Spring 2011 Issue 12
Dynamics News > Successful trials for SV programme
The ASCOD PT5, the vehicle that will form the basis for the British Army’s Specialist Vehicle (SV) platform, recently completed the UK phase of a trials programme at ATDU Bovington and Hurn. It’s now at the General Dynamics European Land Systems (ELS) test facility in Seville for the final phase of the trials.
The trials programme is designed to capture important performance data that will support system development and build the Main Gate 2 business case for SV, which will have far more capability than the PT5 variant.
This is the first major trials activity for the SV programme and has been jointly planned and executed by employees from General Dynamics UK, General Dynamics ELS, Steyr and Santa Barbara Sistemas, alongside instrumentation suppliers Piedrafita and nCode.
ASCOD PT5 being put through its paces at ATDU Bovington
The ASCOD PT5 performed extremely well, attracting positive comments from key stakeholders. Mike Booth, the trials lead for General Dynamics UK said: “The trial has been an excellent start to collaborative working
> Inspiring the next generation
As part of its mission to inspire the next generation of engineers, General Dynamics UK recently took part in The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.
The London-based fair is the UK’s biggest event of its kind and attracted an estimated 25,000 people. It was a chance for General Dynamics UK to show how science, technology, engineering and mathematics – the so-called STEM subjects – are crucially important to its everyday activities.
As part of putting across the excitement of these subjects, the Company mounted a driving challenge simulator on its stand, which proved extremely popular. But the main aim was to provide an insight into the work of a system of systems integrator, and this was supported by the presence of representatives from across the Company’s engineering disciplines, giving advice on all the STEM subjects to students considering pursuing careers in engineering or science.
Students from William Parker School, Hastings, at The Big Bang.
Among the attendees were more than 250 children specially invited by General Dynamics UK from key schools with which the Company has close links, including Cwmcarn High School, Bassaleg Comprehensive School, Bexhill High School, William Parker Comprehensive and Monmouth Comprehensive.
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with our European partners. The reliable performance of the PT5 vehicle and hard work by the teams involved ensured we successfully finished the UK leg of trials ahead of schedule”.
While the trials were in progress, General Dynamics UK, the Medium Armoured Tracks Team (MATT) and major subcontractors briefed senior customers and users on the SV product and programme at a stakeholder event in Bovington. Steve Rowbotham of General Dynamics UK gave an update presentation on SV to an audience of more than 50 senior Army representatives, followed by an overview from Lockheed Martin on the SV turret.
Employees recognised for service in Afghanistan
Five employees from General Dynamics UK were presented with Operational Service Medals, following their recent deployment to Camp Bastion. The employees provided BCIP support to a platform regeneration project within Helmand province.
Brigadier Ivan Hooper, BATCIS Team Leader in MoD DE&S presented the medals to Paul Jones, Ross Bates, Simon Nutley, Deri Evans and Bryan Rushton in front of more than 100 attendees at the JIRAD event (see pg.14).
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