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  • 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,

  • 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

  • Mexican Air Force EC725 forced down by cartel attack

    A Mexican Air Force (FAM) Airbus Helicopter EC725 medium transport helicopter was forced to conduct an emergency landing after it was attacked over Casimiro Castro-Villa Purificacion, Jalisco, on 1 May. Three soldiers on board were killed and 12 others on board were wounded. The EC725 was on a

  • US military in discussions for placing equipment 'activity sets' in Asia

    The US military is discussing the use of pre-positioned equipment 'activity sets' in the Pacific region, according to US Army Pacific (ARPAC) commander general Vincent Brooks. The United States keeps bases and equipment in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington state, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam, but

  • Vietnam, Israel sign defence co-operation accord

    Vietnam and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence co-operation, the Vietnam Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 March. The agreement was signed in Hanoi by Vietnam's deputy minister of defence, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and Dan Harel, the director general

  • Algeria has 200 T-90 MBT kits on order

    It has emerged that Russian state import/export agency Rosoboronexport signed a contract in 2014 to supply 200 T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) in kit form to Algeria. The contract was reported by Russian media on 20 February, quoting business sources in the military-industrial complex. Assembly of the

  • Irkut aims to complete Su-30MKI deliveries to India in 2015

    The Irkut Corporation has stated that it will complete deliveries in 2015 of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter kits to India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as part of the Russian group's technology transfer obligations. HAL has been licence building the Su-30MKI aircraft for the

  • Brazil receives last VBTP-MR Guarani from initial order

    The Brazilian Army on 9 December received the last 18 of an initial 128 VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious wheeled armoured vehicles ordered from Iveco Latin America, as the programme continues with more orders. Previously 50 vehicles were distributed to the 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade and the

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