• Indonesian marines begin operating Ukrainian-made BTR-4M APCs

    A battalion of the Indonesian Marine Corps (Korps Marinir: KORMAR) has officially begun operating the five Ukrainian-made BTR-4M 8x8 amphibious armoured personal carriers (APCs) delivered by SpetsTechnoExport in January, the Ukrainian state arms export agency announced on 26 May. "From early

  • Singapore Army showcases Next Generation ARV prototype

    The Singapore Army has taken the opportunity at its Army Open House 2017 event being held from 27 to 28 May to unveil a prototype tracked armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) that is presently known as the Next Generation ARV (NGARV). The NGARV is destined to be the next addition to its Next Generation

  • Singapore Army's next-generation armoured vehicle prototypes make public debut

    Combat and recovery vehicle prototypes of the Singapore Army's next-generation armoured vehicle (NGAV) family have made their public debut during a capability demonstration and exhibition at the Army Open House 2017 event held on 27-29 May. The yet unnamed combat variant, currently designated the

  • Brazil plans to phase out M108 howitzers

    The Brazilian Army plans to deactivate its 105 mm M108 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), the service recently announced. It reportedly has 72 systems in inventory with the 3rd, 5th, and 22th Self-propelled Field Artillery Groups located at Santa Maria, Curitiba, and Uruguaiana, respectively,

  • Pentagon budget 2018: GMV infantry squad vehicle moves rapidly into procurement

    The US Army has requested USD40.935 million in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) procurement funding to buy 100 Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMVs), a new platform intended so early entry forces can move more rapidly to assault opposing positions. A GMV Phase I plans to buy GMVs for five Airborne infantry

  • Kaiman recon vehicle enters Belarusian service

    The Kaiman (Cayman) armoured reconnaissance vehicle has entered service with Belarusian armed forces, a source in the company told Jane's at the MILEX 2017 defence show, held in Minsk from 20-22 May. "The Kaiman is a new vehicle. It has successfully passed state trials and the military has

  • MILEX 2017: Belarus develops upgrade package for T-72 MBT

    Belarus has unveiled a set of upgrades for the T-72 main battle tank (MBT), with the improved vehicle designated the T-72BME. Showcased at the MILEX 2017 exhibition being held in Minsk from 20-22 May, the upgrade is marketed by Belarusian defence export agency BelTechExport with the 140 Repair

  • MILEX 2017: Details emerge on Belarusian anti-tank UGV, navigation system

    Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) has displayed its new tracked unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for the anti-tank role at the MILEX 2017 exhibition held in Minsk from 20-22 May. Known as the Bogomol self-propelled robotised anti-tank system, the UGV is armed with four laser-guided

  • MILEX 2017: Belarus develops light armoured vehicle variants

    Belorussia's Minsk Wheeled Tractor Plant (MZKT, also known as Volat) has revealed new variants of its new 4x4 light armoured vehicle at the MILEX 2017 defence exhibition held in Minsk from 20-22 May. First displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in June 2016, a prototype baseline vehicle passed

  • Pentagon budget 2018: JLTV procurement ramps up with USD1 billion request

    The Pentagon has requested USD1.143 billion in total for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme as the effort moves into a production phase. The US Army accepted its first seven JLTVs in late September 2016 and deliveries have continued steadily since. For procurement, the Department of

  • Pentagon budget 2018: Paladin howitzer set for full-rate procurement

    The US Army in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) has requested funding to finalise the Paladin M109A7 self-propelled howitzer's (SPH's) engineering and manufacturing development phase and begin full-rate production by buying 71 systems. A system includes one M109A7 SPH and one M992A3 ammunition carrier,

  • Pentagon budget 2018: Stryker programme gets small USD178.2 million request

    The US Army has proposed USD178.2 million for its Stryker wheeled combat vehicle programme in the fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) defence budget request, and includes funding to field a new variant armed with a 30 mm gun and to explore other 'lethality upgrades'. Funding for the vehicles - including

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Army focuses on legacy gear, forgoes big 'new starts'

    The US Army's USD166 billion budget request for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) largely seeks to grow army ranks and increase readiness, and for modernisation it appears to be focusing now on legacy platforms in armour brigades. Army planners are seeking to not just maintain current competencies but to

  • Pentagon budget 2018: USMC requests production funding for new ACV amtrak

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has requested initial procurement funding for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme for the first time in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018). ACV, an offshoot of the former Marine Personnel Carrier programme, was requested to receive USD340.5 million in FY 2018:

  • Sudan MIC fleshes out Sarsar APC family

    Sudan's Military Industrial Corporation (MIC) has released further details of its expanded Sarsar family of 4x4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). MIC has not released details of the Sarsar's chassis, but this could be based on a commercial model that has been fitted with an all welded steel body,

  • First Danish Piranha 5 rolled out by GDELS-Mowag

    The first of 309 Piranha 5 armoured personal carriers (APCs) for the Royal Danish Army was rolled out on 17 May in a ceremony at the facilities of manufacturer General Dynamics European Land Systems - Mowag (GDELS-Mowag) in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. The Piranha 5 was selected by the Danish Defence

  • Polaris eyes mission packages for tactical vehicles

    Polaris Government and Defense continues to work up plans to extend the capacity of its fleet of 'Fly and Drive' tactical ground vehicles, senior company sources have explained. Speaking to Jane's at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida, company director Jed

  • ARGO stresses J8 Atlas UGV in US, Canadian trials

    ARGO XTR has delivered a number of its J8 Atlas Xtreme Terrain Robot (XTR) platforms to Canada and the United States for evaluation. In early March the company was awarded a CAD1 million (USD735,000) contract from Public Services and Procurement Canada for three J8 Atlas XTRs for evaluation, and

  • Motor Sich to receive investment from China

    Key Points Company to receive USD250 million for investment in Ukrainian facilities from China's Skyrizon Comes as Motor Sich and Skyrizon finalise plans for assembly and maintenance facility in China Ukrainian aero-engine manufacturer Motor Sich is to receive USD250 million from China’s

  • Pusat commences initial trials

    Turkey's Tumosan has completed the development of the first example of their Pusat (4x4) vehicle. The initial vehicle is in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration and has been developed using internal research and development funding, with the company responsible for all aspects of the

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