Thales and Renault Trucks present joint digitised vehicle solution

Thales and Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) have joined forces to extend the capa­bil­i­ties of the VAB Mk3, the lat­est addi­tion to RTD’s range of armoured vehi­cles.

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Under this part­ner­ship, the VAB Mk3 new-gen­er­a­tion armoured per­son­nel car­ri­er ben­e­fits from new capa­bil­i­ties. Each crew sta­tion, ful­ly con­fig­urable to the type of mis­sion, dis­plays the real-time image from a tur­ret-mount­ed cam­era, pro­vid­ing the three main oper­a­tors (infantry squad leader, gun­ner and dri­ver) with a shared pic­ture of the tac­ti­cal envi­ron­ment. The tur­ret is also slaved to a hos­tile fire detec­tion sys­tem, enabling the crew to respond more quick­ly and more effi­cient­ly to threats.

The vehicle’s inter­nal and exter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tions capa­bil­i­ties are a par­tic­u­lar area of focus. The radio sys­tem, cou­pled with the vehicle’s core elec­tron­ics, ensures voice and data links the rest of the digi­tised bat­tle­space, par­tic­u­lar­ly oth­er armoured vehi­cles. In addi­tion, the VAB Mk3’s inter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work offers extend­ed range for dis­mount­ed oper­a­tions, enabling infantry to stay in radio con­tact at dis­tances up to 1,000 metres from the vehi­cle, depend­ing on which options cus­tomers choose.

Last­ly, an exclu­sive nav­i­ga­tion aid incor­po­rat­ing route pro­files and ter­rain infor­ma­tion, cou­pled with a hybrid GPS / iner­tial nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, ensures a high lev­el of geopo­si­tion­ing accu­ra­cy and can also be con­nect­ed to a tar­get des­ig­na­tion sys­tem. For the pilot, fur­ther capa­bil­i­ties include a dri­ving aid with day and night video feeds. Vehi­cle logis­tics data (fuel, muni­tions, etc.) can also be relayed to high­er lev­els of com­mand, allow­ing the crew to autonomous­ly man­age its ener­gy use to max­imise the VAB Mk3’s endurance for very long mis­sions.

Enabling col­lab­o­ra­tive com­bat

All these ser­vices are inte­grat­ed with­in the com­ple­men­tary open archi­tec­tures devel­oped by Renault Trucks Defense and Thales. The “Bat­tlenet Inside” sys­tem used by Renault Trucks Defense and based on the elec­tron­ic archi­tec­tures devel­oped by Vol­vo inter­con­nects all the vehi­cle sys­tems and allows them to oper­ate col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly. Based on elec­tron­ic archi­tec­tures devel­oped for com­mer­cial mar­kets, “Bat­tlenet Inside” brings the ben­e­fits of COTS solu­tions to the bat­tle­space after exten­sive test­ing on large fleets of com­mer­cial vehi­cles.

Thales’s “VSys-net” solu­tion inserts the VAB Mk3 into a broad­er digi­tised sphere of engage­ment. As a result, the crew are able to work col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly both with­in the vehi­cle and with oth­er plat­forms (armoured vehi­cles, UAVs, artillery, etc.). The “VSys-net” solu­tion draws on Thales’s exten­sive expe­ri­ence in artillery coor­di­na­tion, recon­nais­sance vehi­cle and com­bat vehi­cle digi­ti­sa­tion pro­grammes in France and around the world.

Through this part­ner­ship, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales are able to offer the very best and most cost-effec­tive tech­ni­cal solu­tions for future pro­grammes and ensure con­tin­u­ing devel­op­ment and sup­port as new require­ments emerge.

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