Monday, February 20, 2017

Paper: Automatic Cannons and Ammunition in Infantry Fighting Vehicles

Author wants express his thanks to MSI Magazine for their support in the preparation and publication of this paper.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bushmaster User Conference 2017

Bushmaster User Conference Firing Demonstrations

Orbital ATK's Bushmaster User Conference held on end of January in Arizona.

Warfare Technology was there to record the event for you... :)

It was a very good event with all the OATK weapon systems fired during the live fire day in Big Sandy Range and product briefings in between.

Many OATK users and integrators were there and witnessed the new developments.

Bushmaster III 35mm Chaingun

The OATK weapons in the event were:

  • 7.62mm Mk52 Chaingun
  • 30mm M230LF
  • 25mm M242
  • 30/40mm Mk44
  • 30/40mm XM813
  • 35mm Bushmaster III 

Along with the guns, there were turret and weapon systems  on wheeled platforms that are armed with OATK guns.

  • Kongsberg Protector MCT30 30mm Remote Turret on General Dynamics Stryker 8x8 - Stryker Dragoon
  • Oshkosh JLTV's with Kongsberg and EOS 30mm Remote Weapon Stations (RWS)
  • Toyota truck with 30mm RWS
  • Nobles Viper gun system with M230LF 30mm
  • Mk38 naval gun mount with M242 25mm
  • Mk52 gun mount with 7.62mm Mk52 Chaingun

Bushmaster User Conference Firing Demonstrations

Kongsberg Protector MCT30 30mm Remote Turret

One of the remarkable events was the field conversion of an 30mm cannon to 40mm caliber and firing 40mm ammunition. OATK defines this as the 30/40mm concept. Mk44 and XM813 cannons can be converted to fire 40x180mm ammunition (SuperShot 40).

One of the stars of the event was the M230LF 30x113mm autocannon. M230LF is the link fed and modified version of the AH-64 Apache helicopter's M230 chaingun.

30mm M230LF
Both 30 and 40mm programmable airbust ammunition were also fired against a target area setup with simulating infantry in the open.

Kongsberg RWS with 30mm M230LF

EOS 30mm RWS

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

IAI RoBattle UGV

Israel Aerospace industries (IAI) introduces the RoBattle - an unmanned, heavy duty, highly maneuverable combat and support robotic system, at Eurosatory 2016 (13-17 June, Paris, France). The system is designed to be integrated with tactical forces in mobile, dismounted operations and support a wide range of missions including intelligence, surveillance and armed reconnaissance; convoy protection, decoy, and ambush and attack.

SuperAV 8x8

Iveco and BAE Systems USMC 8x8 competition contender:

CV9030 Norwegian - Modernized

In the BAE Systems Hagglunds booth, the Norwegian upgraded CV9030 is exhibited. It is called CV90 C2 variant.

AMV35 Australian LAND400 contender

In the open area, BAE Systems exhibit the AMV35 8x8 of the Australian Land400 program.

Rheinmetall Lynx is an IFV, not a light tank..

It seems the brand new Rheinmetall vehicle is an IFV based on Marder Hull and Lance turret.

I was expecting a light tank, but it seems the configuration displayed is Infantry Fighting Vehicle...