• General Dynamics will not protest US Army's AMPV programme

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has decided it will not protest the US Army's solicitation for its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) programme, allowing the effort to move ahead with a development contract that is scheduled to be awarded in late 2014. The company was considering lodging a

  • Netherlands seeks new mortars

    The Netherlands has launched a tender for a new 60 mm lightweight mortar plus 15,000 rounds of ammunition in different types. Under the programme, the Defensie Materieel Organisatie is seeking a total of 75 new mortars, plus 9,315 high-explosive point detonating; 2,115 high-explosive proximity

  • Croatia receives donated Maxxpro MRAPs

    Croatia received 30 Navistar Maxxpro 4x4 mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from the United States on 7 April, the Croatian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced. The vehicles were delivered free of charge under the US Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme, and form the first batch of

  • Atom collaboration suspended

    Collaboration on the Atom armoured personnel carrier (APC) between France's Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) and Russia's UralVagonZavod (UVZ) has been suspended, press agency AFP reported on 8 April. A spokesperson for Sweden's Volvo, owner of Renault Trucks Defence, told the press agency that as they

  • Mitsubishi developing amphibious assault vehicle prototype

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has built a prototype for an amphibious vehicle, a spokesman told IHS Jane's on 8 April. MHI - Japan's largest defence company - has conducted research and development into amphibious vehicles for some time, he said. "It's true that we have built a prototype

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  • Russia orders more MiG-29SMT fighters

    Russia has signed a contract with the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG) for 16 more MiG-29SMT 'Fulcrum' multirole fighter aircraft, RAC MiG announced on 15 April. Valued at RUB17 billion (USD473 million), including ground support and test equipment, the order will see the RAC MiG deliver
  • German P-3C Orion upgrade approved by US State Department

    The US State Department has approved a USD250 million upgrade package for Germany's eight Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 11 April. The package comprises the procurement, integration, and installation of hardware and


  • BMPT Tank Support Combat Vehicle

    Development During the Ural 2000 defence exhibition, Russia showed the Tank Support Combat Vehicle (BMPT). This has been developed by the Urals Transport Machinery Design Bureau Federal State Unitary Enterprise and the Uralvagonzavod Production Association State Unitary Enterprise. During the

  • Merkava Mk 1, Mk 2 and Mk 3 MBTs

    Development Israeli experience in the 1967 Middle East campaign proved that mobility was no substitute for armour protection. It therefore decided at an early stage that the main emphasis of this Merkava design would be placed on armour, with firepower and mobility second and third priorities.

  • T-80 MBT

    Development The T-80 MBT was developed at the Leningrad Kirov Plant (LKZ) under the direction of Nikolai S Popov, with the prototype being designated the Obiekt 219 and fitted with a GTD-1000T turbine engine. This was accepted for service in 1976. Prior to the development of the T-80 MBT there

  • T-90MS main battle tank

    Development In addition to marketing the T-90S Main Battle Tank (MBT), which is covered in a separate entry in IHS Jane's Land Warfare Platforms: Armoured Fighting Vehicles, the Joint Stock Company Research and Production Corporation UralVagonZavod is also marketing a further development of this