The PARS IV 8x8 breaks cover

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

The PARS IV, revealed in 2021, to address Turkish military needs. (FNSS)

Turkish manufacturer of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) and weapon systems FNSS has developed a new variant of its Pars wheeled AFV family to meet the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) , following a request for proposals issued in late 2019/early 2020.

The company's proposal is the Pars IV, an 8×8 version that builds upon the experience of the Pars II sold to Malaysia as the AV8, PARS III to Oman in both 6×6 and 8×8 configurations, and Pars IV 6×6 special operations vehicle developed for the TSK.

“TLF [the Turkish Land Forces] have started a new requirement for the procurement of New Generation Wheeled AFVs, considering lessons learned from recent operational deployments,” Gökhan Tekin, FNSS programme manager, told Janes in a September interview. “Pars IV is therefore designed to meet current and future combat requirements for TLF and its allies,” he added.

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British Army armoured reconnaissance battlegroup manoeuvres across Germany

by Tim Ripley

Vehicles of the British Army's Royal Lancers divisional reconnaissance regiment deployed from the UK to Germany for Exercise ‘Somme Lancer', which took place in the first half of October. (Crown copyright)

Approximately 180 vehicles and 650 soldiers from the British Army's Royal Lancers divisional reconnaissance regiment deployed over 1,100 km by road to Germany in the last week of September from their home garrison in Catterick, North Yorkshire, for Exercise ‘Somme Lancer'.

The regiment reported on social media that it then carried out a 70 km tactical road march from the British Army training facility in Sennelager to Hamelin, where the main exercise play unfolded across approximately 5,000 sq km of private land. Danish reconnaissance troops from the Guard Hussar Regiment joined the UK troops and German Luftwaffe Eurofighters and Tornado bombers from Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader (Tactical Air Wing) 31 and 33, respectively, for approximately 55 hours of simulated close air support during the exercise.

‘Somme Lancer' culminated back in Sennelager on 15 October with the start of a week-long combined arms live-fire exercise.

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Uganda unveils new armoured vehicle

by Jeremy Binnie

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni inspects a Chui armoured vehicle. (Uganda People's Defence Forces)

The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) have a new type of infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) called the Chui, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, commander of its land forces, announced on 19 October.

He released photographs of his father, President Yoweri Museveni, with the 4×4 armoured vehicle, which he said “was fully designed and manufactured in Uganda”.

The Chui appeared to be identical to the Nyati mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) that was unveiled by the South African company Twiga earlier this year.

Twiga told the South Africa's defenceWeb news website that the Nyati was already being produced under a technology transfer agreement for an African launch customer it did not identify.

Twiga and its Kampala-based affiliate Impala Services and Logistics previously established a manufacturing and maintenance facility for the Nyoka armoured vehicle at the UPDF's Magamaga Barracks. The Nyoka is a version of the South African-developed Mamba.

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China displays family of unmanned Lynx high-mobility vehicles

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

The China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) and the China South Industries Group have unveiled a family of unmanned ground vehicles based on the CS/VP16B Lynx 6×6 all-terrain vehicle in a 15 October video released on the official Norinco Weibo account.

The video shows multiple armed and unarmed variants of the Lynx being operated remotely by personnel wearing People's Liberation Army (PLA) uniforms. The demonstrations included the remote operation of the weapon systems mounted on the vehicles.

The personnel were shown to be working together to operate a single vehicle, suggesting that one may be a dedicated driver, with the second controlling the armament. Both were provided with backpack-mounted transmitters and large, handheld controllers including a display showing the vehicle's onboard systems.

Variants shown in the video included one vehicle armed with a 40 mm cased telescoped weapon system as well as two launchers for guided missiles, which was shown conducting a direct-fire engagement.

A second vehicle appeared to be armed with a 120 mm mortar, which was automatically elevated into a firing position, although no loading or firing mechanism was immediately apparent, indicating that personnel would still be involved in its operation.

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