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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 15 | NOV 2015
Icarus counter-UAV software on show
system to assist in managing through-life cost is standard.
An amphibious version of the AMV XP IFV is also available
by the installation of a swim kit and reduction in GVM to 28
The vehicle displayed at DSEI 2015 was fitted with an Oto
Melara HITFIST-30 two-man turret equipped with the Orbital
ATK Mk 44 Bushmaster II 30mm automatic dual-feed cannon
and 7.62mm co-axial machine gun. Single-round launchers
for the Rafael Spike anti-tank guided weapon are integrated
either side of the turret.
The AMV XP features an open digital architecture to
ensure ease of integration of weapon systems, command,
control, communications and computing solutions, defensive
aids suite, battle management system and situational
awareness elements. High electrical power output with
battery management exceeds the increased combined power
consumption of the vehicle crew/systems.
– Ian Bostock
Patria chose DSEI 2015 in mid-September to unveil the
latest addition to its Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) family:
the AMV XP infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).
Building on the success of the AMV in export markets and
based on operational feedback from overseas deployments in
Afghanistan and Chad, the AMV XP IFV concept is the result
of an intensive test and development phase and incorporates
capabilities and performance which better match emerging
requirements for wheeled armoured fighting vehicles.
The AMV XP IFV has a combat weight with a useable
payload, Patria claims, of 15 tonnes. Whilst no details about
protection levels were given, the increase in gross vehicle
mass (GVM) over the standard AMV (27-28 tonnes) enables
additional armoured protection to meet both asymmetric and
conventional threats and the installation of a wider range of
The vehicle’s suspension, driveline and powerplant
(Scania 600hp engine) have been optimised to cater for
the increased GVM. Larger 16R20 tyres are fitted with an
Integrated Terrain Control System and rear axle steering
system also included. A vehicle health and usage monitoring
Lockheed Martin showcased its new software-based
system to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) at the
AUSA 2015 exhibition held in October.
The Icarus counter-UAV system is able to detect, identify
and defeat threats from Group 1* UAV platforms by non-
Developed with internal funding, Icarus combines advanced
cyber and cyber electromagnetic elements with sensor
technology and non-kinetic threat defeat techniques.
Icarus was designed to operate defensively across various
operational environments. The system has been field tested
and demonstrated to several domestic and international
customers over the past year, with testing confirming the
ability of Icarus to identify and intercept commercially
* UAVs with a maximum take-off weight of up to 9kg and capable of operating
at up to 1,200ft above ground level and flying at speeds up to 100 knots .
– Matthew Mendenhall
AMV XP 8x8 design matures
Lockheed Martin’s Icarus system disables
threat UAVs via non-kinetic means.
ABOVE: The AMV XP IFV has a higher GVM and greater
payload, plus improved suspension, driveline and powerplant to
retain mobility. Image: Patria
Ammunition carriers for M777 howitzer
Under a AUD$2 million contract with the Australian
Department of Defence BAE Systems Australia will produce
80 Unit Load Ammunition Carriers (ULAC) for the Australian
Army’s M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzer capability.
A modified version of the equipment originally produced by
Royal Ordnance in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s, the
ULAC will securely house and transport M777 ammunition
and be delivered to units in 2016.
Constructed of steel, each ULAC comprises storage
compartments for 17 projectiles and 17 propellant bags.
The ULAC will be mounted on the in-service Mack 6x6
M777 gun tractor, itself to be replaced within several years by
a version (4x4 or 8x8) of the MAN high-mobility truck being
delivered via Phase 3B of Project Land 121.
– Staff Reporters
A new three-cell missile launcher designed to fire the
MBDA Common Anti-Air Missile (CAMM) and equip smaller
naval platforms will pass through qualification testing in 2016
and become available to customers.
Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launching System (ExLS)
has been developed for use by vessels that, due to available
space and weight restrictions and cost, are unable to accept
installation of the larger eight-cell Mk 41 Vertical Launch
“One of the unique features of ExLS is the ability to reuse
already qualified missile components, including canisters
and their missile launch sequencing electronics, then adapt
them to integrate into a Mk 41 VLS using a host variant, or in
a three-cell stand-alone variant for platforms without VLS,”
said Jennifer Houston-Manchester, Lockheed Martin ExLS
engineering program manager.
According to MBDA, ExLS components are common for all
platforms, an approach that reduces missile integration risks
ExLS uses MBDA’s soft vertical launch technology to eject
the missile from its canister and position it for main motor
With the ability to fire CAMM/Sea Ceptor surface-to-air
missiles, ExLS grants smaller surface combatants such as
corvettes and minor warfighting vessels with a significant
measure of defence against enemy helicopters, unmanned
aerial vehicles, fixed-wing combat aircraft and anti-ship missiles
at ranges far beyond that of gun-based armament suites. Sea
Ceptor, for instance, has a range in excess of 25km.
The addition of a missile-based anti-air capability, even if
it is just three missiles deep, would alter the way in which
smaller warships are viewed as targets and liabilities in
blue water operations, where vessels equipped with ExLS
would be able to meaningfully contribute to the inner layer of
protection surrounding a naval task force for instance.
The fleet of large offshore patrol vessels (OPV) to be
acquired for the Royal Australian Navy under Project
Sea 1180 may well be candidate recipients for enhanced
defensive armament systems such as surface-to-air missiles,
although little is known of the operational concept for the
OPVs and therefore neither their specific requirements.
Lockheed Martin and MBDA announced in May 2013 a co-
operative effort between the two companies to offer MBDA
missile systems for use with the Mk 41 and ExLS family of
– Ian Bostock
ExLS launcher to be qualified in 2016
Depiction of a Sea Ceptor missile ‘soft launching’ out of the
three-cell ExLS. Image: MBDA
RIGHT: Australian Army M777 155mm howitzers will
receive gun tractor-mounted Unit Load Ammunition Carriers
from 2016. Image: ADF
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