UK to announce order for 589 Scout tracked reconnaissance armored vehicles for the British Army 0209
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|Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:31 PM|
|UK to announce order for 589 Scout tracked reconnaissance armored vehicles for the British Army.|
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron is to announce an order of nearly 600 new Scout infantry armoured vehicles for the British army this week at the Nato summit in Wales as part of an effort to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to higher defence spending.
The new family of Scout SV tracked armoured reconnaissance vehicles for British army.
The prime minister will unveil plans to buy 589 Scout armoured reconnaissance units. Scout SV is the replacement for British Army’s CVR(T) fleet and will provide the Army with a modern, extremely well-protected and highly capable platform for the conduct of manned reconnaissance. Based on a proven in-service European design, it is being developed specifically to meet the British Army’s requirement by a team of General Dynamics engineers in Britain and mainland Europe.
The Scout’s owes its outstanding mobility to a combination of an extremely powerful 805bhp engine and a 7 wheel-station running gear, incorporating a sophisticated dual-rate suspension. The result is a top speed of 70kph and terrain accessibility that is far superior to in-service vehicles.
Scout SV has been designed to a rating of 42 tonnes, and incorporates a fully proven transmission rated at 45 tonnes. This means the load carrying ability of ASCOD SV meets the full Specialist Vehicle requirement now and won't require a major upgrade programme to deliver all the variants.
Scout SV offers tonnes of value to the UK Defence Industrial Base. Its Intellectual Property will be based in the UK, part of the sovereign capability available to the British Government. By value, 80% of the vehicle manufacture will be completed in the UK, with 70% of the supply chain companies UK-based. Overall, Scout SV will create or safeguard thousands of highly skilled jobs in the UK.
At DVD (Defence Vehicle Dynamics Exhibition) which was held in Millbrook (United Kingdom) from the 25 to 26 June 2014, General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited has unveiled the first SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) pre-production prototype vehicle. The platform, a Protected Mobility Recce Support (PMRS) variant, will provide safe transportation for fully-equipped soldiers in a well-protected environment.
The PMRS is fitted with a Kongsberg Protector Remote Weapon Station (RWS) armed with a stabilised .50 M2 HB machine gun (MG) with a fire-on-the-move capability and banks of grenade launchers.
General Dynamics UK is quoting a combat weight of 38 tonnes for the PMRS but with a proven stretch potential to 42 tonnes to take into account any future requirements.
PMRS has a maximum crew of six including commander, gunner, and driver, plus three dismounts.
PMRS has a host of new features including a laser warning system; cameras for day/night situational awareness through 360°; flat panel displays for commander, gunner, and driver; electronic architecture; configurable modular armour system; electronic counter measures; and environmental control system for worldwide deployment.