Aug 30, 2012 17:40 UTC
Gyrocam on MRAP
Gyrocam Systems, which was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2009, has supplied a large number of 15″ class gyro-stabilised VOSS(Vehicle Optics Sensor System) surveillance turrets to the US military, mostly for mounting on blast-resistant MRAP vehicles. Extendable VOSS turrets can be raised over 20 feet to offer a combination of color, night vision and thermal sensors. They’ve been used for everything from force overwatch, to noting disturbed ground that might indicate land mines. The recent November 2011 contract split over $750 million in potential future orders with FLIR systems, but Gyrocam retains its considerable installed base.
How considerable? In August 2012, Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems in Sarasota, FL received a 2-year firm-fixed-price contract for VOSS spares and support, worth up to $333.3 million. Work will be performed in Sarasota, FL, with an estimated completion date of Aug 22/14. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 1 bid received by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Alexandria, VA (W909MY-12-D-0017).
Aug 28, 2012 16:33 UTC
Latest updates: FY 2012 order.
The MK7 MOD 2 Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS) is used to clear mines or wire obstacles, and create a safe footpath for troops. APOBS can be carried by 2 people, takes 30 to 120 seconds to be set up, and fires a rocket from a 25-meter standoff position, sending a line charge with fragmentation grenades over the minefields or wire obstacles. The grenades clear the mines, and sever the wires. Developed by the US Army Armaments Engineering and Technology Center in Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, APOBS won a US Army top military inventions of the year award in 2004. It replaces the Bangalore Torpedo, which was heavier, took longer to set up, and required 4 times the number of people to carry.
In 2006, small business qualifier Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Co. in Simsbury, CT received a maximum $150.8 million, 5-year contract for up to 3,000 units. In 2011, however, the Army/USMC contract shifted to Chemring Ordnance, Inc. in Perry, FL…
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Aug 27, 2012 11:00 UTC
You can do this!
Army Sustainment explains the intricacies involved in recovering an RG-31 MRAP that rolled over last year on “little more than a goat trail” in Northern Afghanistan. Plan A involved lifting the ditched vehicle with a massive MRAP Recovery Vehicle, but after a rocky trip just to get there, the MRV failed – it turned out after the operation because of a simple loose fuse. Then came plans B and C, and eventual success.
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