MRAP glut on the way?

09 March 2012 by defenceWeb

The world military vehicle market will likely soon be glutted with surplus Mine Resistant Armour Protected (MRAP) V-shaped hull armoured vehicles.

 

The Washington Post says the MRAP’s signature V-shaped undercarriage helped deflect the impact of blasts from improvised explosives and made the armoured vehicle exactly what troops needed in Iraq. In 2007, the military began ordering almost 28 000 MRAPs, most of which went to Iraq, though some were designed for Afghanistan and its more challenging terrain.

 

“The military had little intention of keeping the vehicles over the long term,” the paper says. But to get them to the battlefield as quickly as possible, the Pentagon ordered multiple versions from six manufacturers, drawing from the war funding appropriated by Congress.

 

The number includes several hundred RG31s built at BAE Systems’ Benoni plant in South Africa.

 

“At the time we bought MRAP, it was pretty clear to most people that this was a short-term buy for the current wars,” said David Berteau, senior adviser and director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ defense -industrial initiatives group. But, Berteau said, “when you buy that many variants, it becomes a long-term nightmare.” What to do with the vehicles now is a complicated matter, particularly for the Army, which owns most of the MRAPs, and the Marine Corps, which has a sizable number.

 

David Hansen, programme manager with the office set up to manage the MRAP initiative, said none of the military services has decided how many to keep, the Post reports. Although the Army has completed two studies on the issue, one of its top officials recently sent staff “back to the drawing table” to take another look, he said.

 

The military will certainly keep some for training at US bases so troops know how to operate them, but most of the vehicles will probably be placed in some form of war reserve. Older models that haven’t been upgraded are likely to be shed, Hansen said.

 

The Defense Department will consider selling some of the vehicles to foreign countries or moving them to other federal agencies. Under one idea, some could be used by units patrolling the nation’s borders. “President Obama’s mantra for the future is versatility, flexibility, agility,” Thompson said. “None of those things sounds like an MRAP” or seems suitable for a future characterised by drones, cyberwarfare, and intelligence and surveillance technology.

 

The military is paying a high price to keep MRAPs up and running. Last year, Navistar Defense received a US$133.7 million contract to service vehicles in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and Fairfax County-based ManTech received a contract this year worth up to US$507 million over 10 months to repair battle-damaged MRAPs and make upgrades. Once the vehicles are off the battlefield, maintaining them is expected to cost less, but they will still require regular maintenance, such as checking fluids and batteries, the Post says.

Navistar Defense Receives Incremental Vehicle Order to Support Afghanistan

August 8, 2011

WARRENVILLE, Ill.

Navistar Defense, LLC today announced that it received both a contract extension and a delivery order to support Afghanistan Security Forces. The $28 million order from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command calls for 194 general troop transport vehicles. The contract extension runs through December 2011 and has a ceiling of $83 million to allow for additional vehicle orders and support packages.

“Supporting the Afghanistan Security Forces has been one of our initiatives since 2005 and it is essential for our nation’s success,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “Today we have nearly 12,000 Navistar vehicles serving in security and rebuilding missions with Afghan forces. All of those vehicles leverage our current commercial platforms and we’ll continue to support those units throughout their 15-20 year lifecycles.”

Under the delivery order, Navistar will provide general troop transport vehicles based on the International 7000-MV, or WorkStar, platform as well as parts. Other variants currently serving in Afghanistan include wreckers, water tankers and fuel trucks.

“Providing vehicles to allied forces continues to be one piece of our business strategy,” said Massicotte. “While we are always pursuing new sales, providing sustainment services to our fleet of more than 32,000 vehicles also keeps us on track with our goal to maintain a $1.5 to $2 billion revenue base.”

Production will occur at the company’s Garland, Texas, and West Point, Miss., assembly facilities.

Navistar International Corporation is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, Monaco RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse brand chassis for motor homes and step vans.

South Africa Stars On Top Gear

Posted by Bill Sweetman at 6/27/2011

Paramount’s Marauder protected vehicle has become a TV star. In the premier show in the latest series of BBC’s cultural icon Top Gear, co-host Richard Hammond drove the Marauder over cars, through walls, through a McDonalds in Johannesburg and through a pride of lions, after which the TG team tried to blow it up.

Quite the PR coup for South Africa’s Paramount. At the LAAD show in Rio de Janeiro in April, I had a chance to talk to Paramount CEO John Craig about the fast-growing company’s plans. A few highlights: The mine/blast-resistant Marauder and the Matador personnel carrier are in production in Baku, Azerbaijan (a follow-on order was announced in May) and the company is collaborating with the United Arab Emirates to set up a plant there to serve the Middle East market. The bigger 6X6 Mbombe is likely to be marketed the same way.

Under an agreement with India’s Ashok Leyland, Paramount is chasing the Indian market — with Paramount-designed vehicles tailored to local defense and security requirements — and also offering a low-cost Marauder option with Ashok Leyland running gear. You can also, Craig says, get the up-market Marauder with a MAN diesel and ZF transmission, or a Cummins/Allison version if you want commonality with US vehicles.

