Home' Defence Technology Review : DTR APR 2017 Contents 15
DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 30 | APR 2017
dtrmagazine.com | Follow us now on
A version of the General Dynamics
Land Systems (GDLS) LAV 700 made
its first public appearance at the IDEX
2017 defence exhibition in February.
The LAV 700 is the latest and most
advanced member of the LAV 8x8 fam-
ily, and understood to be in production
for Saudi Arabia under a February 2014
contract worth around AUD$10 billion.
The Saudi deal, which is not without con-
troversy in Canada, is for some 900 LAV
700s, many of which will be equipped
with medium-calibre cannon in turrets
supplied by Belgium’s CMI Defence. First
deliveries are believed to be imminent.
The LAV 700 has a gross vehicle mass
(GVM) of 32 tonnes, of which around 11
tonnes is available payload for personnel,
turrets, mission systems and protection.
It is powered by a 711hp Caterpillar C13
diesel engine coupled to a 7-speed au-
tomatic transmission and GDLS’ unique
series 6.0 driveline and hydropneumatic
suspension, which includes disc brakes.
The LAV 700 features a double-V hull
and scalable protection to match the op-
erational threat, including add-on armour
packages to defeat kinetic threats from
14.5mm armour-piercing up to 25mm
or 30mm cannon rounds. Other kits can
LAV 700 makes an appearance
RBS 70 follow-on order for Brazil
be fitted to provide protection against
explosively-formed projectiles and rock-
et-propelled grenades. All crew and pas-
sengers are provided with blast attenu-
ating seating. The vehicle can receive a
multi-spectral camouflage covering to
reduce visual, infra-red (IR) and radar
signatures, and is compatible with vari-
ous types of active protection systems.
To support a multitude of combat
and combat support missions the LAV
700 can be fitted with 30/40mm me-
dium-calibre turrets (both manned and
unmanned) for personnel carrier and fire
support roles, an anti-tank guided missile
system, 90mm or 105mm assault gun or
120mm mortar. It can also be configured
as an ambulance or for repair/recovery,
reconnaissance and surveillance roles.
The vehicle displayed at IDEX came
with an array of equipment and onboard
systems designed to showcase a fully
integrated command post (CP) variant.
With a digital architecture, the LAV 700
CP variant featured redundant CANBUS
control and monitoring of automotive sys-
tems, networked warning and safety sys-
tems, high-speed Ethernet for high-end
sensors, integrated communications and
a distributed computing layer comprising
smart display units and rugged laptops
at each crew station. Various vetronic
and command, control, communications,
computing and intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance applications allow
the crew to seamlessly share data.
The vehicle crew includes a driver,
commander and gunner, as well as three
CP operators and a staff officer (such as
a battalion or brigade commander), with
provisions for a sentry. A 360-degree sit-
uational awareness system provides IR
imagery of the local environment, with an
additional pan/tilt/zoom camera for the
commander. Imagery is fully digitised and
available at all crew stations.
Vehicle self-defence is provided by a
Kongsberg Protector remote weapon
system, mounting either an M2QCB
12.7mm heavy machine gun or Mk 19
40mm automatic grenade launcher as
the main weapon, as well as a co-axial
7.62mm machine gun. A multi-spectral
smoke grenade system is installed on
the vehicle as standard.
– Ian Bostock
Saab has been contracted to supply
its RBS 70 very short range air defence
systems (VSHORADS) to the Brazilian
Army under a AUD$15.5 million contract
announced on 6 March.
The order follows a March 2014 buy of
RBS 70, which at the time, made Brazil
the 19th RBS 70 customer. The system
was deployed by the Brazilian Army as
part of a defensive umbrella during the
2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
This latest order for the RBS 70
VSHORADS includes launchers, night vi-
sion equipment, training simulators, mul-
ti-spectral camouflage and associated
equipment for operators and maintainers.
Brazil uses the RBS 70 and Mk II mis-
sile combination rather than the latest
generation RBS 70 NG system with the
Bolide missile, which has a slightly higher
maximum flight speed and range than
the Mk II.
The RBS 70 is particularly well suited
to the VSHORADS role in urban and
congested environments where large
public events are generally staged and in
which high numbers of air traffic move-
ments are standard.
The system utilises an integrated
sighting system and a laser beam-rid-
ing guidance system that makes it vir-
tually unjammable and features missile
LEFT: The LAV 700 on display at IDEX
2017. Images: Supplied
BELOW LEFT: The LAV 700 in command
post configuration. The Hutchinson Tire
Saver Shields mounted to the wheels
(shown inset) are made of reinforced
rubber and provide added protection to
the tyre side wall from damaging terrain
and help mask thermal signature.
BELOW: The command post variant also
has a shielded gun mount covering the
rear arc of the vehicle.
GVM: 32 tonnes
Maximum Payload: 11 tonnes
Height (top of hull): 2.8m
Maximum Speed (at GVM): >110km/h
Maximum Road Range (at GVM): 1,000km
Trench Crossing: >2.2m
Vertical Step: >0.8m
Side Slope: 30%
Turning Circle: <19m
self-destruct command and hit-point
selection capabilities. The RBS 70 also
features a video-analysis-based track-
ing function that enables an operator to
override the tracker and correct the aim-
ing point, switch target, or go fully manu-
al and complete the fine aiming to target
with a thumb joystick. This, says Saab,
increases ease of use and precision and
keeps a human being in the loop.
Deliveries of the follow-on RBS 70
systems for Brazil will take place during
2017 and 2018.
– Staff Reporters
ABOVE: Already deployed during the 2016
Olympics, Brazil will receive additional
RBS 70 VSHOARDS over the next 18
months. Image: Saab
Links Archive DTR Special Bulletin AMV35 App DTR MAY 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page