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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 12 | AUG 2015
Support extended for Scout SV
THE CANADIAN DEPARTMENT of Na-
tional Defense awarded a contract to Mack
Defense on 16 July for more than 1,500 8x8
trucks under the long-running Medium
Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard
Military Pattern (SMP) program.
Also included in the CAD$725 million
deal is five years of in-service support and
a secondary contract to supply 300 trailers
and 150 Armour Protection Systems ar-
moured cab kits.
The MSVS SMP solution comprises the
Mack/Renault Kerax 8x8 truck in mul-
tiple variants including cargo, material
handling crane, load handling system and
The Kerax is a high-mobility, militarised
rigid logistics and tractor truck based on
commercial technology with a gross vehi-
cle mass of 32-42 tonnes, of which 17-23
tonnes is payload (unarmoured versions).
The Kerax is powered by a 460hp, 11 litre
6-cylinder fuel-injected turbo diesel that
is Euro V emissions compliant, and fea-
tures twin steer front axles and selectable
8x4 or 8x8 drive configurations for on and
off-road travel respectively.
Mack Defense, part of the Volvo Group,
will commence vehicle deliveries to the
Canadian Army in mid-2017, with final
deliveries to take place in the first half of
– Ian Bostock
THE UK MINISTRY of Defence has
awarded General Dynamics UK (GD-
UK) a £390 million (AUD$830.4 million)
to provide in-service support for the new
Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) fleet.
The contract is an extension of the ex-
isting in-service support agreement with
GD-UK which took in-service support of
Scout SV platforms to 2020 and takes ad-
vantage of the production pricing of parts
during the manufacturing phase and ex-
tends that support another four years.
The contract covers the provision of spares
and repairs for the entire Scout SV fleet.
The first of 589 Scout SVs are on sched-
ule for delivery to the British Army in
2017, running through to 2024.
GD-UK is also opening its new Ar-
moured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Assembly,
Integration and Testing (AIT) facility
in South Wales. A total of 489 Scout
SVs will be assembled, integrated
and tested at the AIT facility, with
a further 100 vehicles to come
off the General Dynamics European
Land Systems’ line in Seville, Spain.
Canada selects Kerax 8x8 for
new truck fleet
ABOVE: More than 1,500 Kerax 8x8
trucks will be supplied to the Canadian
Army under the MSVS SMP program.
Image: Mack Defense
RIGHT: In-service support of the
Scout SV fleet is now locked
in out to 2024. Image: GD-UK
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Mk 47 selected for
QUEENSLAND COMPANY NIOA has
been awarded the contract to supply the
Australian Defence Force (ADF) with the
long-awaited Lightweight Automatic Gre-
nade Launcher (LWAGL) capability.
The General Dynamics Ordnance and
Tactical Systems Mk 47 weapon system
coupled with the new Lightweight Video
Sight 2 (LVS-2) was selected in May this
year to meet the LWAGL requirement,
beating out the Heckler & Koch (HK)
Grenade Machine Gun (GMG), Vinghog
(Rheinmetall) Vingmate fire control sys-
tem and BAE Systems AN/PAS-13 heavy
weapon thermal sight combinations as put
forward by BAE Systems Australia.
The Mk 47 is a combat-proven weapon
system and is significantly lighter than the
rival HK GMG. The Mk 47 is coupled to
the newly-developed LVS-2 which features
a built-in colour video and thermal cam-
era, thereby negating the need for a sepa-
rate heavy weapons thermal sight, as in the
Nioa will commence delivery of around
200 Mk 47 LWAGL systems and associated
spares in mid-2016, whereupon they will
be introduced into service across the ADF
and predominantly with the Australian
Army’s infantry battalion direct fire sup-
port weapon platoons in the dismounted
and tripod-mounted roles.
The Army’s Special Air Service Regi-
ment and 2nd Commando Regiment each
currently field the Mk 19 40mm AGL in
the vehicle-mounted role, with the Mk 47
LWAGL expected to replace these weapons
– Staff Reporters
First deliveries of the Mk
47 40mm LWAGL to the
ADF will commence in
2016. Image: Nioa
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