Another Paramount line of business involves ex-South African AF Mirage F1AZs. Through Aerosud (in which Paramount has a 19 per cent stake), Paramount refurbishes and updates the French fighters and has supplied them to Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon, together with a complete turnkey training, maintenance and spares package. Paramount has "the world’s largest supersonic private air force", Craig says.

The company offers a package to support peacekeeping forces working under contract to the United Nations and African Union. Mostly from African states, these forces often don’t have the equipment and logistics required to deploy outside their home country. Paramount arranges finance for the new equipment, and gets paid back from UN and AU payments to the participating country. Expect more news from Paramount soon.

Source: Ares Blog AviationWeek.com

Azerbaijan order 60 more Marauder and 30 Matador

The Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence Industries (MDI) has extended a joint production agreement with the Paramount Group and has ordered the joint construction of 60 new mine protected vehicles in Baku. The order consists of 30 Marauder and 30 Matador mine protected vehicles with deliveries running through to late 2012.

The announcement follows Paramount Group’s recent successful establishment of a joint production facility and the production of an initial 30 vehicles (15 Matador and 15 Marauders) to the Azerbaijan MDI, under a joint production agreement set up in 2009.

Marauder is an IED and mine protected vehicle designed to operate in built-up and confined urban settings. It can carry of crew of ten and be configured as either a troop carrier or combat vehicle. In addition to its excellent blast protection Marauder is fitted with a double-skinned hull throughout the cabin and crew compartment to protect it against kinetic attack up to STANAG 4569 Level III.

Matador carries a crew of 14 and was conceived for long range military or peacekeeping operations with the ability to handle the most rugged and demanding terrains. It also has a top speed of 100 km/h and will protect its crew from 14 kg TNT detonated directly underneath the hull or 21 kg of TNT if detonated under any wheel, without rupture to the hull.

Commenting on the new order, the country’s Minister of Defence Industry, Yaver Jamalov, said: “Both Matador and Marauder are highly flexible and advanced IED-protected vehicles that ideally meet the requirements of our armed forces. We chose Paramount Group’s vehicles because they are the most technologically advanced on the market and are flexible enough to deal with a variety of situations.

“Since 2009 we have had a robust partnership with Paramount Group based around our firm belief in the creation of a strong local defence industry and we look forward to continuing to benefit from this partnership by further developing Azerbaijan’s engineering skills and vehicle production capacity. Partnerships like this show the world that the future of Europe’s defence industry is no longer in the hands of a few west European manufacturers.”

Commenting on the new order, Ivor Ichikowitz, Executive Chairman of Paramount Group, said the agreement is great news for both Paramount Group and Azerbaijan. “It shows that our original project to produce 30 vehicles in Azerbaijan has been an outstanding success for all involved and is a testament to the foresight of President Ilham Aliyev in seeking to establish a production base for the future success of the country.

“Paramount Group is a world leader in the development of mine-protected vehicle technology. We apply a ‘blank sheet’ approach to design which means we develop the most modern technology for our vehicles. Our success in Azerbaijan gives Paramount a firm foothold in Eastern Europe from which to explore future joint production partnerships.

“A key benefit of our continued partnership is that Paramount Group is able to establish joint production facilities with the Ministry of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan, which helps the wider development of high-technology industries and the skilled workforce they require. This ‘in-country’ approach is key to Paramount Group’s philosophy of sharing the economic and technical benefits of hi-tech production with countries where our vehicles are produced,” Ichkovitz added.

Paramount Group is keen to form mutually beneficial partnerships with governments as part of its growth strategy. In 2010 it agreed a joint venture with Ashok Leyland, a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles in India, and earlier this year two more joint ventures were signed. One was with the United Arab Emirates’ International Golden Group for the production of vehicles in-country, and the other with Griffon Aerospace Middle East.

The Azerbaijan MDI exhibited its production Matador and Marauder vehicles at the International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul, Turkey, last week.

Source: defenceWeb.co.za

Pentagon Contract Announcement: General Dynamics Land Systems

Canadian Commercial Corp., General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, Ontario, Canada, is being awarded a $42,239,322 firm-fixed-priced modification under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5028) for the labor and materials for packaging and kitting of 51 separate engineering change proposal (ECP) vehicle upgrade kits into one individual kit.

These kits will be delivered to Kuwait and installed on RG-31 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

There will be 691 individual kits prepared. This procurement also includes the packaging and kitting of seven ECP kits for installation on 350 delivery order #0003 variant MRAP vehicles.

Work will be performed in Johnannesburg, South Africa, and is expected to be completed no later than May 31, 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity

Pentagon Contract Announcement: Oshkosh Corp

Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., is being awarded $125,065,919 for fixed-price delivery order #0117 under their existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-06-D-5028).

This delivery order is issued against exercised priced options for the purchase of 232 logistic vehicle system replacement (LVSR) production tractor vehicles; 68 LVSR production wrecker vehicles; 300 Roxtec pass through panels; 300 power distribution boxes; 300 Pioneer tool brackets; 300 slave valve caution data plates; preparation for the installation of government furnished equipment for 300 vehicles; shipping for 300 vehicles; and applicable federal retail excise tax.

