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Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) [aka UV, aka MRAV, aka MBV....and so on] is slated for use by the army's two new Strike Brigades, which are due to be formed as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) announced in November 2015. The SDSR set a new headmark for the UKs Armed Forces: Joint Force 2025. Building on the changes of Army 2020, the British Army will be rebalanced to enhance its ability to generate a division capable of undertaking high-end combat operations while further reinforcing the Armys contribution to domestic resilience and overseas engagement.

The eight-wheel-drive Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) [note English vice American spelling of Mechanised] is the British Army's priority. MIV is the lead Category A Army project in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) and has the personal interest of senior military, including chief of the general staff. It involves the acquisition, integration of sub-systems, and the long term logistic support of armored vehicles.

The UKs 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) set a new headmark for the UKs Armed Forces: Joint Force 2025. Building on the changes of Army 2020, the British Army will be rebalanced to enhance its ability to generate a division capable of undertaking high-end combat operations while further reinforcing the Armys contribution to domestic resilience and overseas engagement. The Army will move from having three armored infantry brigades, one ready at any time, to two armored infantry brigades and two new Strike Brigades, with one of each held at readiness. The Army will also reconfigure a number of infantry battalions to provide an increased contribution to countering terrorism and building stability overseas. They will conduct Defence Engagement and capacity building, providing training, assistance, advice and mentoring to UK partners. The Strike Brigades will be equipped with the new Ajax tracked vehicle family and a new Mechanised Infantry Vehicle. The Ajax and the mechanized infantry vehicle will operate together in a new land joint strike force being put together by the Army in the 2020-2025 timeframe.

The Army will move from having three armored infantry brigades, one ready at any time, to two armored infantry brigades and two new Strike Brigades, with one of each held at readiness. The Army will also reconfigure a number of infantry battalions to provide an increased contribution to countering terrorism and building stability overseas. They will conduct Defence Engagement and capacity building, providing training, assistance, advice and mentoring to UK partners. The Strike Brigades will be equipped with the new Ajax tracked vehicle family and a new Mechanised Infantry Vehicle.

The Army needs the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle to replace the aged Bulldog APC and the limited Mastiff. This should be an 88 wheeled vehicle such as the VBCI or Piranha V. Initial Gate [the concept phase] was anticipated in 2016. The British had already tested Nexters VBCI and the Army visited the US to look at the Stryker. Other likely contenders include ST Kinetics, Patria, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems.

In July 2015, it was announced that a new Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Assembly, Integration and Testing (AIT) facility will be opened in South Wales. This will operate alongside the Companys Armoured Fighting Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Oakdale, South Wales, where the AJAX family of vehicles were developed.

Based on the latest General Dynamics Land Systems 8x8 technologies now in service with the US and Canadian Armies, the LAV Demonstrator represents best-in-class levels of protection with blast-deflecting Double V Hull technology and energy-absorbing seating for crew and troops. A sixth generation suspension and driveline and a more powerful engine provide superior mobility, reliability, and significantly increased payload over the original Strykers first fielded in 2002. The LAV Demonstrator also incorporates the highly reliable and combat-proven Kongsberg PROTECTOR - Remote Weapon Station (RWS) M-151, 12.7mm, integrated with Javelin anti-tank missile system. The system, when combined with the sensor package, smoke grenade dischargers and full stabilisation, markedly enhances the crews self-defence and firepower capability.

The Stryker LAV platform is in service with seven nations, including the US, Canada and Australia, with more than 10,000 LAVs delivered to date. For the coalition forces, Stryker LAV offers the benefits of shared logistics infrastructure. All systems on the LAV Demonstrator are currently in production and available as off-the-shelf technology.

The LAV Demonstrator is the culmination of decades of experience in the design, development and delivery of world-leading combat vehicles and systems at General Dynamics Land Systems. This pedigree enables the Company to meet the specific requirements of customers, delivering some of the worlds most recognisable combat vehicles to Armed Forces around the world, including the Abrams Main Battle Tank, the Stryker and Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) families, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) wheeled combat vehicles.



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