• Norway receives its first K9 self-propelled howitzer

    Norway’s Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) announced on its website on 19 September that it had received its first K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) from Hanwha Defense during a ceremony in South Korea. The first system, comprising the K9 155/L52 SPH and K10 ammunition handling

  • Czech SHORAD procurement delayed

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the Army of the Czech Republic’s (ACR’s) CZK10 billion (USD427 million) short-range air defence (SHORAD) system procurement. Deputy Defence Minister Filip Ríha told Jane’s recently that the contract would be concluded at the

  • Russia’s Palantin electronic warfare system makes training debut

    The Palantin electronic warfare (EW) system has made its training debut with a Russian battalion tactical group during an exercise near Voronezh, the Western Military District (WMD) press service announced on its website on 17 September. The system was used to “suppress enemy radio

  • UAE looking for more tank transporters

    Belarus hopes to secure another contract to supply additional heavy equipment transporters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Roman Golovchenko, the chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus. “We are about to finish a major contract [with the UAE], which was

  • BAE Systems designing eight M88A3 prototypes

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems with a USD318 million contract to upgrade its M88 recovery vehicles into a M88A3 configuration. Under the 44-month contract, the company will delver eight M88A3 prototypes to the service by 2022 for testing, BAE Systems told Jane’s . The new configuration

  • HIPPO Multipower pitches ATSV-E for British Army’s RPV programme

    HIPPO Multipower will push an electric-powered version of its 6x6 All Terrain Support Vehicle (ATSV) as a candidate for the British Army’s Robotic Platoon Vehicle (RPV) programme, Rob O’Connor, international business development representative at HIPPO Multipower, revealed to

  • Japan selects contenders for Type 96 APC replacement

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), Patria, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have been selected to provide wheeled armoured vehicles for a series of trials aimed at finding a replacement for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF’s) Type 96 8×8 armoured personnel carriers

  • Paramount Group receives blast certification for Mbombe 4

    South African defence company Paramount Group revealed on 17 September that it had received certification from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for blast protection on its Mbombe 4 armoured personnel carrier. Following a testing campaign carried out between

  • DSEI 2019: QinetiQ unveils Squad Packable Utility Robot

    QinetiQ North America (QNA) displayed its Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) offering for the first time at the DSEI 2019 exhibition held in London from 10–13 September. The backpackable robot is called the Squad Packable Utility Robot (SPUR). The system provides a common platform and

  • DSEI 2019: FFG offers Boxer armoured recovery mission module

    Germany’s Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) has presented an armoured recovery mission module (ARM) for the Boxer at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London. The kit is designed to be fitted to a Boxer drive module and provide operators

  • DSEI 2019: IAI completes urban trials with autonomous Carmel vehicle

    Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) has completed urban trials with its Carmel technology demonstrator using the company’s Athena autonomous navigation software, according to Alice Kahana, director of business development and sales for the company’s robotic division. The goal of the

  • DSEI 2019: Patria displays Patria 6×6 fitted with NEMO mortar system

    Patria displayed its Patria 6×6 wheeled armoured vehicle fitted with the 120 mm NEMO mortar system at DSEI 2019 in London held from 10–13 September. According to Janne Räkköläinen, Senior Vice President of Vehicle Systems Land at Patria, the vehicle in the mortar

  • DSEI 2019: FLIR Systems Inc wins contract to provide UGVs to Norwegian MoD

    FLIR Systems Inc has been awarded a contract to provide additional PackBot robots to Norway’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), according to a company announcement on 9 September. The contract consists of 20 plus PackBot unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) as well as spare parts and training. The

  • DSEI 2019: British Army working on JLTV prototype

    Oshkosh Defence has been working since earlier this year on a prototype of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) under a two-year contract to demonstrate the integration of UK-specific mission and safety equipment for the Multi Role Vehicle-Protected (MRV-P) programme. Senior British Army

  • DSEI 2019: Athena C2 vehicle revealed

    General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK) presented the Athena command-and-control (C2) variant of the Ajax AFV family for the first time at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London, held on 10–13 September. The Athena variant is designed to provide

  • DSEI 2019: Elta demonstrates AI-centric Israeli combat vehicle

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary Elta Systems has completed demonstrations of its proposed solution for the Israel Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Carmel armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) programme. Carmel is intended to deliver enhanced situational awareness by leveraging

  • DSEI 2019: FFG presents Boxer Armoured Recovery Module

    Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) presented its Armoured Recovery Module (ARM) for the Boxer multi-purpose armoured vehicle at the DSEI 2019 exhibition in London. Christoph Jehn, a project manager for FFG, explained to Jane’s that the module was developed as a private venture from

  • DSEI 2019: GDLS-UK presents bridging variant of Ares APC

    General Dynamics Land Systems UK (GDLS-UK) presented a tactical assault bridging variant of the Ares armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019 exhibition in London, held on 10–13 September. “Some sort of bridging capability might be

  • DSEI 2019: L3Harris reveals T4 robotic system

    L3Harris took the opportunity at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) to unveil its latest T4 robotic system, which fits within the medium-sized platform category and appears to be a scaled-down version of the T7 platform, albeit with a different running gear

  • DSEI 2019: Strong response evident for British Army’s MFP requirement

    Key Points A strong number of contenders for the UK's MFP requirement were evident at DSEI Up to 98 systems are likely to be procured, with an IOC set for 2028 BAE Systems, Nexter, Elbit UK, and Hanwha Defence were among the companies presenting self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) at the 2019 Defence

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