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sixSix Bidders Begin Slugging Out Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Competition
A field of six industry competitors has officially begun to compete for one of the last major vehicle modernization contracts left in the wake of the Army's approaching era of declining resources: The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

challenges-inChallenges in Improving DoD’s Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Fleet
William Graveline, responsible for major Army acquisitions for the General Accounting Office, talks about lessons learned from the JLTV technology development phase, budgetary evolution within the tactical vehicle arena, and the primary challenges on the horizon for JLTV and HMMWVV.

adv-light-weightAdvanced Lightweight Materials and Composites Bolstering US Tactical Vehicles
An IDGA Q&A with Dr. Uday Vaidya, Director, Materials Processing and Applications Development Composites Center. Dr. Vaidya talks about the primary program drivers for lightweight materials use, recent advances in technology that have contributed to reducing vehicle mass, gaps in the implementation of lightweight materials, and cost-effective manufacturing processes for lightweight components.

electrical-powerElectrical Power Technologies and Vehicle Health Management for Tactical Wheeled Vehicles
An exclusive IDGA Q&A with Dr. Jeffrey C. Banks, Department Head – Complex System Monitoring & Automation, Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Banks discusses emerging electrical power technological advances in tactical vehicles, as well as ongoing vehicle health management.

could-theCould the Implementation of Smart Systems Transform Military Vehicle Maintenance?
As shifting theater requirements and increasingly harsh budget realities continue to influence the roles of US tactical military vehicles, it is becoming increasingly essential for vehicles to maximize their longevity and effectiveness. One way for that maximization to occur is to develop systems that don’t merely report when a vehicle has a maintenance issue, but to predict when those issues might occur and prevent them.

army-releaseArmy Releases Armored Multi Purpose Vehicle Market Survey to Launch AOA
The Army released a market survey last week to support its development of an Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle to replace its aging fleet of M113 infantry carriers.

articles Articles

In-the-Combat In the Combat Environment: Tactical Vehicles
What are we ultimately armoring against when we talk about tactical vehicles? Peter Foley, CTO at Skydex gets down to the nuts and bolts of what is protecting our troops, the materials and technologies are proving effective and what's being done to keep costs down...

ACV-Essential ACV Essential in this 'Joint Expeditionary Era'
Why do the Marines want the ACV/MCP? Is there a need for the Marines to have amphibious ‘assault’ capabilities? LtCol Patrick W. McCuen explores the future of amphibious warfare in a of joint expeditionary era and examines how the USMC sees amphibious vehicle platforms developing, and what challenges must be overcome. Read on...

Lockheed-Martin Lockheed Martin claims breakthrough in development of ceramic armour systems
December 2013
Lockheed Martin and researchers at the University of Surrey have developed a process to improve the mechanical properties of ceramic armour systems that is said to increase its survivability by improving multi-hit capability.


Armoured Vehicles Global Market Hot Spots

Get an easy at-a-glance overview of which regions of the world are seen to hold the most promise in armoured vehicle investment with our heat map.


Market Insight: Navigating the Changing Landscape of the Military Land Vehicles Market

January 2013
Read the Market Intelligence report on the global military land vehicles market, which is currently undergoing a significant transition, impacted by the economy, a change in military doctrine and lessons learned from recent campaigns. Mahendran Arjunraja is a Senior Research Analyst for Aerospace, Defence & Security at Frist & Sullivan, this year’s International Armoured Vehicles Knowledge Partner.

idga-defense-articleGrowing Transnational Criminal Organizations Driving Increased Need for Military Vehicles in Latin America
The rise of international criminal organizations is increasing the demand in Latin America for projected, highly maneuverable military vehicles, to be used in law enforcement, border patrol and security operations.

idga-defense-articleMilitary Vehicles Must Balance Weight, Protection Considerations
One of the most daunting—yet vital—ongoing challenges within the military vehicle space is how to adequately balance increased protection with reduced weight. One area where the search for that balance is ongoing is at the US Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE), based in Fort Benning, Ga.

IDGA Chris1Exploring the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF)
What amphibious capabilities are needed to support an effective MAGTF? Jean Malone:The capabilities required to support an effective MAGTF are the same for an amphibious operation as they are for any other.

