• Russian defence minister announces Kremlin's strategic plans for next three years

    On 24 May Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu outlined to the Russian Senate increases in the country's nuclear and strategic capabilities over the next three years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported. "Tensions are growing in regions strategically important to Russia," Shoigu

  • Singapore Army showcases Next Generation ARV prototype

    The Singapore Army has taken the opportunity at its Army Open House 2017 event being held from 27 to 28 May to unveil a prototype tracked armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) that is presently known as the Next Generation ARV (NGARV). The NGARV is destined to be the next addition to its Next Generation

  • Brazil plans to phase out M108 howitzers

    The Brazilian Army plans to deactivate its 105 mm M108 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), the service recently announced. It reportedly has 72 systems in inventory with the 3rd, 5th, and 22th Self-propelled Field Artillery Groups located at Santa Maria, Curitiba, and Uruguaiana, respectively,

  • Pentagon budget 2018: GMV infantry squad vehicle moves rapidly into procurement

    The US Army has requested USD40.935 million in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) procurement funding to buy 100 Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMVs), a new platform intended so early entry forces can move more rapidly to assault opposing positions. A GMV Phase I plans to buy GMVs for five Airborne infantry

  • MILEX 2017: Belarus develops upgrade package for T-72 MBT

    Belarus has unveiled a set of upgrades for the T-72 main battle tank (MBT), with the improved vehicle designated the T-72BME. Showcased at the MILEX 2017 exhibition being held in Minsk from 20-22 May, the upgrade is marketed by Belarusian defence export agency BelTechExport with the 140 Repair

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  • A great leap forward

    China is ramping up efforts to develop the industrial capabilities that can provide the People's Liberation Army with the edge it requires over regional rivals, as Jon Grevatt reports
  • Northern composure

    Living with Russia on their nation's eastern border has meant the Finnish Defence Forces are more adjusted than most other militaries in the region in how to adopt an appropriate posture, Peter Felstead reports
  • Heavy lifting: Armoured recovery vehicles on the modern battlefield

    Armoured recovery vehicles play a vital battlefield role for any armour force, but countries take widely different approaches to buying and fielding these platforms. Christopher F Foss reports on recent developments
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  • Lockheed Martin marks maiden flight of LM-100J

    Lockheed Martin performed the first flight of its new LM-100J Hercules airlifter on 25 May. The latest civil variant of the military C-130J departed the company's Marietta production facility in Georgia for a maiden flight that its test pilot described as 'flawless'. This milestone, which follows
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