• IDEX 2017: Nexter proposes UAE Leclerc upgrades

    Nexter Systems has proposed a number of potential upgrades to enhance the capability of the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) Leclerc main battle tanks (MBTs). The UAE has taken delivery of a total of 388 Leclerc MBTs, 2 training tanks, and 46 armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs). These are similar to

  • IDEX 2017: UAE selects Rabdan 8x8 IFV

    The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) military announced during the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that it had ordered 400 8x8 vehicles from the local company Al-Jasoor, a joint venture between the Emirati company Heavy Vehicles industries (HVI) and the Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer Otokar Land systems.

  • IDEX 2017: Fantom emerges with new weapons system

    Ukraine's Spets Techno Export has integrated an anti-tank missile launcher onto its Fantom (Phantom) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), unveiling the configuration at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The Fantom was debuted at Ukraine's Defence and Security Expo in October with a stabilised 12.7 mm machine gun.

  • SAIC rolls out amphibious vehicle prototype for USMC

    Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) has unveiled the first of 16 prototypes for the US Marine Corps' (USMC's) competitive Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme during a 21 February ceremony at the company's facility in Charleston, South Carolina. SAIC partnered with Singapore

  • IDEX 2017: NIMR offers more firepower for JAIS 6x6

    NIMR Automotive's N35 (6x6) mine-protected multipurpose vehicle and its 4x4 counterpart have been re-designated as the JAIS, with the 6x6 variant offered with increased firepower. At IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi the JAIS 6x6 was shown fitted with the EVPU Turra 30 remote-controlled turret (RCT). This

  • IDEX 2017: Emirati SOV contest heats up

    The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) contest for a new special operations vehicle (SOV) became more complicated at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi when Nimr Automotive unveiled its new Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV) to take on well-established contenders that include the Supacat HMT 400 Desert and the

  • IDEX 2017: Iraq takes delivery of Textron Commandos

    The Iraqi Federal Police is currently in the process of receiving the Textron Commando Select armoured vehicles that were ordered last year, Jonathan Dalrymple, vice president for business development at Textron's Marine and Land Systems division, told Jane's at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi. "We

  • IDEX 2017: THeMIS fitted with SARP weapon system

    Estonia's MILREM has partnered with International Golden Group and Aselsan to integrate the latter's Stabilised Advanced Remote Weapon Station (SARP) on the Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, MILREM's

  • IDEX 2017: Hyundai Rotem details new CEV

    Hyundai Rotem has released details of the new combat engineer vehicle (CEV) under development to meet the operational requirements of the Republic of Korea Army. The company has already developed and manufactured armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) and armoured vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) to support

  • Polaris unveils two-seat diesel MRZR-D2

    Polaris on 20 February unveiled an MRZR-D2 two-seat diesel engine version of the baseline MRZR all-terrain vehicle. The MRZR-D2, like its sister vehicles, is an off-road mobility platform for use in rugged terrain, and is air-transportable in the CH-47 Chinook, CH-53 Stallion, MV-22 Osprey, and

  • IDEX 2017: Rheinmetall develops multipurpose UGV

    Rheinmetall is developing a multipurpose unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) based on an 8x8 all-terrain platform. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Marc Carrier, account director at Rheinmetall Canada, said that the vision for the multimission UGV is to have a common platform on which a

  • Australia's Land 400 programme takes shape

    Further details of the Australian Army's plans to replace its fleet of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) were given by Brigadier Chris Mills, Director General Modernisation - Army, at IQPC's International Armoured Vehicles 2017 conference held in London. The two 8x8 contenders for the Land 400

  • Czech Republic seeks new tracked IFVs

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to proceed with a tender worth over CZK50 billion (USD1.9 billion) to fulfil an urgent requirement for over 200 new tracked armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). General Josef Becvar, chief of staff of the ACR, stated

  • Angolan military exercise reveals new Chinese armoured vehicles

    The Angolan military is now operating Chinese-made NORINCO WMA301 tank destroyers and the command-post variant of the WZ551 armoured personnel carrier (APC), footage and still images from a recent military exercise have revealed. The WMA301 is already known to be in service in Cameroon, Chad,

  • Spain set to deploy Leopard 2 MBTs to Latvia

    The Spanish Army is understood to be sending a heavy armoured unit abroad for the first time as part of the NATO mission to bolster the defences of the Baltic republics. The Leopard 2E main battle tanks (MBT) are scheduled to leave mid-May, supported by soldiers from the Extremadura XI Mechanized

  • Canada to modernise additional 141 LAV IIIs

    Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan announced a CAD404 million (USD309 million) investment to upgrade the chassis of an additional 141 light armoured vehicles (LAVs) on 10 February 2017. The upgrade will increase the LAVs' mobility, protection, and information management systems. General

  • North Koreans test Trump administration with ballistic missile test

    A North Korean ballistic missile test conducted on 12 February has been widely condemned by the international community. The missile was launched at 0755 h local time (2255 h GMT 11 February) from a location 9 km north of Panghyon in North Pyongan province on the west side of the Korean peninsula

  • French Special Forces receive their first new PLFS vehicles

    France has taken delivery of its first Poids Lourds Force Spéciale (PLFS - Heavy Special Forces Vehicle), the French defence procurement agency (the DGA) announced. The vehicle is the first of 202 ordered from Renault Trucks Defence (RTD) in January 2016, together with 242 Véhicule

  • DARPA programme to explore swarming operations

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has commenced a project to explore how swarms of robots could be used to operate alongside army and marine units at the company level and below. The Offensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) project is looking to advance and accelerate

  • Patria offers XA APC upgrade package

    Patria has developed and tested an upgraded version of its XA series of 6x6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The new variant - designated XA-220 - was developed with internal research and development funding. The original XA-180 6x6 APC is powered by a Valmet diesel engine developing 295 hp and

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