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Warrior East 21 – Hippo Multipower Polaris MRZR 5kW 24V Exportable Power Generator Upgrade Kit

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

The Hippo Multipower Polaris MRZR 5kW 24V Exportable Power Generator Upgrade Kit was designed in conjunction with Galvion and incorporates a couple of their technologies like their Squad Power Management and a battery. Passengers can connect to vehicle power while in transit and simultaneously top off their radio batteries.

Created with input from USSOCOM’s Family of Special Operations Vehicle program, the heart of this system is a 3-stage generator that puts out up to 5kW @ 24 vac in power running off the power plant of the MRZR.

At only 70 lbs, the generator fits below the payload area of the vehicle leaving OEM specifications of the area unchanged.

Units and agencies can procure Hippo Multipower systems by contacting Atlantic Diving Supply.

Clandestine Media Group’s New Gun Truck – The Specs

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

What started out as a 2021 Ford Ranger Lariat has now become one impressive gun truck thanks to the efforts of Clandestine Media Group.

Right up front you’ll note that it’s a Ford Ranger which might seem like an odd choice for a gun truck. CMG acknowledges this and explains that it’s nigh impossible to get an actual Toyota Hi-Lux in the US. Instead, they went for a Ford Ranger which is becoming more popular with foreign SOF.

Primary Sponsors:

Leitner Design Bed Rack ACS Forged with all accessories

Addictive Desert Design – Stealth Fighter Front and Rear bumpers with sliders

Camburg Suspension CAMBURG FORD RANGER 2WD/4WD 19-21 FOX 2.5 FACTORY DSC KIT

Grey Man Tactical interior and exterior molle systems plus accessories

Other Parts:

Method Race Wheels MR701 Black

Nitto Ridge Grapplers 285/75R17

Baja Design Lights

Warn VR EVO 10-S

Factor 55 Fairlead and UltraHook

Safari Snorkel

Truck Vault Bed System

Alpha Rex Headlights

The truck was built with the help and expertise of Colorado Adventure Rigs and High Country 4×4.

It’s used by the team for photo shoots and available to clients for marketing needs.

Learn more at www.clandestinemediagroup.com/blog/2021/8/2/clandestine-media-group-company-gun-truck-specs

Rheinmetall’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Concept Down-selected for U.S. Army’s program – Team of Industry-leading Experts to Digitally Design Advanced OMFV

Monday, July 26th, 2021

The U.S. Army has awarded American Rheinmetall Vehicles – a Sterling Heights, MI, U.S. subsidiary of leading defense industry giant Rheinmetall – a develop¬mental contract for the Phase 2 Digital Design of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program. American Rheinmetall Vehicles will execute Phase 2 with its teammates, a group of unsurpassed defense industry companies, including Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Textron Systems and Allison Transmission.

The U.S. Army’s OMFV program is a ground-modernization effort to replace nearly 3,800 Bradley Fighting Vehicles among the U.S. Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams.

“This is a great win for American Rhein¬metall Vehicles and Team Lynx as a whole,” said Matt Warnick, Managing Director of American Rheinmetall Vehicles. “With this contract award, we take another important step forward in bringing the kind of next-generation technology solution, partnership and industrial capability the U.S. Army deserves and that Team Lynx is so well prepared to deliver for the OMFV program.”

Team Lynx will work with the U.S. Army on the digitally engineered design and development of the team’s OMFV concept using Rheinmetall’s proven Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) as the point of departure for the design. The team’s solution will provide the U.S. Army with a next-generation infantry fighting vehicle featuring a game-changing platform with a modular open systems architecture. This will enable rapid insertion of new capabilities as they become available, guaranteeing overmatch today and overmatch tomorrow.

Variants of American Rheinmetall Vehicle’s Lynx KF41 IFV are advancing in multiple countries around the world. The Hungarian Army became the launch customer in 2020 with an order for 218 locally produced vehicles. In Australia, for the Land 400 Phase 3 program, Rheinmetall was down selected along with one other combat vehicle manufacturer for a risk reduction test phase that involves extensive vehicle testing comprised of field trials, survivability and mobility testing. The KF41 performed to a high standard.

The Digital Design Phase kicks off the OMFV program and continues through early 2023, laying the foundation for future development and production phases. Team Lynx is developing industrialization plans to fully deliver the OMFV as a Made in the USA, next-generation vehicle. The team will grow U.S. Defense manufacturing capacity and introduce advanced manufacturing capabilities. Competition for Phase 3 (Detailed Design) is anticipated to start in 2023, followed by Phase 4 (Prototype Build and Test), which results in government testing in early 2026.

“We are incredibly proud at American Rheinmetall of the commitment we are making to the US Army, to Soldiers and to advanced American technology, design and production,” said Stephen Hedger, CEO at American Rheinmetall Defense, the U.S. parent headquarters for Rheinmetall.

