• Iraqi brigade swaps Abrams for T-90S tanks

    Iraq’s newly arrived T-90S tanks have been delivered to units that previously operated M1A1 Abrams tanks. The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the decision to swap the US-made tanks for Russian ones on 6 June, saying 39 T-90S tanks had been handed over to the 35th Brigade of the 9th

  • KADDB rolls out new AFVs

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) has developed two new wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs). These are the 8×8 Al-Mared and the 6×6 Al-Faris, with both unveiled in the armoured personnel carriers (APCs) although the vehicles are designed to be

  • Austrian Bundesheer receives new AFVs

    Austrian Defence Minister Mario Kunasek presented new armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) for the Bundesheer, the armed forces, in the courtyard of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Vienna on 4 June 2018. Presenting three families of AFVs destined for mountain troops, engineers, and foreign

  • Dutch army receives Kodiak AEV

    The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation has handed over the Kodiak armoured engineer vehicle (AEV) to the Royal Netherlands Army, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 31 May. The Netherlands is co-operating with Sweden on the procurement of 10 Dutch and six Swedish Kodiaks. The AEV was

  • Kazakhstani firms unveil new Karakurt robotic combat vehicle

    Kazakhstani public and private industry joined to create an armed robotic vehicle, the Karakurt, and unveiled it during the KADEX 2018 defence exhibition in Astana. The tracked unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was designed by Kazakhstani companies Robotron Aspandau and New Tech Distribution, with

  • Armatec Partners with Nortrax for Canada’s CHER programme

    Armatec Survivability Corp has partnered with John Deere subsidiary Nortrax on the Common Heavy Equipment Requirement (CHER) contract for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), representatives from the two companies told Jane’s on 30 May. Worth up to CAD 1.5 billion (USD 1.16 billion), CHER seeks

  • Dutch-German tank battalion receives first Leopard 2A6MA2

    The German Army's Panzerbataillon (Armour Battalion) 414, which includes a Dutch tank company, received its first Leopard 2A6MA2 recently, the Bundeswehr announced on 25 May. The remaining 16 main battle tanks are scheduled to be delivered to the battalion in Lohheide, northern Germany, by the end

  • GDELS presents new version of Piranha for Bulgaria

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) is to present a new version of its Piranha 8x8 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at the HEMUS international defence exhibition being held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on 30 May-2 June. The company said in a 29 May press release that the vehicle is

  • Design concepts emerge for possible new French–German Main Ground Combat System

    Key Points France and Germany's potential joint MGCS is moving forward with four general concepts, including unmanned teaming variants Production could start around 2033, but the project faces long odds France and Germany have been working on the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) since 2012 to

  • French VBMR-L set for 2019 rollout

    The first 4x4 Vehicule Blinde Multi-Role-Light (VBMR-L) vehicles developed by Nexter Systems for the French Army will be completed in 2019, with an initial operating capability (IOC) expected in 2021. The company is currently developing three variants of the VBMR-L: 10 vehicles configured for

  • USSOCOM seeks improved ITV for V-22

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) will begin an evaluation effort in the second half of fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) aimed at identifying requirements for an internally transportable Light Tactical All Terrain Vehicle (LTATV) for the V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft, service officials have

  • US Army kicks off Heavy Robotic System programme for EOD soldiers

    The US Army has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a Common Robotic Systems – Heavy (CRS-H) prototype unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) programme. “The army is continuing to standardise its fleet of unmanned ground vehicles into programmes of record based on three weight

  • Japan takes delivery of four more Bushmaster vehicles

    Japan has taken delivery of a second batch of four Bushmaster 4x4 protected mobility vehicles for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), manufacturer Thales Australia confirmed on 24 May. The company built and supplied four Bushmasters to the JGSDF in 2014 at a cost of about AUD3.6 million

  • KADEX 2018: Kazakhstan orders more Arlan armoured vehicles

    Kazakhstan has placed a “new and substantial order” for Arlan mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, manufacturer Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) announced during the 23-26 May Kazakhstan Defence Expo 2018 (KADEX 2018) exhibition in Astana. The announcement comes after

  • GDOTS unveils Flyer 72 TUV

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) has unveiled the latest variant in its family of Flyer 72 tactical vehicles at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida. Called the Tactical Utility Vehicle (TUV), the vehicle has been designed as a more agile

  • KADEX 2018: Orlan-10E makes international debut

    The Orlan-10E (E for export) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Russian industry has made its international debut at the KADEX 2018 defence show in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Orlan-10 system comprises two to four UAVs and a catapult launcher. Each vehicle has a maximum take-off weight of 18

  • Zetor unveils 4×4 Gerlach MRAP

    Zetor Engineering, a division of Czech agricultural machinery maker Zetor Tractors, has revealed a prototype of its new 4×4 Gerlach mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle at the IDEB 2018 exhibition in Bratislava According to the company, the baseline Gerlach has a gross vehicle weight

  • KADEX 2018: Russia presents export version of BMPT

    The Russian defence industry is presenting the export version of the BMPT Terminator fire support vehicle at the KADEX 2018 defence show being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 23–26 May. The Terminator has a combat weight of 47 tonnes and its powerplant produces a maximum road speed of 65 km/h

  • US to grant new hardware to Brazil

    The United States is to donate 120 M198 155 mm towed howitzers, 200 M577A2 armoured command post vehicles, and six M88A1 armoured recovery vehicles (ARV) to the Brazilian Army as excess defense articles (EDA). If the transfer is approved, letters of offer and acceptance will be signed with the

  • KADEX 2018: Barys 6 breaks cover as KPE launches new systems

    Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) has unveiled the Barys 6 ahead of the opening of the KADEX defence exhibition in Astana on 23 May. The new vehicle is a winterised variant of Paramount Group’s Mbombe 6, and is fitted with a 2A42 30 mm cannon in a turret taken from the BTR-82A. While

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