Terrier CEV in the News


(EMBARGO 00.01 12th February) Terrier combat vehicle upgraded with new innovations - 11 Feb 2016Several news outlets have run articles in the past couple days about the British Terrier Combat Engineer Vehicle.  The articles have focused on the introduction of a new telescopic investigation arm for the vehicle as well as it’s nickname of “Swiss army knife.”  As is typical with mainstream news articles about AFVs, they Terrier is repeatedly referred to as a “tank” and a fair amount of hyperbole is used to describe the vehicle.  An article from The Telegraph is fairly benign, aside from comparing the Terrier to a ‘Transformer.”  New York Post claims that the Terrier “has more gadgets than the Batmobile.”    The Daily Mail clearly fails to understand the role of a CEV, stating that the Terrier is “Capable of…causing wanton destruction in it’s wake, the British Army’s new battle tank looks like the stuff of Hollywood action films.” However, the award for most sensationalist reporting on the Terrier goes to Huffington Post UK for their headline “Terrier Vehicle Is The British Army’s Latest Terrifying Toy (But Where Will They Use Them?)

For a more sober  description of the Terrier, there is a video featuring Christopher Foss of IHS Janes describing the Terrier circa 2014.


Here is a video from October of last year showing some Terrier CEVs in the field.


And lastly, here is a video on the Terrier made by the manufacturer, BAE.

US Army to purchase more M109A7 SPH

1434570673259Jane’s is reporting that the US Army has exercised an option to purchase an additional 30 sets of M109A7 SPH and the companion M992A3 ammunition carrier.  Formerly referred to as the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program, the M109A7 features significant upgrades over the M109A6 Paladin by replacing  the tracks, transmission, and engine with units common to the Bradley IFV and adding a 600volt power generator and a more advanced projectile ramming system.  The contract was awarded on Oct 30 and is worth 245.3 million dollars.  This contract for 30 sets of vehicles will bring the US Army’s total number of sets to 66.

For a more detailed history of the M109A7 development, check out this page from Defense Industry Daily.

Click here to read the BAE press release on the contract.

US Army to move toward “pure-fleet” of M88A2 Hercules ARVs

m88-herculesArmy-Technology.com is reporting that BAE has received a contract from the US Army worth $110 million to upgrade 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles to the M88A2 Hercules standard.  BAE Systems Recovery Program director John Tile said: “The HERCULES is an integral part of the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) and essential to its recovery missions as the fleet becomes heavier.  This award continues the Army’s stated objective to pure-fleet its M88s to the more capable HERCULES configuration.”  According to a BAE press release, work on the contract is expected to begin immediately and will take place primarily at the company’s York, Pennsylvania, and Aiken, South Carolina, facilities. Deliveries will begin in January 2017 and continue through October 2017.

Army awards contracts for FFV (Future Fighting Vehicle) designs

the-pentagon-wars-1014407-tDefense News is reporting that the Pentagon has awarded contracts worth more than $28 million each to BAE Systems Land and Armaments and General Dynamics Land Systems as part of the FFV (Future Fighting Vehicle.)  The article describes the FFV program as a design contract that could yield a Bradley replacement or technology spin-outs to upgrade the Bradley.  The FFV program is being described as a more pragmatic approach, as opposed to the failed Ground Combat Vehicle and the Future Combat Systems programs of the last two decades.  Commented Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odiemo, “One of the problems we’ve had in the past with our major programs is that we tried to build the perfect vehicle.  The requirements were so high they were difficult, they took a lot of time, they were over-budget, and we couldn’t meet them.”  The article notes that the work is due Nov. 28, 2016.

Full article here.

BAE integrates “active damping” system to CV90 suspension

CV90_F1Army-technology.com is reporting that defense contractor BAE has incorporated “Formula One” suspension technology into the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle.  Referred to as an “active damping suspension”, these systems have been used in Formula One race cars since the early 90’s.  The system functions by sensing the speed of the vehicle and lay-out of the terrain ahead and responding by adjusting the suspension to keep the CV90 level, which reduces the wear and tear on the vehicle. Originally operational on carbon-fibre racing cars weighing no more than 700kg, the suspension system has been modified for the first time, to work on heavy tracked vehicles weighing up to 35 tons.  Reportedly, the suspension enables the vehicle to travel up to 40% faster than existing armored vehicles.

The full article can be read here.

Final proposals for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle submitted

JLTV_Competitors_updateDefense News is reporting that yesterday manufacturers AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense delivered proposals for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).  The Army plans to make a decision and award a firm-fixed-price contract to a single vendor this year. The award period will cover three years of low-rate initial production and five years of full-rate production. The Army plans to buy approximately 50,000 JLTVs for the Army, and the Marine Corps would buy 5,500.  The JLTV is being described as filling the gap between Humvees and the larger, less MRAP vehicles.  The competition pits AM General’s Blast Resistant Vehicle-Off road (BRV-O),Oshkosh’s Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) variant, and a joint Lockheed Martin-BAE Systems offering.

Armored Vehicles see big boost in 2016 US budget

Breaking Defense.com is reporting that tanks and armored vehicles are getting a significant boost in the army budget.  The list five vehicles that will see significant funding increases in the 2016 request. Below are the items receiving funding increases with the benefiting company listed in parenthesis.

  • $368 million for upgrades to the M1 Abrams tank, up 50 percent from $237 million in fiscal 2015. (General Dynamics)
  • $225 million for upgrades to the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle up 65 percent from $136 million in ’15. (BAE)
  • $230 million to begin detailed design of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), a turretless support variant of the Bradley, up 150 percent from $92 million. (BAE)
  • $152 million to further refine the upgraded M109 Paladin howitzer (Paladin Integrated Management or PIM) —  up 90 percent from $80 million. (BAE)
  • $308 million to buy 450 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV)  up 86 percent from $165 million. (undecided, the three candidates are Lockheed Martin, AM General, and Oshkosh.)