• IDEF 2017: FNSS rolls out Pars III

    FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has taken the opportunity at the IDEF 2017 exhibition in Istanbul to debut its latest Pars III family of armoured fighting vehicles, in both 6x6 and 8x8 configurations. The earlier generation 8x8 Pars was developed by the company as a private venture specifically for the

  • IDEF 2017: FNSS develops upgrade package for ACV

    FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has developed and tested a modular upgrade package for its Armoured Combat Vehicle (ACV). The system has been developed following discussions with a number of potential customers, and is customisable by end users to meet specific operational and funding requirements.

  • IDEF 2017: Otokar kits up Altay MBT for urban operations

    Otokar has developed a new version of its Altay main battle tank (MBT) that is optimised for urban operations. The vehicle - called the Altay Asimetrik Harp Tanki (AHT), or Asymmetrical Warfare Tank - has been designed and built by a team of 20 over a five-month period using internal research and

  • Russia shows off upgraded T-72B3 MBTs in Moscow parade

    Russia displayed the first of 150 upgraded T-72B main battle tanks (MBTs) at the 5 May Victory Day Parade in Moscow. Under a 2016 contract with UralVagonZavod the MBTs are to be brought to what the Russian Ministry of Defence has referred to as the T-72B3 standard, although the upgraded tanks

  • Xponential 2017: CRS-I leads US Army small ground robotics advancements

    The US Army ultimately hopes to have robotic and autonomous systems as partners, but in the near term is primarily concerned with small ground robotics for 'dull, dirty, and dangerous' tasks, according to Lieutenant Colonel Bill Venable, the US Army's chief of its Electronics and Special

  • Xponential 2017: Lockheed Martin to pitch modified SMSS for US Army's SMET

    Lockheed Martin will leverage the experience gained in the development of its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) for its participation in the US Army's Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) programme. Speaking to Jane's , Kathryn Hasse, director of Autonomous Systems for Lockheed Martin,

  • Milosh readies for production

    Yugoimport-SDPR has confirmed that development of its latest Milosh 4x4 multipurpose armoured vehicle (MPAV) is complete and production can commence when orders are placed. Milosh is also referred to as the BOV M16 and has been designed to undertake a wide range of military, police, and internal

  • Argentina's icebreaker starts at-sea trials

    Argentina's ARA Almirante Irízar , the only icebreaker in the southern hemisphere, sailed on 25 April for its first tests after 10 years of long-delayed repairs and modernisation following a nearly catastrophic fire. The vessel left Tandanor Shipyard under its own power for a three-day

  • Brazil set to launch vehicle weapon stations tender

    The Brazilian Army is aiming to launch a competition next month to supply a number of manually-operated protected weapon stations for its new wheeled armoured vehicles. A request for quotation is slated to be issued in early May by the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington on behalf of the army's

  • Lockheed Martin targets Q-53 radar at US Army's SHORAD need

    Lockheed Martin is integrating a short-range air defence (SHORAD) into its AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire radar. Additionally, in March 2017, the US Army awarded the company a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) USD1.6 billion order-dependent contract to manufacture radar systems for

  • US military begins moving THAAD components to South Korean deployment site

    The United States military began moving key components of a battery of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a deployment site in South Korea amid protests from residents and criticism from China. Local media reports showed images of a M1088-series Family of Medium Tactical

  • Czech MoD granted approval to award Dana SPH upgrade contract to Tatra Trucks

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) was granted approval by the Czech government on 12 April to award a CZK1.5 billion (USD60 million) contract to Tatra Trucks to modernise 33 152 mm Dana self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) in service with the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). The MoD required approval

  • Russia unveils Arctic air defence systems

    Russia has displayed versions of the KBP Instrument Design Bureau Pantsyr-S1 and Almaz-Antey Tor-M2 air defence systems integrated onto Vityaz DT-30-series all-terrain tracked carriers (ATTCs) optimised for Arctic operations. The systems were first seen in footage of a rehearsal for Russia's 9 May

  • MKEK develops new SP artillery system

    Turkey's Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK) is developing a 155 mm self-propelled (SP) artillery system based on a 6x6 cross-country chassis. The vehicle mounts the 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance taken from the MKEK Panter towed artillery system at its rear. Panter is in service with the Turkish

  • RoKA units testing new small tactical vehicle

    Some Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) units have been operating a locally developed small tactical vehicle in field tests since January, the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced in a 5 April statement. Referred to by manufacturer Kia Motors as the Light Tactical

  • Renault Trucks Defense lifts veil on VLFS

    Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) displayed the first prototype of its VLFS (Véhicule Léger Forces Spéciales - Special Forces Light Vehicle) during the SOFINS exhibition, which took place in Camp de Souges, near Bordeaux, France, on 28-30 March. This instrumented prototype has been

  • Thailand orders 8x8 VN-1 armoured personnel carriers from China

    The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has ordered the 8x8 VN-1 armoured personnel carrier (APC) from China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO), it has been confirmed to Jane's . The VN-1 - the export version of NORINCO's ZBD-09 APC - was selected by the RTA ahead of the BTR-4 APC produced by the Kharkov

  • IDF officially declares David's Sling operational

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) declared the David's Sling air defence system officially operational on 2 April during a ceremony at Hatzor Airbase. David's Sling provides an intermediate air defence layer below the coverage of the Arrow anti-ballistic-missile system and above the anti-rocket

  • KADDB puts new 8x8 vehicle through its paces

    Jordan's King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) is currently testing its first 8x8 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV). The Almared is based on a Tatra 8x8 high-mobility cross-country chassis and features an all-welded steel armoured body that is claimed to provide ballistic protection

  • US Army advances Robotic Wingman unmanned vehicle effort

    The US Army is looking at using either a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) or the M113 armoured personnel carrier, as the foundation for an unmanned vehicle effort dubbed Robotic Wingman. The Robotic Wingman is currently in the science and technology development phase, Major Mike Dvorak,

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