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  • 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

  • Update: DSA 2018: Malaysia’s Deftech unveils surveillance variant of AV8 Gempita AFV

    Malaysia's DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (Deftech) officially unveiled a surveillance variant of its Gempita 8x8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) for the Malaysian Army at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Named the AV8 Gempita SURV, the

  • Dutch Army receives first upgraded Leopard 2s

    The Dutch Army received its first three Leopard 2A6MA2 main battle tanks (MBTs) from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann on 11 January, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. A total of 18 of the upgraded Leopard 2s will be delivered by 2019, equipping the Dutch tank company of the German

  • Belarus showcases Cayman MATV

    The 140 Repair Plant Joint Stock Company (JSC) of Belarus has completed the first example of the Cayman, which the company describes as a mobile armoured transport vehicle (MATV). From its appearance this is based on a modified Russian 4x4 BRDM-2 amphibious scout car, or uses components from this

  • BEML unveils 4x4 MBPV

    India’s state-linked BEML Limited has taken the opportunity at Defexpo 2018 in Chennai to showcase its indigenously developed 4x4 Medium Bullet Proof Vehicle (MBPV). Designed for counterinsurgency operations, the all-wheel drive vehicle features a baseline armour protection of STANAG 456

  • Turkey test-fires 120 mm HE-T tank gun ammunition

    Turkey’s state-owned Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) successfully test-fired 120 mm high-explosive tracer (HE-T) tank gun ammunition, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli tweeted on 8 April. Serial production will start in the second half of 2018 and 3,000 HE-T rounds will

  • Ukraine receives BMP-1AK IFVs from Poland

    Ukraine has taken delivery of an unspecified number of BMP-1AK infantry fighting vehicles from Polish company Wtorplast, Jane’s has learned. The BMP-1AK is a bespoke vehicle for the Ukrainian ground forces, with AK standing for Anti Kumulyativnaya or anti-cumulative attacks. The primary

  • Navy League 2018: US Navy’s MERLIN ground robot to begin walking by mid-year

    Researchers with the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) expect to have a quadruped robot balancing on its own and taking its first steps by mid-2018. The goal of the Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative (MERLIN) is to develop a small robot that a marine could carry in a backpack and deploy to

  • Defexpo 2018: MKU, Thales sign MOU to develop optronic devices and CQB rifles for Indian Army

    Thales and Indian defence firm MKU Limited have signed two memoranda of understanding (MOUs) for strategic co-operation in the development and production of optronic devices and F90 close quarter battle (CQB) rifles for the Indian Army (IA). In a 10 April statement the companies announced that the

  • Belgium awards LTTV contract to Jankel

    The Belgian Ministry of Defence has awarded Jankel a contract for 199 Light Troop Transport Vehicles (LTTVs). Following approval by the Belgian Council of Ministers in June 2017, the contract, first announced by Jankel on 27 March, will see the vehicles delivered between 2019 and 2021. Based on the

  • Endeavor Robotics, QinetiQ to compete for US Army’s CRS(I) ground robot

    The US Army on 30 March awarded contracts to Endeavor Robotics and QinetiQ North America to competitively develop the service’s 25 lb (11 kg) Common Robotic System (Individual), or CRS(I), unmanned ground vehicle. “With this award, the army will begin a competition expected to last

  • Belarus to receive Tor-M2 battery, Yak-130 aircraft in 2018

    The Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus (VS RB) will receive its fifth Tor-M2 surface-to-air missile (SAM) battery and four Yak-130 trainers by the end of 2018, the defence minister has said. “We have signed contracts which provide funds for the acquisition of the fifth Tor-M2 SAM battery

  • Turkey upgrades M60A3 in addition to M60T

    Turkey is upgrading its M60A3 main battle tanks, in addition to M60Ts, Ismail Demir, Undersecretary for Defense Industries (SSM), tweeted on 1 April. The upgraded M60Ts were first seen in a Turkish-Iraqi exercise in September 2017. Images taken on the Turkish side of the border during Operation

  • China develops driving assistance system for military vehicles

    Scientists at the Second Academy of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) have developed a deep-learning-based driving assistance system for military vehicles designed to facilitate driving at night without lighting or in changeable light, according to a 27 March report by the

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