• Finland buys more Leopard 2L AVLBs

    The Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command is finalising a EUR28.6 million (USD34.6 million) contract to procure four Leopard 2L armoured vehicle launched bridge (AVLB) vehicles, according to a press release from the Finnish Ministry of Defence. The vehicles will utilise surplus Leopard 2A4FIN

  • Xponential 2018: US Army Maneuver Battle Lab outlines efforts

    The US Army’s Maneuver Battle Lab (MBL) is conducting a series of experimentation projects to determine how Robotic Autonomous Systems (RAS) can benefit soldiers in the near future. Colonol John Pirog, director of the MBL, which is based in Fort Benning, told Jane’s that RAS are going

  • UK sells Panther fleet

    The UK Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) has put the British Army’s entire fleet of Panther 4x4 vehicles on sale. Fielded to meet a requirement for the Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (FCLV), the Panther is based on the Italian Iveco Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV), 401 of which were

  • NORINCO rolls out palletised loading system

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) is now offering its Palletised Loading System (PLS) integrated on a 6×6 Shaanxi SX2190 truck platform on the export market. According to NORINCO, the baseline PLS has an unladen weight of 13,400 kg and can accommodate a flat rack with associated

  • Ukraine re-roles 2S1 SPH for infantry combat

    Ukraine’s UkrInnMash Corporation is now offering the Kevlar-E infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) based on the Russian 122 mm 2S1 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) platform. The original turret 2S1 SPH has been removed and the area to the immediate rear of the diesel power pack and driver’s

  • Export LAV 700 enters production

    General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (GDLS Canada) has released additional details of its latest 8x8 Light Armoured Vehicle 700 (LAV 700) vehicle, which is now in production for an unidentified export customer. This is believed to be Saudi Arabia. The LAV 700 leverages on technology from the 8x8

  • MoD, industry provide UK parliament with more details on Boxer procurement

    Key Points About 500 Boxers will be procured for GDP4.4 billion for the first 10 years, including integration The driver module and all the mission modules will be produced in the United Kingdom UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and industry officials on 24 April gave the Parliament Defence Committee

  • Pakistan Navy releases images of Zarb coastal defence system

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has released one of the first images of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) being test-launched. In the April issue of its Navy News magazine, the PN published a photograph of the Zarb ASCM being fired from an

  • RE2 Robotics to develop a drop-in robotic air field repair kit for USAF

    RE2 Robotics is developing a kit to convert manned construction vehicles into unmanned platforms that are capable of airfield repair. The Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) efforts, for which the US Air Force (USAF) awarded RE2 Robotics a USD2.9 million contract in April, will

  • Warrior IFV trialled with Soucy Defense CRT

    A British Army Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) fitted with Soucy Defense composite rubber tracks (CRT) has completed a 5,000 km trial, Jane’s has learned. The effort was aimed at proving the CRT technology as a replacement for the conventional steel tracks currently fitted to the

  • Vietnam upgrades heavy armour fleet

    The People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) is upgrading its fleet of heavy armoured vehicles, Russian and Vietnamese defence sources have told Jane's . Hanoi is receiving Russian T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs). “Deliveries of the T-90S/SK MBTs to Vietnam have already begun. The contract is to

  • DSIL highlights 4x4 Light Bullet Proof Vehicle

    India’s state-linked DCM Shriram Industries Limited (DSIL) has taken the opportunity at Defexpo 2018 in Chennai to showcase its indigenously developed 4x4 Zebu Light Bullet Proof Vehicle (LBPV). The Zebu LPBV is a right-hand drive, all-terrain multirole tactical armoured vehicle that is

  • DSA 2018: Malaysia’s Kembara Suci unveils 4×4 mortar-carrying system

    Malaysian defence company Kembara Suci unveiled a mortar carrier based on a recently developed 4×4 high-mobility tactical vehicle at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on 16–19 April. Named Buraq, the 9-tonne platform is equipped with the Alakran light

  • DSA 2018: Malaysian companies unveil special operations vehicles

    Two Malaysian companies unveiled at the 16-19 Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) new 4x4 vehicles that are being marketed for special operations forces (SOF) in Southeast Asia. Selangor-based firm Kembara Suci (KS) showcased its 5.3 m-long Tafuq special operations vehicle (SOV), which has been

  • Bundeswehr declares MELLS operational on Marder

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 17 April that it had certified the use of the Mehrrollenfähige Leichte

  • DSA 2018: Kaplan MT to undergo qualification tests in Indonesia

    The Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) is set to undergo qualification tests with the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) between May and July of this year. “A prototype, which was jointly developed by Turkey’s FNSS and Indonesia’s PT

  • EU-funded urban warfare awareness project points to future research issues

    A recently completed defence research project funded by the European Commission to boost soldier awareness during urban warfare has raised questions over how armed forces can improve the imagery of deployable low-frequency wall-penetrating radar and, especially, how small unmanned systems should

  • DSA 2018: Taiwan’s MPC unveils new Cloud Leopard variant

    Taiwan’s state-owned Materiel Production Center (MPC) and the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has unveiled at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur a model of a new variant of its indigenously developed Cloud Leopard (Yunpao)

  • Russian MoD adopts BMPT Terminator

    The Russia Ministry of Defence (MoD) has adopted the BMPT Terminator fire support vehicle, a source from UralVagonZavod (UVZ), its manufacturer, has told Jane's. “The 'tank support' vehicle known as Terminator has entered service, and deliveries to the Russian military have already started.

  • Update: DSA 2018: Hanwha Defense Systems and AVP unveil Tigon armoured wheeled vehicle

    South Korean company Hanwha Defense Systems and Malaysia’s AVP Engineering unveiled the Tigon 6x6 armoured wheeled vehicle at the 16–19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Based on Hanwha’s 6x6 Black Fox armoured vehicle, the Tigon is aimed at

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