• Pakistan Navy releases images of Zarb coastal defence system

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has released one of the first images of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) being test-launched. In the April issue of its Navy News magazine, the PN published a photograph of the Zarb ASCM being fired from an

  • RE2 Robotics to develop a drop-in robotic air field repair kit for USAF

    RE2 Robotics is developing a kit to convert manned construction vehicles into unmanned platforms that are capable of airfield repair. The Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) efforts, for which the US Air Force (USAF) awarded RE2 Robotics a USD2.9 million contract in April, will

  • Warrior IFV trialled with Soucy Defense CRT

    A British Army Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) fitted with Soucy Defense composite rubber tracks (CRT) has completed a 5,000 km trial, Jane’s has learned. The effort was aimed at proving the CRT technology as a replacement for the conventional steel tracks currently fitted to the

  • Vietnam upgrades heavy armour fleet

    The People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) is upgrading its fleet of heavy armoured vehicles, Russian and Vietnamese defence sources have told Jane's . Hanoi is receiving Russian T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs). “Deliveries of the T-90S/SK MBTs to Vietnam have already begun. The contract is to

  • DSIL highlights 4x4 Light Bullet Proof Vehicle

    India’s state-linked DCM Shriram Industries Limited (DSIL) has taken the opportunity at Defexpo 2018 in Chennai to showcase its indigenously developed 4x4 Zebu Light Bullet Proof Vehicle (LBPV). The Zebu LPBV is a right-hand drive, all-terrain multirole tactical armoured vehicle that is

  • DSA 2018: Malaysia’s Kembara Suci unveils 4×4 mortar-carrying system

    Malaysian defence company Kembara Suci unveiled a mortar carrier based on a recently developed 4×4 high-mobility tactical vehicle at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on 16–19 April. Named Buraq, the 9-tonne platform is equipped with the Alakran light

  • DSA 2018: Malaysian companies unveil special operations vehicles

    Two Malaysian companies unveiled at the 16-19 Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) new 4x4 vehicles that are being marketed for special operations forces (SOF) in Southeast Asia. Selangor-based firm Kembara Suci (KS) showcased its 5.3 m-long Tafuq special operations vehicle (SOV), which has been

  • DSA 2018: Kaplan MT to undergo qualification tests in Indonesia

    The Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) is set to undergo qualification tests with the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) between May and July of this year. “A prototype, which was jointly developed by Turkey’s FNSS and Indonesia’s PT

  • Bundeswehr declares MELLS operational on Marder

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 17 April that it had certified the use of the Mehrrollenfähige Leichte

  • EU-funded urban warfare awareness project points to future research issues

    A recently completed defence research project funded by the European Commission to boost soldier awareness during urban warfare has raised questions over how armed forces can improve the imagery of deployable low-frequency wall-penetrating radar and, especially, how small unmanned systems should

  • DSA 2018: Taiwan’s MPC unveils new Cloud Leopard variant

    Taiwan’s state-owned Materiel Production Center (MPC) and the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has unveiled at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur a model of a new variant of its indigenously developed Cloud Leopard (Yunpao)

  • Russian MoD adopts BMPT Terminator

    The Russia Ministry of Defence (MoD) has adopted the BMPT Terminator fire support vehicle, a source from UralVagonZavod (UVZ), its manufacturer, has told Jane's. “The 'tank support' vehicle known as Terminator has entered service, and deliveries to the Russian military have already started.

  • Update: DSA 2018: Hanwha Defense Systems and AVP unveil Tigon armoured wheeled vehicle

    South Korean company Hanwha Defense Systems and Malaysia’s AVP Engineering unveiled the Tigon 6x6 armoured wheeled vehicle at the 16–19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Based on Hanwha’s 6x6 Black Fox armoured vehicle, the Tigon is aimed at

  • Update: DSA 2018: Malaysia’s Deftech unveils surveillance variant of AV8 Gempita AFV

    Malaysia's DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (Deftech) officially unveiled a surveillance variant of its Gempita 8x8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) for the Malaysian Army at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Named the AV8 Gempita SURV, the

  • Dutch Army receives first upgraded Leopard 2s

    The Dutch Army received its first three Leopard 2A6MA2 main battle tanks (MBTs) from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann on 11 January, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. A total of 18 of the upgraded Leopard 2s will be delivered by 2019, equipping the Dutch tank company of the German

  • Belarus showcases Cayman MATV

    The 140 Repair Plant Joint Stock Company (JSC) of Belarus has completed the first example of the Cayman, which the company describes as a mobile armoured transport vehicle (MATV). From its appearance this is based on a modified Russian 4x4 BRDM-2 amphibious scout car, or uses components from this

  • BEML unveils 4x4 MBPV

    India’s state-linked BEML Limited has taken the opportunity at Defexpo 2018 in Chennai to showcase its indigenously developed 4x4 Medium Bullet Proof Vehicle (MBPV). Designed for counterinsurgency operations, the all-wheel drive vehicle features a baseline armour protection of STANAG 456

  • Turkey test-fires 120 mm HE-T tank gun ammunition

    Turkey’s state-owned Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) successfully test-fired 120 mm high-explosive tracer (HE-T) tank gun ammunition, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli tweeted on 8 April. Serial production will start in the second half of 2018 and 3,000 HE-T rounds will

  • Ukraine receives BMP-1AK IFVs from Poland

    Ukraine has taken delivery of an unspecified number of BMP-1AK infantry fighting vehicles from Polish company Wtorplast, Jane’s has learned. The BMP-1AK is a bespoke vehicle for the Ukrainian ground forces, with AK standing for Anti Kumulyativnaya or anti-cumulative attacks. The primary

  • Navy League 2018: US Navy’s MERLIN ground robot to begin walking by mid-year

    Researchers with the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) expect to have a quadruped robot balancing on its own and taking its first steps by mid-2018. The goal of the Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative (MERLIN) is to develop a small robot that a marine could carry in a backpack and deploy to

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