• Russia overhauls Hungarian Mi-24s

    Russia is overhauling the Hungarian Air Force’s (HunAF’s) 12 Mi-24D attack helicopters under an agreement signed with Hungary on 31 October. In mid-November, a Russian An-124 transport aircraft took off from Kecskemet Air Base to St Petersburg with an unspecified number of Mi-24s on

  • Brazilian Army seeks to modernise remaining M113B APCs

    The Brazilian Army is seeking to modernise its remaining M113B armoured personnel carriers (APCs), it recently told Jane’s . Such a programme has not been finalised, but plans are being discussed for a “third phase” of the M113BR project, officials said. The Brazilian Army

  • Serbia increases defence spending, plans new procurements

    Serbia’s defence budget will be increased by RSD11.6 billion (USD114 million) or 19.7% to RSD70.5 billion in 2018. The percentage increase is even larger – 23.6% – if calculated in euros. It is planned to invest RSD13.2 billion in the modernisation of the Vojska Srbije (Serbian

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • Syria claims improved performance against Israeli strikes

    The Syrian military has claimed it shot down five Israeli missiles on 1 and 4 December. The state Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited an informed source as saying that Israel launched 12 surface-to-surface missiles at a military site in Damascus province at 0030 h on 1 December; two were shot down

  • VPK unveils BTR-82V APC

    Russia’s Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (Military Industrial Company, VPK) has developed the BTR-82V armoured personnel carrier (APC), a company representative told Jane’s. “The BTR-82V APC was developed under terms of reference issued by the Rosgvardiya [Russia’s National

  • Indonesia equips pilots with GECO Air mission planning system

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has issued pilots of its frontline combat and trainer aircraft with Graphical Electronic Cockpit Organiser (GECO) Air mission planning tablet, manufacturer Inzpire announced on 5 December. With a contract having been

  • Brazil launches effort to modernise Cascavel ARVs

    The Brazilian Army on 1 December approved guidelines for a project to modernise its EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), which is armed with a turreted 90 mm Cockerill Mk2 low-pressure gun. Several cavalry units field 409 Cascavels (comprising 157 Mk IIs, 37 Mk VIs, and 215 Mk

  • KMW proposes European Leopard 2 fleet

    German armoured vehicle producer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has proposed the creation of a European main battle tank (MBT) fleet. The company proposes in the 24 November issue of the German defence newsletter Griephan Briefe upgrading obsolete versions of its Leopard 2 MBTs from various countries

  • Fiscal constraints hit Pakistan’s production of Al-Khalid-I tanks

    Pakistan’s land systems specialist Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) is producing Al-Khalid-I main battle tanks (MBTs) at a rate far below capacity due to budgetary constraints, the Pakistan Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence Production was told on 30 November. In a committee hearing,

  • Supacat and Rheinmetall go Dutch with LRV 400

    Supacat announced on 24 November that is has teamed with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) to submit its Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) for procurement programmes in the Netherlands and other countries in the region. With a crew of three or four, the LRV 400 is designed to fill

  • Oman inaugurates Pars vehicles

    The Omani Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that the FNSS 8x8 Pars armoured vehicle has been inaugurated into service in an event attended by army command Major General Mattar bin Salim al-Balushi. The MoD said the Pars was ordered in 2015 after it was selected from a group of

  • Bangladesh issues tender for light armoured vehicles

    Bangladesh’s Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) has issued a tender for the procurement of an undisclosed number of 4x4 light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to be deployed by the Bangladesh Army (BA) in UN peacekeeping missions. First published on 7 November, the tender states that the

  • Czech MoD completes tracked armoured vehicle testing

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that it has completed extensive field trials and technical tests of five tracked armoured vehicle platforms begun during the summer. The ministry stated that all platforms have fulfilled the necessary minimum requirements stipulated by the

  • Slovakia receives new version of AMV XP under joint IFV programme with Finland

    Slovakia has received a new version of the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP from Patria for the joint programme with Finland to develop an 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Slovak armed forces, the Finnish company announced in a press release on 17 November. Patria told Jane's on 21

  • Proposals submitted for serial production of Altay tank

    Otokar, Nurol Holding-BAE Systems joint venture FNSS, and BMC, which is 49% owned by the Qatari Armed Forces Industry Committee (AFIC), submitted proposals to the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) on 16 November for the production of 250 Altay third-generation main battle tanks

  • US donates transport vehicles to Colombian Navy

    The Colombian Navy received eight Navistar MV7000 vehicles donated by the United States on 17 November. Reportedly worth a total of USD1.3 million, the vehicles can carry up to 24 troops or serve as cargo vehicles with a capacity of five tonnes and feature a ring mount for a machine gun. The platforms

  • France set to field Griffon 120 mm mortar system

    The French Army will field a mortar-equipped variant of the 6x6 Griffon armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with the TDA Armements SAS120 mm 2R2M Recoiling Rifled Mortar (RRM) as part of its SCORPION vehicle recapitalisation programme. The Griffon is officially called the Véhicule

  • Over half of Bundeswehr’s Leopard 2 MBTs are not operationally ready

    German media reported on 16 November that only 95 of the 244 Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) in service with the Bundeswehr are operationally ready. A further 53 vehicles – thought to be Leopard 2A6Ms – are being converted to the new Leopard 2A6M+ standard, and 86 are in a state of

  • Challenger 2 trialled with ROSY, Iron Fist APS

    Rheinmetall’s ROSY rapid obscurant system has been demonstrated on a British Army Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT), Jane’s has learned, with components of Israeli Military Industries’ (IMI) Iron Fist hard-kill active protection system (APS) also understood to have been

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