• Alakran finds first customer

    Spain's Everis Aerospace and Defense and New Technologies Global Systems (NTGS) have been awarded their first production contract for the Alakran 120 mm light mortar carrier (LMC). Work on the platform began in 2010 as a private venture with the aim of developing a system that could provide rapid

  • China possibly equipping PLA ground units with new light tank

    Images posted on Chinese online forums at the end of December 2016 suggest that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) may be equipping ground units with a new light tank first seen in 2011. Posted on 31 December on the CJDBY and FYJS websites, the images show around 10 of the new tanks on railway

  • Indonesia receives a further 16 Leopard 2 RI main battle tanks

    The Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) has taken delivery of another 16 Leopard 2 RI (Republic of Indonesia) main battle tanks (MBTs). The vehicles, which are part of a contract for 61 MBTs of the type with Rheinmetall Defence, were unloaded at the Port of Tanjong

  • 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

  • Indo Defence 2016: PT Pindad launches new Sanca 4x4 MRAP

    Indonesian state owned company PT Pindad launched a new 4x4 mine-resistant armoured vehicle on 3 November that has been developed through a collaboration project with Thales. The vehicle, known as Sanca, is based on Thales Australia's Bushmaster multirole protected platform but has been customised

  • DETRAC develops remote weapon station

    Malaysia's DETRAC is in the final stages of developing a new remote weapon station (RWS). The RWS programme was initially backed by DEFTECH, but after funding ceased DETRAC continued the effort with internal research and development resources. DETRAC's Armament depends on the end user, but it is

  • First batch of Overlander trucks delivered to ADF

    Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) has delivered the first batch of Land 121 (Overlander) trucks to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The 12 vehicles, handed over on 7 April in a ceremony at Gallipoli Barracks, near Brisbane, represented the first of more than 2,500 medium and

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Though under protest, USD735 million requested for JLTV

    The US Army's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) would receive USD735.4 million in the fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) budget request. JLTV should be kicking off with contractor Oshkosh Defense entering low-rate initial production (LRIP) - scheduled to begin in the first quarter of FY 2016 - but a bid

  • Hanwha prepares bid for Korea Aerospace Industries

    South Korea's Hanwha is preparing a potential bid for Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), IHS Jane's understands. In June 2015 Hanwha completed the acquisition of the defence units previously owned by Samsung. This transaction consisted of Hanwha's purchase of a majority 32.4% stake in Samsung

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

  • Paris Air Show 2015: Orbital ATK prepares to deliver ShotFinder HFI to launch customer

    Orbital ATK (formerly Alliant Techsystems) expects to deliver its ShotFinder hostile fire indicator (HFI) system to its inaugural customer in the coming months, a senior company official told IHS Jane's on 17 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, William Kasting, vice-president and

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