• RAN’s two LHDs achieve final operational capability

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels have achieved final operational capability. Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said in a 12 November statement that the 27,500- tonne amphibious assault ships, which are home-ported at

  • Burundi’s AMISOM contingent receives Springbuck, Fahd vehicles

    The Burundian contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has taken delivery of 10 Springbuck Heavy Duty (HD) mine-resistance ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs), the South African manufacturer DCD Protected Mobility confirmed to Jane’s . AMISOM announced on 6 November

  • Czech Pandur II availability suffers from spare parts delays

    Meeting with members of parliament (MPs) in Prague on 30 October, Czech generals revealed that 21 of the army’s 107 Pandur II armoured vehicles are inoperable because of problems with spare parts deliveries. General Stefan Muransky, chief of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) support department,

  • Spanish Army orders portable CBRN laboratory from Indra

    The Spanish Army is to receive a rapidly deployable portable chemical laboratory from Indra, the company announced in a press release on 7 November. It is due to be delivered in August 2020 to the ‘Valencia’ Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Regiment, based

  • Vietnam modernising its AK-47 assault rifles

    Vietnam’s Z111 factory has launched a modernisation of the armed forces’ inventory of AK-47 assault rifles in a move aimed at making the weapons more accurate and user friendly, according to a 5 November report published by the Vietnamese Soha news website. The upgrade includes the

  • Indian MoD awards OFB USD2.8 billion contract to licence-build 464 additional T-90S MBTs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a INR200 billion (USD2.8 billion) contract with the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to licence-build 464 additional T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs) for the Indian Army (IA). OFB spokesperson Uddipan Mukherjee told Jane’s on 11

  • UK deploys up-armoured Warrior IFVs to Estonia

    Up-armoured Alvis Warrior infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) have been deployed to Estonia as part of a rotation of the equipment for the UK-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup. The new vehicles were identified in video and still imagery released by the British Army showed equipment

  • US Army modifying M1070A1 HET tractors to transport tanks along EU highways

    The US Army is looking to transport its M1 Abrams main battle tanks across European highways, with an eye toward military conflict with Russia. The service is ‘rebaselining’ its M1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) tractors to boost its payload capability and get it into compliance

  • UK Boxer contract signed

    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) and Rheinmetall-Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) joint venture Artec signed a GBP2.8 billion (USD3.6 billion) contract on 4 November on behalf of the United Kingdom for more than 500 Boxer 8×8 Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIVs), the UK

  • Russian army receives first fully upgraded T-80BVM tanks

    The Russian army has received the first batch of upgraded T-80BVM main battle tanks (MBTs) from JSC Omsk Transport Machine-Building Plant (Omsktransmash), a subsidiary of Rostec’s Uralvagonzavod corporation, the plant’s spokesperson announced on 31 October, without specifying numbers.

  • UK signs Boxer contract

    The United Kingdom has signed a GBP2.8 billion (USD3.6 billion) contract for more than 500 Boxer 8×8 Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 5 November. The ministry said the British Army would initially buy a mix of the Boxer armoured

  • General Dynamics building battlefield robotic mule for US Army soldier equipment

    US Army soldiers’ heavy battlefield loads could be dramatically cut after the service picked General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) to build its ‘robotic mule’. In late October the service announced it was awarding GDLS a USD162 million contract to produce the Small Multipurpose

  • Ripsaw M5 touted for US Army’s light and medium robotic combat vehicle roles

    The race is on to build the US Army’s mixed fleet of robotic combat vehicles (RCVs), and a Textron Systems team is pitching the Ripsaw M5 as a contender for both the light and medium lines of effort. Textron Systems, Howe & Howe Technologies, and FLIR Systems showcased the Ripsaw M5 at

  • Germany receives first Leopard 2A7V

    Germany received its first upgraded Leopard 2A7V tank at Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) in Munich on 29 October, the company announced in a press release, 40 years after the Bundeswehr received its first Leopard 2 on 25 October 1979. The tank was handed over to the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung,

  • Finland receives final batch of Leopard 2A6FIN MBTs

    The Finnish Army announced on 25 October that it had received the last of 100 Leopard 2A6FIN MBTs, which were ordered from the Netherlands as Leopard 2A6NLs in 2014 and subsequently upgraded. The tanks were received at Vuosaari Harbour on 25 October.

  • BAE Systems secures new USMC amphibious combat vehicle buy

    Despite schedule delays, the US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded BAE Systems a USD120 million contact to produce additional amphibious combat vehicles (ACVs). In late October, the service announced that the company was receiving a third low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract for 30 additional

  • US Army on the hunt for floating bridges and rafts for next-gen vehicles

    In anticipation of fielding several fleets of Next Generation Combat Vehicles (NGCVs), the US Army is seeking ways to transport the vehicles from vessels to land. In a 25 October notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service announced that it was seeking whitepapers for

  • Bahraini military unveils Faisal APC

    The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) unveiled the Faisal armoured personnel carrier (APC) that it has developed during the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC) held on 28-30 October. The BDF said the Faisal is the first armoured vehicle to be designed and developed by its

  • US, Bangladesh look to sign ‘foundational’ defence agreements

    The United States and Bangladesh are looking to deepen bilateral defence and security ties through the signing of two defence agreements, Jane’s understands. The defence accords – the Acquisitions and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and the General Security of Military Information

  • China’s civil-military integration gathers pace

    China’s push towards greater civil-military integration in science and technology appears to be gaining momentum as reflected in the 20-22 September Military and Civilian Equipment Technology Achievement Exhibition held in the Chinese city of Xian: the hub for much of the country’s

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