• France and Germany sign letters of intent to develop future tank and combat air systems

    Key Points France and Germany have signed letters of intent to develop the MGCS and NGWS within a FCAS The MGCS is expected to be introduced in 2035 and the FCAS and CIFS in around 2040 On 19 June, French Armed Forces (Defence) Minister Florence Parly and her German counterpart, Ursula von der

  • Russia up-armours Central Military District

    Russia's Central Military District (CMD) is receiving new armoured vehicles and counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) systems, a military source has told Jane's . A motor rifle brigade stationed in the Kemerovo region became the CMD's first unit to receive modernised BMP-2M infantry fighting

  • US Army seeks ‘optionally manned’ Bradley replacement

    Key Points The service has issued a solicitation to industry for information on a new armour platform Officials are willing to consider non-developmental items to reduce risk The US Army is soliciting input from industry on potential “optionally manned” combat vehicle solutions, which

  • Streit Group updates Armoured Checkpoint

    Canada’s Streit Group has expanded the capabilities of its Armoured Checkpoint, which is designed to protect access points of high value infrastructure such as power stations and military facilities. The baseline Armoured Checkpoint accommodates three personnel and is constructed from

  • ASC International reveals its Hilux-based Hornet SOV

    ASC International displayed its Hornet Special Operations Vehicle (SOV) for the first time and told Jane’s that development of a larger 6×6 variant should be complete by the end of summer. The Hornet SOV began development in 2016 and is based on a much-modified Toyota Hilux. Its design

  • Mercedes-Benz unveils MRV 6.2 multirole vehicle

    The Mercedes-Benz MRV 6.2, a further development of the LAPV 6.1-based project unveiled two years ago, was shown publicly for the first time at Eurosatory 2018. According to Mercedes-Benz, the MRV 6.2 is now production-ready. The MRV 6.2 continues to be based on G-Class 461 series serial

  • Eurosatory 2018: Excalibur Army showcases BM-21 MRL upgrade

    Richard Fowler Czech company Excalibur Army displayed a prototype of its new BM-21 MT multiple rocket launcher (MRL) platform at Eurosatory 2018 in Paris. The BM-21 MT 4x4 is an upgrade to legacy BM-21 Grad systems currently in service using a new Tatra chassis, armoured cab, and artillery-related

  • Russian Army fields latest artillery fire direction vehicles

    The Russian Army is replacing its legacy artillery fire direction vehicles with the new PRP-4A Argus platform, Jane’s has learnt. “The artillery men of the Central Military District [TsVO] and Southern Military District [YuVO] are mastering the vehicles,” a military source told

  • Slovak Armed Forces receive new IFVs

    Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš handed 21 upgraded infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Lieutenant General Daniel Zmeko, the chief of defence staff, at the end of May. The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the vehicles were handed over to the ISTAR Battalion in Prešov and 10 to

  • Ukraine highlights MT-LB Shturm-SM-2 tank destroyer

    Ukraine’s UkrInnMash Corporation is developing the Shturm-SM-2 tank destroyer based on the widely deployed MT-LB multipurpose tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) that was originally manufactured in the Ukraine and in service with over 20 countries. The rear troop compartment of the

  • Way Industries develops OMT turret

    Slovakia’s Way Industries has privately developed and tested a new one-person turret called OMT designed for new build tracked or wheeled armoured fighting vehicles or back-fitted to existing vehicles for increased firepower. The OMT turret is constructed from all-welded steel armour with

  • Eurosatory 2018: GDELS develops new bridging system

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has teamed with Pearson Engineering to develop the Variable Folding Bridge (VFB). The first example shown at the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition is based on the widely used 8×8 GDELS-MOWAG Piranha 3 armoured personnel carrier (APC) platform. The VFB

  • Malaysia’s Kembara Suci develops 4×4 SOV

    Malaysia’s Kembara Suci has developed a new special operations vehicle (SOV) using internal funding to meet the potential requirements of the Malaysian Army. The service tested the vehicle in late 2017, although a firm order has yet to materialise. The SOV is powered by a Caterpillar

  • Eurosatory 2018: France showcases Fardier SOV prototypes

    The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) unveiled an additional special operations vehicle (SOV) at Eurosatory in Paris. A representative of the Section Technique de l'Armée de Terre (STAT) told Jane’s that two 4×4 Fardier SOV technology demonstrators had been manufactured ahead of a

  • Eurosatory 2018: Horiba Mira unveils new Centaur 6×6 UGV

    UK engineering group Horiba Mira has unveiled the Centaur, a mid-sized multirole unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), at the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition in Paris. Centaur was developed as a lightweight 6×6 platform that can mount various payloads. “Having spoken to a number of different

  • Eurosatory 2018: Milkor to display newest prototypes at ADD exhibition in September

    Richard Fowler, Paris South African company Milkor will unveil prototypes of its 4×4 multirole armoured vehicle, MN Centurion high-speed interceptor craft and MA 380 unmanned aerial system (UAS) at this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition, a spokesperson told

  • Eurosatory 2018: Arquus reveals Scarabée light tactical vehicle to select audience

    Key Points Arquus launched its Scarabée light tactical vehicle at Eurosatory The vehicle prospectively targets the French Army’s Panhard VBL replacement requirement At Eurosatory 2018 Arquus (formerly Renault Trucks Defense) unveiled to a selected audience the Scarabée: the

  • Eurosatory 2018: AxleTech unveils electric independent suspension concept

    Michegan-based powertrain specialist AxleTech unveiled its next-generation 5000 Series Electric Independent Suspension Axle System (eISAS) concept at this month’s Eurosatory exhibition. Featuring custom-designed electric motors as part of the axle, the 5000 Series eISAS concept acts as a

  • Eurosatory 2018: Concept Ltd unveils LTMPAV Dino 519 4×4

    Poland’s Concept Ltd unveiled the LTMPAV Dino 519 armoured vehicle at Eurosatory 2018. The 4×4 vehicle can seat four passengers and a driver in a four-doored double cab, has a gross vehicle weight of 4.6 tonnes, and a load capacity from 700–1000 kg. It is powered by a

  • Eurosatory 2018: UAE to receive first Rabdan IFVs in 2018

    The UAE Armed Forces is set to receive and field its first Rabdan 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) in 2018, Jane’s has been told. The selection of the Rabdan was announced during IDEX 2017, with Otokar’s Land Systems subsidiary forming a joint venture with Tawazun Holdings

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