US Army eliminates BAE Systems from ‘light tank' competition

by Ashley Roque

This GDLS ‘light tank' prototype is now the only option left in the US Army's Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) competition. (GDLS)

BAE Systems delivered its final ‘light tank' prototype to the US Army in early February, one-and-a-half-years later than anticipated, but the company has now been disqualified from competing due to noncompliance issues, two industry sources with knowledge of the programme separately confirmed to Janes. The decision leaves General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) as the only competitor still vying for the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) contract.

Neither the army, BAE Systems, nor GDLS wanted to discuss the state of the MPF programme, all citing the ongoing competition.

“The army cannot comment on the status of individual proposals at this time,” Ashley John, the Public Affairs Director for the army's Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, wrote in a 1 March statement to Janes. She noted that the source selection process is still ongoing, and that the army anticipates making a final production selection in mid-2022 and will reach the first unit equipped milestone in 2025.


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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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DSA 2024: Nurol Makina showcases NMS 4×4 armoured vehicle

by Kapil Kajal

The NMS 4×4, displayed at the DSA 2024 exhibition, features a V-shaped monocoque body. The vehicle has the capacity to carry 11 personnel. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)

Turkish company Nurol Makina showcased its NMS 4×4 armoured vehicle at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2024 exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur from 6 to 9 May.

A Nurol Makina spokesperson told Janes at the show that the company has partnered with Malaysian firm Nadicorp Holdings to offer the NMS 4×4 to the Malaysian Army.

“There are no orders for this system as of now but we [Nurol Makina] are expecting an order from the Malaysian Army soon,” the spokesperson said.

The vehicle was seen undergoing trials with the Malaysian Army in December 2023.

According to company specifications, the NMS 4×4 features a V-shaped monocoque body and has the capacity to carry 11 personnel.

The vehicle is equipped with a run-flat tyre system, remote-controlled weapon station, left- and right-hand adopted gun loops, rectifier, built-in radio infrastructure, gunpowder smoke evacuation fans, and mine-resistant ambush-protected-level ballistic protection.


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