• Strazh fire support vehicle breaks cover

    Ukraine’s Zhytomyr Armored Plant unveiled its new Strazh (Sentinel) fire support vehicle at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. According to company representatives, the vehicle is due to enter trials with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence this year and it is hoped that an order

  • PacStar readies compact networking systems for USMC NOTM effort

    PacStar has been selected to provide the US Marine Corps (USMC) with a small, modular, networking on-the-move (NOTM) capability for tactical vehicles. In addition, the company will provide its 400-Series products to the US Army for the expeditionary tactical communications programme. Jeff

  • Brazilian Army eyes new Leopard MBTs

    The Brazilian Army is considering buying surplus Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks (MBTs) and support vehicles, and internal preliminary reports are now being drafted, the service told Jane’s . Officials stressed that no decision has yet been made and no resources are

  • US Army M1A2 Abrams upgrades move forward with congressional support

    The US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tank upgrade efforts appear to have solid support among congressional committees in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), which could be a key year as the service prepares to introduce or develop a number of capability updates. For the M1A2 Abrams, the FY 2018

  • Brazil soon to evaluate locally developed fast attack vehicle

    The Brazilian Army Evaluations Center (CAEx) will trial a pilot batch of the 4x4 Chivunk unarmoured air-transportable fast attack vehicle developed by the Army Technological Center (CTEx). CAEx later in October will begin a preliminary evaluation of 10 vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2017 by

  • Leonardo pitches M60 tank upgrade in Bahrain

    Leonardo unveiled a new M60 main battle tank (MBT) upgrade aimed at the Middle-East market during the BIDEC defence show in Bahrain from 16 to 18 October. Leonardo Defence Systems and Leonardo Land & Naval Defence Electronics are proposing a modular upgrade solution covering all aspects of the

  • Practika, TechImpex detail latest vehicle upgrade efforts

    Ukraine’s Practika displayed a newly configured version of its Otaman 8x8 armoured vehicle at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. Otaman is based on the chassis and suspension of either a BTR-60 or BTR-70 and introduces a range of enhancements. The first prototype Otoman was

  • Robotics Design Bureau launches RSVK-M2 UGV

    Ukraine’s Robotics Design Bureau unveiled its second generation RSVK unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. The RSVK-M2 is a 6x6 multirole platform that was shown configured for an armed role but which is designed to also provide logistics,

  • Pearson Engineering takes aim at Spanish armoured vehicle programmes

    Pearson Engineering of the United Kingdom will supply General Dynamics European Land Systems - Santa Barbara Sistemas with one set of combat engineering and countermine equipment for installation on one of the five 8×8 Vehículo de Combate sobre Ruedas (VCR) prototypes under development for

  • SAPA Transmission powers Spanish Piranha

    Spanish firm SAPA Transmission’s latest SW 624 continuously variable automatic transmission will be fitted to the Spanish Army’s General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) Santa Barbara Sistemas-MOWAG 8x8 Piranha 5 armoured fighting vehicles (AFV), the company has confirmed to

  • MTRS Increment 2 to feature clean-sheet design

    Endeavor Robotics will deliver a new product design under the US Army’s widely anticipated Man Transportable Robotic System Increment 2 (MTRS Inc II) effort, rather than modifying one of its existing platforms. “A lot of design and development effort has already gone into this robot; we

  • Stratom enters UGV market with XR-P

    Stratom has released details of a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) primarily designed for the logistics support role. The eXpeditonary Robotic Platform (XR-P) is a dual-tracked vehicle that is initially intended to be deployed from a V-22 Osprey. “We designed the vehicle around trying to

  • Arms and Security 2017: Arsenal State Enterprise displays new radar for ZSU-23-4 modernisation

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, technicians from the Arsenal State Enterprise discussed a new air defence radar and optical tracking suite that can be used to upgrade any air defence system, displaying the new ZSU-23-4M self-propelled anti-aircraft gun as an example. The system,

  • Arms and Security 2017: Ukrainian Armor unveils combat UAV system

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, the Deputy Director of Ukrainian Armor, Dmytro Polyakov, explained the company's new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept. This uses four UAVs controlled from Varta 4×4 vehicles to attack enemy positions. The Varta platform was designed

  • AUSA 2017: Fantom-2 set for desert trials, combat

    Ukraine’s SpetsTechnoExport will be sending its new Fantom-2 large multipurpose unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to the Middle East in early November for trials and demonstrations, and expects to field the platform in combat conditions in the next 12 months. The Fantom-2 went on public display

  • Taiwan plans domestic upgrade programme for its M60A3 MBTs

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said that it plans to earmark USD6.6 million for research into the development of an upgrade programme for its fleet of M60A3 main battle tanks (MBTs). The ministry has chosen the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST)

  • AUSA 2017: Initial Ground Mobility Vehicles now in testing, wider acquisition expects next year

    The US Army is trialling two Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMVs) at Aberdeen Proving Ground for an urgent material release, and next year will begin a competition for a wider GMV requirement. Under GMV Phase I the army is buying light mobility vehicles for Airborne infantry brigade combat teams through

  • AUSA 2017: US Army will soon determine future Humvee roles

    US Army leaders are now determining how to posture the thousands of Humvees that remain in the service’s formations as it prepares to field new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) that are partially replacing ageing Humvees. A full-rate production decision for the JLTV is expected in

  • AUSA 2017: Two new, more heavily armed Stryker variants heading to Europe

    The US Army's first 30 mm Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoon, along with the first Stryker with CROWS-Javelin (CROWS-J), will go to Europe in December for an operational test, officials said during the Association of the US Army’s (AUSA's) annual conference. Army leaders are

  • Remdiesel unveils modernised MT-LB multi-purpose armoured vehicle

    Russian firm’ Remdiesel has unveiled an updated version of the MT-LB multi-purpose armoured vehicle that has been designated MLBSh, thought to mean Multi-Purpose Light Protected Amphibious Chassis. The MLBSh has a laden weight of 10,500 kg, and can carry a payload of 2,500 kg and a crew of

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