

Rheinmetall is establishing an advanced manufacturing workforce of more than 450 employees within the MILVEHCOE precinct including highly skilled and qualified workers across a range of specialist disciplines.

“We are hiring welders, vehicle mechanics, systems and integration engineers, electro-optics technicians, software coders and developers and other specialisations,” Mr Stewart said.

“Rheinmetall continues to invest in people, technology, infrastructure, program management, supporting functions and industry networks so we can deliver some of the most complex and advanced programs in the world and meet the demands of customers for military vehicles, electronic systems, simulation, training and support.”

These programs will see the design, development, manufacture and sustainment of a world class military vehicles and a focus on research and development of vehicle technologies including autonomous systems and new civilian vehicle capabilities.

Rheinmetall is currently delivering 211 Boxer vehicles to the Australian Army under Land 400 Phase 2. The Boxer’s key purpose is to find the enemy; to identify them and choose how and when to engage.

The company is also delivering more than 2500 protected high mobility trucks to the Australian Army under the Land 121 Phase 3B program and building on this logistics backbone for the ADF by supplying a further 1000 trucks to the Commonwealth through the Land 121 Phase 3B/5B program.

Rheinmetall has also offered the Lynx KF41 – a tracked, highly protected Infantry Fighting Vehicle – to meet the stringent military requirements of the $15 billion Land 400 Phase 3 program. The Australian Army needs a new IFV for close combat – to close in and defeat an enemy in the most dangerous and lethal environments for Australian soldiers.

“Design, development and manufacture of the in Australia for the ADF will also build on the advanced manufacturing jobs at the MILVEHCOE as well as a strong industrial network of SMEs across Australia,” Mr Stewart said.

Belgium Contracts 322 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles from Oshkosh Defense

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, announced today that the Belgium Ministry of Defence has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract for 322 Oshkosh Defense Command and Liaison Vehicles (CLV) for the Belgium Defence Forces.

The Belgian CLV is the proven Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) platform from Oshkosh equipped with Belgian communication systems. The JLTV is currently used by the U.S. military.

“Oshkosh Defense is honored that Belgium has chosen to equip its armed forces with the Oshkosh CLV”, said John Bryant, Executive Vice President, Oshkosh Corporation, and President, Oshkosh Defense.

“The Oshkosh CLV offers Belgian soldiers the world’s most advanced light military vehicle, delivering next-generation levels of protection, off-road mobility, speed, transportability, and seamless operational and logistical interoperability with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies,” Bryant continued.

“The Belgian Defence opted for a worldwide competition in which “money for value” was the only criterion,” said Director Land Systems Colonel Filip De Varé. “The CLV will be integrated in the CaMo program, an international partnership between the French and Belgian land forces.”

Traditionally procured via foreign military sales, the Belgian procurement marks Oshkosh Defense’s first large direct commercial sale of a JLTV-based vehicle. Belgium joins the United States, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Montenegro in choosing this vehicle.

As a globally recognized leader in the design and production of military vehicle systems, Oshkosh Defense has the capacity to support both domestic and international customer demand.

New Diesel Firefighting and Rescue UTVs From Polaris

Monday, October 12th, 2020

The Pro XD firefighting and rescue units provide a diesel engine and enhanced payload

Minneapolis – October 8, 2020 – Utility task vehicles (UTV) are a critical component to any department’s fleet, improving response time, reach and reducing the personnel requirements, without compromising mobility, budget or effectiveness. The new Pro XD firefighting and rescue units are turn-key vehicles from Polaris Government and Defense, a division of global powersports leader Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII), and the only utility vehicle manufacturer to directly offer complete and turn-key fire and rescue vehicle packages covered under manufacturer’s limited warranty.

The Polaris Pro XD is designed for the sole purpose of work, with an increased payload in the pallet-sized cargo box, greater durability and better serviceability. Pro XD has two and four-seat, gas and diesel models offering up to 2,075 pounds payload and 2,500 pounds towing capacities, heavy-duty driveline components and up to 200-hour maintenance intervals. The vehicles also feature puncture-resistant Kevlar®-backed vinyl seats, all-new tires for longer life on hard-packed surfaces, as well as multiple standard safety features like horn, reverse beeper and vehicle fault alarms which notify users of potential issues that could cause serious damage to the vehicle.

The Polaris Pro XD is a heavy-duty UTV-based apparatus designed to expand the reach of fire and rescue personnel and help improve response time in environments and conditions that traditional vehicles can’t access. The Pro XD’s larger cargo box and expanded payload allows for bigger skids, incorporating professional systems that are familiar, having been developed with years of firefighter input by industry expert RKO Enterprises®. The diesel model also benefits departments and organizations that have otherwise standardized on heavy-fuels. Three models include the firefighting UTV-based apparatus, rescue only, and a combination fire and rescue vehicle.

The Pro XD firefighting UTV has a 95-gallon water with 5-gallon integral foam copoly tank, foam fire suppression system, professional fire pump, hose and reel, and the ability to draft from an external water source. The Pro XD rescue skid incorporates a rear attendant seat and a stokes rescue basket. And a combination fire and rescue skid incorporates the fire tank and equipment as well as the stokes rescue basket. Any of the vehicles can also include professional emergency lighting, public address system and custom graphics to match the rest of a department’s fleet.

RKO Enterprises® develops the fire and rescue skids and integrates the equipment to provide the best, finished vehicle solutions for our customers. The fire and rescue equipment skids are also removable, retaining the vehicle’s modularity and allowing the Pro XD to be used for a variety of jobs, including fire prevention, search and rescue, public works applications, disaster relief and community events.

Polaris fire and rescue vehicles are also available for government discount pricing through GSA, Sourcewell® (formerly NJPA) or state or local contracts. Once purchased, the vehicles are professionally upfit and delivered directly to the customer’s location. The entire system comes fully set up for immediate use and is under full warranty from Polaris. Polaris also offers customers the capability to support and maintain their own fleet of vehicles through maintenance and operator training courses, authorized Pro XD dealers or Polaris can be contracted directly to provide the on-site service for the vehicles. Pro XD accessories also include an all-weather cab, heater and defrost, winch, and electric cargo box lift kit with in-dash switch.

Polaris has a history of helping organizations that serve our community and recognizes the important role grants play in funding. This commitment is strengthened through a grant assistant program geared toward state and local government, and educational customers.

Electronic forms of shopping, service and support have always been available, but even more so now with an increased emphasis toward expanding alternatives to in-person options. The website continues to be a resource for customers with online shopping tools and product specs for Pro XD. Customers can contact the Polaris Government and Defense team via phone at (866) 468-7783 or visit the online quote form for more information or to request a quote.

Polaris is a unique vehicle supplier that harnesses its more than 65-year legacy of mobility leadership, rich heritage of innovation, and vast commercial enterprise resources, along with a team of dedicated government, defense, and technology experts and operators to deliver the products that customers need to get their missions done. This winning combination of Polaris performance, procurement simplicity, premium service, training, support, and sustainment results in a best-value for government and defense customers.