• IDF pulls its punches after Hizbullah retaliation for airstrike

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out only a limited response to a Hizbullah missile attack that killed two of its soldiers on 28 January, thereby preventing the situation from turning into a dangerous cycle of retaliatory violence. Hizbullah's attack targeted unarmoured IDF vehicles

  • Nigeria takes delivery of T-72 tanks

    Nigeria is taking delivery of a consignment of T-72 main battle tanks and other armoured vehicles, a Czech defence official has confirmed. The tanks are being delivered using an An-225 aircraft by the Excalibur Group, a Czech company that specialises in refurbishing military equipment. The Antonov

  • Four vehicles to compete for Brazilian 4x4 programme

    Four armoured vehicle manufacturers have answered a Brazilian Army request for proposals (RfP) issued in October 2014 for the service's VBMT-LR lightweight wheeled multirole armoured vehicle programme. VBMT-LR is part of the army's Strategic Project Guarani. The bidding process, managed by the

  • Czech Republic seeks MRAPs

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a requirement for up to 62 mine resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). According to MoD and ACR officials the vehicles are to be procured in two tranches following the release of a public tender during

  • US donates MRAPs to Uzbekistan

    The United States is donating more than 300 armoured vehicles to Uzbekistan in what is believed to be the largest single arms transfer from the US to a Central Asian republic. The US will give Uzbekistan 308 mine-resistant armour-protected (MRAP) vehicles in a variety of models including the


  • Future proofing: European AFVs evolve for road ahead

    To meet constantly evolving operational requirements and increasingly complex tasks Europe's armies are demanding more from their armoured fighting vehicles. Christopher F Foss assesses key programmes under way
  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Europe

    War. Crisis. Invasion. Insurrection. Annexation. Return of the Cold War. Not words many on New Year's Eve 2013 would have predicted being used to describe the year ahead for Europe, but the reality it was dealt nonetheless.
  • Big versus small: the challenge of satellite advancement

    The space market is witnessing a proliferation in small-satellite technology as companies and governmental organisations seek a more affordable foothold in the sector. Andrew White studies how this technology is being used and the implications for an already cluttered environment
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  • US Army plans rotorcraft upgrades under budget pressure

    The US Army must modernise its legacy helicopter fleet until its hoped-for Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme begins fielding in the 2030s, the army's senior aviation official said on 29 January. "That's 25 years … that we can't put at risk," said Major General Michael Lundy, the
  • Australia to donate heavy landing craft to Philippines

    Australia is donating two recently decommissioned Balikpapan-class heavy landing craft (LCH) vessels to the Philippines, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews announced on 29 January. The last three of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) 364-tonne, 45 m LCHs were decommissioned on 20 November 2014. The


  • JLG Millennia Military Vehicle (MMV)

    Development In April 2001, the then OmniQuip International was awarded a contract by the US Marine Corps System Command to supply the US Marine Corps' next generation of Extended Boom ForkLifts (EBFLs). A commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) procurement programme took place, vehicles were tested, minor

  • NORINCO Improved Type 74 Heavy Pontoon Bridge

    Development The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is believed to have had at least four designated heavy pontoon-type bridges in service. The first of these was designated Type 62/GZQ210 Heavy Ribbon Bridge, this a local copy of the Russian TPP Heavy Pontoon Bridge. This was followed by the Type

  • NORINCO Type GZQ411 Light Pontoon Bridge

    Development The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is believed to have at least two designated light pontoon-type bridges in service. The first of these is designated Type 63/GZQ310 Light Ribbon Bridge, this a local copy of the Russian PPP Light Pontoon Bridge. The Type 63 was followed by the Type

  • NORINCO Type ZB-200 prefabricated road steel panel bridge

    Description The Type GQL230A ZB-200 prefabricated road steel panel bridge is primarily used for the temporary or emergency repair or replacement of damaged/destroyed bridges. In addition to military requirements, the ZB-200 prefabricated road steel panel bridge can also be used for emergency