New Zealand Army to introduce Bushmasters into service

by Kapil Kajal

The New Zealand Army's Bushmaster vehicles at the Trentham Military Camp located in Upper Hutt near Wellington. The Bushmaster vehicles are designed to transport infantry into a battlespace. (CPL Maddy Butcher/New Zealand Defence Force)

The New Zealand Army has laid out its plans to introduce Bushmaster 4×4 Protected Mobility Vehicles into service.

The army has procured 43 Bushmasters from Thales Australia – under a NZD102.9 million (USD62.3 million) contract signed in July 2020 – to replace the ageing armoured Pinzgauer Light Operational Vehicles (LOVs) that were introduced into service between 2004 and 2006.

The first batch of 18 Bushmasters was delivered to the New Zealand Army in May 2023.

Sarah Minson, deputy secretary for Capability Delivery at the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD), told Janes on 2 February that New Zealand received the remaining 25 Bushmasters in 2023 as well.

The Bushmaster vehicle fleet was delivered to New Zealand in batches in 2023, with the final batch arriving in August, Minson said.

The MoD is now focused on the introduction into service of the vehicles, crew training, and the procurement of communications and digital systems for the fleet, Minson added.

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Ukraine conflict: Sweden presents its largest military support package for Kyiv

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Sweden and Denmark have agreed to co-finance the 50 Swedish CV90s donated to Ukraine and for the production of additional IFVs. (Hägglunds)

The Swedish government announced its largest military support package for Ukraine on its website on 20 February. The SEK7.1 billion (USD683 million) package includes a maritime package, ground equipment, and financial support for bilateral projects and funds.

The latter includes financial support for Ukraine to buy more CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

The ground equipment Sweden is donating comprises 155 mm artillery shells, an RBS 70 air-defence system, TOW anti-tank guided weapons, recoilless rifles, hand grenades, medical equipment, medical transport vehicles, and rations.

The maritime package comprises 10 Combat Boat 90 (CB90) fast assault craft, 20 Group Boat (G-boat) landing craft, and underwater weapons worth around SEK1.1 billion.

The Danish Ministry of Defence announced on 18 December 2023 that Copenhagen and Stockholm had agreed to co-finance the 50 CV90s that Sweden has already donated to Ukraine and for the production of additional IFVs. In addition to CV90s, the donation also includes spare parts, ammunition, and a multi-year maintenance agreement. Sweden is contributing SEK1 billion and Denmark, DKK1.8 billion (USD260 million). Janes

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Singapore Airshow 2024: ST Engineering unveils Terrex s5

by Ridzwan Rahmat

A display of the Terrex s5, which was unveiled at the Singapore Airshow 2024. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)

Singapore defence prime ST Engineering has launched the latest iteration in its Terrex 8×8 line of infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

Known as the Terrex s5, the variant was launched on 18 February, ahead of the Singapore Airshow 2024 exhibition taking place from 20 to 25 February at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

“Equipped with advanced vetronics and a hybrid electric drive option, it is a production-ready, 8×8 armoured fighting vehicle”, utilising the portmanteau of vehicle and electronics, a statement issued by ST Engineering reads.

“Its modular design and ability to transverse various terrains allows the vehicle to be highly configurable to a wide range of mission roles,” the company added.

Similar to its predecessor the Terrex 3, the Terrex s5 has a gross vehicle weight of 35,000 kg. However, it can carry a slightly heavier payload of 13,000 kg compared with the 12,000 kg payload of the Terrex 3 and it can accommodate a crew of two plus 10 troopers.

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Texelis, PT SSE sign agreement to develop armoured personnel carrier

by Kapil Kajal

Texelis will supply its Celeris 4×4 chassis – pictured above – to Indonesia's PT SSE to develop a new armoured personnel carrier. (Texelis)

French vehicle chassis manufacturer Texelis and Indonesian vehicle manufacturer PT Sentra Surya Ekajayais (PT SSE) have signed a partnership agreement to develop an armoured personnel carrier (APC) for the Indonesian National Armed Forces.

According to a press release by Texelis on 15 February, the company will supply an undisclosed number of Celeris 4×4 chassis kits to PT SSE and will also provide “complete development and support package to customise the mobility solution [chassis] for PT SSE's needs” as part of the agreement.

The Celeris 4×4 chassis features 12 base kits including axle, powerpack, transmission, transfer case, steering system, and so on. According to Texelis, the chassis also comprises 30 optional kits depending on the configuration of the vehicle.

Under this partnership agreement, Texelis will deliver the initial kits for the Celeris 4×4 chassis to PT SSE in the first half of 2024 and the first prototype of the APC is expected to roll out before the end of 2024.

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