• KADEX 2018: Russia presents export version of BMPT

    The Russian defence industry is presenting the export version of the BMPT Terminator fire support vehicle at the KADEX 2018 defence show being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 23–26 May. The Terminator has a combat weight of 47 tonnes and its powerplant produces a maximum road speed of 65 km/h

  • US to grant new hardware to Brazil

    The United States is to donate 120 M198 155 mm towed howitzers, 200 M577A2 armoured command post vehicles, and six M88A1 armoured recovery vehicles (ARV) to the Brazilian Army as excess defense articles (EDA). If the transfer is approved, letters of offer and acceptance will be signed with the

  • Nexter orders first batch of 40 mm CTAS for Jaguar

    Nexter has ordered the first batch of 40 mm Cased Telescoped Armament Systems (CTAS) from CTA International for France’s Jaguar 6x6 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV), Pierre Clouvel, president of the Nexter–BAE Systems joint venture, said on 18 May. The order for 110 CTAS was placed

  • Poland seeks truck-mounted scatterable mine-laying system

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate (AI) announced on 9 May that it is relaunching the Baobab-K programme to develop a vehicle able to scatter mines, with a 6 June deadline for bids. The previous call was cancelled in October 2017 because the AI assessed the development costs at less than a third of

  • Endeavor Robotics awarded a USD10 million contract to provide the USMC with FirstLook robots

    The US Marine Corps is to receive a number of FirstLook throwable robots from Endeavor Robotics via a USD10 million contract that was awarded in May. The FirstLook is a small, tracked platform that has a flipper system that enables it to right itself and to climb steps – the platform can


  • Greater than the sum of their parts: Benelux country briefing

    The Benelux countries have a long history of military co-operation. This is particularly the case with the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies, which are under joint command, and the two countries’ air forces, which take turns guarding Benelux airspace. Nicholas Fiorenza examines how Benelux joint capabilities are improving after years of defence cuts
  • The Czar of battle: Russian artillery use in Ukraine portends advances

    The Russian Army, which has long emphasised its artillery arm, is once again upgrading conventional tube artillery and adding new targeting techniques. Samuel Cranny-Evans, Mark Cazalet, and Christopher F Foss report on the country's more flexible approach to fire missions
  • The big bang theory: planning future MBT armaments

    Next-generation MBTs are due to enter service from the 2040s, and planning for their core capabilities will be needed in the near term. Jon Hawkes and Neil Gibson investigate potential future weapon technologies that could be installed on these vehicles
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  • Sweden to upgrade MS20-standard Gripen C/Ds

    Saab has been awarded SEK224 million (USD26 million) to upgrade systems on the Swedish Air Force (SwAF’s) fleet of Gripen C/D combat aircraft. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) contract, announced by the company on 23 May, involves enhancements to the current