• Ceska Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod, Lucznik Radom announce small arms production agreement

    Czech small arms manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod has outsourced production of components for its semi-automatic pistols to Lucznik Radom in Poland; an agreement underscored by a partnership agreement signed by the two companies in 2012. Defence industry analysts said the commencement of

  • Israel approves USD1 billion deal to privatise IMI

    The long-running effort to privatise munitions and land systems company Israel Military Industries has cleared the final political hurdle with the decision by the Finance Committee of the Knesset to approve an ILS5.7 billion (USD950 million) package to facilitate the transfer of the company from

  • Singapore's defence minister outlines procurement strategy

    Singapore's procurement strategy will encompass three main approaches over the coming years as the government continues to transform the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) into a networked third-generation (3G) military. In an interview with IHS Jane's in April, Singapore's Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen

  • Turkey dismisses claims it has launched offensive inside Syria

    Turkish leaders have denied sending troops to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a radical Sunni group operating in Syria, saying military vehicles spotted on the other side of the border were on a routine journey to the Turkish enclave around an important Ottoman site.

  • 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

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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
  • Vietnam to arm new Gepard-class frigates with Palma CIWS

    The People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy will equip its third and fourth Russian-built Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661) light frigates with the Palma close-in weapon system (CIWS), Nudelman Precision Engineering Design Bureau confirmed in a statement issued 22 April. The PAVN is scheduled to take


  • 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