Work and all the production will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2012. The contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Source: U.S Department of Defense

Pentagon Contract Announcement: Navistar

May 4, 2011

Navistar Defense, LLC, Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded $183,255,453 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order #0018 under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5032) for the procurement 250 MaxxPro Dash ambulance vehicles.

The objective of the ambulance vehicles to provide mobile and survivable ambulatory care for injured servicemen in theater.

Work will be performed in West Point, Miss., and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $183,255,453 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Pentagon Contract Announcement: Oshkosh Corp

Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on April 18 a $71,837,142 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of 417 different Medium Tactical Vehicles.

Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2012.  The bid was solicited through the Internet with three bids received.

The U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0159).

South American armed forces to trial Paramount armoured vehicles

Written by defenceWeb

Thursday, 14 April 2011 14:34

An undisclosed number of “important countries” in South America will shortly begin in-country trials of two Paramount-produced armoured vehicles. A procurement decision is expected within months, the company says in a statement.

The Maverick, an internal security vehicle designed for use by police and other law enforcement organisations, and the Marauder, a mine protected armoured vehicle, will be trialled by both defence forces and internal security forces. “The successful outcome of these trials could lead to Paramount Group setting up manufacturing facilities in the region,” the company says in a statement.

“These trials are extremely significant for South Africa and South America as they mark greater collaboration between these two fast-growing economic regions,” Paramount Group CE John Craig says. “…these trials are all part of our aggressive expansion drive into the region. We expect the South American market for armoured vehicles to grow steadily over the next five years.

“As a result of force modernisation and a desire to address long standing internal security issues we are seeing growing defence expenditure across the region. Countries like Brazil, Colombia and Argentina have all announced double-digit increases in spending over the next five years,” Craig says.

“Paramount Group’s unique manufacturing approach, whereby we locate manufacturing facilities in-country, will allow us to share Africa’s best technology and skills with the engineers and scientists of South America. Technology transfer, better trade links and skills sharing are all positive outcomes of greater co-operation between South America and South Africa.”

Paramount’s entry into South America comes at an important and symbolic moment for South Africa, the media release adds. The world’s largest developing economies Brazil, China, Russia and India are holding their third annual meeting this week with South Africa being the “new entry” in this select group, now known as BRICS.

Paramount Group executive chairman Ivor Ichikowitz says “the world economy is being re-ordered and South America is emerging as a major powerhouse of growth and prosperity. However, it still faces some intractable internal security problems which are preventing it from exploiting its full potential. The reality is that sustainable economic growth requires sustainable security.

“Paramount Group’s presence in Brazil and our entry into Latin America comes at an historic time. Brazil and South Africa represent a new wave of emerging economies and both are important gateways to their continents. There is huge potential for collaboration in defence and aerospace and Paramount Group is proud to be at the forefront of this new age of collaboration,” Ichikowitz added.

“Paramount Group is one of the new breed of African businesses which are helping to diversify economies and stimulate regional economic integration. We believe Latin America offers a solid foundation for doing business in the future and we are keen to become an important industrial player and share our technology with new partners in the region.”

Paramount Group lays claim to the title of Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace company with global manufacturing facilities and joint ventures with selected partners in Africa, Europe, Asia and elsewhere around the world. The company has experienced more than 20% sales growth year-on-year over the last five years and nearly doubled its workforce over the last 12 months. Founded in 1994, the company develops and designs solutions to tackle peacekeeping, defence and internal security problems. Solutions range from camp systems, logistic equipment, and personal protection gear, as well as crowd control equipment, communication technologies and armoured MPVs.

Harris Corporation Receives $11.7 Million Order to Provide Falcon III Multiband Tactical Radios to U.S. Department of Defense for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles

MELBOURNE, FL/ROCHESTER, NY, March 28, 2011 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received an $11.7 million order to supply Falcon III® multiband handheld radio systems in vehicular configurations to the U.S. Department of Defense for use in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The radios will be installed in U.S. Army MRAP vehicles currently in use in Afghanistan.

Harris is supplying MRAP vehicles with Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-110 vehicular radio systems. The AN/VRC-110 is an amplifier adapter that includes two AN/PRC-152(C) radios, which serve as handheld transceivers. The AN/PRC-152(C) is the most widely fielded NSA Type-1 certified, JTRS SCA-certified handheld radio, with more than 130,000 units deployed worldwide.

"The combat proven AN/VRC-110 vehicular radio system provides the U.S. DoD with reliable, multi-mission, multiband communications and is part of a broad portfolio of Falcon III family of radios," said Brendan O’Connell, president, U.S. Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.

The Army is acquiring the AN/PRC-152(C) radios and AN/VRC-110 systems via the Consolidated Single-Channel Handheld Radio (CSCHR) contract through the Joint Program Executive Office for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS). The AN/PRC-152(C) was developed using the JTRS Enterprise Business Model (EBM). The EBM encourages companies to develop next-generation solutions in tactical communications using their own investment capital to integrate JTRS waveform software. In doing so, the EBM stimulates competition, increases innovation, and reduces costs through software re-use.

Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company’s Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military’s Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

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