HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • 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

  • USMC’s AAV7, ACV programmes trade capacity, terrain capability for survivability

    The US Marine Corps’ (USMC’s) two-pronged amphibious vehicle modernisation effort will include some significant survivability upgrades to its legacy AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles, and be complemented with a new personnel carrier with mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP)-levels of

  • 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

  • Rwandan SH3 self-propelled howitzer spotted

    A Norinco 122 mm SH3 tracked self-propelled howitzer was observed in service with the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) for the first time on 10 November, with President Paul Kagame’s office releasing a photograph of a vehicle that participated in a combined-arms exercise designated ‘Hard

  • Assegai aims to squeeze more reach out of NATO howitzers

    A 70km-range version of the Assegai 155 mm artillery projectile, fully compatible with NATO-standard extended-range ordnance systems, is in its concept study phase within the German-South African company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM). This level of performance was demonstrated as far back as

  • Ajax firing trials progress

    Initial manned live-fire trials of the Ajax armoured reconnaissance vehicle’s turret have been successfully completed, according to Lockheed Martin. In a 6 November press release, the company stated that the trials took place at a facility in west Wales and were conducted from a stationary

  • German Wiesels to receive Camac armour upgrade

    UK-based Morgan Advanced Materials has been awarded a subcontract for Camac appliqué armour to equip the German Army’s Wiesel 1 armoured weapons carrier (AWC). Forming part of a broader upgrade programme, the contract was awarded by FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau GmbH and will have three

  • Ukraine to purchase more BTR-3DA IFVs

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order with the Kiev Armoured Plant for BTR-3DA vehicles, Ukraine-based industry sources reported on 30 October. The order is for an unknown quantity of BTR-3DA infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), a locally developed upgrade for the BTR family of

  • China testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles

    Images have emerged on online forums suggesting that China is testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles. The photographs appear to show two very similar, but subtly different vehicles. The first vehicle seems to follow a fairly conventional 6×6 layout, with driver and commander at the

  • Turkmenistan parades ground vehicles for special forces

    Turkmenistan has displayed several recently acquired foreign-made ground vehicles for its special forces in a parade to mark the country’s Independence Day on 27 October. Among the equipment shown in the capital Ashgabat were products from US-based manufacturer Polaris Government and Defense

  • Details of Sweden’s 120 mm Mjolner development emerge

    Manned firing trials of the prototype/demonstrator of BAE Systems Hagglunds’ CV90 twin 120 mm Mjolner mortar system are now underway and it is expected that the Critical Design Review (CDR) will take place by the end of 2017, which will lead to the design freeze and allow production to

  • BAE Systems develops cyber threat detection for military aircraft

    BAE Systems is expanding its aircraft threat detection capabilities to go beyond kinetic threats into the cyber realm, developing new capabilities including systems analysis, reverse engineering, and intrusion detection, in order to defend aircraft from cyber attacks. In particular, the company is

  • Strazh fire support vehicle breaks cover

    Ukraine’s Zhytomyr Armored Plant unveiled its new Strazh (Sentinel) fire support vehicle at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. According to company representatives, the vehicle is due to enter trials with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence this year and it is hoped that an order

  • PacStar readies compact networking systems for USMC NOTM effort

    PacStar has been selected to provide the US Marine Corps (USMC) with a small, modular, networking on-the-move (NOTM) capability for tactical vehicles. In addition, the company will provide its 400-Series products to the US Army for the expeditionary tactical communications programme. Jeff

  • Brazilian Army eyes new Leopard MBTs

    The Brazilian Army is considering buying surplus Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks (MBTs) and support vehicles, and internal preliminary reports are now being drafted, the service told Jane’s . Officials stressed that no decision has yet been made and no resources are

  • US Army M1A2 Abrams upgrades move forward with congressional support

    The US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tank upgrade efforts appear to have solid support among congressional committees in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), which could be a key year as the service prepares to introduce or develop a number of capability updates. For the M1A2 Abrams, the FY 2018

  • Brazil soon to evaluate locally developed fast attack vehicle

    The Brazilian Army Evaluations Center (CAEx) will trial a pilot batch of the 4x4 Chivunk unarmoured air-transportable fast attack vehicle developed by the Army Technological Center (CTEx). CAEx later in October will begin a preliminary evaluation of 10 vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2017 by

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