August’s top stories: US-Saudi $1.15bn sale, Canadian Army’s first TAPV

Saudi Arabia has requested a $1.15bn sale of battle tanks and vehicles from US, the Canadian Army received its first TAPV from Textron Systems and Lockheed's PAC-3 MSE interceptor achieves initial operational capability. Army-technology.com wraps up key headlines from August.


Saudi Arabia requests $1.15bn sale of battle tanks and vehicles from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of $1.15bn potential sale of M1A2S Abrams main battle tanks (MBT) and M88Al/A2 heavy equipment recovery combat utility lift evacuation system (HERCULES) armoured recovery vehicles (ARV) to Saudi Arabia.

The procurement of the equipment will improve the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with US forces.

Saudi Arabia will use its enhanced capability to meet current and future threats, as well as provide greater security for its critical infrastructure.

Canadian Army receives first TAPV from Textron Systems

The Canadian Army received the first six tactical armoured patrol vehicle (TAPV) from Textron Systems Canada, as part of efforts by the government to ensure the country’s soldiers have the right equipment to succeed at operations.

In June 2012, the Canadian Government selected Textron Systems Canada as the prime contractor for the C$603.4m worth TAPV programme.

The TAPV is a 4x4 wheeled armoured vehicle that will partially replace the army’s Coyote light armoured vehicle, completely replace the armoured patrol vehicle RG-31 and complement the light utility vehicle wheeled.

Lockheed's PAC-3 MSE interceptor achieves initial operational capability

Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile segment enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptor achieved initial operational capability (IOC) designation from the US Army.

The PAC-3 MSE achieved IOC two years after receiving Milestone C approval. Lockheed Martin received the first US contract for the technology in 2014.

Lockheed's high-velocity interceptor employs hit-to-kill technology to defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs), cruise missiles and aircraft.

The PAC-3 MSE includes a larger, more powerful dual-pulse solid rocket motor for added thrust, as well as larger fins and other structural modifications to increase agility.

Orbital ATK wins $400m contract to supply ballistic missile target rockets to US

Orbital ATK received a contract valued at up to $400m from the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to supply medium-range ballistic missile target rockets.

The MRBM T3c2 contract includes an initial order for vehicle development and production over a four-year period, as well as options for follow-on vehicle production and other activities through 2024, the company said.

The company designs and produces its target vehicles and missile defence interceptors at its engineering and manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona, US.

AM General wins $356m contract to supply HMMWVs for Afghan Army

AM General received a $356m contract to produce high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) for the Afghanistan National Army and Police.

Awarded by the US Government, the latest contract includes delivery of 1,259 M1151A1B1 HMMWVs and 414 M1152 A1B2 HMMWV models.

AM General will begin assembling HMMWVs at its plant in Indiana, US, later this month, and plans to finish production by 2017.

The HMMWVs were designed to replace the US Army's tactical vehicles in the 0.25t-1.25t range.

Russia's Vityaz plans to develop new surface-to-air missile system

Russian machine-building company Vityaz geared up to develop a new surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for the Arctic and the Extreme North.

Under the terms of the contract, the missile system will be mounted on an operational caterpillar armoured personnel carrier (APC) comprising a launcher and a crew module.

The new SAM system is scheduled for completion in October, and will undergo state acceptance tests by late May 2017.

US approves $231m sale of precision-guided munitions for Nato

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a potential $231m foreign military sale (FMS) of precision-guided munitions, equipment, and support to the Nato Support and Procurement Agency.

The agency will send precision-guided munitions to Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Spain.

The procurement will improve the Nato members' ability to meet current and future ground threats.

Boeing Corporation and Raytheon Missile Systems will serve as prime contractors for the sale.

US to deploy additional soldiers to support Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq

The US Army announced the deployment of additional troops to support Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq for the next phase of the fight against ISIS.

Nearly 400 more personnel will be sent to Iraq to help local forces recapture the northern city of Mosul from ISIS, media sources reported.

Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will join approximately 1,300 previously deployed soldiers from the same unit, the US Army said in a statement.

US Army develops new engine for Black Hawk and Apache helicopters

The US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center's Aviation Development Directorate (ADD) was developing a new military helicopter engine that would provide 50% more power at the same weight as the current fielded engine.

The advanced affordable turbine engine (AATE) demonstrator programme aims to develop a turboshaft engine with reduced fuel consumption and improved shaft horsepower.

This engine configuration can be fitted into the Black Hawk and Apache installation envelopes, as well as current and Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft.

US and India sign agreement to share military bases

The US and India signed a bilateral logistics exchange memorandum of agreement (LEMOA) in a bid to strengthen defence ties between the countries.

The LEMOA will facilitate sharing of land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, according to media sources.

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the military logistics agreement would provide additional opportunities for practical engagement and exchange.

The agreement did not allow US troops to be based in India.