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  • DSEI 2017: Roketsan targets Eastern Europe

    Turkey’s Roketsan is moving to target opportunities in Eastern Europe, and is looking at building on its position as a key supplier to Raytheon’s Patriot ground-based air defence (GBAD) system, company representatives have told Jane’s . Poland has been a potential market for the

  • DSEI 2017: US Army eyes future autonomous capabilities for field commanders

    New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have prompted a new look at the tactics, techniques, and procedures for US ground forces, Dr Robert Sadowski, chief of robotics for the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center

  • US Army aims to buy more Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles

    The US Army is preparing to buy more shoulder-fired recoilless Carl Gustaf weapons to meet current operational needs. On 30 August the army announced it "intends to solicit, negotiate, and award a sole source contract to Saab Dynamics" for 84 mm Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles in support

  • M1 Abrams tanks progress towards new enhancement package

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) and the US Army are progressing with two upgrade efforts for M1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs), including prototype work towards a new enhancement package. The company was awarded a contract to design, develop, and integrate “multiple engineering changes

  • BAE Systems develops advanced UGV

    BAE Systems has revealed to Jane’s details of its new Ironclad unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). According to the company, the tracked platform is designed to undertake a number of roles, including reconnaissance, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), area denial, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD).

  • Remdizel rolls out Taifun MRAP for airborne troops

    Russia's Remdizel – Defence Solutions (RD-DS) company has developed the K-4386 Taifun mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle intended for airborne troops and special forces, which it unveiled at the recent Army-2017 exhibition held outside Moscow from 22-27 August. The K-4386 is a 4x4

  • Malaysia reveals Condor logistics vehicle prototype

    Malaysia’s Deftech unveiled a converted Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor 4x4 logistics support vehicle prototype during Malaysia’s Independence Day parade on 31 August. The original armoured personnel carrier (APC) has been converted into a flatbed logistics support vehicle,

  • NORINCO fleshes out VP11 MRAP family

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has produced new variants of its 4x4 VP11 lightweight mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle with armoured personnel carrier (APC) and internal security (IS) models rolling out of a recent production run, Jane’s can confirm.

  • Alcon develops F550 upgrade

    High-performance brake and clutch system specialist, Alcon Components, has developed an upgrade package for the Ford F550, as the company continues its push into the defence sector. “We have for many years offered upgrade solutions for the Toyota Land Cruiser range, this is without doubt

  • Indonesian Army establishes new strategic reserve command division

    The Indonesian Army’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD’s) Strategic Reserve Command (KOSTRAD) is currently in the process of forming up a new rapid strike composite division consisting of 1,200 personnel. The organisation, which has been named the ‘Cakra

  • Poland ponders possibilities for upgrading T-72s

    Polish company Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar-Labedy is scheduled to present two upgraded versions of the T-72 main battle tank (MBT) at the MSPO-2017 defence exhibition in September. The two vehicles, designated PT-17 and PT-91M2, were designed in response to the

  • Indian Army scraps LMG tender

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has terminated its three-year-old tender to procure 9,462 7.62 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA) for about INR3 billion (USD46.8 million). Official sources told Jane’s that the contract was scrapped on 9 August 2017 after Israel

  • Army-2017: Russia’s SFU rolls out Chaborz M-6 buggy

    Russia’s Special Forces University (SFU), which is based in Gudermes, Chechnya, has unveiled its latest Chaborz M-6 multipurpose buggy at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition. The four-wheel drive M-6 buggy has a laden weight of 2,700 kg and is operated by a driver with

  • Army-2017: Tractor Plants boosts BMP-3 anti-tank capability

    Tractor Plants has showcased a BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at Army-2017 with a roof-mounted launcher for two Ataka anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). The upgraded BMP-3 has a combat weight of 18.9 tonnes, three crew members, room for eight dismounts, maximum road speed of 70 km/h, and

  • Indonesian MoD looks to relocate defence companies

    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it plans to relocate the country's biggest state-owned defence companies to Lampung province, on the western island of Sumatra, to provide greater scope for industrial expansion. The MoD said on 23 August that the plan features aerospace

  • China develops new RPG-defeating net for AFVs

    China has developed a new armour system called Flexible Grid Armour (FGA), which is now being marketed for export by China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). The FGA is designed to provide tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) with increased protection against anti-tank

  • Army-2017: Tractor Plants modernises BMD-4M

    Russia's Tractor Plants Concern has showcased the BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) upgraded with the new Sinitsa (Titmouse) combat compartment at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow from 22–27 August. The Sinitsa is essentially a

  • Army-2017: VPK showcases BTR-87 APC

    Russia's Military Industrial Company (VPK) has unveiled the BTR-87 armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition, outside Moscow. The vehicle on display features a frontally mounted powerpack, with the troop compartment located in the rear. The APC is

  • NORINCO rolls out VP10 8x8 vehicle variants

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has developed new variants of its export-oriented 8x8 VP10 armoured personnel carrier (APC), Jane's has learnt. The baseline VP10 APC is typically operated by a two-person crew, and carries up to 12 dismounts in the rear troop compartment. The vehicle is

  • China’s NORINCO reveals new armoured vehicles, active protection system

    China’s North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) revealed new armoured vehicles and a new active protection system (APS) during the Armour Day it held in Baotou, Inner Mongolia from 15-16 August. Aimed at promoting NORINCO's products to foreign customers, the event was attended by about 230

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