QinetiQ's Talon 6N EOD UGV demonstrated at DVD 2022. The vehicle is pictured lifting a 12.5 kg weight from behind an obstacle. (Janes/Alexander Stronell)
QinetiQ has exhibited the Talon 6 explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot for the first time at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022, the British Army's biennial defence industry exhibition, held at the Millbrook Proving Ground from 21 to 22 September.
As the name would imply, the Talon 6 is the latest in the Talon series of EOD unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) developed by QinetiQ, which were previously used widely in Iraq and Afghanistan.
understands that the Talon 6 was developed during the past 24 months in response to requirements from several states, and is being tested by a number of NATO members.
Speaking at DVD 2022, a spokesperson for QinetiQ confirmed that the vehicle would be put forward for procurement under project Dartrose, the British Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) programme for the acquisition of medium EOD UGVs.
reported in August that the MoD intends to acquire 50 medium EOD robots under the programme.
Bundeswehr orders Dingo 2s to replace vehicles donated to Ukraine
01 December 2023
by Nicholas Fiorenza
The BAAINBw has ordered 50 Dingo 2 A4.1 armoured vehicles from KNDS. (Bundeswehr)
The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann + Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS) announced on 30 November that they had signed a contract for 50 Dingo 2 A4.1 armoured vehicles the day before. KNDS said in a press release that the vehicles would replace Dingo 2s transferred by the Bundeswehr to Ukraine.
The budget committee of the Bundestag, Germany's parliament, on 16 November approved funding for the procurement, which the German Ministry of Defence valued at approximately EUR150 million (USD163 million). The procurement will be paid for by the German government's Enable and Enhance Initiative to support partner states with military materiel and training. The vehicles are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2026.
Germany supplied 50 Dingo 2s to Ukraine, according to the German government's list of military aid delivered to Kyiv. A BAAINBw spokesperson told
Up to 50 of the British Army's Foxhound LPPV vehicles will be converted into command variants. (Janes/Patrick Allen)
Up to 50 of the British Army's Foxhound vehicles will be converted into command variants under a GBP19.76 million (USD24.92 million) sole-source contract with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS).
The contract, expected to be awarded in early 2024, will involve the conversion of up to 50 Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicles (LPPVs) over a 15-month period, a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract notice disclosed on 23 November.
According to the notice, the converted vehicles will be installed with enhanced high-frequency (HF), very-high-frequency (VHF), and ultra-high-frequency (UHF) capabilities and will enable operation of Bowman data terminals.
The UK MoD were unable to elaborate to Janes on the new communication systems expected to be installed on the converted command vehicles.
Delivery of the first upgraded Pumas for the German Army has been delayed
the end of 2023 to the end of February
The German Federal Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 27 November that deliveries of upgraded Puma infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) have been delayed. The ministry noted that the Bundeswehr was to receive the first upgraded Pumas for the German Army by the end of 2023 but the necessary work, especially on software, should be completed in February 2024, delaying the delivery of the first vehicles to the end of that month.
The MoD, Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw), and the German Army were engaged in a “close and constructive exchange” with industry, the MoD said, adding that the essential requirements for planned testing, training, and exercises have been met.
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