• Turkey to equip MBTs with APS for operations in Syria

    Key Points Turkish MBTs operating in Syria are receiving an active protection system developed by Aselsan The system is believed to be a development of the Ukrainian Zaslon-L system Turkish main battle tanks (MBTs) operating in Syria’s Afrin region as part of the Turkish armed forces’

  • Kazakhstan puts Barys through its paces

    Kazakhstan has finished putting the Barys 8 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle through a harsh winter testing programme, Jane’s has been told. During the trials, which began in December 2017, the vehicle undertook a range of factory acceptance tests in conditions that saw the temperature drop to

  • ADF takes delivery of first tranche of WFEL’s rapidly deployable military bridges

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken delivery of the first tranche of WFEL’s rapidly deployable military bridges, including an undisclosed number of Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) and Medium Girder Bridges (MGBs) as part of the Land 155 Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability Project for the

  • ST Kinetics pursues weaponised multirotor UAV development

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and speciality vehicles arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has commenced development of weaponised tactical air and ground vehicles with the aim of demonstrating advanced prototypes by the end of 2019. The company has commenced work on the

  • US Army receives first bids for new Mobile Protected Firepower tank

    The US Army has received bids for its Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) programme; BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) have been confirmed as participants. The army hopes a new MPF platform can quickly deploy with relatively low logistics demand but enough protection and firepower

  • Spain to test turrets for 8x8 IFV based on Piranha

    Five different turrets are to be tested in early 2019 for Spain’s new wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the VCR (Vehiculo Sobre Ruedas) 8x8 programme. The Spanish Army is “waiting and hoping” for the government to sign the contract by the end of 2019 to finally get the

  • Northrop Grumman testbed to help develop swarm tactics

    As part of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) OFFEnsive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) effort, Northrop Grumman has launched a testbed to support the development of breakthrough technologies that will enable ground forces to use swarms of small unmanned systems. The company is

  • CNIM modernises French bridging systems

    CNIM will soon deliver two 10 m-long bridge module prototypes of the French Army’s Pont Flottant F2 (PFM F2) motorised floating bridge system to the 6th Engineer Regiment for trials lasting until October. It was awarded a contract to modernise 200 m of PFM F1 bridges and the delivery of an

  • Norinco’s HJ-11 ATGW looks to have entered service with PLAGF

    The Red Arrow 11 (Hongjian-11 or HJ-11) anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) produced by the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) may have entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF), images released by the state-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV)

  • Centaur emerges as MTRS Inc II solution

    Endeavor Robotics has revealed details of its new Centaur unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which is the platform chosen to fill the US Army’s MTRS Inc II requirement. Centaur is a mid-sized, tracked platform that has been designed to carry out a range of missions, including ordnance disposal,

  • Challenger 2 MBT LEP selection draws closer

    The 24-month Assessment Phase (AP) to determine the winning bidder for the British Army Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) Life Extension Programme (LEP) is due to be completed at the end of 2018. Two competitors – a BAE Systems-led team that includes General Dynamics Land Systems UK, and

  • Jordan restructures its armoured formations

    Key Points The Royal Jordanian Army is restructuring its armoured units with the addition of second-hand AFVs from Italy and Germany Its ex-British Army Challenger 1 MBTs will be retired The Royal Jordanian Army (RJA) is restructuring its armoured forces, with second-hand Iveco Centauro 105 mm

  • Baltic states boost artillery capabilities

    The defence forces of Estonia and Lithuania are upgrading the indirect fire capability of their land elements, military officials from both Baltic countries highlighted at the IQPC Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe Conference held in Bucharest, Romania. The Estonian Land Forces maintains two

  • Brazilian Army to acquire bridging equipment from GDELS

    The Brazilian Army is buying one Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) floating bridge system from General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) as part of its Army Strategic Program. A tender was issued in late 2017 through the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington, DC. The contract is now being

  • India's MoD approves purchase of additional ICVs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements worth INR18.50 billion (USD286 million) for the Indian Army (IA) and the Indian Navy (IN) on 20 February. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, cleared the acquisition of 156

  • T-90 MBTs delivered to Iraq

    Images published online on 15 February appear to show the first deliveries of Russian-manufactured T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) to Iraq. Photographs published on Twitter show three T-90s on transporters leaving the southern port of Umm Qasr en route to Baghdad. The tanks were previously filmed

  • Romanian government approves purchase of HIMARS, corvettes

    Romania’s commitment to raise its defence budget to the NATO-stipulated target of 2% of GDP has led to the new Romanian government approving on 15 February the procurement of a number of previously requested US-sourced land systems – notably artillery rocket systems – as well as

  • Brazilian Army to upgrade last M113Bs

    The Brazilian Army has authorised its commission in Washington, DC, to amend a previous Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) in order to now modernise the service’s entire fleet of M113B armoured carriers. Modernisation kits, provided by BAE Systems, for the last 150 vehicles will be ordered

  • Turkey deploys upgraded M60Ts to Afrin

    Turkey has deployed upgraded M60T main battle tanks (MBTs) for its Operation ‘Olive Branch’ against Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region of northwest Syria. Images taken on the Turkish side of the border near Afrin in mid-February show a number of M60Ts equipped with laser warning

  • Second batch of South Korea’s K2 MBTs to be equipped with foreign transmission system

    The second batch of 100 Hyundai Rotem K2 (Black Panther) main battle tanks (MBTs) on order for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) will feature a locally developed engine and a foreign-made transmission system, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 7

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