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  • China’s NORINCO reveals new armoured vehicles, active protection system

    China’s North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) revealed new armoured vehicles and a new active protection system (APS) during the Armour Day it held in Baotou, Inner Mongolia from 15-16 August. Aimed at promoting NORINCO's products to foreign customers, the event was attended by about 230

  • Bundeswehr plans first deployment of MANTIS to Mali

    The Bundeswehr is planning to deploy the Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system for the first time to Mali, Jane's has learned. Deployment of MANTIS in the “sense and warn”

  • Poland opens tenders for new light vehicles

    Poland has reopened the tender for Mustang 4x4 vehicles, while at the same time Polish airmobile units also look for specialised airmobile troop carriers with trailers. The most important tender is for Mustang 4x4 light multipurpose vehicles to be delivered in 2019-22. Poland is looking for 872

  • Algeria confirms Buk delivery

    Algeria's acquisition of Buk-M2E surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems has effectively been confirmed by the August issue of the People's National Army's (ANP) El-Djeich magazine. The publication included an article covering the 'Majd 2017' exercise held in July, which was supported by a collage of

  • Boeing, General Dynamics team for Stryker-based SHORAD vehicle

    Boeing and General Dynamics Land Systems have teamed up to produce a short-range air defence (SHORAD) system based on a Stryker wheeled combat vehicle. The system will compete to address a gap in air defences identified by the US Army for low-flying, short-range threats. The army's legacy

  • UkroBoronProm unveils T-72AMT

    Ukraine’s defence export agency UkroBoronProm has unveiled a new upgraded variant of the T-72 main battle tank (MBT) known as the T-72AMT. Developed as a private venture by the Kiev Armoured Plant, the new design incorporates a number of lethality, survivability and systems enhancements.

  • Private industry help sought to help kickstart ‘Make in India’ projects

    Key Points The Indian Army is to release 11 projects worth USD2.75 billion under the 'Make in India' initiative Indian private-sector companies are being asked to participate to short-circuit the bureaucracy involved with the public sector Daksh Nakra The Indian Army (IA) is to release a list of

  • Scania set to commence Dutch DVOW deliveries in 2018

    The first trucks procured under the Dutch Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Wide Replacement Programme of Wheeled Vehicles (DVOW - Defensiebrede Vervanging Operationele Wielvoertuige) programme are slated to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018, should parliamentary approval be

  • NIMR eyes European opportunities for RIV

    Representatives of UAE-based NIMR have confirmed to Jane’s that the ability for its Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV) to be air transportable by a CH-47 helicopter is in response to the requirement for the platform to be interoperable and deployable as part of coalition operations, including

  • UAE takes delivery of NIMR protected ambulances

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces has taken delivery of a number of protected ambulances from military vehicle developer NIMR Automotive, Jane’s has learnt during a visit to the company’s manufacturing facility near Abu Dhabi. Deliveries of the new ambulance, based on the 6x6

  • First Polish Army unit receives full complement of Krab SPHs

    Deliveries of Krab 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to the Masurian Artillery Regiment (11 MPA) will be completed this month, marked by a ceremony on 31 August in the presence of officials from the ministry of defence, the unit said on its website. Fourteen Krabs were delivered to the regiment

  • M15 RCWS equips Serbian armed forces vehicles

    The M15 remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) has entered service with the Serbian armed forces, Yugoimport representatives have confirmed. The Majkik d.o.o-developed system has been observed fitted to some of the latest locally designed and built armoured vehicles, including the Lazar III (8x8)

  • India investigates "counterfeit" howitzer components

    Indian federal authorities have charged a local firm and unnamed officials of the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) with 'criminal conspiracy', in relation to the supply of allegedly counterfeit components for the under-development Dhanush FH-77B 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers. On 19

  • Argentina moving forward on multiple defence acquisitions

    Argentine President Mauricio Macri on 31 July signed a decree authorising state credit to finance some of the major defence acquisition programmes included in the 2017 budget. The decree, published on 1 August, stated that the executive authorises public credit for projects to buy offshore patrol

  • T-64 tank delivery to DRC confirmed

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) received 25 T-64BV-1 tanks in 2016, according to information released by Ukraine’s State Export Control Board. This makes the DRC the first T-64 operator outside the former Soviet Union. Ukrainian conglomerate Ukroboronprom announced in February 2014

  • Update: Philippine Air Force receives two Cessna 208B ISR aircraft from US

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received two US-built Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft modified to carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The service released images of an unrelated awards ceremony held on 24 July at the Villamor Air Base in Manila showing

  • Israel unveils Namer turret upgrade

    The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) has unveiled a prototype of an upgraded version of its Namer heavy armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with a turret that is armed with a 30 mm gun. In a statement released on 31 July, the MoD said the prototype was developed by its Merkava Tank

  • More than two dozen Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on army base

    At least 26 Afghan soldiers were killed and 13 others injured when Taliban fighters stormed an army base in the southern province of Kandahar on the night of 25/26 July in the latest in a series of deadly attacks carried out by the insurgent group across Afghanistan in recent weeks. The militants

  • Dozens killed in Kabul car bomb attack

    Dozens of people were killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBEID) was detonated on 24 July in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in the latest in a series of attacks carried out by the Taliban militant group in recent months. A Taliban suicide bomber triggered the VBEID at 06:50 h local

  • Hardened German stance towards Turkey includes closer scrutiny of arms exports

    Germany is reviewing relations with Ankara in a wide range of areas, including arms exports. Asked for confirmation of a 21 July report in the tabloid newspaper Bild that arms exports to Turkey were being frozen, a German Economics Ministry spokesman told Jane's on 24 July that all licences for such

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