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  • Nigeria’s Proforce gets first MRAP export order

    Nigerian defence company Proforce has signed a contract for the sale of 20 of its new Ara 2 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles. The company did not wish to disclose the name of the customer, only acknowledging that the purchase was made by an African country. However, a source with

  • Nigerian Army commissions new locally produced vehicles

    The Nigerian Army formally commissioned into service a range of new indigenously designed and manufactured vehicles during its annual celebration day at the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos state on 6 July. Several types produced by the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) were

  • Serbia’s Srboauto developing Kurjak 6x6 APC

    Serbia’s Srboauto and South Africa’s ADG Mobility are developing a new 6x6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) called Kurjak (Black Wolf), which will initially be aimed at the export market with the first prototype expected to be completed in about 18 months, according to a company

  • EDA to launch four-country talks on Leopard 2 upgrade and procurement after industry feedback

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) awaits a last round of market feedback from industry before launching final consultations with member states Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Spain to launch a programme in 2020 to modernise or procure Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) fleets. The effort will aim at

  • Saab continues to invest in ARTHUR

    Saab Surveillance is continuing to self-fund development of its ARTHUR (ARTtillery HUnting Radar) Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) to meet emerging requirements, a company official revealed at the IQPC Future Artillery conference held in London in May. Bard Frostad, Saab Surveillance’s senior

  • Serbia advances Milos UGV development

    The Serbian Military Technical Institute (MTI) has confirmed that the Milos unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) has commenced trials at the Serbian Technical Test Centre and been demonstrated to local and overseas delegations at the Nikinci Military Test Range. The Milos UGV has been developed by the MTI

  • Russia’s VPK unveils Ural protected utility vehicle

    Russia’s Military-Industrial Company (VPK) has developed the VPK-Ural, its first 4×4 protected utility vehicle based on a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) chassis. “This is the VPK’s first effort to develop a COTS chassis-based protected vehicle,” Alexander Krasovitskiy,

  • Belarus signs contract with Russia for additional T-72B3s

    Belarus has signed a contract with Uralvagonzavod for the modernisation of 11 T-72B main battle tanks (MBTs) to the T-72B3 standard, according to a 25 June statement released from the Belarusian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The press statement says the contract was signed as a result of a meeting at

  • UK tank upgrade decision delayed

    A production decision on the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) has been delayed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for two years to allow further work to study whether to incorporate a new gun, sensors, and turret into the British Army’s main battle tank (MBT). Ministry sources told

  • Army 2019: Russia unveils Barnaul-T complex elements

    NPP Rubin, a division of the ROSEL Concern, has unveiled the MP-D and MRU-D air-droppable amphibious command-and-control (C2) vehicles, which form part of the Barnaul-T air automated air defence C2 system. The vehicles are intended for Russia’s Airborne Forces (VDV), and are based on the

  • Army 2019: Russia unveils 2S42 Lotos amphibious self-propelled mortar

    Rostec subsidiary TsNIITochmash presented the 2S42 Lotos air-droppable amphibious self-propelled gun-mortar system at the Army 2019 defence exhibition held in Kubinka, outside Moscow, from 25 to 30 June. The system had previously been displayed as a scale model at the 2017 exhibition. The 2S42

  • Lithuania receives first Boxer armoured vehicles

    Lithuania received its first two Boxer infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) on 25 June, its Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 1 July. Following a year of trials in training areas and testing centres in Germany and the Netherlands, production of the vehicles, designated as Vilkas

  • BAE Systems’ AMPV deliveries are “on schedule”

    New quality control measures may be hampering BAE Systems’ ability to deliver M109A7 self-propelled howitzers to the US Army in a timely fashion, but the service said similar problems are not occurring with the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV).

  • Serbia’s 105 mm M56 howitzer back in production

    Production of the upgraded Serbian 105 mm M56 towed howitzer fitted with a 33-calibre barrel has commenced for an undisclosed export customer, which signed a contract for 36 weapons (two battalions, each with 18 weapons). The contract, which was placed with Yugoimport SDPR in 2017, covers new M56s,

  • Army 2019: Almaz-Antey unveils new chassis for Tor-M2E SAM system

    Russia’s Almaz-Antey unveiled an 8x8 multipurpose chassis for the Tor-family (SA-15 ‘Gauntlet’) short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system at the Army 2019 defence show held in Kubinka near Moscow in late June. The demonstrator of the chassis was produced by the Bryansk

  • Army 2019: New addition made to Russian Viking SAM system

    The Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defence Corporation presented a new transporter, erector, launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicle designated as the 9A383E at the Army 2019 defence exhibition held in Kubinka close to Moscow on 25–30 June. The 9A383E is being offered to foreign customers as an

  • Army 2019: Russian VDV trials Mars A-800 UGV

    Russia’s Airborne Forces (VDV) are testing the Mars A-800 logistics unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), a source from the military service told Jane’s at the Army 2019 defence exhibition held in Kubinka near Moscow from 25-30 June. “The Mars A-800 utility tracked robot is now passing

  • Army 2019: BMP-2M deliveries under way to Russia

    The Russian military is upgrading its fleet of BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the BMP-2M Berezhok standard, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told Jane’s at the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka near Moscow on 25–30 June. “Following agreement on the

  • Army 2019: Russia offers two new variants of Atlet 4×4 vehicle

    VPK presented two variants of the new Atlet (Athlete) 4×4 protected multirole vehicle at the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka close to Moscow on 25–30 June. The AMN-2 is the multirole variant intended for general purpose missions and was shown on the static display at

  • Army 2019: Russia unveils Pantsir-S1M SAM vehicle

    KBP Instrument Design Bureau and NPO Vysokotchniye Kompleksy unveiled the Pantsir-S1M surface-to-air missile (SAM) platform, which is a modernised variant of the Pantsir-S1 short-range SAM system in service with the Russian Army. The Pantsir-S1M, revealed at the Army 2019 defence exhibition held in

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