• BSVT rolls out production ready Berserk combat UGV

    Belarussian firm Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) has demonstrated the production-ready version of its Centaur unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) prototype at the 174th training ground of the country’s Air Force and Air Defence Forces in early October, Jane’s has learnt. The tracked and

  • Seoul, Pyongyang withdraw personnel from 22 DMZ guard posts

    The armed forces of North and South Korea have completed the process of withdrawing troops from 22 border guard posts (11 each) in the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) as part of a deal reached by the two countries in September aimed at preventing armed confrontation along the border areas. The

  • Turkey signs Altay MBT serial production contract with BMC

    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) announced on 9 November that it had signed the first serial production contract with BMC for 250 Altay main battle tanks (MBTs). The contract covers life-cycle logistics support for the tanks as well as the establishment and operation of a Tank

  • Dutch airborne troops opt for G-Class for AASLT requirement

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) is poised to sign a contract with Mercedes-Benz Cars Netherlands for 515 Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based 12 kN AASLT (Air Assault Vehicles). Subject to Dutch parliamentary approval, the actual contract signature is expected on 15 November at the NIDV 2018 exhibition.

  • Airshow China 2018: Norinco expands Lynx ATV family

    The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) displayed several new variants of its Lynx family of open-top, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) at the 6–11 November Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai. The original 8×8 Lynx ATV, which had entered service with the People’s Liberation

  • Airshow China 2018: Unmanned military systems take centre stage

    New Chinese unmanned aerial, ground, and sea vehicles (UAVs, UGVs, and USVs) took centre stage at the 6–11 November Airshow China 2018 defence exhibition in Zhuhai. At least 100 state-owned and private companies that develop and manufacture unmanned air and land platforms – as well as

  • Israeli MoD confirms it is Sahar UGV customer

    Israel’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 7 November that it has completed development of the Sahar unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which detects and clears improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The MoD’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure

  • Brazilian Army receives fewer ASTROS II Mk 6 vehicles than planned

    The Brazilian Army is to receive five fewer Artillery SaTuration ROcket System (ASTROS) II Mk 6 vehicles than planned under the ASTROS 2020 Army Strategic Program (Prg EE ASTROS 2020), receiving 45 vehicles instead of 50. Twenty-nine Mk 6 vehicles have already been inducted, while authorisation to

  • Puma IFV will not compete in Australia’s Project Land 400 Phase 3

    Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM), a joint venture company between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall, has confirmed that it will not offer the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) as a contender to supply the Australian Army (AA) with up to 450 modern IFVs as part of Project Land 400

  • US Army steps towards 2019 delivery of autonomous leader-follower convoy technology

    With an eye towards fielding autonomous vehicle convoys to reduce manpower and risk to soldiers in theatre on resupply missions, the US Army is moving ahead with plans to field the technology in the country in 2019. “This is an important project that promises to make military logistics safer

  • Russian National Guard receives Ural-VV MRAP vehicles

    Russia’s National Guard (Rosgvardiya) has received Ural-VV 6×6 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles developed by the Ural Automotive Plant (Ural AZ), a Rosgvardiya source told Jane's . “The Ural-432009 [Ural-VV] has been adopted by Rosgvardiya, and the service has

  • US Army prepares for November AMPV production decision

    The US Army and BAE Systems are ironing out the final design for the new Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs) fleet in anticipation of a low-rate initial production (LRIP) decision in November. “The AMPV programme recently completed a successful LUT [limited user test] and a large majority

  • Taiwan to begin series production of IFV variant of Cloud Leopard

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced that a new variant of the indigenously developed Cloud Leopard (Yunpao) 8×8 armoured vehicle will soon enter series production for the Republic of China Army (RoCA). According to defence officials, four prototypes of the CM-34

  • SAPA Transmission aims for US market growth

    SAPA Transmission Inc is aiming for additional orders in its local US market, as some of its electro-hydraulically controlled power shift automatic transmissions are now in quantity production for the Spanish Army by SAPA Placencia SL. SAPA Transmission has established a facility in Shelby

  • BAE Systems moves out on US Marine Corps ACV 1.1 production

    On its factory floor in York, Pennsylvania, the first BAE Systems’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 hull is being built under a low-rate production contract with the US Marine Corps (USMC). “I was just up at York last week and the first ACV hull is being put together on the

  • Milkor develops new 4×4 protected vehicle

    South Africa’s Milkor has developed a new protected vehicle, the Milkor 4×4, using internal research and development funding. Development began in 2017 and the first prototype was rolled out in August 2018. The vehicle is now undergoing company trials before the design is finalised,

  • RG31 gets TRT-30 weapon system

    South Africa’s Denel Vehicle Systems has developed, using internal research and development funding, a new version of its RG31 Mk5 4×4 mine protected vehicle as a mobile gun platform called the Ibululu. The baseline RG31 is typically used as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) with the

  • IAI reports UGV developments

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has announced significant developments in two of its autonomous robotic systems. The Sahar unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which detects and clears improvised explosive device (IEDs), has completed a development phase and is now due to undergo trial and evaluation

  • Latest-generation Pandur Evo moves into production for Austrian Army

    General Dynamics European Land Systems – Steyr (GDELS – Steyr) is now in full scale production of its latest-generation Pandur 6×6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) for the Austrian Army. Late in 2016 the Austrian Army placed a new contract for the Pandur that covers 34 units to a

  • Brazil soon to receive Italian protected 4×4s

    Rio de Janeiro’s Federal Intervention Cabinet (GIFRJ) is to receive 16 VTLM Lince K2 4×4 protected vehicles (the Italian designation for modernised Iveco Light Multirole Vehicles, or LMVs) that are surplus to Italian Army requirements. The first tranche of four vehicles is scheduled to

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