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  • UAE, allies advance in southern Yemen

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ground forces deployed to southern Yemen and their allies have made significant advances against the Iranian-backed Ansar Allah (Houthis) group. The coastal town of Al-Khawkhah was taken on 9 December and the advance continued further inland to Hays and Zabid with the

  • Logos outlines Russian army driver training system

    Logos has detailed the system used to train Russian main battle tank (MBT) and infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) crews. Speaking to Jane’s at the Gulf Defense & Aerospace (GDA) 2017 exhibition in Kuwait City, representatives of the Moscow-based company confirmed that the system is in

  • Russian MBT engine completes qualification

    Russia’s new-generation V-92S2F main battle tank (MBT) diesel engine has completed qualification for serial production fitted to the T-72BZ. Announced at the Gulf Defense & Aerospace (GDA) 2017 exhibition in Kuwait City, the 1,130 hp Uralvagonzavod engine is designed for the T-72B3 MBT

  • Singapore Army enhances rocket artillery capabilities

    Singapore Army artillery forces operating the Lockheed Martin M142 227 mm High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) have been given a boost with the fielding of a new and more capable mobile battery command post (CP) as well as the introduction of the company’s Universal Fire Control

  • Aselsan aims Asian expansion through Malaysian subsidiary

    Turkish defence firm Aselsan is aiming to position its new subsidiary in Malaysia to support regional expansion, with an initial focus on remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS). A company official confirmed to Jane’s on 8 December that Aselsan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary

  • Hyundai Rotem to start mass producing K806, K808 armoured vehicles

    South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem has won a contract from the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to start mass producing 6x6 K806 and 8x8 K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicles for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), the company said on 8 December. Hyundai Rotem said

  • Russia overhauls Hungarian Mi-24s

    Russia is overhauling the Hungarian Air Force’s (HunAF’s) 12 Mi-24D attack helicopters under an agreement signed with Hungary on 31 October. In mid-November, a Russian An-124 transport aircraft took off from Kecskemet Air Base to St Petersburg with an unspecified number of Mi-24s on

  • Brazilian Army seeks to modernise remaining M113B APCs

    The Brazilian Army is seeking to modernise its remaining M113B armoured personnel carriers (APCs), it recently told Jane’s . Such a programme has not been finalised, but plans are being discussed for a “third phase” of the M113BR project, officials said. The Brazilian Army

  • Colombian Army to receive new fire simulators

    A new artillery fire control simulator for the Colombian Army was revealed at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in November. Development of the Mobile Artillery Simulator (MAS) by a partnership of Florida-based ETech

  • Serbia increases defence spending, plans new procurements

    Serbia’s defence budget will be increased by RSD11.6 billion (USD114 million) or 19.7% to RSD70.5 billion in 2018. The percentage increase is even larger – 23.6% – if calculated in euros. It is planned to invest RSD13.2 billion in the modernisation of the Vojska Srbije (Serbian

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • Syria claims improved performance against Israeli strikes

    The Syrian military has claimed it shot down five Israeli missiles on 1 and 4 December. The state Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited an informed source as saying that Israel launched 12 surface-to-surface missiles at a military site in Damascus province at 0030 h on 1 December; two were shot down

  • VPK unveils BTR-82V APC

    Russia’s Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (Military Industrial Company, VPK) has developed the BTR-82V armoured personnel carrier (APC), a company representative told Jane’s. “The BTR-82V APC was developed under terms of reference issued by the Rosgvardiya [Russia’s National

  • Indonesia equips pilots with GECO Air mission planning system

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has issued pilots of its frontline combat and trainer aircraft with Graphical Electronic Cockpit Organiser (GECO) Air mission planning tablet, manufacturer Inzpire announced on 5 December. With a contract having been

  • Brazil launches effort to modernise Cascavel ARVs

    The Brazilian Army on 1 December approved guidelines for a project to modernise its EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), which is armed with a turreted 90 mm Cockerill Mk2 low-pressure gun. Several cavalry units field 409 Cascavels (comprising 157 Mk IIs, 37 Mk VIs, and 215 Mk

  • KMW proposes European Leopard 2 fleet

    German armoured vehicle producer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has proposed the creation of a European main battle tank (MBT) fleet. The company proposes in the 24 November issue of the German defence newsletter Griephan Briefe upgrading obsolete versions of its Leopard 2 MBTs from various countries

  • Fiscal constraints hit Pakistan’s production of Al-Khalid-I tanks

    Pakistan’s land systems specialist Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) is producing Al-Khalid-I main battle tanks (MBTs) at a rate far below capacity due to budgetary constraints, the Pakistan Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence Production was told on 30 November. In a committee hearing,

  • Supacat and Rheinmetall go Dutch with LRV 400

    Supacat announced on 24 November that is has teamed with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) to submit its Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) for procurement programmes in the Netherlands and other countries in the region. With a crew of three or four, the LRV 400 is designed to fill

  • Oman inaugurates Pars vehicles

    The Omani Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that the FNSS 8x8 Pars armoured vehicle has been inaugurated into service in an event attended by army command Major General Mattar bin Salim al-Balushi. The MoD said the Pars was ordered in 2015 after it was selected from a group of

  • Bangladesh issues tender for light armoured vehicles

    Bangladesh’s Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) has issued a tender for the procurement of an undisclosed number of 4x4 light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to be deployed by the Bangladesh Army (BA) in UN peacekeeping missions. First published on 7 November, the tender states that the

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