Germany procures Dingo 2s to replace vehicles donated to Ukraine
24 November 2023
by Nicholas Fiorenza
The Bundestag's budget committee has approved funding for the procurement of 50 Dingo 2 A4.1 armoured vehicles for the Bundeswehr. (Bundeswehr/Ralph Zwilling)
The budget committee of the Bundestag, Germany's parliament, on 16 November approved funding for the procurement of 50 Dingo 2 A4.1 armoured vehicles for the Bundeswehr, the German Federal Ministry of Defence announced on its website the next day.
The ministry gave a value of approximately EUR150 million (USD163.5 million) for the procurement, paid for by the German government's Enable and Enhance Initiative to support partner states with military materiel and training, to replace Dingos donated to Ukraine. Germany supplied 50 Dingos to the war-torn country, according to the German government's list of military aid delivered to Kyiv.
Dingo 2 A4.1 deliveries to the Bundeswehr are scheduled for 2026. Asked by
for the specifications of the Dingo 2 A4.1, a spokesperson for the vehicle's manufacturer, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), said on 22 November that he could not do so until a contract was signed, the date for which the company does not know.
Austria has ordered 225 Pandur EVO AFVs for the Bundesheer. (GDELS)
A contract for 225 Pandur Evolution (EVO) armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) for the Austrian Armed Forces (Bundesheer) was signed by Minister of Defense Klaudia Tanner, Chief of Defence Staff General Rudolf Striedinger, and managing director of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr (GDELS-Steyr) Martin Reischer on 19 February.
Present at the signing were Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Karl Hufnagel, managing director of ESL, which will supply the AFV's 12.7 mm remote controlled weapon station (RCWS), 16 120 mm mortar sets, as well as other systems.
The order includes conversion kits for medical evacuation (medevac), command-and-control, and anti-tank missions, as well as eight additional vehicle variants to be introduced into the Bundesheer. Thirty-six of these (with nine options) will have Rheinmetall Air Defence Skyranger 30 mm turrets for mobile short-range air defence and to counter unmanned aircraft systems. Deliveries will takeplace until 2032, with Tanner speaking of options for a further 150 vehicles.
This article, originally published on 20 February, has been updated with new information.
Austria becomes launch customer for Rheinmetall's Skyranger 30 air-defence system
27 February 2024
by Nicholas Fiorenza
The Bundesheer and Rheinmetall signed a contract on 21 February for the German company's Skyranger 30 turret. (Georg Mader)
The Bundesheer (Austrian Armed Forces) and Rheinmetall announced on 23 February that they had signed a contract for the German company's Skyranger 30 turret, making Austria the launch customer for the air-defence system.
Austrian Minister of Defence Klaudia Tanner and Rheinmetall Air Defence CEO Oliver Dürr signed the contract on 21 February for 36 Skyranger turrets to install in the same number of the 225 Pandur Evolution (EVO) 6×6 armoured vehicles Austria ordered from General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr (GDELS-Steyr) on 19 February. Under the contract, valued in the mid-three-digit million euro range, deliveries are scheduled for 2026–30.
US Army proving out snowmobiles for resupply, manoeuvre
23 February 2024
by Meredith Roaten
A US Army snow machine pulls a sled full of Meals, Ready-to-Eat during the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center 24-02 training rotation in February 2024. (Janes/Meredith Roaten)
Soldiers supported brigades from the backs of snowmobiles for the US Army's first large-scale exercise with a significant number of machines, service officials told Janes during the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center (JPMRC) 24-02 training rotation held from 12 to 22 February at Fort Greely, Alaska.
The exercise utilised more than 100 Polaris snow machines for resupply and medical evacuation, and to transport soldiers, Major General Brian Eifler told Janes on 21 February. Arctic leaders are still facingquestions about sustainment for such a large force of machines and what kind of machines should stock the army's fleet, he said.
The 11th Airborne Division purchased 160 snowmachines to put two with each company, modelled after Canada's Arctic operations, Maj Gen Eifler told Janes in October 2023. Canada and Mongolia participated in the JPMRC rotation, but Canada had the largest presence in the exercise.
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