Sudanese 122-mm Khalifa-1 self-propelled howitzer with a gun partially raised and turned to the right
Corporation from Sudan Military Industry Corporation (MIC) at IDEX 2015 exhibition presents a wide range of weapons and military equipment.
One of the most interesting exhibits presented at the exhibition is the 122-mm self-propelled howitzer Khalifa-1, which is already in service with the Sudanese army and debuts for the first time in the international arena.
Khalifa-1 is based on the high-performance KAMAZ 43118 chassis with the 6xNNXX wheel formula with a fully protected four-door cab, which houses the calculation of five people. At the moment, the cabin does not have air conditioning.
At the rear of the chassis, there is a carriage with a cannon assembly from the wide-spread Russian 122-mm towed howitzer D-30. The Khalifa-1 howitzer has manual horizontal guidance on the 40 ° left and right, vertical guidance angles are limited to the range from -5 ° to + 70 °, although guidance over the cabin certainly has its limitations.
When deployed to a firing position, the rear stabilizers are lowered using hydraulic actuators. Steel boards also fold down hydraulically to get quick access to the calculation of the ammunition. Ammunition of separate loading, projectile and the corresponding charge in the traditional charging sleeve; total on the machine is placed 45 shells and charges.
The maximum range depends on the projectile / charge combination, but is estimated at 17 km. The stated maximum rate of fire is 8 shots per minute.
The standard 122-mm howitzer D-30 is towed by a 6x6 truck, which also carries the crew and ammunition of finished 122-mm shots. By installing the system on the chassis of an off-road truck 6x6, it becomes significantly more mobile. This allows you to take a firing position and then leave it much faster, which makes the artillery system less vulnerable to counter-battery fire.
Aravis for the UN mission in Gabon
Aravis 4x4 protected vehicle with a Kongsberg Protector combat module installed, armed with an 12,7-mm M2 HB machine gun
In accordance with the contract issued to the company in October 2014 of the year, Nexter Systems in June 2015 of the year will deliver 12 protected Aravis 4x4 vehicles to the Republic of Gabon. They will be attached to the battalion deployed by the stabilization mission in the Central African Republic MINUSCA, acting under a UN mandate.
Currently, these cars are manufactured at the plant of Nexter Systems in France. Arax’s Nexter System ARX20 RCT turrets armed with an M20 621-mm cannon will be installed on Aravis vehicles. In order to increase the level of protection from the ubiquitous RPG-7 rocket launchers, they will have a PG-Guard protection system installed (photo below). They will also carry onboard the Nerva ground robot from Nexter Robotics to carry out reconnaissance missions.
According to Nexter Systems, the Aravis car in its basic configuration has the highest level of protection in its class against a variety of threats on the battlefield, including small-arms fire. weapons, mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The Aravis has a high off-road capability because it is based on the Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG U-5000 chassis (4x4).
The first buyer of Nexter Aravis was the French army, which 2009 machines were supplied from 15 onwards. 11 machines were deployed in Afghanistan for engineering units of the French contingent using the MBDA SOUVIM 2 demining system. The remaining four cars Aravis were left in France for training. France has now completed its activities in Afghanistan.
The Aravis French Army vehicles are equipped with a Kongsberg remotely-controlled combat module, armed with an 12,7-mm machine gun M2 HB, Thales PR4G communication equipment, an Exavision camera system to provide all-round situational awareness and electronic devices to combat IEDs.
Although Nexter Systems, although Nexter Systems has never confirmed a contract with Saudi Arabia, it delivers AraN 200 machines to this country in three batches; The first batch of 73 units is currently being shipped. On some of them, the Nexter Systems ARX20 RCT remote control tower is installed. In addition to the version of the personnel transporter, specialized versions are also supplied to Saudi Arabia.
CMI Defense shows off its new tower
Desert Piranha 5 with the installed new modular tower 3000 series from the company CMI Defense
At IDEX 2015, the Belgian company CMI Defense for the first time showed its latest modular turret system, the Cockerill 3000 MTS (modular turret system). The turret is demonstrated on a Desert Piranha 5 8x8 armored vehicle manufactured by General Dynamics European Land Systems.
As part of the company's exposition at the 12-C35 stand, the Cockerill 3000 MTS turret is demonstrated with an ATK Armament Systems Mk30 XT-mm cannon with a dual feed (can be replaced with an 44-mm cannon) and an 40-mm paired machine gun.
This weapon is aimed at the target with the help of a modern computer-based fire control system, the commander and the gunner have a stabilized day / night sighting system, which also includes a laser rangefinder. At the exhibition the tower is demonstrated with an advanced panoramic sight of the commander, which allows you to capture and destroy targets in search and impact mode.
In order to meet the various requirements of customers in the Cockerill 3000 MTS tower can be installed very different weapons. Mid-caliber versions include 25 mm, 30 mm, 35 mm, 40 mm and 50 mm guns, while heavier weapons include 90-mm and 105-mm rifled guns.
