• HIT reveals new information on Al Khalid-I MBT

    Officials from Pakistan's Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) disclosed new information about the greatly anticipated Al Khalid-Improved (I) main battle tank (MBT) during the recent DSA 2014 exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur. Brigadier Ghulam Murtaza Qureshi (rtd), HIT's director of budget, marketing and

  • Sweden proposes 10-year defence spending rise

    The government of Sweden has announced plans to increase defence spending by SEK28 billion (USD4.25 billion) over the next 10 years in response to concerns about the potential threat posed by Russia. In a statement released on 22 April, the government revealed it was presenting 'new proposals' to

  • Update: Ukrainian internal security units lead response to pro-Russian paramilitaries

    Units from the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and Security Service (SBU) have been spearheading the first phase of an operation against armed pro-Russian paramilitary groups in the restive east of the country. The mission got under way on the afternoon of 15 April and also saw the

  • DSA 2014: Belarusian BTR-50PKM upgrade offered for Asian market

    Belarusian armoured vehicle repair, servicing, and upgrade company Minotor-Service presented several of its latest design concepts and modernisation packages at this year's DSA exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Among those with possible potential in the Asia-Pacific market is an upgrade package for the

  • DSA 2014: First Win pitching for Malaysian requirement

    Defence companies from Thailand and Malaysia are hoping to secure a contract from the Malaysian government to build up to 200 4x4 multipurpose armoured vehicles for the Malaysian Army. The vehicle will be based on the First Win armoured vehicle, designed by Thailand's Chaiseri Metal & Rubber

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  • BAE Systems begins new round of CFT trials for Typhoon

    BAE Systems is currently assessing the aerodynamic characteristics of conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the company announced on 22 April. Wind tunnel trials of the twin 'shoulder-mounted' blister tanks are now being held to accelerate the clearance processes


  • 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