• Incumbent Oshkosh chosen to build US Army’s new FMTV A2 trucks

    The US Army has selected Oshkosh to build its new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant. Incumbent Oshkosh was awarded a firm, fixed-price requirements production contract reaching up to seven years, with an initial USD476.2 million value, according a 7 February army statement. The

  • M109A7 Paladin moves forward from poor test results

    The M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) and Carrier Ammunition Tracked (CAT) resupply vehicle struggled during official Pentagon testing, and now may not be ready for planned full-rate production in fiscal year 2018. The M109A7 vehicles are based on a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle chassis,

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Singapore Technologies unveils 6x6 Jaeger UGV

    Singapore Technologies Kinetics has revealed a 6x6 variant of its Jaeger multirole unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Singapore Airshow 2018. The skid-steer, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) weighs 730 kg and can carry a payload of 250 kg. Power is provided by a hybrid-electric propulsion system

  • Slovenia selects Boxer

    Slovenia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the Boxer 8x8 vehicle as the basis for two new mechanised infantry battlegroups. A ministry announcement on 2 February detailed how the vehicle was selected for procurement through the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) Boxer

  • Team Polaris unveils unmanned MRZR X, eyes international sales

    Team Polaris for the first time displayed its optionally manned MRZR X vehicle at an Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference on 6 February, after the vehicle was selected as one of four participants for the US Army’s Squad-Multipurpose Equipment Transport

  • Sweden buys improved ribbon bridges

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has signed a contract with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for the production and delivery of the Däcksbro 300 improved ribbon bridge (IRB), the signatories announced at the end of January. The FMV said on its website on 30

  • Russia tests Bumerang, Kurganets-25 armoured vehicles

    Preliminary testing of the Bumerang 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle and Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is under way, the Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN reported at the end of January. Sergei Suvarov, the head of marketing at Voenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (Military-Industrial

  • Safran to lead ‘Furious’ project

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has contracted Safran Electronics & Defense to consider the future integration of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) into the wider Scorpion soldier modernisation programme. Project ‘Furious’ will comprise a

  • Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban after series of deadly attacks

    US President Donald Trump has rejected the idea of engaging in peace talks with the Taliban in the near future following a series of militant attacks in Afghanistan. “I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now,” Trump was quoted by the White House as saying on 29 January

  • Slovakia fields new tracked reconnaissance vehicles

    The ground forces of the Slovak Armed Forces have taken delivery of 18 Bojove Prieskumne Vozidlo ISTAR (BPsVI) vehicles as of mid-2017, Jane’s learnt. The BPsVI is a modernised variant of the ground forces’ BPsV ‘Svatava’ tracked reconnaissance platform, which is based on the

  • BAE Systems introduces CV90 MkIV

    BAE Systems took the opportunity at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference in London to launch the CV90 MkIV, which is the latest member of its CV90 family of armoured vehicles. According to BAE Systems, the latest CV90 MkIV has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 37 tonnes – up

  • Belarus receives CS/VN3 Dajiang armoured vehicles from China, say reports

    Belarus has received a second batch of CS/VN3 Dajiang armoured vehicles from China, local media has reported. On 18 January, VoyenTV posted a video showing the vehicles being unloaded from an Air China Cargo 747-400F freighter. The first batch of five vehicles arrived in June 2017 and took part in

  • Thales unveils Bushmaster MR6

    Thales has revealed its latest version of its 4×4 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference in London. The vehicle, called the Bushmaster MR6, is being showcased in the ambulance configuration and features several upgrades compared with

  • Russia to begin trials of 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 tank destroyer

    The modified version of Russia’s 2S25 Sprut-SD amphibious self-propelled tank-destroyer, the 2S25M Sprut-SDM1, is ready for trials after completing factory testing in late 2017, an independent Russian military news agency has reported. The trials are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of

  • IAV 2018: Croatian Army upgrades armour

    The Croatian Army is planning to modernise its Armoured Mechanised Guards Brigade, comprised of M-84/M-84A main battle tanks (MBTs) and BVP M-80A infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2018 conference in London, the chief of the Croatian Defence

  • IAV 2018: Warrior 2 delivered for armour trials

    At the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2018 conference in London, Lockheed Martin revealed that eight Warrior infantry fighting vehicles upgraded to Warrior 2s have been delivered to the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) in Dorset, United Kingdom. In the coming year, Warrior 2 is

  • IAV 2018: ADS set to conform to safety standards

    At the 2018 International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) conference in London, ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, part of Rheinmetall, has announced that its third-generation Active Defence System (ADS Gen 3) is set to conform to IEC61508 SIL 3 safety standards before the end of 2018. ADS

  • IAV 2018: Austria upgrades Pandurs

    Austria is scheduled to receive its first tranche of 34 upgraded Pandur EVO vehicles between 2018 and 2021, with the first example set for unveiling in June at the Eurosatory defence exhibition, an Austrian planning officer has said. Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2018

  • ADS achieves ‘world-first’ functionally safe APS

    ADS – the distributed hard-kill active protection system (APS) developed by Germany’s ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, a subsidiary of Rheinmetall – has been developed to IEC61508 Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3), the highest safety critical standard currently

  • Chilean Army considers expanding its wheeled armoured vehicle fleet

    The Chilean Army is revisiting old plans to renew the service’s fleet of wheeled armoured vehicles by refurbishing and upgrading legacy platforms while also buying new ones, senior military sources in Santiago told Jane’s . New studies and potential plans are expected to be ready for

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