• Indo Defence 2016: Rheinmetall unveils Marder Medium Tank RI

    Rheinmetall Landsysteme displayed its Marder Medium Tank Republic of Indonesia (RI) at Indo Defence 2016. The demonstrator has been developed to meet an Indonesian requirement and the vehicle shown at Indo Defence 2016 is fitted with a Leonardo (formerly Oto Melara) HITFACT II turret. Rheinmetall

  • US Army fears its combat vehicles declining, seeks new technologies

    The US Army is eyeing new combat vehicles programmes and considering which technologies or design attributes would be key to adding capabilities in the future. Lieutenant General H R McMaster, director of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command's Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), said

  • Indo Defence 2016: China's NORINCO moves closer to Indonesian Sky Dragon sale

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) is close to securing a deal from Indonesia to supply its Sky Dragon 50 medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, it has emerged. A NORINCO official told IHS Jane's at the Indo Defence 2016 exhibition in Jakarta on 2 November that the state-owned

  • Indo Defence 2016: Ukraine looks to build BTR-4 APC in Indonesia

    Indonesia and Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's state-owned defence industry holding group, are expected to commence talks before the end of the year focused on the Southeast Asian country's licenced production of the BTR-4 8x8 amphibious wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC). Speaking at Indo Defence

  • Airshow China 2016: More firepower for Chinese ATVs

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) is expanding the capabilities of its all-terrain vehicle (ATV) family, introducing a weapons platform configuration in addition to its traditional role as a troop transporter. For trials purposes an 8x8 ATV has been fitted with a fully enclosed

  • Indo Defence 2016: Modern Medium Weight Tank breaks cover

    Indonesia's PT Pindad and FNSS Savunma Sistemleri of Turkey have revealed details of the Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) that the companies are partnering to develop. Under the terms of this joint development programme, which started two years ago, two prototypes are being built, one in Indonesia

  • NORINCO details VT5 lightweight MBT

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) debuted its VT5 lightweight main battle tank (MBT) at Airshow China 2016 in Zhuhai. The VT5 has been developed specifically for the export market and has a combat weight of between 33 and 36 tonnes, depending on the armour package fitted and measures

  • Poly Technologies integrates coastal defence systems

    China's Poly Technologies has developed a complete coastal defence system that ties together a variety of command and control systems, sensors, land-based air defence and other weapon systems to engage off-shore surface targets at short-, medium- and long-ranges. The sensor elements can include

  • Rheinmetall and Tectonica team up for Australian Land 400

    Melbourne-based Tectonica has entered a partnership with Rheinmetall to develop and manufacture a local situational awareness system (LSAS) for the German company's Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV), which is being offered to meet the Australian Army's Land 400 Phase 2 requirement.

  • US Army officials hope to accelerate long-awaited SMET UGV

    The US Army hopes to accelerate its acquisition of a Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), according to Dr Bob Sadowski, chief roboticist at the US Army's Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Sadowski, speaking at the AUVSI

  • US Army's new 'upgunned' Stryker unveiled

    The US Army and contractor General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) on 27 October unveiled the first prototype of an 'upgunned' Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV). This is the first of eight prototype vehicles upgraded with a 30 mm weapon to address a perceived 'capability gap' in Europe.

  • Iran unveils unmanned ground effect vehicle

    Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) appears to be developing the world's first unmanned ground effect vehicle (UGEV), which could be used as the basis for a long-range munition. The existence of a UGEV was revealed by a report published by the Tasnim news agency on 26 October, but removed

  • M1061 60 mm mortar approved for 'full materiel release'

    The US Joint Munitions Command has approved a full materiel release (FMR) of Orbital ATK's M1061 60 mm mortar cartridge, the company announced on 27 October. In the programme's initial phases, Orbital ATK "produced more than 12,000 M1061 cartridges for the US Army and its customers, 1,000 of

  • Qatar takes delivery of Leopard 2A7+ MBTs

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has delivered almost half of the 62 Leopard 2A7+ series main battle tanks (MBTs) on contract to Qatar. The deal is the company's first major export contract for heavy armour in the Middle East. In addition it covers the supply of 24 PzH 2000 155 mm/52-calibre

  • Italian Army starts FH-70 howitzer upgrade evaluation

    The Italian Army has placed a contract with UK-based company Leonardo MW for five more sets of its LINAPS (artillery pointing system) on-gun artillery digitisation system. These systems are intended to supplement the initial three sets delivered to Italy earlier in 2016 as part of a planned

  • 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

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