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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 37 | NOV 2017
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Ironclad UGV designed for tactical roles
BAE Systems displayed its new Ironclad unmanned
ground vehicle (UGV) at DSEI this year in London.
Running on battery power, the Ironclad UGV has near
silent running up to a 50km range and employs mission kits
that are able to be rapidly changed-out in the field. Unusually
for a UGV, it has a modular connection system that allows
two vehicles to be connected together to handle heavier
loads up to 500kg and larger loads, such as a stretcher.
The tracked running gear uses rubber band tracks over
a front drive sprocket, providing high mobility over difficult
terrain and soft ground. The high set, asymmetric tracks also
permit climbing over significant vertical obstacles such as
fallen timber, debris or concrete kerbs and low walls.
Ironclad also incorporates protection against blast
(presumably hand grenade level threats) and small arms
fire to increase system survivability and thereby extend
battlefield and mission longevity.
A hardware interface enables the various mission kits to
be easily attached, the connection providing both power
and command signals from the main vehicle chassis where
the battery and two-way remote control unit are housed.
The chassis is designed so that hardware needed for future
autonomous capability can be added at a later stage.
Mission kits currently in development include
reconnaissance, casualty evacuation, explosive ordnance
disposal and area denial. The latter would see the Ironclad
UGV fitted with a remote weapon system featuring imaging
and audio sensors that would enable troops to engage
targets at a distance.
– Ian Bostock
© BAE Systems plc
Rubber asymmetric tracks – can climb 45 degree
gradients and handle extreme terrains.
Armoured hull – protected against blast and
small arms fire.
High endurance battery – up to 50km range.
Autonomy-ready – autonomous system package
Modular configuration – capable of attaching
multiple vehicles together for increased load
capacity up to 500kg.
Convoy operation – can operate at convoy speeds
or be transportable on the back of current military
Universal hardware interface – for individual
mission fit systems.
A HARDWARE INTERFACE ENABLES
THE VARIOUS MISSION KITS TO BE
EASILY ATTACHED, THE CONNECTION
PROVIDING BOTH POWER AND
protection for the crew,
the weapon and ready-use
ammunition. The container
has its own electrical power
and air conditioning unit.
Options such as nuclear,
biological and chemical
filtration systems and
ballistic protection, made
either of steel plates or
ceramic armour, are also
steel armour plating
8-10mm thick adds around
3 tonnes to the weight of
Weighing 10 tonnes in
the container has internal
stowage space for 100
mortar bombs – double
the number carried by the
Nemo AMV (Armoured
Modular Vehicle) version. The container has a crew of
three: two loaders and a gunner, with the latter acting as the
commander of the fire unit.
The 120mm smoothbore Nemo mortar has a maximum
rate-of-fire of 10 rounds per minute and can engage targets
with both indirect and direct fire and is multiple round
simultaneous impact capable.
Patria announced earlier this year that the United Arab
Emirates Navy is to be the Nemo Container launch customer.
– Staff Reporters
OF NEMO MORTAR
in the April 2017 issue of DTR
Nemo containerised mortar conducts test firings
The Nemo Container 120mm mortar system developed
by Patria has successfully completed its first test firings in a
The test firings took place recently in Finland with the Nemo
Container mounted on a Sisu ETP E13 8x8 tactical truck with
armoured cab. Test firings were also carried with the system
operating in stand-alone mode emplaced on the ground.
The firings were mainly concentrated on assessing the
integration of the Nemo 120m mortar system in a 20ft ISO
shipping container system, and testing the interface of the
Nemo Container with the Sisu ETP E13 truck.
According to Patria, the truck-mounted Nemo Container
functioned “perfectly” during drills that tested rapid response,
accuracy, shoot and scoot tactics, firepower, protection and
The Nemo Container is completely self-contained and
delivered with everything that a mortar unit requires:
Nemo Container during recent
test firings mounted on a Sisu
8x8 truck. Image: Patria
The UK Government’s Defence Science and Technology
Laboratory has selected Leonardo to lead a team of
companies in work that will facilitate the fielding of active
protection systems (APS) across the British Army’s fleet of
combat vehicles to better defend against rocket-propelled
grenades and anti-tank guided missiles.
Under a technology demonstrator program (TDP) called
Icarus, the team – consisting of Leonardo, BAE Systems,
Lockheed Martin UK, Ultra Electronics, Frazer-Nash, Brighton
University, Abstract Solutions, Roke Manor Research and
SCISYS – will demonstrate a way to affordably integrate
off-the-shelf APS products onto in-service armoured
vehicles. Part of the TDP will involve demonstration and
evaluation of an operational prototype against live fire weapon
Whilst soft and hard-kill APS technologies are currently
available on the market and will continue to be developed
by industry, Leonardo stated in a 13 September release, no
single solution can cover all threat scenarios.
“The key challenge is to be able to rapidly and affordably
tailor a vehicle’s combination of APS technologies to optimise
survivability prior to, or during, deployment,” the company
Against this backdrop, the primary objective of the
Icarus TDP is to develop and demonstrate a UK sovereign
Modular, Integrated Protection System (MIPS) Electronic
UK looks to plug-and-play APS technologies
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