New Zealand issues RFP to equip Bushmasters with communications systems
29 September 2023
by Oishee Majumdar
The New Zealand Army's new Bushmaster vehicles at the Trentham Military Camp located in Upper Hutt near Wellington. The New Zealand MoD has issued request for proposals (RFP) to install new communications and digital systems into the army's fleet of Bushmasters. (New Zealand Ministry of Defence)
The New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for services related to development and installation of communications and digital systems in the New Zealand Army's Bushmaster 4×4 Protected Mobility Vehicles.
“[These] systems will help to keep New Zealand Army personnel safe, with the latest technologies providing real-time digital maps, secure radios, and instant messaging,” Huntley Wright, assistant secretary Capability Delivery at the MoD, said on 28 September.
“They will advance a soldier's situational awareness, support their decision making, enable information collection, and improve secure communication between people and other vehicles,” Wright added.
He said that the new communications and digital systems will help to enhance interoperability with allies.
The RFP calls for a prime system integrator who can deliver and support the communications and digital systems, from design through to installation, troop training, and equipment disposal, the MoD said.
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.
Czech Republic to deploy DANA SPHs and TITUS vehicles to Lithuania
24 November 2023
by Nicholas Fiorenza
The ACR is deploying a battery of DANA vz 77 SPHs to Lithuania in 2024. (ACR)
The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) announced on its website on 21 November that it is deploying a battery of DANA vz 77 152 mm 8×8 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to Lithuania. The Czech Army's 3rd Task Force, including a DANA battery from the ACR's 131st Artillery Battalion, will be deployed in Lithuania during the first half of 2024 as part of the German-led enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) NATO battlegroup in the Baltic country.
Most of the task force's over 100 soldiers will be from the 131st Artillery Battalion, comprising fire support and artillery reconnaissance troops, as well as staff personnel. It will be supplemented by radar experts, workshop personnel, military police, medics, and members of the ACR Information and Cyber Forces Command.
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