PARIS — Oshkosh Defense may be one of the newest entries in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle competition, but it was also one of the program’s original bidders. Shut out of the technology development phase in 2008 due in part, company executives believe, to its hybrid electric drive concept, Oshkosh has since spent $80 million of its own money developing six subsequent generations of its JLTV before submitting its bid–dubbed the L-ATV–in March at the start of the program’s engineering and manufacturing development phase.
PARIS — Despite a tightening defense budget, the Canadian government has decided to move forward with one segment of its ground combat vehicle modernization program, purchasing 500 armored personnel carriers from Textron in a $700 million (CAD) deal that will fulfill the requirement for the country’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) program. The contract also includes a five-year, $100 million support contract, as well as an option to buy 100 more vehicles. The contract has a total value of $1.25 billion, according to the Canadian government.
ROME and PARIS — NATO leaders came together last month in Chicago to relaunch the perennial European plan for joint procurement under a new catchphrase, “Smart Defense.”
Talks for Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) to acquire Panhard are at an advanced stage, offering the prospect of a long-awaited consolidation in the French armored vehicle sector, the chief executives of the two companies said.
Gen. Ray Odierno, the u.s. Army chief of staff, is fond of reminding colleagues, audiences — and perhaps most importantly, the media — that the Asia-Pacific region is home to seven of the world’s 10 largest land armies, which makes his service a critical component of any strategic “pivot” to the region.
The leaders of those seven armies no doubt are paying close attention as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta jetted around the region earlier this month in a series of meetings with his counterparts to discuss regional security.
Panhard will display at Eurosatory a mock-up of its Sphinx armored vehicle with a new 40mm gun turret from Lockheed Martin UK, aimed at the French Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et Combat (EBRC) light
tank program. The turret was developed by Lockheed Martin UK for the upgrade of the British Army Warrior
vehicle, integrating the AngloFrench CTAI 40mm gun. The turret optronics are from Thales.
A lightweight ground surveillance radar that can be carried by one man but has the performance to detect people at ranges of six kilometers has been launched by the German arm of Thales. Company officials at the show said the new Lynx radar is aimed at meeting the requirements of the military as well as civil security organizations for a lightweight, mobile, high performance system.