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  • Ajax deliveries to British Army delayed

    Key Points GDLS-UK has missed the target to deliver the first squadron set of Ajax vehicles by the end of 2019 This will delay training on the new vehicle by the Household Cavalry Regiment Deliveries of production standard Ajax armoured vehicles to the British Army have been delayed, missing a

  • L&T delivers over half of K9 Vajra-T SPHs to Indian Army ahead of schedule

    India’s private-sector defence contractor Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has delivered ahead of schedule more than half of the 100 K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 cal tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) ordered by the Indian Army (IA). The company handed over the 51st Vajra-T, which is a variant of

  • Russia to trial Drozd-2 active protection system on T-72BK

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has contracted the KBP Instrument Design Bureau (Shipunov) to integrate the TKB-0252 Drozd-2 hard kill active protection system (APS) onto a T-72BK for trials, according to a contract (number 52/23/19) published on the Russian Unified Procurement Information System

  • US Army scraps Bradley replacement competition, revisiting requirements

    The third time is not the charm for US Army’s effort to replace the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The service is cancelling its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) prototyping competition in order to revisit the requirements and acquisition timeline. Several service leaders including

  • Malaysian Army issues tenders for special forces vehicles

    The Malaysian Army has issued requests for bids from locally registered companies for the supply of vehicles for its special forces regiment. The two tenders, which were issued on 9 January, are for 16 special operations vehicles (SOVs) and four rapid intervention vehicles (RIVs) for the

  • US Army selects QinetiQ for RCV-L and Textron for RCV-M

    The US Army has finished evaluating Robotic Combat Vehicle light and medium (RCV-L and RCV-M) proposals, and has selected QinetiQ North America (QNA) and Textron Systems to move forward. The service announced on 9 January that it will award QNA with a contract to build four RCV-Ls and provide

  • Russian Ground Forces to receive upgraded BMPs and BMPTs in 2020

    The Russian Ground Forces will receive BMP-2 and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) upgraded with the unmanned Epokha and Berezhok combat modules, respectively, as well as BMPT Terminator fire support vehicles later this year, the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) TV Zvezda reported on 5

  • Russia’s 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV SPH completes preliminary trials

    The first batch of Russia’s 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) has completed its preliminary company trials ahead of factory tests and official trials with the Russian Ground Forces, the Ministry of Defence’s TV Zvezda reported on 31 December. The report states that

  • GDELS to keep working on new Spanish IFV despite setbacks

    General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) is set to continue looking for ways to win the contract for Spain’s new 8×8 Dragon infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), although the project is insufficiently funded, according to a company source. Spain’s

  • Israel orders Iron Fist APS

    Elbit Systems announced on 7 January that it has been awarded an initial contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) to provide Iron Fist active protection systems (APS) for the Eitan wheeled armoured fighting vehicle that is being developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Elbit said

  • France blocks missile development with Turkey, Altay MBT delayed by lack of powerpack, SSB head says

    France is blocking missile development with Turkey while production of the Altay main battle tank (MBT) has been delayed because of the lack of an engine, Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), told a press conference on 6 January. Demir said the French

  • Turkey modernises ACV-15 armoured combat vehicles

    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) announced on its website on 2 January that it had signed a TRY900 million (USD151.3 million) contract with Aselsan to upgrade Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) ACV-15 armoured combat vehicles. FNSS announced on its website

  • Robotic Research unveils Pegasus Mini hybrid UAS/UGV

    Robotic Research, a Maryland-based developer of autonomy and robotic technologies catering to commercial and government customers, has taken the opportunity at the CES 2020 exhibition being held in Las Vegas from 7 to 10 January to unveil the Pegasus Mini hybrid vertical take-off and landing

  • Spanish Army plans to convert M113s into Spike launchers

    The Spanish Army plans to convert some 60 of its M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) into anti-tank missile platforms. Engineers at the Armoured Systems Maintenance Centre (PCMASA) have already developed a prototype that has been tested by Regiment No 31 'Asturias', part of XII Brigade

  • US Army soliciting FHTV protection kit proposals

    The US Army wants to outfit its Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTVs) with protection kits to better protect soldiers inside. In an 18 December solicitation, the service announced it is moving ahead with the Department of Defense’s Long-Term Armor Strategy (LTAS) objectives with plans to

  • Estonia, Finland, Latvia initiate joint AFV development

    Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik, Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks, and Finnish Permanent Defence Secretary Jukka Juusti signed a letter of intent (LOI) in Tallinn on 17 December in relation to joint AFV research and development. “The letter of intent signed today is the

  • Russian Gibka-S VSHORAD system completes state trials

    Russia’s new Gibka-S self-propelled very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system has completed its state trials, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 25 December. “State trials of the [Gibka-S] system were successfully completed earlier this month. The declared

  • Congress refutes US Army’s plan to curtail FMTV buy

    US lawmakers nearly doubled the US Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle (FMTV) budget request this year despite service plans to curtail this purchase line in the coming years. In a fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) consolidated appropriations act, lawmakers included USD138 million for FMTV

  • Australia to invest in advanced geospatial support capability to obtain ‘vital terrain and navigation data’

    The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra will invest AUD150 million (USD102 million) in the first tranche of an advanced geospatial support capability for the Australian Army, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced in a 24 December statement. The minister said the investment under Project

  • Hyundai Rotem awarded contracts for K600 CEVs, K1E1 MBTs

    South Korean company Hyundai Rotem announced on 26 December that it has been awarded contracts for the mass production of the K600 combat engineer vehicle (CEV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) as well as for the upgrade of additional K1 main battle tanks (MBTs) to K1E1 standard. The company

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