Ukraine conflict: Lithuania sends mobile command vehicles to Ukraine

by Olivia Savage

Lithuania is providing its M577 command vehicle (pictured) to Ukraine under a military support deal. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

Lithuania has supplied an undisclosed number of M577 armoured command vehicles to the Ukrainian army.

The vehicles, provided under a military support deal, arrived in Ukraine on 5 April, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) on 6 April.

An MND spokesperson was unable to specify to Janes the number of units supplied for security reasons.

M577 is the command-and-control (C2) variant of the M113 tracked armoured personnel carrier (APC) that was first introduced to the US Army in the 1960s. Three generations exist – A1, A2, and A3 – as is the case with the M113. M577 can also be used as a fire-direction centre and mobile medical treatment facility as well as a communications vehicle.

In December 2016 Lithuania acquired 168 M577A2 vehicles from Germany at a cost of EUR1.6 million (USD1.7 million). The vehicles were suited for various purposes, including C2, artillery fire control, mortar fire control, training, and as an ambulance. This followed an earlier order for 26 M577s from Germany.


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Monitor Lizard vehicle undergoes PLA trials

by Kapil Kajal & Rakend P

The Monitor Lizard all-terrain vehicle – a model of which was displayed at the DSA 2024 exhibition – can be used as an armoured personal carrier and can carry 14 soldiers to high-altitude areas. (Janes/Rakend P)

The Monitor Lizard all-terrain vehicle (ATV) developed by Chinese company Sichuan Jinjia Special Equipment Technology (SJSET) is undergoing trials with the People's Liberation Army (PLA), a company representative of SJSET told Janes in early May.

The company developed tracked Monitor Lizard – which weighs 17 tons – to meet the PLA's requirements for a lightweight ATV that the service intends to deploy in high-altitude and cold mountainous regions, the representative added.

According to company specifications, Monitor Lizard is an armoured dual-body vehicle and its rear body can be fitted with various types of modules.

The vehicle can be used as an armoured personnel carrier (APC), command-and-control vehicle, logistics vehicle, or rescue vehicle.

Monitor Lizard has a payload capacity of 8 tons. The ATV can attain a maximum speed of up to 50 km/h in high-altitude areas with a floating speed of 5 km/h.


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DSA 2024: Malaysian Army's 6×6 self-propelled howitzer procurement faces delay

by Kapil Kajal

KNDS France proposed its 6×6 CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre SPH – a mock-up of which is displayed above from the DSA 2024 exhibition – to the Malaysian Army. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)

The Malaysian Army has expressed its willingness to initiate the 6×6 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) procurement programme – which is facing delays since it was announced in 2010 – in 2024 at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2024 exhibition held at Kuala Lumpur from 6 to 9 May.

The Malaysian Army's 6×6 SPH procurement programme is “important” for the service as determined by “our doctrine”, General Tan Sri Dato' Muhammad Hafizuddeain bin Jantan, chief of the Malaysian Army, told Janes at the exhibition.

“But we [the Malaysian Army] are still waiting for the government approval to procure the systems. We are in the final stage of talks with the government to procure the SPHs and the government may approve the procurement by the end of 2024,” Gen Jantan said.

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Nigerian military receives first locally produced Mengshi vehicles

by Jeremy Binnie

EPAIL has delivered 20 light tactical armoured vehicles to the Nigerian military. (Ministry of Defence Nigeria)

The Nigerian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 9 May that 20 locally produced armoured personnel carriers (APCs) were handed over in a ceremony attended by Chief of Defence Staff General Christopher Gwabin Musa at Mogadishu Barracks in Abuja the previous day.

It did not name the APCs or their manufacturer, saying only that the vehicles are an improved version with better weapons and communications systems. However, it released photographs showing light armoured vehicles that looked like the Mengshi made by Chinese company Dongfeng, but with the badge of the Nigerian company Equipment and Protective Applications International Limited (EPAIL).

The Nigerian Army has operated Mengshis since at least November 2021, when a consignment was seen at Lagos' port.

EPAIL announced the handover the following day. “We had the privilege of delivering 20 cutting-edge Light Tactical Armoured Vehicles (LTAVs) to the Defence Headquarters, representing a pivotal moment in our nation's fight against insecurity,” it said in a Facebook post. “By producing these LTAVs domestically, we contribute to Nigeria's journey towards self-sufficiency.”


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