HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • AUSA 2017: CRS-I, RCIS down-select expected next year

    The US Army now has requests for proposals out for its Common Robotic System – Individual (CRS-I) and Route Clearance Interrogation System (RCIS) unmanned ground vehicles, and expects to down-select vendors early in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), Bryan McVeigh, project

  • AUSA 2017: SMET unmanned ground vehicle headed to IBCTs for trials

    The US Army’s Squad Maneuver Equipment Transport (SMET) is expected to soon complete an initial demonstration before up to four configurations are chosen for trials with infantry brigade combat teams (IBCTs), Bryan McVeigh, project manager for Force Projection, told reporters on 10 October.

  • AUSA 2017: GM unveils modular, optionally manned, hydrogen-powered SURUS vehicle

    General Motors (GM) has unveiled its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) vehicle, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered platform that can accommodate a variety of modules and serve in manned or unmanned roles. The 17 ft long SURUS, named in part after Hannibal’s war elephant, has no

  • AUSA 2017: GM, US Army exploring potential for hydrogen fuel cells in ground vehicles

    Hydrogen fuel cell technology to power ground vehicles appears to be proving stable enough for possible military use, as the fuel has been tested as relatively safe during US Army demonstrations with General Motor’s (GM’s) ZH2 hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric truck. The ZH2 is based

  • AUSA 2017: HDT Global reveals details of its SMET offering

    HDT Global displayed publicly for the first time its Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) Phase 2 offer at AUSA 2017. HDT Global’s SMET Phase 2 offering, the Hunter WOLF (Wheeled Offload Logistics Follower), represents a step-change for the company in two areas in that it is wheeled,

  • AUSA 2017: Polaris boosts international sales as light mobility vehicles garner interest

    Polaris has signed a number of new deals and is now selling its small mobility vehicles to more than 30 countries, the company’s director of international business development, Doug Malikowski, told Jane’s ahead of the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference. The

  • AUSA 2017: US Army eyes accelerated AMPV production

    The US Army is seeking to accelerate production of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) to replace its ageing M113A3 family of vehicles, army and industry officials said. AMPV-builder BAE Systems is scheduled to deliver 29 AMPVs by year’s end, and has delivered 17 so far (6 at Aberdeen

  • Sweden’s twin 120 mm mortar system takes shape

    Key Points The Swedish Army’s new Mjolner twin 120 mm mortar system is expected to undergo firing trials Forty Swedish Army CV90 infantry fighting vehicles will be equipped with the Mjolner system BAE Systems Hagglunds is set to conduct manned firing trials of a prototype/demonstrator of

  • Taiwan orders Mk44 Bushmaster II cannons for its Clouded Leopard IFVs

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has ordered 285 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II automatic cannons from the US-based company Orbital ATK. The MND announced the USD112 million contract on 29 September and said the cannons will be installed on an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variant of

  • Russia upgrades BMP-2 and BMD-2 IFVs

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a 10-year contract with Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), a subsidiary of Rostec’s High-Precision Weapons holding, for the delivery of 540 upgraded BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and BMD-2 airborne IFVs, according to Deputy

  • US Army awards MTRS Inc II UGV development to Endeavor Robotics

    Endeavor Robotics has won a contract to develop and produce the US Army’s new Man-Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II), the service’s mid-size common robotic platform. The deal included a USD158.5 million firm-fixed price contract for MTRS Inc II’s engineering

  • NORINCO details its latest armoured trackway layer

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has developed the GLM122 Amphibious Vehicle-Carrier Armoured Trackway (AV-CAT). This vehicle has been designed to speed up amphibious landings by rapidly laying a trackway across sandy and muddy beaches to enable vehicles to rapidly cross the surf line

  • Northrop Grumman launches Nomad UGV

    Northrop Grumman has rolled out a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), designed with independent tracks that enable the system to manoeuvre over obstacles, climb stairs, and handle a 60° incline. Nomad, part of the company’s Remotec Andros line of robots, was built using the US

  • Poland issues tender for Bergepanzer 2 upgrade

    Poland has issued a tender to upgrade part of its fleet of 28 Bergepanzer 2 armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs). The Polish Land Forces plan to upgrade eight Bergepanzer 2s to the WZT-BPz (PL) standard in 2018–22, with an option to modernise another 20 ARVs in the same period or after 2022.

  • US to provide 6,576 capability expansion kits for M1151A1B1 Humvees in Afghanistan

    AM General has been awarded a USD45.9 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract by the US Army for the procurement of 6,576 capability expansion kits for M1151A1B1 Humvees for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 27 September.

  • Rila MRAP enters production

    The International Armored Group (IAG) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed to Jane’s that it has secured an export order for its latest 4x4 Rila mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) with production already underway. As with all IAG wheeled armoured vehicles, the Rila MRAP has

  • First US Army upgraded Stryker DVH rolls through production

    Production has begun for the US Army’s fourth Stryker Double V-Hull brigade, which will be the first to incorporate new updates to the wheeled combat vehicles. First production A1-configured Stryker is slated to roll off the assembly line in September, Gordon Stein, General Dynamics Land

  • Orbital ATK rolls out XM813 automatic cannon for US Army Strykers

    Orbital ATK Armament Systems is ramping up production of their latest 30 mm calibre XM813 Bushmaster dual feed automatic cannon. The weapon will first be installed in the Kongsberg Medium Calibre Remote Controlled Turret (MC-RCT) installed on the latest General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) 8x8

  • Team Polaris forms for US Army’s SMET

    Polaris Government and Defense has joined with robotics and autonomous technology specialists to develop an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that is being put forward for the US Army’s Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) programme, Jane’s has learnt. Through ‘Team

  • Valhalla Turrets reveals new 57 mm remote gun system development

    Valhalla Turrets of Slovenia have revealed that they have commenced a private-venture project to develop the Hildgard 57 Medium Remote Gun System (MRGS), with a technology demonstrator expected to be completed by the second half of 2018. The Hildgard MRGS effort leverages from their developed

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