• Update: Philippine Air Force receives two Cessna 208B ISR aircraft from US

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received two US-built Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft modified to carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The service released images of an unrelated awards ceremony held on 24 July at the Villamor Air Base in Manila showing

  • Israel unveils Namer turret upgrade

    The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) has unveiled a prototype of an upgraded version of its Namer heavy armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with a turret that is armed with a 30 mm gun. In a statement released on 31 July, the MoD said the prototype was developed by its Merkava Tank

  • More than two dozen Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on army base

    At least 26 Afghan soldiers were killed and 13 others injured when Taliban fighters stormed an army base in the southern province of Kandahar on the night of 25/26 July in the latest in a series of deadly attacks carried out by the insurgent group across Afghanistan in recent weeks. The militants

  • Aselsan opens Malaysian venture

    Turkey’s military electronics company Aselsan announced on 24 July that it had established a company in Malaysia under the name of Aselsan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which will operate on remote-controlled weapons systems. The company is 100% owned by Aselsan, it said in a statement submitted to

  • Dozens killed in Kabul car bomb attack

    Dozens of people were killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBEID) was detonated on 24 July in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in the latest in a series of attacks carried out by the Taliban militant group in recent months. A Taliban suicide bomber triggered the VBEID at 06:50 h local

  • Hardened German stance towards Turkey includes closer scrutiny of arms exports

    Germany is reviewing relations with Ankara in a wide range of areas, including arms exports. Asked for confirmation of a 21 July report in the tabloid newspaper Bild that arms exports to Turkey were being frozen, a German Economics Ministry spokesman told Jane's on 24 July that all licences for such

  • India reports sharp increase in ceasefire violations along LoC

    India has registered a sharp increase in the number of ceasefire violations carried out by neighbouring Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in the state of Jammu and Kashmir over the past six-and-a-half months, according to a 21 July statement issued by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB).

  • Indian Army critically short of ammunition, says CAG

    The Indian Army’s (IA’s) ammunition stocks are barely enough to enable the service to fight a 10-day war, the country’s Comptroller and Auditors General (CAG) said in a report tabled in the Indian parliament on 21 July. The CAG revealed that 121 of 152 types of ammunition –

  • Infocom develops new armed UGV

    Kiev-based Infocom has revealed to Jane’s details of Laska, its new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Developed through a company-funded project, the system is designed to support tactical level operations on the battlefield. Sergey Rumyantsev, project manager and UGV team lead at Infocom, told

  • German Pumas set for range of upgrades

    Project System & Management and Rohde & Schwarz GmbH have each signed separate contracts to upgrade the functional capabilities of both future and existing Puma IFVs respectively. The contracts, broadly speaking, cover the Puma’s communication, visualisation, and offensive/defensive

  • Chinese military developing unmanned supply truck

    The Chinese military is developing an unmanned supply truck. Video footage recently released by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing shows what appears to be a prototype of an 8x8 unmanned supply truck conducting trials at an undisclosed location demonstrating its ability to navigate

  • Danish Leopard 2A5s to receive upgrades

    Denmark is conducting a mid-life upgrade of 38 of its Leopard 2A5DK main battle tanks, bringing them up to a capability level broadly equivalent to the Leopard 2A7V standard soon to be introduced in Germany. This is intended to maintain the capability of the tanks to their currently projected

  • Brazilian Army receiving 60 more US M109A5 howitzers

    The United States has authorised another 60 surplus US Army M109A5 155 mm self-propelled howitzers to the Brazilian Army through the excess defence articles (EDA) process. A government-to-government letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) was signed on 28 June, the army told Jane’s on 17 July.

  • US Army aims for 50 kW air defence laser test next year

    In fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), the US Army plans to test a 50 kW laser system integrated on a platform similar to the Stryker infantry carrier vehicle, according to Lieutenant General James Dickinson, head of US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT). A

  • RMMV details German HX2 order

    Following a trio of quick-succession defeats at the hands of Sweden’s Scania, Germany’s Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) recently bounced back to secure a Bundeswehr order that has the potential to exceed 2,200 vehicles. RMMV announced on 7 July that Germany’s Federal

  • Thai navy evaluates upgraded V-150 armoured vehicle

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has completed initial testing of a re-engineered and upgraded Cadillac Gage V-150 Commando 4x4 light armoured vehicle. Designated HMV-150, the donor platform for the project was a damaged vehicle salvaged from southern Thailand in October 2016 by local company Panus

  • Oman receives first Pars III IFVs

    Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri armoured vehicle manufacturer revealed on 12 July that Oman had ordered 172 8x8 Pars III armoured vehicles when it announced that the first ones had been delivered. The announcement included photographs of a Pars III infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) painted in

  • Poland reinforces armour

    Under its new strategic defence review, Poland plans to expand its armoured component by purchasing additional Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs), upgrading older T-72 and PT-91 tanks, and increasing the level of protection of other combat vehicles. The defence review, published in May 2017, sets

  • Bundeswehr renews logistic truck fleet

    Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) a framework contract for 629 HX2 family logistics vehicles in the last week. The contract follows on the heels of two smaller ones awarded to

  • Bundeswehr Boxer command vehicle upgrades detailed

    Following the announcement by the Bundestag's parliamentary committee that the Bundeswehr's fleet of Boxers will be upgraded to A2 status, Rheinmetall MAN Vehicles has released further information on what this will look like for the 38 command post configured Boxers in the fleet. The combined

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