Category Archives: Military Vehicles

The Ultra Heavy LVS Truck in Action – Logistics Vehicle and Towing System Moving Tons of Material

LVS (Logistics Vehicle System) has been developed by the Oshkosh Corporation in the United States. Its a 8-wheel structure that is operating in the United States Marine Corps (tractor unit four-wheel, trailer unit 4-wheel), large-scale military for transportation of load capacity of 10 ~ 20t.
The vehicle can also be operated as a Tow Truck.
Videos Credit: Cpl. William Kresse and Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot


Piranha IIIC DF90 Fire Support Vehicle

The MOWAG Piranha is a family of armoured fighting vehicles designed by the Swiss company MOWAG (since April 2010 the name has changed to General Dynamics European Land Systems – Mowag GmbH).
Five generations of vehicles have been produced, manufactured by Mowag or under licence by other companies, and variants are in service with military forces throughout the world.
In 2006 Belgian Army ordered a number of Swiss MOWAG Piranha IIIC 8×8 armored personnel carriers and a host of their variants to meet their armored infantry vehicle requirement. A total of 242 vehicles, including variants were ordered. 40 of these vehicles were fitted with CMI Defence 90-mm turret. Other sources report that currently only 18 of these vehicles are in service with Belgian Army and 22 vehicles are optional for supplementary orders. These are known as Piranha IIIC Direct Fire 90 or DF90. First vehicles were delivered in 2008.
This fire support vehicle has significant strategic and tactical mobility. It can support other Piranha IIIC 8×8 armored vehicles with direct fire. Operational concept behind these mobile lightly armored units is stressed on speed, deployability and maneuverability to counter enemy forces.
The main role of this Belgian artillery system is to support infantry. It is effective against lightly armored and soft skin vehicles. It can also engage buildings and fortifications. However it is not effective against modern main battle tanks. The 90-mm gun do not has adequate firepower for this mission. It is worth noting that most other countries are fielding fire support vehicles, armed with more powerful 105-mm or 120-mm guns. It seems that these were to heavy for the Piranha IIIC 8×8 chassis, so the 90-mm gun was selected.
This fire support vehicle is fitted with Belgian CMI Defence LCTS90 two-man turret. It is armed with a medium-pressure Cockerill Mk.8 90-mm gun. The gun is loaded manually. The gun is fully-stabilized and can fire accurately on the move at moving targets. It is worth noting that the CMI Defence is a world leader in 90-mm guns and turrets.
A wide range of ammunition is available for this gun. It can also fire newly developed high efficiency ammunition. Maximum range of fire is about 2.2 km. Indirect range of fire is up to 7.8 km. This gun can also launch Ukrainian Falarick 90 anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary rounds. These missiles have laser guidance. However it is unknown if Belgian fire support vehicles use these missiles.
A total of 37 rounds are carried by the vehicle. 17 rounds are stored in the turret bustle and are ready to use. Remaining 20 rounds are stored inside the turret.
There is a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. Another 7.62-mm MG is mounted on the roof.
This fire support vehicle has advanced fire control system with a panoramic commander’s sight. Vehicle has a hunter-killer engagement capability.
The LCTS90 turret can be also mounted on other wheeled or tracked armored vehicles in a weight class of 10 to 20 t. It is used on Kuwaitian Pandur 6×6 fire support vehicles, Quatari and Saudi Arabian Piranha II 8×8 fire support vehicles.
The Belgian Piranha IIIC DF90 fire support vehicle has a modular scaleable armor protection against small arms fire, mine blasts and RPG rounds. It could be tailored, to suit specific mission requirements. Baseline turret armor provides protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. Add-on armor can be fitted for a higher level of protection. Vehicle has a special underfloor design, that provides protection against landmines and improvised explosive devices. This machine is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.
This artillery system is operated by a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver.
This fire support vehicle is powered by a Caterpillar C9 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 400 hp. Engine is located at the front. It is mated to ZF 7-speed automatic gearbox. Vehicle has a modern independent wheel suspension. It is claimed that this vehicle has cross-country mobility comparable to that of tracked vehicles. This vehicle no longer has amphibious capability due to increased weight.

Kawasaki C-1 Tactical Transport Aircraft

The Kawasaki C-1 (川崎 C-1) is a twin-engined short-range military transport, used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). Development began in 1966 as the JASDF sought to replace its aging World War II–era C-46 Commandos. Production commenced in 1971, and the aircraft remains in service.
In 1966, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force transport fleet was composed primarily of Curtiss C-46 Commandos, a retired midwar American design built in large numbers before the end of World War II. While relatively capable for its time, the C-46 did not fare well in comparison to newer aircraft such as the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, and the JASDF therefore elected to replace it with a domestically-designed and -manufactured transport aircraft.
For this purpose, they turned to the Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation, a consortium of several major corporations, which had begun to produce commercially its YS-11 airliner four years earlier. NAMC decided that Kawasaki Heavy Industries was to be the prime contractor, and the airplane thus bears that company’s name. The aircraft has been used as military transport for the JASDF since its maiden flight in November 1970.
Japanese policies at the time on military equipment were strict in that they were not to have offensive capabilities, and so the maximum range was cut in order to keep the aircraft’s operational range inside Japan. This proved to be a problem after Okinawa was returned to Japan from the US, and the aircraft had trouble reaching the island from distant areas. Thus production was reduced and the C-130 was introduced.
The Kawasaki C-1 has been in use since 1974 but will be replaced by the Kawasaki C-2, which has a longer range. The first of twenty C-2s is expected to be delivered in 2014.

AMPV – Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle by Rheinmetall

The AMPV (Joint programme developed by Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann) is specifically designed for out-of-area operations, meeting the full range of requirements for mobility and ruggedness. The passenger cell can be quickly fitted with add-on armour in response to higher-intensity threats. Highly ergonomic, the vehicle comfortably carries a five-man crew. Its advanced bullet-resistant windows combine excellent visibility with maximum protection. High-performance climate control technology and NBC filtration ensure prolonged battlefield sustainability.
Der AMPV optional with remote controlled weapon station and the smoke protection system Rosy.

HX High Mobility Truck System by Rheinmetall

The low-torsion ladder frame of the HX is based on the tried and-tested series frame of the civilian MAN TG series. It is adapted for heavy off-road use. Steel bumpers ensure the necessary levels of reliability.
Comfortable and robust — leaf suspension Similar to the frame, the HX suspension system has proven its worth over time. It was enhanced for the HX with long, wear-free, rubber-mounted springs, large shock absorbers and stabilisers.
This all-rounder combines the reliability of tested, mass produced components with state of-the-art innovative engineering. From cargo/troop carrier to heavy equipment tractor with gross train weights of up to 120 t, the HX vehicles (4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 10×10 variants) ensure the perfect fit for all military purposes.