Eurosatory Previews New Ground Vehicles
By Christina Mackenzie, Bill Sweetman
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
Rafael representatives are trying to persuade other nations to get serious about APS before an operation goes wrong. “We know Kornet (KBP's laser beam-riding 9M133 missile) is out there, RPG-29 is out there, and they can take out an M1. And APS is not something you can integrate overnight—we went through years of safety testing.” As for Russia's RPG-30, with a separate precursor rocket designed to trigger the APS and let the main warhead through, Rafael simply comments: “We know about it. That's all we can say.”
KBP was also at Eurosatory, with the international debut of the Kornet-EM missile system. This comprises two retractable four-round 9M133 launchers on a protected 4 X 4 vehicle. Each launcher has its own targeting and designation system, which allows the system to engage two targets concurrently. The system includes two missile types —the tandem-warhead, anti-armor 9M133-2 and the 9M133FM-3, with a high-explosive/thermobaric warhead. The latter can be used against troops or thin-skinned vehicles and has a proximity fuze for use against air targets such as UAVs and helicopters.
Navistar brought the Special Operations Tactical Vehicle to Europe for the first time—bidding to enter a competitive sector where Britain, France and Israel are already strong. Developed initially to meet U.S. Special Operations Command's Ground Mobility Vehicle requirement, Navistar's vehicle uses suspension technology and components from Indigen Armor's Non-Standard Tactical Truck, but unlike NSTT—which is designed to look like a standard Toyota HiLux—has a tactical, “overt” body that can carry modular armor. The key to GMV is a relatively narrow track that allows it to be carried internally on a CH-47.