• Over half of Bundeswehr’s Leopard 2 MBTs are not operationally ready

    German media reported on 16 November that only 95 of the 244 Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) in service with the Bundeswehr are operationally ready. A further 53 vehicles – thought to be Leopard 2A6Ms – are being converted to the new Leopard 2A6M+ standard, and 86 are in a state of

  • Challenger 2 trialled with ROSY, Iron Fist APS

    Rheinmetall’s ROSY rapid obscurant system has been demonstrated on a British Army Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT), Jane’s has learned, with components of Israeli Military Industries’ (IMI) Iron Fist hard-kill active protection system (APS) also understood to have been

  • CAAR demonstrates autonomous resupply

    A UK-US team has conducted a trial of unmanned resupply technologies and concepts. Through the Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR) demonstration, the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering

  • USMC AAV7A1s set for survivability upgrades

    Four battalions of the US Marine Corps’ ageing AAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicles are to receive survivability upgrades as part of the Corps’ amphibious ground vehicle modernisation efforts, service representatives said at the SMi Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability conference in

  • Raytheon details Quick Kill 2.0 hard-kill APS

    Raytheon Missile Systems’ updated hard-kill active protection system (APS), the Quick Kill 2.0, is to undergo testing in 12 to 18 months, according to the company’s Survivability Lead for Land Warfare Systems, David Maseredjian, who was speaking at the SMi Future Armoured Vehicles

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  • Gearing up: European armies bolster the lethality and survivability of their AFV fleets

    With resurgent tensions to the East, the importance of conventional European ground forces has returned to the fore following nearly two decades of asymmetric operations. James Bingham reports
  • Beefing up the Baltics

    The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are increasing their defence budgets and beefing up their armed forces in response to the Russian threat, but still rely on their NATO allies for vital capabilities. Nicholas Fiorenza reports on how the three countries are improving their military effectiveness and how the NATO enhanced Forward Presence strategy is aiding this effort
  • Active protection: US and UK vehicle defence projects kick off

    Active protection systems have received substantial investment in countries such as China, Israel, and Russia, but in recent years the UK and the US lagged behind. However, the two countries are now investing in near- and long-term capabilities. James Bingham and Robin Hughes examine these efforts
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  • First E-2D for Japan makes maiden flight

    The first Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Japan made its maiden flight on 13 November. The milestone, which was announced by the aircraft manufacturer two days later, took place at Northrop Grumman’s
  • Queen Elizabeth to formally join fleet

    The UK Royal Navy’s first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier is to complete its contractors’ sea trials and formally join the fleet on 7 December. UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson made the announcement on 16 November during his first visit to the carrier, while it was at sea
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