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Domestic and Arctic Mobility Enhancement Project

Colin Parkinson

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Reviving an old thread, based on an interesting article from Strategypage:


While a nuclear powered, semi icebreaker LASH (Lighters Aboard Ship) might be a bit much, given the extreme conditions that it is ment to operate under, the Sevmorput is perhaps the most reasonable solution possible for the arctic. Certainly Canada is now moving towards developing small, modular nuclear powerplants, so we could indeed go that way if desired, but even without nuclear power, this type of ship seems ideal to provide logistics support to the far North for most of the year. The use of on board lighters allows you to send supplies even into shallow waters, and the Sevmorput also has several on board cranes so it can transfer cargo containers and other supplies and equipment to a dock as well.

One thing that "we" collectively don't have a real handle on is how to support large scale operations in the arctic. Thinking about ships like this could be one way to extend our reach.
Interesting, didn't think any LASH ships were still in service. Ice strengthened Bay Class or Mistrals would give us enough capacity to move the materials that we could realistically muster as our BV 206 fleet is dwindling as well, as well as provide Forward fleet support and command functions.
 

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OK.

Changing track completely now.

I have a new obsession.

For a long time I have been a fan of the Swedish defence industry, and in particular the BAE Haegglunds Bandvagon Series as exemplified by the Bv206. I have assumed that there is no better solution to the DAME (Domestic Arctic Mobility Enhancement) Project. I wuz wrong.

Oh Canada!

Bombardier and Foremost (a Calgary oilfield specialist company) have solid reputations and interesting solutions, with Bombardier strongly penetrating the recreational market or light snowmobiles, ATVs and "tricycles"

Trundling along in the rear has been a small specialty company called Argo.

I think Argo might be the future.





This is the Argo


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But Argo now has a big brother

The Argo Sherp Pro XT - a Canadian derivative of a Russian invention marketed by a Ukrainian company. Canadianization means modifying the drive to the Argo style chain bath, replacing the Kubota diesel with a North American legal Doosan from Hyundai, and putting some comfortable seats and controls in it. The unit has attracted the attention of Rheinmetal of Quebec who have extended their Argo Mission Master range to include the Sherp as the Mission Master XT. Rheinmetall is focusing on the Argo series as UGVs. But it can also operate as an optionally manned UGV.
Now for the videos.

The original Russian/Ukrainian Vehicle




The Argo Vehicle




The Rheinmetall Vehicle




The Rheinmetall Argo Mission Master Original




Argo Promo.





And as an aside to the tankers - the optionally manned concept is also being applied to tanks - perhaps there is hope for the one-man tank yet.


Or even an optionally manned Ripsaw




The bases of a Canadian Light Brigade, Militia and SAR? Air, Sea and Heliportable? CH-146, CH-148, CH-149, CH-147, CC-295, CC-130, AOPS?
 

Colin Parkinson

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What I like about Sherpa's is they have an enclosed cab, that's a big thing in the Arctic. the good news is they are in production . Meaning we can buy a batch for evaluation and if we like them, then buy a licence to have them built in Canada and the companies here bid on the construction and not the design. I think these types can compliment the BV 210s' and armoured versions. The Sherpas could be bought to provide mobility and support to the Ranger patrols and Arctic SAR.

 

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What I like about Sherpa's is they have an enclosed cab, that's a big thing in the Arctic. the good news is they are in production . Meaning we can buy a batch for evaluation and if we like them, then buy a licence to have them built in Canada and the companies here bid on the construction and not the design. I think these types can compliment the BV 210s' and armoured versions. The Sherpas could be bought to provide mobility and support to the Ranger patrols and Arctic SAR.



One point though Colin, judging from the Argo and Rheinmetall videos, there is already a Canadian licence and production.

Argo seems to own the licence and is teamed with Rheinmetal for the Mission Master XT.

The Argo version also seems to be built around the Hyndai, Doosan D18 EPA diesel.

 

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SHERP
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IndustryAmphibious off-road vehicles
Founded2012
HeadquartersWinnipeg, Canada
Kyiv, Ukraine
Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Key people
  • Alexei Garagashyan (Engineer)
  • Yaroslav Prygara (former CEO)
  • Vlad Shkolnik (Owner)
  • Sergey Samokhvalov (Owner)
ProductsAmphibious ATV/UTV/XTV
Number of employees300+ (120 in Russia)
Websitehttps://sherp.ru https://sherpglobal.com
 
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