Brazil plans additional JLTVs

by Victor Barreira

The Fleet Marine Force of the Brazilian Marine Corps is looking to field a fleet of 60 JLTVs. (Oshkosh Defense)

The Brazilian Marine Corps (CFN) is looking to acquire an additional 48 Oshkosh Defense Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme to further increase its mobility, firepower and protection.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Infantry Battalions would each receive 12 of the 4×4 vehicles, while the remaining 12 would go to the Special Operations Battalion, the CFN told Janes.

An initial 12 JLTV A1 Heavy Gun Carriers (HGCs), along with a two-year logistics support package, were acquired by the Brazilian Naval Commission in Washington through a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) signed with the US Army on 5 October 2020 in a deal worth USD15.19 million. Four of these HGCs will be received in 2022, two in 2023, two in 2024, two in 2025 and two in 2026 for the Marine Armoured Battalion.


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Nexter begins production of Serval armoured vehicles

by Jean-Marc Tanguy

Nexter chief executive officer Nicolas Chamussy officially opened the assembly line for the Serval Véhicule Blindé Multi-rôles (VBMR) Léger light multirole armoured vehicle in Roanne, southern France, on 23 September. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)

Nexter chief executive officer Nicolas Chamussy officially opened the assembly line for the Serval Véhicule Blindé Multi-rôles (VBMR) Léger light multirole armoured vehicle in Roanne, southern France, on 23 September.

The French Army has already received 14 Serval prototypes and pre-series vehicles, and four production vehicles are now on the assembly line that opened in June. The first series vehicles will be delivered for acceptance tests by the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French armament procurement agency, in January 2022, “three months ahead of schedule”, noted Chamussy.

Texelis provides the vehicle's mobility kit.

Janes was given a ride in a Serval prototype, which is noisier than the larger Griffon VBMR but the Serval's combat compartment is similar to the Griffon's but with a lower roof. The Serval has an endurance of one day, compared to three for the Griffon. The normal cruising speed of the Serval is 90 km/h, with the possibility of reaching 100 km/h in combat mode if required.


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Czech CAESAR SPHs more expensive than expected

by Ondrej Stratilik

The Czech government plans to sign an agreement to buy 52 CAESAR SPHs by the end of September. (Nexter Systems)

The Czech government plans to sign an agreement to buy 52 CAESAR self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) by the end of September, Czech Ministry of Defence spokesperson Petr Sýkora told Janes on 22 September. Czech Finance Minister Alena Schillerová said during a press briefing after a cabinet meeting on 13 September that the government had approved procurement of the howitzer. Czech Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar tweeted the same day that Czech industry would have a 40% share in the procurement.

When Metnar first announced the procurement in June 2020, the cost of 52 CAESAR howitzers produced by Nexter and Tatra Trucks was expected to be CZK5.95 billion (USD270 million), but this has since risen to CZK8.52 billion.

Czech government documents seen by Janes give as reasons for this increase inflation, the global rise in steel prices, and Prague's 40% localisation requirement. Janes also understands that there are some non-recurring costs for the transfer of production and know-how to Czech industry.


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Indian MoD orders 118 Arjun Mk 1A MBTs

by Rahul Bedi

The Arjun Mk 1A includes about 19 “major improvements” over the Mk 1, but remains a heavy MBT. (Indian PIB)

India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a INR75.23 billion (USD1.01 billion) contract with the state-owned Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) on 23 September for 118 locally developed Arjun Mk 1A main battle tank (MBT) variants for the Indian Army (IA).

Designed by the government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the upgraded Mk 1A incorporates 72 new features over the Mk 1 model to ensure “effortless mobility in all terrains and precise day-and-night target engagement”, declared the MoD in an official statement.

The Arjun Mk 1A, the MoD added, was also equipped with “multi-layered protection” and can engage the enemy in static and dynamic modes.

The HVF in Avadi, southern India, is expected to deliver five Mk 1As within 30 months, followed thereafter by 30 MBTs each year until the contract is completed by about 2027, MoD sources told Janes .

The 118 Mk 1As will supplement some 124 Mk 1s that joined IA service in 2004–05.


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