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Capability gap: Armoured vehicle programmes cut by £10.8 billion, but...
“Over the past six years the Department has removed £47.4 billion from its equipment programme up to 2020-21,” a report by the Public Affairs Committee has found. But perhaps we should be careful not be too focused on the ‘budget cut’ aspect here and fall prey to unnecessary alarmist theories”.

Author-shakeArmoured vehicle makers merge to shelter from economic tidal wave
Last month we reported that the armoured vehicle mid-market was set for a wave of consolidation as too many firms hanker over too few contracts. Today it looks like Reneault Trucks Defence (RTD) is the latest company to be linked to a mega-merger after a report in Defense News says a ‘now or never’ deal with a European vehicle maker is on the table.

Author - Austria leopardMRO a no-go: Austria to scrap its armoured vehicles
The Austrian Army has announced that it is purging its armoured vehicle fleet, reducing the number of tanks from 1,147 to less than 400 over the next two years. What does this mean for the armoured vehicle market and how will it affect corporate strategies over the next few years?

Author - NexterSold! Armoured vehicle mid-market set for wave of consolidation
Lockheed Martin is in discussions with French armoured vehicle manufacturers Nexter and Panhard as the companies look for ways to work together. Could what starts out as a working collaboration between Lockheed and the French vehicle makers soon turn into another mid-market acquisition following General Dynamics' deal for Force Protection?

Image52Modular armour to ‘future proof’ the next generation of Warrior IFV in £1 billion upgrade
At a time when budget cuts have been squeezing the defence industry David Cameron boosted the armoured vehicle market by announcing the long-awaited £1 billion upgrade programme for the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), enabling prime contractor Lockheed Martin to support up to 600 jobs in the UK.

amphibTHUMBThe Future of Amphibious Operations and Systems
US Naval Surface Warfare Centres supply the technical operations, people, technology, engineering services and products needed to equip and support the fleet and meet the warfighter's needs. Joining us on the line is Patrick Spring, Programme Manager and Expeditionary Warfare Customer Advocate at the Panama City Centre in Florida, who’s here to talk a little bit about their work and the future of amphibious operations and systems.

AVIndiaTHUMBIndia Buys 204 Armoured Recovery Vehicles
India’s Army is set to receive 204 armoured recovery and repair vehicles to provide support to its T-72 battle tank fleet, at a predicted cost of approximately £890,000 per unit. Defence Minister A.

FutureAVsTHUMBArmoured Vehicles in a Post-Afghanistan World
Defence IQ’s Richard de Silva hosts the debate with authors and academics Professor Richard Ogorkiewicz and Christopher Foss (Jane’s) on the future of armoured vehicles post-Afghanistan. Richard de Silva: Today, we’re taking our first steps into a very important topic, perhaps the most important topic, particularly for coalition forces – we’re asking, what’s next for armoured vehicles after Afghanistan? How should militaries be restructuring their strategies for procurement and vehicle design?

AVSATHUMBCan we prioritise armoured vehicle capabilities?
Is it possible to prioritise armoured vehicle capability? Defence IQ posed this question to several senior military professionals at the first armoured vehicles conference in South Africa. Read on to find out what these senior officers believe can and cannot be sacrificed for future vehicle requirements…

AVAsiaTHUMBTaiwan’s Leopard IFV sees no need to change its spots
According to the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence, a reported flaw in the armour on the military’s CM-32 infantry fighting vehicles has already been resolved, demonstrated with a public display of eight of the fleet currently in production.

ocelotWith Advanced IEDs, Structural Changes May Trump Increased Armour
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are one of the biggest threats for vehicles in Afghanistan. According to figures obtained by the Washington Post from the Joint IED Defeat Organisation, the number of IED attacks in Afghanistan reached 14,661 in 2010, with 2011’s figures set to be even higher.

amphGlobal Amphibious Warfare Programme Investment and the 'Battle for Access'
Recent years have seen a spike in the number of global militaries either acquiring or beginning to develop new amphibious vehicles. Included in the European table are Italy, France, Spain and Turkey, while moving eastward, Japan, China, Australia and the Republic of Korea are all proud owners of modernised amphibious programmes.

