• Patria outlines offset offer to Lithuanian industry as IFV decision nears

    Finnish land systems group Patria has extended an offer of co-operation with Lithuanian industry supporting a bid based on its Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) as Vilnius nears a decision on the acquisition of a new 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Patria reiterated its offer to Lithuania in a

  • Brazil to open proposals for 4x4 armoured vehicles

    The Brazilian Army's Department of Science and Technology (DCT), by the end of November, is to open 'best and final offers' (BAFOs) from two local contractors, meant to fulfil the service's 4x4 VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa - Leve de Rodas) lightweight armoured multirole vehicle programme,

  • Brazil to buy 1,200 armoured 6x6s by year's end

    The Brazilian Army expects to buy 1,200 serial-production VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious armoured vehicles from Brazilian firm Iveco Latin America by the end of the year, the army's Projects Management Office (EPEx) told IHS Jane's on 17 November. The acquisition process will be sent to Brazil

  • Australian DoD seeks 450 tracked IFVs under Project Land 400 Phase 3 RfI

    A request for information (RfI) for 450 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to meet the mounted close combat requirements of the Australian Army was released by the Department of Defence (DoD) on 13 November. The RfI, closing on 22 February 2016, encompasses Phase 3 of what will be the

  • Oman reportedly looking for tanks

    Oman has a requirement for around 70 main battle tanks and is considering the Leopard 2 or a Turkish competitor, the German news magazine Spiegel reported on 12 November. ANALYSIS The requirement for around 70 tanks would suggest Oman is looking to replace its similarly sized fleet of M60A3 tanks.

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  • Elbit announces Hermes 900 deal for Switzerland

    Elbit Systems has been awarded an approximately USD200 million contract by the Swiss government for the procurement of its Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), the company announced on 26 November. The contract, which was placed by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection


  • Jernas

    Type Static and towed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system Development The MBDA Jernas (Arabic word for a falcon that has just come to maturity and is at the peak of its predatory capability) air-defence system was first shown at the IDEX '93 Exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The private venture

  • Rapier

    Type Static and towed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system Development The Rapier low-level surface-to-air missile system was developed by the former British Aircraft Corporation (now MBDA), Guided Weapons Division from the early 1960s onwards to meet the requirements of the British Army and Royal

  • Rapier Field Standard C (FSC)

    Type Static and towed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system Development In November 1986, the then British Aerospace Stevenage (now MBDA) was awarded a contract worth some GBP1.6 billion for the design, development and initial production of the Rapier FSC air defence weapon for delivery to the

  • TATRA T 815 (6 × 6) truck series

    Development TATRA can trace its origins back to Austria and 1850, the company building its first car in 1897, and its first truck a year later in 1898. As a result of the First World War the part of Austria TATRA originated from became part of the then Czechoslovakia. The TATRA brand first appeared