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DVD 2022 ~ Defence Vehicle Dynamics Returns To Millbrook

Hanwha K9A2 155mm SPH during DVD 2022 set-up, 20th September [©Bob Morrison]

The biennial Defence Vehicle Dynamics expo returns to Millbrook Proving Ground today after a four year gap caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Bob Morrison.


A little unusually for DVD, artillery is on show this time around as manufacturers turn their focus to the forthcoming UK Mobile Fires Platform requirement.

Supacat HMT600 MK2 with AM General and Mandus Group SRT (Soft Recoil Technology) 105mm cannon [©Bob Morrison]
Boxer 155mm 8×8 SPH on the Rheinmetall stand at DVD 2022 [©Bob Morrison]

However the types of 4×4 we normally expect to see at the show are also there in abundance as the UK Forces GSUP (General Support Utility Platform) programme gathers speed. Brand new vehicles, such as the latest evolution of the familiar-looking, but very different,THEMIS Armour System 4×4 from Hobson Industries are also in attendance and I spotted not one but two of the Oshkosh JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) demonstrators when I visited the Off-Road Area Stands during Tuesday set-up. The next couple of days are likely to be a little busy, but I reckon I should come away from this interesting expo with a few stories to tell.

Supacat are also showcasing a WMIK-style Jeep J8 suggestion for GSUP [©Bob Morrison]
Raptor and Wildtrak versions of the New Ford Ranger ~ these could form the basis for a GSUP submission [©Bob Morrison]
Two of the Hobson THEMIS Armour System family ~ the model nearest the camera is said to be “in UK Government Service” but the users cannot be disclosed [©Bob Morrison]
A brace of Oshkosh JLTVs during DVD 2022 set-up ~ will UK MoD finally announce procurement at this year’s show or will the project continue to drag? [©Bob Morrison]

[images © Bob Morrison]

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