oce'Guesstimating' Armoured Vehicle Requirements for the Post Afghanistan Battlefield
Perhaps the most vital concern for all those involved in the armoured vehicle industry is the issue of future requirements. With Canadian combat operations now at an end in Afghanistan, and with many other NATO states, including the US, beginning periodic withdrawal from this year onwards, the question over tomorrow’s needs is one that requires a prompt and practical response.

scimThe Armoured Vehicles Round Up - DSEi 2011
Last week’s DSEi exhibition saw several new armoured vehicles and technologies shown in public for the first time, with several major programme updates being unveiled. Widespread analysis of the armoured vehicles market predicts a downturn in orders post-Afghanistan, but there was significant optimism among manufacturers at the show, though it was tempered by the prospect of tougher competition.

panda1Czech Army Places its Armoured Vehicle Plans Under the Fiscal Microscope
The armoured vehicles of the Czech Republic currently provide something of a concentrated role under ISAF, supporting between 400-500 Czech soldiers who’s primary mission is to train local police and rebuild the country as coalition withdrawal dates near.

oceanRenewed Investment in Amphibious Assault Vessels Unmasks Europe's Naval Fears
On Thursday, 26 May, it was announced by the UK MoD that the commando carrier HMS Ocean was to deploy off the coast of Libya, as part of Operation Ellamy. This move followed the deployment, earlier in the week, by France of their own assault carrier, the Tonnerre.

mrap21MRAPs Continue to Aid the Fight Against Insurgent Attacks and IEDs
Live from the International Armoured vehicles event, Scott Blaney, keynote speaker and counter-IED Chief of the U.S. Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL), catches up with Defence IQ for an update on the Mine-resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP).

Uday-Vaidya Composites for Military Vehicles: Advancing Durability and Survivability Through Lightweight Technology
Uday Vaidya, Professor & Director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Author of ‘Composites for Automotive, Truck and Mass Transit’

Military vehicles have synergistic needs for weight reduction without compromising performance. This interview examines the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) vehicles technology program with specific focus on some of the technology gaps which exist in the implementation of lightweight materials, and what’s being done to solve these issues. Uday Vaidya, Professor & Director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Author of ‘Composites for Automotive, Truck and Mass Transit’ also examines the past decade in the advancement of technologies for the survivability and durability of materials for military vehicles.

PCV Speaker Q&A: Future Combat Vehicles - Integrating Armor and Enhancing Hybrid Systems
Mike Micucci, VP Expeditionary Programs, for Textron Marine and Land Systems

How do you determine what direction the military vehicles market with follow in 2013? According to Mike Micucci, VP Expeditionary Programs, for Textron Marine and Land Systems and presenter at Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference 2012, ‘following the money’ and keeping the lines of communications open, are critical to ensuring Industry understands future DoD priorities. The following interview examines the current challenges for OEM’s in tough fiscal times. Mr. Miccuci also identifies some of the most efficient and effective integration and production methods being used to develop the next generation of Military Vehicles. Read more...

video Videos

Brigadier-General-Thomas-James_3Chief of US Armor on upgrades, training and long-term strategy
Defence IQ’s Richard de Silva speaks with Brigadier General Thomas James, the US Armor School Commandant and 46th Chief of Armor, for the Maneuver Center of Excellence, as International Armoured Vehicles 2012 saw its fourth day of discussion. Speaking on aspects ranging from simulation and training, as well as why the US vehicle fleet has seen a shift from to 40% armour to 60% cavalry, BG James recaps on a few of the points made in his extremely well-received presentation.

vid1 The Workhorse Surviving the War: USMC Vehicles Adapting to Changing Requirements
PEO Land Systems are upgrading their fleet of medium and heavy vehicles as priorities change within the DoD and the draw down continues in theatre. Bryan Prosser, Program Manager, PEO Land Systems explores the future plans for the US Marine Corps fleet of MTVR (the OEF ‘Workhorse’) and the LVSR and highlights the various challenges which exist to upgrading and resetting the fleet. ‘Survivability’ is touted as the main component which was addressed in theater as neither vehicle was originally equipped ‘with survivability in mind in terms of armor and protection for the crews’. Watch this exclusive video filmed at the Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference to learn how PEO Systems adapted to these changing requirements, what considerations were made to ensure the fleet reduced lifecycle costs, and what the future reset and reconstitution strategy will be for the fleet.

