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GMV 1.1 DELIVERIES TO USSOCOM PENDING
in the November 2014 issue of DTR
US airborne units to receive light strike vehicles
Badger MCV production nears
CAESAR lands another customer
Amphib APCs come aboard with Indonesian marines
The US Army is eyeing the acquisition
of an initial batch of 4x4 light strike ve-
hicles (LSV) of a type that has recently
entered service with the nation’s Special
Operations Command (SOCOM).
The Army has requested funding for
its plan to equip five airborne infantry
brigade combat teams (IBCT) with 295
of the new vehicles, which appear likely
to be based on the General Dynamics
Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-
OTS) Flyer 72 Advanced LSV. The Flyer
72 was selected in 2013 to fulfil USSO-
COM’s Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV)
1.1 requirement with 317 vehicles on or-
der, 72 of which were delivered in 2016.
The eventual USSOCOM GMV 1.1 re-
quirement is for around 1,300 vehicles to
replace the High Mobility Multi Wheeled
Vehicle (HMMWV) special operations
The Flyer 72 is so named due to its
width of 72 inches (183cm), enabling it
to be transported internally by the CH/
MH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.
The vehicle has a maximum highway
speed of 160km/h, a cruising range of
563km and can carry up to nine opera-
tors with payload while traversing remote
and demanding terrain.
At a kerb weight of 2,315kg and with a
payload-to-weight ratio greater than 1:1
(2,500kg payload), the Flyer 72 is unique
in its ability to carry more than it weighs.
South Africa’s new Badger 8x8 com-
bat vehicle is close to entering produc-
tion, making it the fourth derivative of the
Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV)
to be manufactured locally.
Developed by Patria and then custom-
In keeping with its goal to field a
non-developmental capability, the Army’s
version of the GMV will not differ greatly
from that in service with USSOCOM. As
such, features such as seating for a squad
of up to nine troops, multiple weapon
mounts for medium and heavy machine
ABOVE: The US Army has requested funds
for an initial buy of 295 Flyer 72 LSVs.
ABOVE LEFT: Local production of the
AMV-based Badger MCV in South Africa is
due to commence soon.
Image: Denel Land Systems
ABOVE: Indonesian Marines are currently
operating five BTR-40M amphibious
APCs. It is not known if additional orders
will be placed. Images: Ukroboronprom
ABOVE: The CAESAR 155mm howitzer
integrated onto a Tatra 8x8 tactical truck.
Nexter has secured another export
order for its CAESAR 155mm self-pro-
pelled howitzer (SPH), with Denmark
placing an order for 15 units plus an op-
tion for a further six.
The €€40.3 million (AUD$59.8 million)
deal with the Danish Defence Acquisi-
tion and Logistics Organization was an-
nounced by the company on 22 May and
includes significant involvement of local
industry in order to support the capability
The CAESAR SPH was selected in
a competitive tender that included Elbit
Systems also offering a truck-mounted
system, presumably a version of its AT-
MOS (Autonomous Towed Howitzer Sys-
tem). The Danish Army will be the first
user to integrate CAESAR onto an 8x8
truck chassis, in this instance from Tatra.
Combat proven in Afghanistan, Mali
Ukrainian-built BTR-4M 8x8 amphib-
ious armoured personnel carriers (APC)
have entered service with the Indone-
sian Marine Corps (Korps Marimir or
The director of state-owned Spets-
TechnoExport Pavlo Barbul said in a
26 May release that “...our APCs suc-
cessfully passed trials in Indonesia and
proved excellent amphibian capabilities,
shooting accuracy ... and very good driv-
ing performance in mountainous terrain”.
The trials are understood to have been
conducted in the Java Sea not far the
Featuring a new Deutz engine, Allison
transmission and other enhancements,
the BTR-4M is able to swim at sea and
cross inland water obstacles such as
rivers, lakes and flood zones without
changes to its configuration.
Some of the five BTR-4M APCs deliv-
ered to Indonesia are armed with a ZTM-
1 30mm automatic cannon housed in an
unmanned turret, with a AGS-17 30mm
automatic grenade launcher as the co-ax-
ial weapon. Other vehicles appear to have
a medium-calibre machine gun mounted
most popular truck-mounted SPH. It is
currently in service with France, Indone-
sia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand on trucks
of 6x6 configuration.
– Mario Attopardi
on a cupola in place of the turret.
The Indonesian Ministry of Defence
contracted with the Ukraine in Februar y
2014 to supply the five BTR-4M vehi-
cles, with these delivered in September
2016. Despite a reported requirement
for around 50 amphibious APCs it is un-
clear whether Indonesia will order further
– Staff Reporters
facturing technology offshore is robust
and well-documented for the AMV,
which, in addition to its native Finland, is
built in Poland, Croatia and Slovenia.
A Patria spokesperson told DTR that
the firm has delivered all 16 pre-produc-
tion AMV platforms to Denel, which is the
prime contractor and system integrator
for the program. The transfer of technol-
ogy to South Africa has also been com-
pleted including training, data transfer
and facility preparations.
The key local manufacturing activities
for the Badger program, for example hull
welding, are being undertaken in South
Africa. Denel is currently working with its
supply chain to ramp up for local vehicle
A total of 242 Badger MCVs will enter
ser vice with South Africa, with final deliv-
eries scheduled for late 2022.
– Ian Bostock
ised by Denel Land Systems to meet the
needs of the South African Army, the
Badger Modular Combat Vehicle (MCV)
will replace the 40-year-old Ratel 6x6 in
mechanised infantry units.
Patria’s model for transferring manu-
guns and 40mm grenade launchers, ex-
ternal stowage and a self-recovery winch
are likely to be standard.
The GMV can also be transported as
an underslung load by the Army’s UH-60
Black Hawk helicopter and in multiple
load-outs aboard US Air Force C-130
Hercules medium transport aircraft and
C-17A Globemaster III heavy airlifters.
– Matthew Mendenhall
and more latterly in Iraq against ISIS
forces, CAESAR is proving the West’s
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