Large-caliber guns can fire anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) from the barrel to a range of 5000 meters, which greatly exceeds the range of a rifled gun. The ATGM carries a tandem anti-tank cumulative warhead to destroy targets equipped with dynamic defense systems.
For the turret, there is a large selection of optional weapons, including twin machine guns, remote-controlled combat modules mounted on the roof with various weapons, up to 40-mm automatic grenade launchers, smoke grenade launchers and anti-tank guided missiles launched from a rail guide or from a pipe-container.
The tower modular protection kit provides the maximum level of ballistic protection in accordance with the STANAG 4569 Level 5 standard.
The exhibition presents a platform for high-power laser
ARTEC company multipurpose Boxer 8x8 MRAV armored vehicle with a rooftop 5 kW laser
Rheinmetall has invested significant amounts in the design and development of high-power HEL (high-energy laser) lasers for combat use. At IDEX 2015, the company demonstrates a system integrated into a Boxer 8x8 MRAV (multi-role armored vehicle) manufactured by ARTEC.
During tests conducted in Switzerland in the presence of several high-level foreign delegations, Rheinmetall demonstrated its HEL system installed on three ground platforms. In addition to the Boxer MRAV, the other two platforms were the RUAG Defense M113 tracked armored personnel carrier and the Tatra 8x8 off-road protected truck.
During a demonstration in Switzerland, the installation Boxer HEL neutralized a large-caliber machine gun of increased size mounted on a pickup truck
Two demo platforms Boxer MRAV and BTR M113
At present, the Boxer is prepared to install a laser with an 5 or 10 kW power, which are identical in mass and volume. Here at the IDEX exhibition, the machine is equipped with a HEL device with a capacity of 5kW under the designation Mobile HEL Effector Wheel XX. It is distinguished by the special executive module HEL, which fully realized the advantage of Rheinmetall's proprietary know-how, which is based on beam overlay technology.
The RUAG M113 BTR was equipped with an HEL powering device with a power of 1 kW, which received the designation Mobile HEL Effector Track V, which successfully demonstrated the remote detonation of ammunition. The third container installation HEL with a power of 20 kW on the Tatra truck 8x8 received the designation Mobile HEL Effector Container L. The Roman numerals V, XX and L correspond to the categories of the laser 5 kW, 20 kW and 50 kW.
Rheinmetall Air Defense also tested its Skyshield air defense system, in which the 35-mm gun was replaced with a HEL installation. During tests in Switzerland, the Skyshield HEL laser actuator was able to successfully destroy several attacking mortar shells.
According to the company Rheinmetall, the range of damage of this technology demonstration sample is 3000 meters, an increase of 1000 meters compared to the results of previous demonstrations of HEL installations.
More responsibilities for Ajban LAV
Nimr Automotive from the United Arab Emirates is now in full-scale production of its growing family of light protected vehicles LAV (light armored vehicle), currently classified as Ajban. The production of a pilot batch began two years ago and the number of machines that came off the production line in 4x4 and 6x6 configurations significantly exceeded 1000 units.
At IDEX 2015, it was announced that the UAE armed forces issued a contract to Nimr Automotive for another 500 machines plus upgrades to previously released 500 machines.
The machine is shipped to other countries, including Bahrain, Egypt and Libya; in addition, a program is being implemented for joint production in Algeria from vehicle sets supplied from the UAE.
Ajban is described by the company as a family of modular cars LAV, which are available in versions with a double and four-seater cabin with a cargo platform in the rear. In order to reduce the cost of the life cycle all options have the same power unit and drives.
The Ajban power unit consists of a six-cylinder Cummins diesel engine with an 300 hp power, coupled with an Allison 3000SP automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case. This allows you to develop speed on the highway to 110 km / h. It is also possible to install a diesel engine with power 350 hp
Ajban in 6x6 configuration
The car has an independent suspension with double wishbones; The central wheel inflation system is standard, which is considered important for operations in the desert. The wheels are fitted with fire resistant inserts, there is a power management system, a winch is installed ahead.
A specialized version was developed for the internal security forces, which is distinguished by a ten-seat reinforced cabin with loopholes and hatches on the roof. The car also has a camera system to increase situational awareness.
A good example of the implementation of a more specialized version based on the 6x6 configuration is the air defense option. In this case, a remote turret with MBD Mistral ground-to-air missile launchers can be installed on the machine. It is also possible to integrate a remote-controlled module with an 30-mm gun. In the configuration of the cargo platform on the variant 6x6 can be installed various containers for more specialized combat missions.
For the first time, an open-top Ajban variant for Special Forces Special Forces (SF) is being demonstrated here at IDEX for improved visibility and species intelligence. Various weapons can be mounted on it, either trunnion or on a support ring, for example a machine gun or a cannon.
This option has a total weight of 7500 kg, from which the payload accounts for 2500 kg, including crew, weapons and equipment. In the basic configuration, the Ajban SF version is not protected, but if necessary it can be equipped with anti-bullet and anti-mine protection kits.
