Recent developments in the military sector have demonstrated an increasing importance in protecting troops in the field, whether this be by automating vehicles or enhancing armor-based protection and maneuverability. BAE Systems has decided against picking a specific area to test with its M1151 Survivability concept but, instead, has lumped a range of technologies into a single vehicle, and is currently unveiling the fruits of its research at the AUSA (Association of the United States Armys) annual exposition in Washington.
The main focus does seem to be around improving armor, with a new lightweight kit 500lbs lighter than current methods intended to replace B-kit, Frag 1, Frag 2 and Frag 5 designs. In addition to this, a new steel roof and perimeter armor system adds more support, and survivability systems include mine-blast resistant, energy absorbing seats, gunner restraints, clamshell doors, a TPI hood and peacetime doors.
"Since this is Security & Survivability's first appearance as AUSA - as a stand alone line of business - we needed something unique that both represents our business and showcases the breadth of survivability solutions we offer," said Tony Russell, President of BAE Systems' Security & Survivability line of business.
"In a word, this vehicle affords us opportunity to display and demonstrate our integrated survivability solutions to our customer," he added. "This vehicle represents what we can do with virtually any military or commercial vehicle in partnership with any OEM or defense contractor. Bottom line, our customer doesn't want to think our products will work together seamlessly, they want to know they will and this vehicle shows just how well our capabilities, technologies and advanced materials all integrate together."
BAE Systems (Security & Survivability) has just been awarded a contract by Plasan Sasa Ltd. relating to a subcontract for MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV), and partner Daimler Trucks North America will also be displaying a tractor trailer BAE has provided the armor kits for.