U.S. Army Live-Fire Exercise at Fort Benning Demonstrates Future Lethality of Kongsberg Remote Weapon Systems

Friday, July 16th, 2021

Kongsberg systems still superior in accuracy, reliability and network capabilities

JOHNSTOWN, PENN., July 15, 2021 – During a multi-day demonstration at Fort Benning, Georgia, KONGSBERG Defence and Aerospace used four different remote weapon systems to demonstrate future lethality and cutting-edge capabilities which can be leveraged by the more than 17,000 systems already fielded in the U.S. military’s current inventory. This also was the first ever demonstration where multiple targets were engaged using multiple unmanned platforms simultaneously.

The ground-breaking demonstration was held at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center for Excellence and spanned July 14-15, 2021. Two light combat vehicles and two unmanned ground vehicles were each equipped with different configurations of the KONGSBERG CROWS-Javelin (CROWS-J) and Protector RS6 Remote Weapon Station (RWS), all while networked to one another through the Common Protector Interface (CPI), the standard in remote lethality architecture for U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps remote weapon systems.

“KONGSBERG remote weapon systems are powerful force multipliers, especially with the addition of Multi-User, Multi Station (MUMS) capabilities and network advancements that bring incredible value to the U.S. military and allied forces as we continue to earn and prove our position as the remote weapon system of choice for deployment across a broad range of platforms,” said Scott Burk, vice president of Business Development at KONGSBERG Defence and Aerospace. “Our continued investments in the architecture and platforms overall maximize the U.S. military’s current inventory, training and provisioning while providing groundbreaking advancements in capability. We wanted to demonstrate new capabilities – rather than competencies we’ve long ago qualified for the Department of Defense – and we are pleased the engagements were flawless.”

QinetiQ North America’s Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) unmanned vehicle was among the platforms used, demonstrating advanced network lethality capabilities and innovations that meet the needs of the Army and other customers well beyond the next decade. The CROWS systems also simultaneously demonstrated Tech Refresh’s backwards compatibility with legacy CROWS systems.

Further, KONGSBERG continued to showcase its PROTECTOR RS6 platform by successfully firing XM914 (30x113mm) from a lightweight, Flyer Defense Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV). The RS6 RWS is the system selected by the U.S. Marine Corps for the Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) program. This firing followed immediately after the successful firing of Javelin anti-tank missiles from the same systems for the US Army at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama in May. This further validates the inherent flexibility of the RS6 design, which allows users to address a broad range of threats and operational needs – C-UAS, SHORAD, ATGM, Maneuver Support, Manned / Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) – from a single system.

With more than 20,000 systems delivered worldwide and 14 years of CROWS experience, KONGSBERG will continue to support the soldiers with new systems, capabilities and features meeting tomorrow’s requirements while maintaining, supporting and keeping up to date a wide range of CROWS variants and support equipment. All CROWS and RWS systems are produced in the KONGSBERG Johnstown, PA facility. Continuing the execution of this contract secures 3,000+ jobs, both directly and through the KONGSBERG U.S. supply chain. With systems sold to 26 nations, KONGSBERG is the world-leading provider of remote weapon stations.

Warrior West 21 – HDT Hunter WOLF

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

One of the first things you see upon entering Warrior West is HDT’s Hunter Wheeled Offload Logistics Follower (WOLF), a 6×6 load-carrier for dismounted infantry.

Capable of carrying 1,000 kg (2,200 pounds) off-road for more than 300 km (200 miles) at up to 12 mph, and 120 hour endurance with its onboard fuel tank, the JP-8 / electric hybrid powertrain provides both a “silent drive” and “silent watch” capability. It will also produce five kilowatts of power.

This particular model spent quite a bit of time with the 10th Mountain Division, including a JRTC rotation, where the Army learned about how to use a small robotic vehicle in direct support of the squad.

What interests me about the Hunter WOLF is the modular architecture which allows the quick reconfiguration of multiple mission payloads.

At Warrior West, it is fitted with the MPR060 Water Purification System which produces 60GPH (227 LPH) maximum flow rate on freshwater sources and 30GPH (113.6 LPH) maximum flow rate on saltwater sources.

HDT products are available for unit and agency orders from ADS, Inc.

GreyManTac Vehicle Seatback RMP Kit Now Available

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

GreyManTac (GMT) has released a new Vehicle Seatback RMP Kit, a rigid MOLLE panel. The new kit provides for an extremely modular in-vehicle (including boat, helo, and others) way of attaching and organizing gear.

Each GreyManTac seatback MOLLE panel comes with GMT’s 15.25 x 25 Rigid MOLLE Panel (RMP) and headrest and seat bottom straps. The kit is fully compatible with accessory choices from GMT’s most popular attachment categories: gear, medical, and utility. 

