The new combat vehicles are being presented by General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) at Eurosatory 2018, being held in Paris on 11-15 June.
GDELS presented new variants of the ASCOD family of tracked vehicles, including ASCOD Medium Main Battle Tank (MMBT) and ASCOD Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) at Eurosatory 2018. According to the company, both ASCOD vehicles have been developed using General Dynamics European Land Systems’ new “Common Base Platform Design” (CBP) with modular capability and open vehicle architecture with three power-pack solutions between 530, 600 and 800kW, either steel tracks or rubber bands and multiple configurations up to the crew of three plus 8 dismounts.
The Medium Main Battle Tank (MMBT) is based on a modified chassis of the ASCOD multi-purpose vehicle platform. With a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 42 tons, it is fitted with a modern Leonardo’s 120mm HITFACT system ( which includes gunner self-stabilised day and night IR thermal cameras ), armed with a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.
The 120mm smoothbore gun fires standard NATO ammunition and is coupled to a computerised fire control system giving the commander and gunner stabilised day/thermal sights incorporating a laser rangefinder.
The Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) also is based on a modified chassis of the ASCOD multi-purpose vehicle platform but is fitted with an Elbit Systems’ UT30MK2 unmanned turret including a 30mm dual feed cannon, 7.62mm co-axial MG, a pod of two anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), a Hard Kill Active Defence System and an advanced 360 degree sight system for increased situational awareness.
The gross vehicle weight of 35 tons and vehicle has increased volume for the rear troop compartment.