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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 23 | AUG 2016
integrated into a standard pod that will
be mounted on the centreline hardpoint
of the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper.
A combined General Atomics-Ray-
theon Deutschland team is currently
freezing the design of the integration
hardware that will make the ARDS capa-
bility available to customers in 2018. De-
velopmental and operational flight tests
are planned for the second half of 2017.
Separately, the UK Ministry of Defence
has selected the Certifiable Predator B
(CPB) UAV, with some specific modifica-
tions, to fulfil the country’s future armed
Despite it not being short-listed to
proceed through to the Land 400 Risk
Mitigation Activity the accompanying vid-
eo includes footage of the then Phase
2-configured General Dynamics Land
Systems LAV(CRV) live firing at Fort
Benning, Georgia last month. Equipped
with the Kongsberg MCT-30 unmanned
turret, the vehicle engages targets with
30x173mm ammunition fired from the
Bushmaster II cannon. The demonstra-
tion was undertaken in the context of
improving the firepower of US Army re-
connaissance formations and their ability
to achieve overmatch against like enemy
The video also shows a variant of the
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tac-
tical Systems Flyer 72 Advanced Light
Strike Vehicle firing an Orbital ATK
M230LF lightweight 30mm chain gun in-
tegrated into a retractable mount as part
of the roll-over protection structure. Al-
ready selected by US Special Operations
Command to replace its High Mobility
Multi-Wheeled Vehicle fleet, the Flyer 72
intelligence, surveillance, target acquisi-
tion and reconnaissance requirements.
The acquisition will proceed via the US
Foreign Military Sales process.
The CPB will be the replacement for
the in-service Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper
UAV and will be capable, subject to de-
velopments in regulatory framework, of
operating within unsegregated controlled
airspace and meet European airworthi-
ness certification standards.
Flight testing of the CPB airframe is
scheduled for late 2016.
In February this year, Spain also an-
with the 30mm M230LF weapon system
is being aimed toward the US Army’s
emerging Lightweight Reconnaissance
– Ian Bostock
nounced its intention to purchase four
Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper UAVs to sup-
port the nation’s airborne surveillance
and reconnaissance requirements.
Each will be equipped with MTS-B
electro-optical/Infra-red sensors and
General Atomic’s Block 20A Lynx mul-
ti-mode radar, two Block 30 ground con-
trol stations, satellite communications
and a line-of-sight data link.
– Matthew Mendenhall
See also ‘Long-winged Predator B makes first
flight’ in the April 2016 issue of DTR.
Follow-on 120mm mortar carriers for UAE
LAV(CRV) live fire footage
The first of 24 additional Agrab (Scor-
pion) Mk 2 120mm Mobile Mortar Sys-
tem (MMS) has been shipped by South
Africa’s Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS),
bound for the United Arab Emirates
The UAE placed the order for addi-
tional Agrab Mk 2 MMS vehicles in June
2015, following completion of the initial
production run of 73 vehicles by DVS and
the International Golden Group (IGG).
Using the RG31 Mk 6E mine-protect-
ed armoured vehicle as the base mobility
platform, the Agrab Mk 2 MMS integrates
the Singapore Technologies Kinetics
(STK) 120mm Super Rapid Advanced
Mortar System (SRAMS) on the rear bed
together with the ammunition handling
system. The fire control system is provid-
ed by Thales South Africa Systems and
includes an automatic laying capability,
ballistic computation that includes a feed
from the onboard meteorological sensor
and overall weapon management.
The smoothbore 120mm SRAMS fires
over the vehicle’s rear arc at elevations of
45°-80°, with 40° left and right traverse.
The Agrab Mk 2 MMS carries 46 stowed
rounds of 120mm ammunition sup-
plied by Rheinmetall Denel Munitions.
On board ammunition natures include
high-explosive (HE), bi-spectral smoke
and illumination rounds. Maximum range
firing the HE round is around 8km. STK
is reportedly qualifying the SRAMS to
fire a rocket-assisted 120mm projectile
out to a maximum range of 13km.
The vehicle also has a Platt MR550
shielded ring mount fitted with a M2QCB
12.7mm heavy machine gun that is in-
stalled on the crew cab roof.
The 24 follow-on vehicles include
around 30 improvements to the perfor-
mance and reliability aspects of the vehi-
cle based on feedback received from the
UAE end users about the initial Agrab
Mk 2 MMS.
The RG31 Mk 6E is a BAE Systems
product, although BAE Systems Land
Systems South Africa was taken over by
Denel to become DVS in April 2015.
– Ian Bostock
ABOVE: The Agrab Mk 2 MMS with the
rear-mounted 120mm SRAMS deployed
ready to fire. Image: IGG
BELOW: A LAV(CRV) during a US Army-
sponsored live firing demonstration at
Fort Benning on 15 July. Image: US Army
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