Grey Man Tactical Vehicle Seatback MOLLE Panel

 

Each kit allows the user to customize from the following, choosing one option from each of the three categories.
 GEAR: 3” QuickFist Clamp with hardware OR Dual QuickFist Original Clamp with hardware.
 MEDICAL: Tear Away Medical Pouch OR Tear Away Medical Pouch with BaseMED First Aid Kit.
 UTILITY: Large Utility Pouch OR Shockloop Bundle (x2)

Grey Man Tactical Vehicle Seatback MOLLE Panel kit in one of several available configurations.

The 15.25in x 25in RMP is a universal fit for driver or passenger seatbacks and passenger seat fronts on:

• Compact to full-size cars

• Compact to full-size SUVs

• Compact to full-size SUVs

• Compact to full-size trucks

• Most helicopters and boats

You can learn more about the vehicle seatback kits online at the GreyManTac website.

Mack Defense Starts M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck Production at Mack Experience Center

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

ALLENTOWN, PA (June 24, 2021) – Mack Defense is now producing Heavy Dump Trucks (HDT) at the Mack Experience Center, following an investment of $6.5 million to create a dedicated production line at the facility.

The investment will help fulfill the Mack Defense M917A3 contract with the U.S. Army, as well as allow the production of other vehicle variants.

“The investment to create a dedicated HDT product line at the Mack Experience Center will increase production efficiencies,” said David Hartzell, president of Mack Defense. “We are proud to continue the fulfillment of our current contract with the U.S. Army and support our armed forces.”

Previously, non-armored HDT vehicles started production at Lehigh Valley Operations (LVO), where all Mack Truck Class 8 vehicles for North America and export are assembled. The HDT vehicle was then transported to the Mack Experience Center, where final assembly including the dump body was added.

Production of the HDT trucks at the Mack Experience Center began in Q1 2021.

The production line is located in the Mack Experience Center in the former Customer Adaptation Center, where vehicle modifications for Mack trucks occurred. All of that space will be used for production. The Customer Adaptation Center has since moved to LVO.

The HDT is based on the civilian Mack Granite® model, one of the top-selling vocational trucks in North America. The M917A3 HDT was spec’d with heavier-duty rear axles, all-wheel drive, increased suspension ride height and other features to meet the U.S. Army needs.

Initial deliveries of the Mack Defense M917A3 HDT began in May 2021.

www.mackdefense.com

Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition Supports the Future of Engineering

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Student engineers got a feel for real-world robotics challenges at the 28th annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) here at Oakland University June 4-7.

The IGVC, hosted by the U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), is the oldest and largest autonomous vehicle competition in the nation and provides students with their first professional projects as engineers.

The student competitors represent every Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related major, and there are also opportunities for business majors to become involved.

IGVC event sponsors frequently recruit students into full-time positions upon finishing their degrees, said Bernard Theisen, GVSC’s Division Chief for Ground Vehicle Robotics, and a long-time supporter of the competition.

“If these students can use this capability to build these unmanned systems, they are the perfect recruits,” said Theisen. “Some of the teams here are taking advantage of some of our core products such as our Robotic Technology Kernel (RTK) software and Warfighter Machine Interface (WMI), used to control their vehicles.”

The competition offers students a glimpse of what it means to be an engineer for the Army. “I think IGVC has been a good catalyst for robotic development,” said Theisen.

Many GVSC engineers were recruited at previous competitions they participated in as students.

“I would say probably 30 percent of everybody in GVSC Ground Vehicle Robotics competed in the competition at one time or another,” said Theisen.

Unmanned systems allow the Soldier to operate technology from a distance, providing better protection, said Theisen. “Our primary customer is the Soldier, and robotics and autonomy help take the Soldier out of harm’s way.”

Engineers for the Army provide Soldiers with the most cutting-edge products that give them the most security on the frontlines.

“My primary goal as an engineer for the Army is to save Soldiers’ lives,” said Theisen. “I want to give them the best technology and the best capability.”

Engineers for the Army use their versatility and determination to work around the constantly changing needs of the Warfighter and it isn’t always easy, said Theisen.

“There’s a lot of ups and downs” said Theisen. “We are focused on the technology and it changes often.”

Andrew Kosinski, a mechanical engineer for GVSC Ground Vehicle Robotics, said IGVC gives students a chance to use flexibility and quick thinking to solve complications that occur before and during the competition.

“Having to be flexible is the biggest challenge that comes with being an engineer for the Army,” said Kosinski. “You have to work with a lot of different situations and people and need to be able to think on your feet.”

IGVC also provides an environment full of positivity and diversity. There are countless opportunities for networking.

“I love seeing all the teams show off from all around the world,” Kosinski said. “I love being able to talk to all sorts of unique people.”

What’s more, while IGVC gives many students a chance to learn more about Robotics Technologies and develop a passion for it— the competition is a venue for student engineers to pursue professional careers in engineering.

“The competition is the best type of job interview because you get to see people in action,” said Kosinski. “That’s why Army and various sponsors support it each year.”

More information on the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition can be found at www.igvc.org.

By Kennedy Thomas