• Update: Yemeni ballistic missile attacks continue against Saudi Arabia

    The continuation of ballistic missile attacks has further undermined Saudi Arabia's claims that it and its allies had successfully destroyed Yemen's surface-to-surface missile capability since the outset of the military operation they launched in late March. Saudi Arabia confirmed on 26 August that

  • Brazilian Army maintains 8x8 programme despite budget crunch

    Brazil is facing serious budgetary limits but its army is maintaining plans to locally develop an 8x8 mobile gun system known as VBR-MR (Viatura Blindada de Reconhecimento-Media de Rodas), part of its Guarani Strategic Project. A research and development contract is expected to be awarded by the

  • JLTV programme could eventually be re-competed, Humvee future still unclear

    Several tactical wheeled vehicle decisions remain following a 25 August award to Oshkosh Defense for the massive Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme, such as whether or not production will be re-competed and how to handle remaining Humvee fleets. Interestingly, as an option within the

  • Czech Republic funds Pandur II command vehicle purchase

    The Czech government approved on 20 August the procurement of 20 Steyr Pandur II 8x8 armoured vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) for CZK1.3 billion (USD70 million). Czech defence manufacturer Excalibur Army will be awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by the end of

  • Analysis: Foreign sales could bolster JLTV programme

    A builder for the Pentagon's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) could be announced in the coming weeks, and although the winner must first focus on producing vehicles for the US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC), there is significant potential for international sales as well. ANALYSIS AM General,


  • Out with the old: Polish land systems modernisation

    Poland is pressing ahead with a wide-ranging military modernisation, seeking to build the capacity of its recently consolidated defence industrial sector and swiftly replace its ageing land systems amid rising regional tension. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • On the mend: British Army looks to refreshed AFVs

    After many years of underinvestment, the UK is injecting significant funding into its land forces over the next decade, most of it being spent on the British Army's Ground Manoeuvre capability. Christopher F Foss reports on the three major programmes
  • Packing a punch

    Despite its small size, the New Zealand Defence Force takes pride in its ability to deliver a credible contribution to multinational operations and continues to grow a full spectrum of capabilities able to meet the challenges of an increasingly uncertain strategic environment both at home and abroad. Kate Tringham reports
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  • UK requests remanufacture of Apaches to AH-64E standard

    The United Kingdom has requested from the US government the remanufacture of 50 of its AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64D Block I Apache Longbow AH.1 helicopters to the latest AH-64E Guardian standard. The request, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 27 August,
  • Japan launches second Izumo-class helicopter carrier

    Japan's second and final Izumo-class helicopter carrier was launched at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama on 27 August. Named Kaga (the first Japanese naval ship to take the name since the Second World War aircraft carrier that took part in the Pearl Harbor attacks and was lost at the


  • 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