More firepower for Boxer
The ARTEC Boxer is currently deployed in the armies of Germany and the Netherlands, where it is usually used in an armored personnel carrier version, as well as in more specialized versions, for example, sanitary and command posts. In order to meet the needs of potential foreign customers in an infantry fighting vehicle, Boxer is demonstrated for the first time in the Middle East in the BMP configuration.
At the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann stand, a remote-controlled tower was installed on the Boxer machine. The same tower stands on the German tracked BMP Puma, which is currently being manufactured for the German army.
This modern turret is armed with a dual-feed 30-mm Mauser MK 30-2 cannon that can fire various types of ammunition, including the newly developed ABM air bomb. Empty 30-mm sleeves are ejected from the tower. In the twin configuration, a 5,56-mm machine gun is mounted next to the cannon, in addition, 76-mm grenades are mounted on the turret.
The Boxer IFV BMP has a crew of three, a commander, a gunner and a driver, plus seven paratroopers; all sit on energy absorbing seats. The BMP version has an all-welded body of armored steel, and the functional module is equipped with an additional reservation kit in order to obtain a higher level of protection. The combat weight of this variant is approximately 36 tons. In addition to the Boxer BMP version, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann further expands Boxer's capabilities by removing the rear function module and installing an 155-mm / 52 caliber Artillery Gun Module artillery gun (AGM) caliber. This installation has already passed advanced fire tests on two tracked chassis. The same gun is installed on a much heavier self-propelled PzH 2000. Guidance and shooting of AGMs are carried out remotely, ammunition is 30 shots (155-mm projectiles and the corresponding modular charges).
The Boxer in the BMP configuration is equipped with a remote-controlled turret armed with a 30-mm cannon and a paired 5,56-mm machine gun
More tasks for Survivor R
On the photo Survivor R in the configuration of the control point
For the first time at the IDEX 2015, the Survivor R is shown in a four-seat control configuration. The car was created by a joint venture between the German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and the Austrian company Achleitner.
The Survivor R is a combination of the TGM 18 350 off-road chassis (4x4) from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and the Achleitner protection kit. The front engine compartment is protected in accordance with the STANAG 4569 Level 1, and the single-volume habitable compartment has a higher level of protection complying with the STANAG 4569 Level 3 standard with mine protection corresponding to the STANAG 4569 Level 4a.
The maximum total weight of the machine corresponds to 15 tons, of which 4,1 tons are the payload. The latter includes crew, fuel and functional equipment and equipment.
The machine at the IDEX exhibition is equipped with a battle management system, a Kongsberg Nordic remotely-controlled combat module, armed with an 12,7-mm machine gun and a Rheinmetall ROSY grenade launcher system, is installed on the roof.
In addition to the two doors on the sides, the newest version of the Survivor R differs with a hinged rear door, which makes it possible to use the machine for other tasks, for example for a specialized sanitary option that can be equipped with equipment for quick loading of stretchers into the machine.
The Survivor R armored car is equipped with a six-cylinder MAN diesel engine rated at 330 hp, coupled with aTipMatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case.
Standard equipment includes air conditioning, protection against mass destruction and a central wheel inflation system.
Korea targets the Middle East
The newest Hyundai Rotem KW2 8x8 machine in the basic configuration of the BTR is armed with a 12,7-mm M2 HB machine gun mounted on the roof
The Korean Hyundai Rotem uses the IDEX exhibition to understand the export potential of its newest combat armored vehicles (BBM), which the company has developed to meet the operational needs of the South Korean army. The company seeks to increase its market share in the Middle East region through cooperation with local companies regarding its new line of tracked and wheeled armored vehicles.
Initial contract for the supply of 100 major combat tanks (MBT) K2 of the latest generation, Hyundai Rotem received from the Korean army; the first batch of 13 tanks was transferred in July last year. MBT K2 should complement MBT K1 (105 mm) and K1A1 (120 mm), which are currently in service with the South Korean army. These tanks were also designed, developed and manufactured by the Korean company Hyundai Rotem.
The newest MBT K2 has a lot of advanced elements, including crew reduction from three to two people due to the installation of an automatic loader in the aft niche of the tower for 120 mm / 55 caliber smooth-bore tank gun, a modern computer fire control system connected to the commander’s day / imaging sights and arrow, diesel power unit with power 1500 hp and an advanced modular booking kit. K2 has a high power density of more than 27 hp / t, and its hydropneumatic suspension improves off-road maneuverability and increases crew comfort while on the move.
After the competition, Hyundai Rotem also received a contract for a new family of armored personnel carriers, their options in the 8x8 and 6x6 configuration for the Korean army, which currently mainly operates tracked BTR and BMP.
The prototypes of these machines are currently undergoing extensive testing in the Korean army; It is expected that the first production machines will be delivered in 2018 year. It is assumed that the first serial contract will be on 675 machines. The variant 6x6 received the designation KW1; variant 8x8 - designation KW2. The latter has a greater internal volume and carrying capacity, which will allow to perform a wider range of combat missions.