The Army’s 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicle (RCV) will receive protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the first half of next year. The tests will take place on the La Maraosa campus of the Director General of Terrestrial Systems of the National Aerospace Engineering Institute (INTA).
In this way, the level of protection of the vehicle is verified in national facilities equipped with the necessary means and properly accredited to certify the dragon’s resistance and compliance with NATO standard STANAG 4569, which regulates this matter.
So far, many of these tests have been carried out in German (IABG) or Dutch (TNO) facilities in which national manufacturers of military and security vehicles for the civil market certify the level of protection of their products.
However, on what is known as the La Maraosa Campus, they have been performing this type of test on all types of equipment, including military and civil vehicles, for more than 25 years. INTA’s Directorate-General for Terrestrial Systems commitment for this capacity now includes the accreditation of these tests by the National Accreditation Body (ENAC), as well as many other tests and calibrations of the measuring equipment used by the Sub-Directorate Tests, mine tests and IEDs). By including ENAC, INTA is committed to maximum quality and transparency, as the participation of this company, which accredits laboratories in Spain for all types of tests and calibrations, includes equipment, although certification of the STANAG standard does not require it. according to the international standard UNE-EN-ISO 17025.
The sub-directorate can certify compliance with the STANAG 4569 regulation, which regulates protection against mines and IEDs, in such a way that INTA has established itself as the national reference laboratory for this type of test and is the only one qualified for the use of military explosives for these tests and the facilities and appropriate personnel for the task.
As part of the technological risk reduction program of the 8×8 program, as we have analyzed on other occasions, it is planned to carry out the necessary tests on two of the protesters to verify their protection against ballistic threats, mines and IEDs. Currently, the 8×8 program office in the DGAM and manufacturers are exploring the possibility of using a barge similar to that of vehicles, called a rig, equipped with the essential equipment to restore the behavior of the entire vehicle. This avoids destroying an entire vehicle, but the behavior of these vehicles is certified using a barge containing the parts to be assessed (e.g. hull, engine, gearbox, axles or wheels).
The INTA General Directorate of Terrestrial Systems is located in the facilities of the La Maraosa campus and is responsible for the management of resources and the implementation of scientific and technical research programs and projects, as well as the provision of technological services in the field of defense technologies, security and ground systems . In this last aspect, one of the keys to the success of the Sub-Directorate for Terrestrial Systems and INTA facilities on the La Maraosa campus is working with companies in the defense and security sector.
The companies have facilities, equipment and personnel specialized in the implementation of in-house and tendering for all types of equipment. In this way, companies can validate the properties of their products and subject them to all kinds of tests that would not be reproducible in any other way.
In the event of explosions and fires of various types of weapons, which are used to check the level of protection of vehicles or other protective equipment, national companies have state-of-the-art and certified facilities such as the one in La Maraosa in the vicinity and in the vicinity, which avoid it, to the previous ones in Germany or to travel to the Netherlands employees, with subsequent savings for them.
On the other hand, it is important to add the intangible value of knowledge management that the tests in ESPAA require, and thus its potential to create jobs.
This symbiosis benefits everyone involved, as companies can evaluate all the properties of their products and thus continuously improve their developments. At the same time, the sub-directorate can analyze the suitability of all equipment with which the armed forces and state security forces and organs can be equipped.
With more than 100 years of defense and security research and development experience, the capabilities of the Director General of Terrestrial Systems will be analyzed in a number of articles that we will publish, as well as in the collaboration of his staff, starting with the Deputy Director , Hon. GB Da. Patricia Ortega Garca and Colonel D. Luis Carlos Gonzlez Atance, Head of Weapons and Ballistic Systems Department. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: Rehearsal on the ballistic field of the La Maraosa campus (INTA)
Protesters D1 and D2 during the centenary of La Legin (Spanish Army)
Campus La Maraosa (INTA)
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