• Indonesia reconsiders further acquisition of BTR-4 APCs after early trials

    Key Points Indonesia has concluded a series of initial training activities on the BTR-4 amphibious vehicle from Ukraine Plans to acquire further vehicles is now being reviewed after encountering a number of teething issues The Indonesian Marine Corps (Korps Marinir: KORMAR) has concluded initial

  • Indonesia takes delivery of 122 mm rocket systems from China

    Key Points The Indonesian Marines Corps is now equipped with the Type 90B multiple rocket system from China System may be equipped with indigenously developed R-Han 122 B rockets The Indonesian Marines Corps (Korps Marinir, or KORMAR) has taken delivery of four units of the Type 90B 122 mm

  • UPDATE: UK Strike Brigades to wait for new artillery

    Key Points Britain's future Strike Brigades will have to wait to renew their organic artillery capability, IHS Jane's can reveal Until then the brigades will be heavily dependent on joint fires support from elsewhere The British Army's two new Strike Brigades will not receive new artillery when

  • Netherlands orders Leopard 2 bridgelayers

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) announced on 21 December that it has been awarded a contract to supply five Leguan armoured vehicle launched bridges (AVLBs) to the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). Under the terms of this agreement these Leguan AVLBs, converted from existing Leopard 2 main battle tank

  • Polaris DAGOR selected for Canadian Special Forces vehicle

    Canada has awarded Polaris a contract to supply its Deployable Advanced Ground Off-Road (DAGOR) vehicle for Special Forces troops, the company announced on 20 December. Public Works and Procurement Canada issued the USD15.5 million contract - which includes training, maintenance, and other support

  • British Army to form first strike brigade, cut MBT numbers

    The British Army is to create an experimental group to trial the concepts of operation for its new 'strike brigades' and bring the new General Dynamics Ajax family of armoured vehicles into service. Announced to Parliament by UK defence secretary Michael Fallon on 15 December, the move will however

  • BMD-5 to introduce range of new design features

    Further details have emerged of the new generation airborne assault vehicle (AAV) under development by Volgograd Tractor Plant for the Russian Army. The BMD-5 will be a clean sheet design and have a different layout to its predecessors BMD-1, BMD-2, BMD-3, BMD-4, and the latest variant, the BMD-4M

  • Kuwaiti Abrams upgrade contract awarded

    The first contract for Kuwait's M1A2 Abrams tank upgrade programme was announced by the US Department of Defence (DoD) on 16 December, just four days after the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the proposed deal. The DoD said General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) had

  • BAE Systems rolls out first AMPV prototype for US Army

    BAE Systems unveiled its first prototype Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), a general-purpose variant, during a 15 December ceremony at the company's facility in York, Pennsylvania. "Deliveries of the prototype vehicles will continue into 2017, and developmental testing will run through

  • Poland orders four Regina artillery squadrons from HSW

    Poland has ordered four 'Regina' artillery squadrons from Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) in the largest contract the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MOND) has placed locally since the country's independence in 1990. Worth PLN4.65 billion (USD1.1 billion) and signed on 14 December, the contract

  • South Korea's Hanwha secures Polish K9 export

    South Korean firm Hanwha Techwin has secured a KRW280 billion (USD263 million) contract from Poland to supply its K9 Thunder 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled tracked howitzer, the company has announced. In a filing to the Korean Exchange on 15 December, Hanwha Techwin said the deal features the

  • Kuwait Abrams tank upgrade package announced

    Kuwait intends to upgrade its fleet of 218 M1A2 Abrams tanks to significantly improve their crews' ability to respond to infantry threats while remaining protected inside the vehicle by adding a remote weapon station (RWS) and a .50-calibre machine gun mounted externally on the main gun. The plan

  • BAE Systems rolls out first ACV prototype

    BAE Systems has unveiled the first of 16 prototypes for the US Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme during a 13 December ceremony at the company's facility in York, Pennsylvania. BAE Systems partnered with Italian truck manufacturer Iveco Defence to submit a vehicle

  • Germany donates Marder 1 IFVs to Jordan

    Germany handed over an initial instalment of Marder 1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Jordan on 11 December. The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) released a statement saying that an initial batch of 16 Marders from a total of 25 had been donated by Germany. The German Ministry of Defence released a

  • GM's hydrogen fuel cell truck to undergo US Army demonstration

    General Motors (GM) and the US Army now have a running prototype of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle based on a Chevrolet Colorado truck, called the ZH2, company officials told IHS Jane's. The vehicle, first unveiled on 3 October during the annual Association of the US Army symposium, is being jointly

  • Russian Army eyes MBT upgrades

    Russia may upgrade parts of its T-72 and T-90 main battle tank (MBT) fleets with the automatic target tracker (ATT) and fire control computer (FCC) installed in the Armata T-14 MBT, which is now entering production at UralVagonZavod's Nizhny Tagil facility. The installation of the ATT and the FCC

  • UAE parades new Nimr vehicles

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces displayed its new Nimr N35 armoured vehicles for the first time during a parade to mark the country's 45th National Day on 5 December. The vehicles seen in the parade were all 4x4 N35-4 rather than 6x6 N35-6 versions and fitted with Dynamit Noble FeWaS

  • Lithuania buys 168 M577 command vehicles from Germany

    Lithuania will receive 168 more M577 armoured vehicles from Germany, after a deal was signed for them on 30 November. Speaking after signing the deal, the commander of Lithuania's Logistic Support Command, Lieutenant Colonel Ramunas Baronas, said, "The Lithuanian Armed Forces is buying

  • Thales to upgrade 40 remote weapon systems on ADF Bushmasters

    Thales Australia has been awarded an AUD11.2 million (USD8.8 million) contract to upgrade 40 remote weapon systems (RWSs) on Australian Defence Force (ADF) 4x4 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles, the country's Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, announced on 1 December. The

  • Minotor-Service unveils new light armoured vehicle

    Belarus' Minotor-Service has developed a new tracked light armoured vehicle (LAV), IHS Jane's has learned. Designated Breeze, the vehicle consists of an upgraded one person turret - originally installed on the Volgograd Tractor Plant BMD-2 airborne assault vehicle (AAV) - that is integrated onto a

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