• 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

  • Singapore completes checks on Terrex vehicles previously detained by Hong Kong

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has completed a series of checks and maintenance tasks on the nine 8x8 Terrex infantry carrier vehicles (ICVs) previously detained by the Hong Kong authorities, the Singapore Army announced via an official social media channel on 6 February. The ICVs, which were

  • ST Kinetics lifts lid on new AFV

    Speaking at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles Conference 2017 in London, Brigadier General (Ret'd) Winston Toh, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer of ST Kinetics revealed additional details of the company's Next Gen Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NG AFV). This unnamed AFV has

  • Germany to receive further Fuchs 1A8 vehicles in 2017

    Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) will deliver the first of 90 additional Fuchs 6x6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) that have been upgraded to the latest 1A8 standard, in 2017. The total value of the contract awarded by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology

  • Namibia to receive RG32M armoured vehicles

    Namibia will receive the eight RG32M mine-hardened armoured patrol vehicles that it has ordered for its army from Denel Vehicle Systems by the end of March, the South African group announced on 19 January. The Namibian vehicles are right-hand drive and have a different internal layout to previous

  • Netherlands outlines AFV upgrades

    The Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) has outlined plans to upgrade a number of its armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) in order to extend their operational lives and enhance capabilities. Details were given by Colonel Eric Molenaar, Head of Material, Army Staff of the RNLA, at the IQPC International

  • Austria to field common remote weapon system

    The Austrian Army will field a common remote weapon station (RWS) across a significant part of its fleet of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs). Details of this and other Austrian Army AFV upgrades were revealed by Brigadier General Norbert Huber, director of armament and procurement at the Austrian

  • ST Kinetics outlines Bronco 3 capability

    ST Kinetics' (STK's) Bronco 3 is the logical evolution of the Bronco 2 (Warthog in British Army service) and factors in many lessons gained from more than 15 years of service of the Bronco 1 with Singapore's ground forces, as well as operational experience of the Warthog in Afghanistan, Dominic

  • DRDO outlines future MBT requirements

    Further details have emerged about India's plans for the main battle tank (MBT) element of the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) programme. Requirements for the main armament, powerpack, and mission systems have been revealed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Speaking

  • Turkey's Altay MBT project hit by engine technology transfer issues

    Turkey's plans to build its Altay main battle tank (MBT) have hit a snag after Tümosan, the planned engine provider, cancelled a key technical support contract with Austria's AVL List GmbH. The cancellation comes after Austria's parliament unanimously adopted a non-binding motion that imposed

  • China enhances PGZ-07 capability

    The PGZ-07 twin 35 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) system currently in service with China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been upgraded with the addition of a new sensor pod. The existing sensor pod is positioned above the tracking radar, which is mounted on the forward part of the

  • Japan unveils 8x8 APC prototype

    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has unveiled a prototype 8x8 armoured personnel carrier (APC) that is expected to replace the Komatsu Type 96 APC in use by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). Built by Japanese manufacturer Komatsu, the (Improved) Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier

  • Peruvian Army receives RMMV trucks

    The Peruvian Army's 1st Cavalry Brigade received 10 new Rheinmetall Man Military Vehicles (RMMV) on 14 January. Peru has acquired 338 4x4 utility vehicles that can transport 5-10 tonnes of cargo, which are destined for the army and navy. IHS Jane's reported on 25 August that a first batch of 63

  • RE2 to further combat medic support system development

    RE2 has been awarded Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding to develop automated robotics technology that will assist combat medics. The USD1 million funding for the LIFELINE programme was granted by the US Army SBIR office and the US Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology

  • Minotor Service offers PT-76M upgrade

    Belarus-based Minotor Service has developed an upgrade package for the PT-76 light amphibious tank, which was originally manufactured at the Volgograd Tractor Plant. The upgraded PT-76 is designated the PT-76M by Minotor Service, and the enhancements are focused on mobility and firepower. The

  • NORINCO launches new tank destroyer

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has expanded its armoured vehicle portfolio with the development of the ST2 tracked 105 mm Tank Destroying Vehicle (TDV), which is understood to have been developed specifically for the export market rather than the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The

Subscribe to Land Platforms for access to more latest Land Platforms news, analysis and data