vid2 Exploring TACOM’s Vehicle Realignment Strategy
Colonel William Boruff, Program Manager, Transportation Systems, examines the realignment strategies for the Army’s fleet of vehicles and highlights the various mission and aims of the Joint Combat Support Systems, TACOM. This video interview explores the challenges of improving the capabilities of tactical vehicles and what lessons were learned in theatre. Colonel Boruff discusses how technology was required to up-armor the vehicles with ‘sea kits’ during combat, then removing the kits during ‘peace time’ for weight reduction. Filmed live at the Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference, this interview also explores the importance and consideration given to ‘operational energy’, especially as requirements change so must the vehicles, so attention is paid to ‘fuel economy, aerodynamics, wind …to ensure we get the leanest vehicle we can’.

vid3 What is the Art of the Possible? Cross Pollination of Technologies Benefiting the Future of Vehicles
With regard to military vehicle design, what would you identify have been the greatest advancements in recent years? Kevin Hayes of the National Research Council of Canada says “some of the greatest advancements have been in the area of protection & mobility”. This interview delves into the current and future capabilities of military vehicles, the need for continued research and development, and how advancements in technology are turning ideas into reality. ‘In the building lies the circle of innovation’, watch this video to how Mr. Hayes explains how this applies to the future of military vehicles.

vid4 Soldiers & Marines #1 Priority: Colonel Vieria Reveals Future Priorities for Defense Logistics Agency
The first priority for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is providing support to Soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan. This interview featuring Colonel Jeffrey Vieria, Director, Land Customer Operations, DLA explores how the DLA is supporting global warfighter readiness. In an era of shifting military priorities this interview also examines how future requirements are determined, forecasted, and what strategies are being employed to ensure money isn’t wasted. Watch this video interview, which was filmed live at the Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference, to learn how DLA is improving logistics supply and integration chain management.

idga-defense-articleReading Fleet Services - One Stop Solution
Established in 2005 and owned by The Reading Group, Reading Fleet Services has firm roots in truck manufacturing and customization dating back over 50 years. RFS will exhibit at IDGA's Military Vehicles Exhibition and Conference.

idga-defense-articleIntegrated Solutions for Tactical Vehicles
Integrated Solutions for Tactical Vehicles view now.

idga-defense-articleArmoured vehicles: Trading survivability for maneuverability
At the 2011 event, the panel discussed and debated the prioritisation of capabilities. Find out which forces feel they can trade survivability for manoeuvrability, and how they weigh the changing trends between irregular and conventional warfare.

idga-defense-articleDefence IQ Gets To Grips With The Ocelot
Richard de Silva talks with Julian Forsyth, Director of Business Development, Force Protection Europe, about the British designed Ocelot, soon being deployed to Afghanistan as the 'Foxhound".

idga-defense-articleNorthern Ireland Meets Afghanistan as Experts Compare IED Warfare
Defence IQ had the opportunity to speak with subject matter experts and defence professionals at the 5th Annual Counter- IED conference.

idga-defense-articleRemote Weapon Systems Remove the 'Hot Seat' From Armoured Vehicle Platforms
Defence IQ had the opportunity to speak with subject matter experts and defence professionals at the 5th Annual Counter- IED conference.

idga-defense-articleThe Fabric of Protection: Armoured Vehicles Designed to Survive

podcast Podcasts

pillai_onpointItalian Army Reveals Strategy for Streamlining Armoured Vehicle Procurement
Italian Army Reveals Strategy for Streamlining Armoured Vehicle Procurement.

pillai_onpointSouth African Armour Pushes the Edge of the Technical Envelope
How do light armoured vehicles keep weight down and maximise armour protection? It's all about absorbing energy over large areas of the armour surface..


infographic Global Road Map: Military Vehicles of the World