Partner 2021: Serbia integrates Russian unmanned weapon stations on Lazar III A1 ACVs
13 October 2021
by Dmitry Fediushko
The Lazar III A1 ACV armed with the Russian-made 32V01 unmanned combat module. (Dmitry Fediushko)
Serbia's Yugoimport has integrated Russian-designed 32V01 and AU-220M remotely operated weapon stations (ROWS) on to its new Lazar III A1 family of armoured combat vehicles (ACVs). The modified platforms were unveiled at the Partner 2021 international defence show in Belgrade, Serbia, between 11 and 14 October.
The Lazar III A1 with the 32V01 ROWS carries a modification of the module with a Shipunov 2A42 30 mm automatic cannon, a Kalashnikov PKTM 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun, and six Tucha-family smoke dischargers in two banks on either side of the turret. The armament suite enables the vehicle to engage targets at distances of up to 4,000 m via its main weapon.
The platform produces a top speed of 110 km/h, has a turning radius of 11.5 m, and can cross a 2 m trench or a 1.6 m water obstacle. The vehicle has also retained its organic troop-carrying capacity.
British Army armoured reconnaissance battlegroup manoeuvres across Germany
20 October 2021
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.
China displays family of unmanned Lynx high-mobility vehicles
19 October 2021
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.
The Lithuanian Army's most important projects include equipping units declared to NATO and the army's rapid reaction force with IFVs. Seen here is a Lithuanian Boxer armoured vehicle. (Lithuanian MND/ARTEC)
The Lithuanian government presented a draft state budget for 2022, increasing national defence spending to EUR1.176 billion (USD1.367 billion), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on its website on 12 October.
Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė told a press conference the day before that this would raise defence spending from 2.03% in 2021 to 2.05% in 2022, Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT) reported on its website on 11 October. She added that Lithuanian political parties support the gradual increase of defence spending to 2.5% of GDP by 2030.
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