Year 2009

OUVS (Operational Utility Vehicle System)

LM-JLTV

This is the first article by a new contributor, Salvador. Don’t forget, we welcome contributions. First launched in 2003, The Operational Utility Vehicle System (OUVS) programme is the procurement programme which will replace the RB44, Pinzgauer and Landrover capability. It…

COIN Aircraft – Cracking the Nut

Air Tractor 802U with MX15

With any conflict, whether it is conventional or counter insurgency (COIN), airpower will play an important, if not pivotal role.  When fighting a large, sophisticated army the air assets need to be equally sophisticated to counter the vast array of…

On the Subject of IED’s

Generating almost the same level of debate as helicopters in Afghanistan, the issue of protected vehicles and IED’s is perhaps less clear cut. No one except the government would argue that more helicopters in Afghanistan would have a material effect…

Mine and IED Resistant Vehicles

There are many factors which improve the survivability for a vehicles occupants and designers have to balance them. If one starts with a deep V shape hull to deflect blast from mines, geometry means that in order to have a…

An Off the Shelf Lesson

Nimrod AEW

When faced with the incredibly disturbing headlines of £15million light helicopters there is a temptation to automatically assume that a deal is a bad one because it is British. The Defence Industrial Strategy attempts to maintain both sovereign capabilities necessary…

Future Lynx – Wildcat or FatCat

Not for the first time in its history has the AgustaWestland Lynx Wildcat been the focus of this website or the media in general, and not for all the right reasons.  Lynx Wildcat’s latest foray back into the headlines has…