FAVS 2023: Germany and Netherlands plan Boxer jamming variant

by Nicholas Fiorenza

FFG is working on the Boxer RRV variant. (FFG )

Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boehnke, Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) Boxer representative in the German Army Concept and Capabilities Development Centre, presented a Boxer jamming variant and an update on other planned versions on the second day of SAE Media Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability (FAVS) 2023 conference held in London from 13 to 15 November.

The Boxer Knifefish jamming variant would exist in two versions – ultra-high frequency (UHF)/very high frequency (VHF) and high frequency (HF). The systems requirement document and proposed solution are planned for November, to be followed by a draft development proposal in March 2024, and parliamentary approval a month later. Lt Col Boehnke expected at least one Boxer jamming prototype to be delivered by 2028.

He said Germany and the Netherlands would form a medium brigade, with Germany providing Boxer heavy weapon carriers (HWCs) and armoured infantry fighting vehicles (AIFVs) to that formation, in addition to two German brigades and the Franco-German Brigade.


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Elbit Systems unveils Lightweight UT30 turret

by Andrew White

The lightweight UT30 features the same 30×173 mm MK44 airburst munition gun and sensor payloads as Elbit's UT30 Mk 2 that was displayed on a Redback IFV at BSDA. (Andrew White)

Elbit Systems has designed a lighter-weight variant of its Unmanned Turret UT30 capable of being carried by 6×6 and even 4×4 tactical ground vehicles, Janes learnt at the Black Sea Defence and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest from 22 to 24 May.

A company spokesperson confirmed to Janes on 22 May that the Lightweight UT30 Mk 3 had already been manufactured and integrated into a 6×6 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle and that serial deliveries were under way.

The Lightweight UT30 features the same 30×173 mm MK44 airburst munition gun and sensor payloads as Elbit's UT30 Mk 2. Weight savings come from a new design concept as well as a reduction in protection levels, the spokesperson said, adding that the new turret weighed approximately one tonne.

The spokesperson did not disclose the customer or where live-fire drills with a Cougar 6×6 MRAP had been held.

The spokesperson also informed Janes


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Japan decommissions Type 74 tanks

by Kapil Kajal

The Type 74 MBT (pictured above) – firing a round during an annual live-fire exercise in 2015 – is armed with a locally manufactured L7A3 105 mm rifled gun as its main armament that is fitted with a fume extractor at the rear. (AFP via Getty Images)

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has decommissioned its Type 74 main battle tanks (MBTs) manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), a spokesperson for the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) told Janes on 27 May.

According to the spokesperson, the MoD has also “abolished” JGSDF units equipped with Type 74 MBTs.

“In accordance with the abolition of units such as [the] JGSDF 9th Tank Battalion based in Iwate, [the] 10th Tank Battalion based in Imazu, and [the] 13th Tank Troop in the reorganisation at the end of [the] Japanese financial year 2023, [the] JGSDF has disposed of approximately 90 Type 74 tanks,” the spokesperson said.

However, the spokesperson did not elaborate on where the personnel from these units were transferred.


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BSDA 2024: BAE Systems to pitch AMPV, CV90, and Archer to Romania

by Sonny Butterworth

The AMPV (seen here in the M1284 Medical Evacuation variant) made its international debut at DSEI in September 2023. Following this, it is planned to be offered to the Romanian army as a potential candidate for an upcoming IFV procurement programme. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)

BAE Systems has revealed to Janes that it is offering its CV90 tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), Armored Multipurpose Vehicle (AMPV) family of tracked armoured fighting vehicles, and its Archer self-propelled howitzer (SPH) to the Romanian army.

In an interview with Janes on 24 May at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) exhibition in Bucharest, Paul Zukowski, Director, International Business Development – Europe at BAE Systems, explained that it intends to offer the Romanian army a choice of either the CV90 Mk IV, the AMPV, or potentially both platforms for an anticipated IFV procurement tender.

Janes understands that while the programme's requirements are yet to be finalised and a request for proposal (RFP) has not been issued, the Romanian army is seeking to procure 298 vehicles with variants including IFVs, self-propelled mortars, and command vehicles.


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