News and Current Events From Mandus Group

September 2011

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In This Issue
Mandus Group Goes the Extra Mile in Customer Service
Current Events
Welcome to The Next Step in The Evolution of Light Artillery
The Hawkeye Passes Its First Test With Flying Colors
A Quick Look at a Cutting Edge Digital Fire Control System
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Mandus Group Goes the Extra Mile in Customer Service
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Three components that are built into every Mandus Group product are: innovation, reliability, and durability. As such, Mandus Group has not had a product returned for failure or defect since our company started manufacturing military equipment over twelve years ago. Furthermore, we stand by our products with a proven track record of support. 


Our products are all designed to hold up on the battlefield so our troops have the best possible equipment on hand to do their job safely and effectively. Consequently, the highest compliment we can receive is from the soldiers, sailors, marines, and airman who use our equipment in the field. 


Here is one such accolade that we recently received which bears testimony to how we design and build our gear: "This has been by far the best customer service that I have received from a company in my 15 yrs in the Army.  Thank you very much for the help and I look forward to working with you in the future." Those are the words of a satisfied soldier stationed in Afghanistan who recently contacted Mandus Group to resolve a product issue. 


Mandus Group is committed to providing the best customer service possible. If a customer needs assistance they can simply call our office and a real life receptionist will direct his or her call to the department that can best address the issue. If a phone call is not an option, feel free to email us and we will provide a swift personal response.


Customer Service


Office: 309-786-1507

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Current Events



Mandus Group will be attending the annual AUSA Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C. October 10-12, 2011. We will be looking forward to meeting with all of our customers and business partners.  Please stop and see us at Mack Defense (booth number 1553) and take a look at the Hawkeye 105mm Weapon System mounted on a Mack Defense Sherpa.  To schedule a meeting during the conference, please contact our home office at 309-786-1507.






It has been a very exciting month for Mandus Group. We have reached the culmination of a project that has been years in making, a self propelled 105mm howitzer.  The prototype has been built and tested and now it's ready to be introduced to the world's artillery community.  This month we have three articles that will provide our customers and business partners a brief introduction to the Hawkeye 105mm Weapon System.  Please take a look at the articles, click on a link to the Hawkeye webpage or check out the link to see a video of it firing. We hope you all will share in our excitement for this groundbreaking weapon system.


Thank you,
Mandus Group, Ltd


Welcome to The Next Step in The Evolution of Light Artillery 


The new paradigm in artillery technology has finally arrived! Self propelled artillery has been restricted to large heavy weight vehicles that are ponderous, lack maneuverability, and are hard to airlift due to their heavy weight. At last, this barrier has been smashed and light weight, self propelled howitzers are now a reality. Field commanders will now have access to extremely light, mobile artillery the likes of which have never been seen before. Maneuverability is now the requisite attribute for artillery formations and the key to unlocking this capability is now available. Mandus Group is pleased to introduce the new standard in field artillery: The Hawkeye 105mm Weapon System!


Mandus Group has just completed the prototype of their groundbreaking new entry to the field of light artillery. The Hawkeye is a lightweight, modular, high performance howitzer that will set the standard in firepower, tactical mobility, strategic deployability, and command and control. It can be integrated with many types of combat transportation including wheeled, tracked, rail, watercraft, aircraft and towed systems. The Hawkeye's versatility is owed to the unique combination of lightweight materials and low recoil forces provided by the emerging technology of soft recoil. This technology allows carriage structures to be up to 50% lighter than conventional recoil systems and provides an added ergonomic advantage by having the breech rest behind the carriage in all elevations and traversing conditions.


The Hawkeye has the ability to traverse 360 degrees and has an elevation range between -5 to +66 degrees. It can fire a standard projectile 11,500 meters and can max out its range to 15,100 meters with a rocket-assisted projectile. A three-man crew can fire the Hawkeye at a rate of 10 to 12 rounds a minute and sustain a pace of 6 rounds per minute during extended firing.


Stop by Mack Defense booth number 1553 at AUSA for closer look at the Hawkeye mounted on a Mack Defense Sherpa.




The Hawkeye Passes Its First Test With 

Flying Colors  

Sand Round_Hawkeye 

The thunderous booming of the Hawkeye 105mm Weapon System rocked the fields of Eastern Iowa recently as Mandus Group test fired sand rounds in front of a small group of engineers, partners and enthusiasts. The weapon performed fantastically as it fired in many different elevations and traversing positions mounted to the bed of a Mack Defense Sherpa. 


Click here to see a video of the Hawkeye in action. 


A Quick Look at a Cutting Edge Digital Fire Control System

Fire Control_Hawkeye 

With every great artillery system there must be a reliable means of guiding a projectile to its target. As a demonstration system, the Hawkeye prototype employs a state of the art LINAPS digital fire control system provided by Selex Galileo. It works in three parts. First a highly advanced north seeking INU (Inertial Navigation Unit) equipped with GPS locates the weapon on the ground, determines its elevation and orientates azmuth. Then a MVS (Muzzle Velocity System) calculates the speed of the projectile as it leaves the muzzle and relays the information back to the FDC (Fire Direction Center). Finally, with all of the variables calculated, the digital gunner's display assists the gunner in positioning the weapon to fire. This fire control system will ensure the Hawkeye has a reputation as a "can't miss" 105mm weapon system.






Thank you again for taking the time to read through our newsletter.  If you are interested in any of our products or services please contact us.


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