• DSEI 2019: Further details emerge of Plasan’s vehicle armour solutions

    Plasan presented an array of statistical and passive armour at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London from 10–13 September. Dani Ziv, Plasan’s CEO, told Jane’s that Plasan’s approach is to provide multiple armour types and

  • Canada orders ship-to-shore connectors

    Montreal-based shipyard Navamar Inc has been awarded a CAN12 million (USD9 million) contract to build five ship-to-shore connector systems for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Awarded after a competitive process as part of the overall Joint Support Ship project budget, the modular and configurable

  • RADA delivers radar prototypes for IM-SHORAD programme

    Israel’s RADA has delivered versions of its Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) to programme officials leading system integration of the US Army’s Initial Manoeuvre Short-Range Air Defence (IM-SHORAD) platform onto its Stryker armoured fighting vehicle. “We have delivered all

  • Estonia leads EU project to develop next generation UGV

    Estonia signed an agreement with six countries on the development of the Modular Unmanned Ground Systems (MUGS), financed by the European Defence Fund (EDF), the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) announced in a press release on 23 August. The project, led by Estonia and including

  • IDF selects Iron Fist for wheeled APCs, dozers

    The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 20 August that it has chosen Elbit?s Iron First Light Decoupled (IFLD) active protection system (APS) for the Israel Defense Force?s (IDF) new Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APC) and D9 armoured bulldozers. Elbit will


  • Top cat: Leopard 2 main battle tank turns 40

    On 24 October 1979 the first production Leopard 2, hull number Y-377 046, was handed over to the Bundeswehr's Panzertruppenschule. Forty years, 3,565 vehicles in over 95 distinct variants, and more than 21 users later, the Leopard 2 stands as one of the most successful MBT designs in the world. Jon Hawkes explores the vehicle's evolution
  • Wheels vs tracks: Reviewing AFV trends

    As conflicts have evolved, the requirements for AFVs have boosted cost, weight, and mission system needs. Sam Cranny-Evans and Jon Hawkes examine Western and Russian case studies in the continued evolution of the tracks versus wheels debate
  • Protecting the dragon’s den: PLA grows air-defence capabilities to meet future airborne threats

    China is rapidly enhancing its air-defence capabilities with an eye on addressing the proliferation of Western-made fifth-generation combat aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region. Wasif Naqi and Kelvin Wong examine the mix of indigenous and imported surface-to-air missiles and radar systems that have been fielded by the People’s Liberation Army
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