• IDEX 2019: Milrem Robotics unveils missile-armed THeMIS UGV

    Estonia’s Milrem Robotics unveiled a variant of its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) equipped with MBDA’s Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret (IMPACT) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The IMPACT

  • Komatsu to stop developing LAV for JGSDF

    Japanese vehicle manufacturer Komatsu has announced it will no longer develop new models of its Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), citing slim profit margins. A Komatsu spokesperson told Jane’s on 21 January that the company, which stopped

  • Aero India 2019: HAL unveils rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle

    Indian aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) unveiled a full-scale prototype of a locally designed rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Aero India 2019 defence exhibition being held in Bangalore on 20–24 February. Specifically designed to perform

  • IDEX 2019: New Russian SPMs make international debut

    Russia’s newest self-propelled mortars (SPMs), the Floks and Drok, made their international debut at the IDEX show being held in Abu Dhabi between 17–21 February, with models of both systems being displayed for the first time. A representative of the systems’ manufacturer,

  • IDEX 2019: Saudi company displays armoured buggy

    Saudi engineering company Bandaria Auto displayed an all-terrain light armoured vehicle called the Nasser at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. Designed for patrol, reconnaissance, and fast-attack missions, the version on display can carry three people with one manning a

  • BAE Systems moves forward with AMPV low-rate production

    The US Army is moving forward with its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) programme, and has awarded BAE Systems two contract modifications valued up to USD575 million to kick-start low-rate initial production (LRIP). In a 19 February release, the company announced that the dual contracts mark

  • Lockheed Martin-led team unveils new Falcon mobile air defence solution

    A collaborative industry team led by Lockheed Martin unveiled a new mobile open architecture short-to-medium range air defence solution – designated the Falcon Weapon System – at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi on 18 February. According to the team,

  • IDEX 2019: Streit Group unveils new vehicles

    Streit Group unveiled the Salamander 8×8, Shaman 8×8, and Pangolin demining system at the IDEX defence show being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February. The Shaman 8×8 has a 3-litre turbo diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and is fully amphibious. Developed for

  • Belarusian special forces receive first Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles

    The Belarusian Special Operations Forces’ (SSO’s) 103rd Airborne Brigade has received its first batch of Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs), a Belarusian Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told Jane’s on 16 February. “On 15 February the 103rd Airborne

  • IDEX 2019: Aselsan Serdar weapon aims for export market

    Aselsan has completed development and testing of its latest Serdar anti-tank missile launching system (ATMLS) remote weapon station (RWS), and production can commence as soon as orders are placed. This Serdar was developed as a private venture and builds on the experience Aselsan has had in

  • IDEX 2019: Oshkosh JLTV on trial in the Middle East

    Oshkosh will soon make an announcement about its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) being trialled in the Middle East region, the company told Jane’s during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi between 17–21 February. “We have no imminent orders [for the JLTV] out of the Middle East

  • IDEX 2019: Nimr unveils new Ajban 447A

    Emirati company Nimr Automotive launched its Ajban 447A 4×4 multirole armoured vehicle at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. Nimr said the vehicle has been designed to undertake a wide range of specialist military roles while providing a high level of survivability,

  • Poland signs HIMARS contract

    On 13 February Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed a contract for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in the presence of President Andrzej Duda and US Vice President Mike Pence. The USD414 million Foreign Military Sales contract covers the procurement of 20 HIMARS

  • IDEX 2019: Paramount Group rolls out Mbombe 4

    South Africa’s Paramount Group has launched the latest version of its Mbombe 4 mine- resistant armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) at IDEX 2019. Mbombe 4 was developed for the export market using internal research and development funding to meet the requirements of potential export customers.

  • US approves Namer engine sale to Israel

    The US State Department has approved the sale to Israel of 270 engines for Namer heavy armoured personnel carriers, the Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 12 February. It said the proposed deal is estimated to be worth USD238 million and covers 240 MT 883 powerpacks without

  • Ukraine receives upgraded T-64s

    The Ukrainian Army has received at least 100 upgraded T-64s from the Kharkiv Armour Plant since 2018, according to an 11 February Facebook post by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The post reads, “The best combat capabilities, modern thermal imagers, secure digital communications,

  • Bulgaria delays armoured vehicle tender

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the competitive procurement of 150 new wheeled armoured vehicles to equip three battalion-size battlegroups for a mechanised brigade. The delay was apparently caused by the MoD’s failure to complete the technical specifications because of a

  • US Army explores JLTV noise reduction and visibility changes

    The US Army is evaluating soldier and marine feedback to reduce the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) noise level and improve visibility before moving forward with a full-rate production decision. In a recent email to Jane’s , an army spokesperson discussed why the service opted to delay

  • Aselsan aims for export market with MBT upgrade packages

    Aselsan, established as an electronics systems house in Turkey, is aiming to expand to the export market in several areas, including upgrading main battle tanks (MBTs). The Turkish Army received 170 former US Army General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) M60A3 MBTs that were upgraded to an Israel

  • US Army delays JLTV production decision, Oshkosh addressing technical challenges

    As the US Army weighs possible Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) requirement changes before making a full-rate production decision, Oshkosh Defense has said it has already addressed several technical challenges raised in a recent Pentagon test and evaluation report. In a series of emails to

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