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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 25 | OCT 2016
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Battlespace visualisation was among the capabilities
demonstrated by Saab’s interactive hologram technology
at the 2016 Australasian Simulation Congress in late
Mixed reality holographic systems have the ability to
enhance military personnel learning, training and operational
planning. Saab is one of only a few companies developing
ground-breaking mixed reality applications for the world’s
first untethered holographic computer, the HoloLens from
The HoloLens platform is a lightweight wearable computer
that enables wearers to experience and interact with light-
Describing mixed reality as an ideal medium for learning,
collaborating or visualising complex information, Saab
Australia’s mixed reality applications program head, Inger
Lawes said that holographic technology “allows both trainers
and trainees to share a visually rich interactive experience
where the real world can be overlaid with digital imagery and
information in the form of holograms”. – Staff Reporters
Saab demonstrates interactive hologram
The US Army’s Picatinny Arsenal is developing a new multi-
purpose hand grenade that offers greater flexibility to the
The first lethal hand grenade on the horizon for the Army
in more than 40 years, the new design will provide both
fragmentation and blast overpressure more effectively and
safely than legacy grenades.
A feature of the Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-
MP) hand grenade is the ability for soldiers to select
different terminal effects by the flip of a switch, according
to Picatinny’s Armament Research, Development and
Engineering Center (ARDEC).
Picatinny engineers have been collaborating with Infantry
School representatives, hand grenade cadre, as well as
active duty soldiers and marines to determine warfighter
needs regarding hand grenade design, functionality and
performance. The grenade will be designed to meet
performance requirements required for close combat
engagements in which the effects must be lethal.
According to Jessica Perciballi, ARDEC project officer for
ET-MP, US Army, Grenades & Demolitions Division, the ET-
MP represents the first hand grenade that can be tailored to
“Soldiers will not need to carry as many types of hand
grenades,” she said.
“They are currently carrying one M67 grenade that provides
lethal fragmentation effects. With the new multi-purpose
grenade, they can carry one ET-MP grenade and have the
ability to choose either fragmentation or concussive effects
desired for the situation,” Perciballi said.
The ET-MP grenade will also be designed for ambidextrous
use, meaning that it can be thrown with either hand. In-
service grenades require a different arming procedure for
Picatinny working on new hand grenade
ABOVE: The new ET-MP grenade will provide warfighters with
an instant choice between fragmentation or concussive effects.
Image: US Army
ABOVE: Saab’s mixed reality holographics and technology like
it offers a step-change in training and operational planning
capabilities. Image: Saab
Following the decision by the UK Ministry of Defence to
bring the British Army’s Jackal and Coyote vehicles into its
Core Fleet, Supacat has leveraged the proven chassis and
powertrain of its successful High Mobility Transporter (HMT)
family of 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles by developing a number of new
variants, including those for logistics and recovery.
Unlike the Jackal, Coyote and special operations vehicle
variants from the Extenda HMT line, the recovery variant has
an enclosed forward cab, which can be armoured if required.
Supacat develops recovery variant
Elbit unmanned turret for Philippine M113
It is capable of recovering and towing the heaviest vehicles
in the HMT range, these being the 10-tonne category 6x6
The specialised recovery variant might prove attractive to
the largest of Supacat’s HMT customers, namely the UK and
Australia, where commonality with existing HMT fleets would
provide through-life savings compared to a bespoke light
recovery vehicle solution.
– Staff Reporters
The Philippine Army has adopted an Elbit Systems
unmanned turret for a small number of their M113A2
armoured personnel carriers (APC).
Four M113A2 APCs have received the Israeli company’s UT
30 Mk 2 unmanned turret. The vehicles will equip the Army’s
Mechanized Infantry Division that is reportedly to be assigned
to the Sulu region in the country’s troubled south.
The up-gunned vehicles are part of an upgrade by Elbit
for 28 M113A2 APCs that also involves a further six vehicles
receiving a 12.7mm remote weapon system.
The UT 30 Mk 2 is an evolution of the UT 30 Mk 1 overhead
weapon station, with armour encasing the Orbital ATK Mk 44
Bushmaster 30mm cannon, electro-optics and other sub-
systems to provide higher system survivability.
Featuring dual-axis stabilisation and a 7.62mm co-axial
machine gun, the UT 30 Mk 2 turrets on the Philippine
M113A2s are likely to have STANAG 4569 Level 1 or at best
Level 2 protection.
Interestingly, the turrets are shown with a single roof
access hatch behind two small forward-looking vision blocks,
suggesting that the turret may be partially convertible to
manned operation if required or at least allow the vehicle
commander to have his head and shoulders outside the
– Mario Attopardi
left-handed users. The new grenade will also be the first to
be insensitive munition-qualified and approved by the Army’s
Fuze Safety Review Board.
Grenades Tech Base Development Lead Matthew Hall
said that input from the operators made it clear that the new
arming and fusing design had to be user friendly.
“With these upgrades in the ET-MP, not only is the fuse
timing completely electronic, but the detonation train is also
out-of-line,” Hall said. “Detonation time can now be narrowed
down into milliseconds, and until armed, the hand grenade
will not be able to detonate.”
On current planning the ET-MP is to transition to Project
Manager Close Combat Systems in fiscal year 2020.
– Matthew Mendenhall
The new Supacat HMT 6x6 recovery vehicle demonstrates
towing of a British Army Jackal. Image: Supacat
ABOVE: Four pre-owned M113A2 APCs have received the Elbit
UT 30 Mk 2 unmanned 30mm turret. Images: John K. Chua
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