• Netherlands transfers last Leopard 2s to Finland

    The Netherlands will transfer the last of 100 Leopard 2A6 tanks to Finland in 2019, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said on its website. The ministry reported that it began transferring 20 Leopard 2A6s to Finland on 21 March. The Netherlands decided in 2011 to phase out main battle tanks,

  • Nexter reveals details of new robotic platforms at Security and Counter Terror Expo 2018

    Nexter Robotics and ECA plan to launch a new mid-sized unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Eurosatory defence exhibition in Paris in June, a Nexter spokesperson told Jane’s . Few details are known about the new UGV, but speaking at the Security and Counter Terror Expo in London in early

  • Polaris unveils new DAGOR A1 light tactical vehicle

    Polaris Government and Defense on 21 March revealed its DAGOR A1, a new version of the light tactical vehicle used by several special operations forces. The DAGOR A1, according to Polaris, provides “improved performance and capabilities with better mobility and operator functionality”.

  • Endeavor Robotics awarded a USD9.2 million follow-on order for SUGVs

    On 15th March, Endeavor Robotics announced that it had received USD9.2 million for a large number of small unmanned ground vehicles (SUGVs) for the US Marine Corps (USMC). The award follows a previous USD15 million SUGV order in 2017. As with the previous order, the platforms will be supplied with

  • MELLS anti-tank missile integrated into Marder IFV

    The Mehrrollenfähige Leichte Lenkflugkörpersystem (multirole-capable light anti-tank missile system: MELLS), as the Bundeswehr calls Spike LR, has been integrated into the Marder 1A5 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), Rheinmetall announced on 20 March. The company was awarded the contract

  • PESCO will fail to impact defence technological, industrial base without big projects, say officials and experts

    Legal experts and EU sources say the risks are high that Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) will fail to achieve any game-changing defence integration among the participating EU nations or deliver the strategic autonomy Europe wants unless it takes on the very largest capability projects at

  • China testing unmanned tanks

    Images have emerged showing a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Type 59 main battle tank (MBT) being remotely operated: an indication that China has begun trials of unmanned tanks as part of a push to modernise its armed forces. The images, which stem from video footage released around mid-March

  • Singapore denies Leopard 2A7 acquisition, but questions remain over anomalies

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has refuted speculation that the country has acquired the A7 variant of the German-built Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) that stemmed from a recent entry in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s

  • UGZ shows first production BMPT

    Russian manufacturer Uralvagonzavod (UGZ) has released a video of the first production model of the BMPT (Terminator) fire support vehicle. The footage shows a BMPT, which is based on the T-90A chassis, on the factory floor and driving on a snowy test track. UGZ deputy head of special equipment

  • Rheinmetall, Raytheon present ground-based air defence concept for Germany

    Rheinmetall and Raytheon have joined forces to offer a ground-based air defence (GBAD) concept for the Bundeswehr. The two companies propose to integrate Rheinmetall's Nah-und Nächstbereichsschutzsystem (NNbS) short- and very short-range air defence system with Raytheon's longer range Patriot

  • NATO unprepared for war with Russia, institute warns

    A paper released by the Institute for the Study of War in early March urges NATO leaders to pay greater attention to the current disposition of Russian forces. Although this shows that a conventional mechanised operation against the Baltics is unlikely, the report noted that Russian forces are well

  • Spain invests in urgent requirements

    Spain is preparing to commit more than EUR10.8 billion (EUR13.3 billion) to cover a new cycle of investment programmes to meet the armed forces’ most urgent needs. Sources told Jane’s on 19 March that the figures were presented to a meeting of politicians addressed earlier this month by

  • Turkey-Qatar cement defence ties with DIMDEX deals

    Turkey announced that its defence companies were awarded contracts worth more than USD700 million by Qatar during the DIMDEX show held in Doha on 12-14 March, further deepening the ties between the two countries. Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced the USD700

  • Poland orders command vehicles

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed a PLN80 million (USD23.5 million) deal with Rosomak on 9 March for the delivery of an undisclosed number of wheeled command vehicles. The contract details are classified. Rosomak produces 8x8 (Patria AMV) wheeled armoured carriers of the same name and some of

  • IDF new APC and howitzer acquisitions approved

    Israel’s security cabinet on 11 March approved the mass production of Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and the acquisition of a new self-propelled artillery system. “Within a decade, the ground forces will undergo a dramatic upgrade,” Defense Minister Avigdor

  • Portugal phases out M60A3 TTS MBT

    The Portuguese Army officially phased out its last M60A3 Tank Thermal Sight (TTS) main battle tanks (MBTs) on 13 March. Portugal received a total of 93 M60A3 TTS tanks from US surplus stocks in the 1990s, replacing M48A5s in the Battle Tanks Group (GCC) and the Reconnaissance Squadron of the

  • CNIM readies upgrades for French SPRAT bridging systems

    French company CNIM has been contracted to modernise the French Army’s 10 Système de Pose Rapide de Travure (SPRAT) modular tactical rapid bridge laying systems with a new day- and night-capable situational awareness system and upgraded Système Contrôle Commande (SCC) command

  • DIMDEX 2018: Kongsberg selected for Qatari VBCI turrets

    Kongsberg has been selected to supply turrets and remotely operated weapon systems (ROWS) for the 490 Nexter VBCI 2 vehicles that the Qatari armed forces plan to buy, it was announced during the DIMDEX show held in Doha on 12-14 March. Kongsberg said it would supply Protector ROWS and unmanned

  • Russia expands ATV roles

    Russia has developed several mission specific roles for its articulated DT-30 all-terrain vehicle (ATV). The DT-30 and the smaller DT-10 ATV, also referred to as the “Knight”, are developed by the Ishimbai Transport Machine Building Works with the latest models being the unarmoured

  • Malyshev to deliver modernised T-84 MBTs to Ukrainian Army for trials

    Key Points A batch of newly modernised T-84 MBTs are to be delivered to the Ukrainian armed forces for trials Assuming the tanks will ultimately be put into series production, they will provide the Ukrainian Army with a much-improved armour capability in the eastern Donbass Ukrainian State

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