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General Dynamics UK Completes Base Platform Critical Design Review for Specialist Vehicle Variant

General Dynamics UK has received confirmation from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) that the Base Platform Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Protected Mobility Recce Support (PMRS) variant, as part of the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) programme, has been completed.

The Base Platform CDR for the PMRS variant is the first variant-specific CDR for the SCOUT SV programme to be held. It is an important marker as General Dynamics UK’s progresses towards the delivery of the first PMRS variant pre-production prototype in 2014. The review covered the PMRS system architecture, including the physical architecture and software; its sub-systems, such as the running gear, suspension, auto controls and propulsion; and PMRS specific design interfaces, including for the vehicle’s electronic architecture, C4I equipment, towing and storage.

The Base Platform CDR for the PMRS variant confirmed the PMRS’ mine and ballistic survivability design, following an extensive test regime. It also verified the human factors design, which included a full assessment of the ease of entry and exit from the vehicle and the positioning and user-friendliness of onboard systems.

This review precedes the overarching CDR for the PMRS variant, which will occur later this year, to establish the final design of the variant for future production.

Kevin Connell, vice president at General Dynamics UK – Land Systems, said:

“This is a significant milestone in the SCOUT SV programme as we move closer towards the delivery of the first PMRS pre-production prototype later this year. This successful Base Platform CDR for the PMRS variant shows we are well on our way to delivering a best-in-class family of armoured vehicles that meet the requirements of Future Force 2020 for the British Army.”

Each SCOUT SV platform variant will be a highly-agile, tracked, medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle, providing British troops with state-of-the-art protection. SCOUT SV vehicles are developed upon a highly-adaptable and capable Common Base Platform, maximising commonality in mobility, electronic architecture and survivability that ensures the British Army has a family of world-class platforms.