Oshkosh Defense has conducted a live-fire demonstration of its mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV) standard base (SXB), outfitted with an EOS R-400 fire control system and Orbital ATK’s M230LF 30mm lightweight automatic chain gun.
Undertaken at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, US, the demonstration aimed to displaying the viability and lethal effectiveness of a medium-calibre-weapon-system-equipped M-ATV.
It highlighted how a multi-role, multi-target automatic gun combined with a three-axis stabilised remote weapon station improves M-ATV’s accuracy in mobile engagements and lethality.
The combat-proven M-ATV is capable of accommodating a broad spectrum of weapon systems.
Oshkosh executive vice-president and Oshkosh Defense president US Army Major General (retired) John Urias said: "On the modern battlefield, it is critical to have optimal protected mobility and fully integrated weapon systems.
"The Oshkosh M-ATV family of vehicles offers great design flexibility to meet a full range of mission requirements, protection levels and weapon system integration capabilities."
Advanced performance data from both the vehicle and the weapon system, including weapon and ammunition data, range and ambient environment, as well as vehicle attitude and dynamics, was collected during the demonstration.
Specifically developed to provide 30mm firepower, the EOS- R400S-Mk2’s mount has three-axis stabilisation using fibre-optic gyros and digital stabilisation control, which is optimised for the platform as well as the weapon firing rate and recoil forces.
A member of ATK’s Chain Gun family of conventional automatic weapons, the 30mm M230LF Chain Gun is an improved version of the 30mm cannon featured on the Apache helicopter and has been optimised for use on ground vehicles and patrol boats.
The R400S-Mk2’s advanced technology, along with the M230 LF cannon, reportedly provides mobile precise lethality and MRAP levels of protection.
Image: Oshkosh’s M-ATV can integrate of a wide variety of weapon systems for any mission. Photo: ©2015 OSHKOSH DEFENSE, LLC.