IAV 2023: German Army's share of Zeitenwende special fund focuses on armoured vehicles
27 January 2023
by Nicholas Fiorenza
The German Army's heavy weapon carrier will be based on Austrialia's Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, pictured with Australian Army soldiers during Exercise ‘Chong Ju' at the Puckapunyal training area, Victoria, on 16 May 2018. (Australian MoD)
The German Army's share of the EUR100 million (USD109 million) Zeitenwende special fund, approved after Russia invaded Ukraine, focuses on armoured vehicles,
learnt at Defence iQ's International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2023 conference held in London on 23–26 January.
The Bundeswehr plans to equip three new medium brigades with the heavy weapon carrier (HWC) version of the Boxer armoured vehicle in 2025–30. Based on Australia's Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, the HWC will replace the Marder infantry fighting vehicle.
The German Army also intends to procure an airborne weapons carrier in the 2030s to replace the Wiesel. One of the new carriers would fit inside the Luftwaffe's future CH-47 heavy transport helicopter, compared with two Wiesels in the current CH-53G.
Indonesian National Armed Forces receives armoured vehicles
01 March 2024
by Kapil Kajal
The Indonesian Army's Harimau tank on display at Indo Defence 2022. The tank uses a modular armour for protection and is armed with a 150 mm Cockerill main gun and a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun. (Janes/Andrew Galer)
The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has handed over 52 armoured vehicles manufactured by PT Pindad to the Indonesian National Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia: TNI).
According to a press release by PT Pindad on 28 February, the MoD handed over 10 Harimau medium tanks, three Badak 6×6 wheeled armoured direct-fire support vehicles, and 10 Pandur II 8×8 fire support vehicles to the TNI.
In addition, the MoD handed over 12 Anoa 6×6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), seven Komodo 4×4 light armoured vehicles, and 10 Maung 4×4 light tactical vehicles to the TNI.
The handover took place on 28 February during a TNI-Indonesian National Police (Polri) leadership meeting held at TNI headquarters in Jakarta.
In November 2014 PT Pindad and Turkey's FNSS Defence Systems collaborated to develop a medium tank. The tank was named as ‘Harimau' in Indonesia and ‘Kaplan' in Turkey.
Austria has ordered 225 Pandur EVO AFVs for the Bundesheer. (GDELS)
A contract for 225 Pandur Evolution (EVO) armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) for the Austrian Armed Forces (Bundesheer) was signed by Minister of Defense Klaudia Tanner, Chief of Defence Staff General Rudolf Striedinger, and managing director of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr (GDELS-Steyr) Martin Reischer on 19 February.
Present at the signing were Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Karl Hufnagel, managing director of ESL, which will supply the AFV's 12.7 mm remote controlled weapon station (RCWS), 16 120 mm mortar sets, as well as other systems.
The order includes conversion kits for medical evacuation (medevac), command-and-control, and anti-tank missions, as well as eight additional vehicle variants to be introduced into the Bundesheer. Thirty-six of these (with nine options) will have Rheinmetall Air Defence Skyranger 30 mm turrets for mobile short-range air defence and to counter unmanned aircraft systems. Deliveries will takeplace until 2032, with Tanner speaking of options for a further 150 vehicles.
This article, originally published on 20 February, has been updated with new information.
Austria becomes launch customer for Rheinmetall's Skyranger 30 air-defence system
27 February 2024
by Nicholas Fiorenza
The Bundesheer and Rheinmetall signed a contract on 21 February for the German company's Skyranger 30 turret. (Georg Mader)
The Bundesheer (Austrian Armed Forces) and Rheinmetall announced on 23 February that they had signed a contract for the German company's Skyranger 30 turret, making Austria the launch customer for the air-defence system.
Austrian Minister of Defence Klaudia Tanner and Rheinmetall Air Defence CEO Oliver Dürr signed the contract on 21 February for 36 Skyranger turrets to install in the same number of the 225 Pandur Evolution (EVO) 6×6 armoured vehicles Austria ordered from General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr (GDELS-Steyr) on 19 February. Under the contract, valued in the mid-three-digit million euro range, deliveries are scheduled for 2026–30.
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