Among improvements foreseen for the German Puma, the Turret-independent Secondary Weapon Station will considerably increase less-than-lethal capabilities. (P. Valpolini)
sight, capable to handle lethal as well as non-lethal 40 mm grenades of various types. The TSWA can increase killer-killer capabilities as well as effectiveness in urban operations. A 360° situational awareness system with automatic target acquisition and tracking is also in development, while Rohde & Schwarz Streitkräftegemeinsame, verbundfähige Funkgerät-Ausstattung (SVFuA) software defined radio awaited in the near future will further increase net-centric capabilities. Poland future tracked vehicles should be based on the Uniwersalnej Modułowej Platformy Gąsienicowej (UMPG for Universal Modular Tracked Platform). The UMPG will give birth to two families of vehicles, one replacing current T-72 MBTs, the other the BWP1s, the Polish version of the Soviet BMP-1, over 1,100 such vehicles being still in service. The latter replacement, known as Borsuk, is currently being developed by Obrum. Recently a computer generated drawing was released, which shows a six roadwheels chassis
with rubber tracks, fitted with the Huta Stalowa Wola ZSSW-30 unmanned turret. The main armament is the 30 mm Orbital-ATK’s Mk44 Bushmaster II gun, a missile launcher containing two missiles being fitted on the right side, probably being designed to host Spike Long Range weapons, which are already in service in the Polish Army. The driver is on the front left, with the vehicle commander behind him and the engine at the right. The vehicle configuration and what might be a propeller indicate amphibious capabilities, which are part of the Polish requirement. How much this is compatible with high levels of protection is to be seen; however if a modular protection concept is adopted, the Borsuk might be available both in amphibious and non-amphibious versions, depending on the armour kit adopted. A prototype is expected to be unveiled at MSPO 2017, the production of 800 vehicles being planned. It is to note that BAE Systems has been pushing hard in proposing its CV-90 as a base platform for the Polish programme. The Czech Republic is also looking for a replacement for its BMP-2s. This might be a market for BAE Systems CV-90, the company having reached an industrial agreement with local VOP CZ in mid-May 2016 to promote the BAE Systems Hägglunds platform. In 2017 Turkey should launch the RfP for its new infantry fighting vehicle, Otokar Tulpar being the one vehicle currently in full development and trials. With a maximum GVW of 42 tonnes, the Tulpar is proposed with two different powerpacks. One is based on a Scania DI 16 Turbo intercooler commonrail engine providing 810 hp, coupled to an SG-850 automatic 32 speed mechanical transmission build by SAPA Placencia in Spain used in the current configuration, which GVW is of 32 tonnes, it would be maintained up to 35 tonnes GVW. For higher weight configurations, or for customers operating in very hot climates, Otokar is proposing a 1,100 hp MTU engine coupled to a Renk transmis-
In 2017 the Turkish Army should issue the Request for Proposals for a new infantry fighting vehicle, Otokar’s Tulpar being one of the most credible candidates. (Otokar)
In this special Eurosatory 2016 supplement, Paolo Valpolini discusses both wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles.