HEADLINES

  • DARPA seeks enhanced low-light navigation performance for unmanned systems

    A new programme from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to address a key weakness of autonomous and semi-autonomous land systems: the need for active illumination to navigate in low-light conditions. Unmanned systems rely on active illumination – anything that emits

  • USMC buys FLIR Systems’ Centaur unmanned ground vehicles

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is buying more than 140 Centaur unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) under a new contract with FLIR Systems for USD18.6 million. The service announced the new contract on 3 April as part of the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Man Transportable Robotic System

  • South Korea planning to upgrade RoKA’s K1A2 MBTs

    The South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) is planning to improve the overall performance of the Republic of Korea Army’s (RoKA’s) K1A2 main battle tanks (MBTs) as part of an upgrade programme. The Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DATQ) announced in March that it will

  • CENTCOM to order tank gunnery training devices

    US Central Command (CENTCOM) will order Advanced In-bore Marksmanship Training Enhancement Systems for Tanks (AIMTEST) systems that are compatible with both 73 mm and 120 mm guns, according to a notification posted on the US government’s System for Award Management (SAM) website on 3 April.

  • Argentine Army receives new vehicles

    The Argentine Army received its first batch of 10 Ford Ranger 3.2 XLS 4×4 MT6 pick-up trucks on 31 March. The new vehicles will begin to replace the service’s old Mercedes Benz 230Gs. The pick-ups, which were built at Ford’s factory in Buenos Aires, were militarised by local

  • UkrOboronProm presents BM-21UM Berest 122 mm MRL

    Ukraine’s state-owned Shepetivka Repair Plant (ShRP) has completed factory testing of and is ready to accept domestic and foreign orders for its new BM-21UM Berest 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL), the UkrOboronProm defence conglomerate to which ShRP belongs announced on its website on 1

  • FFG wins upgrade work for German Wiesel 1 weapon carriers

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) in December 2019 awarded Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) a contract to upgrade 181 deployed Wiesel 1 Armoured Weapon Carrier (AWC) vehicles to extend their operational life to at least 2025. The company declined to disclose the value of the contract

  • First LRIP Hawkei vehicles delivered to Australian motorised infantry battalion

    An Australian Army motorised infantry battalion has taken delivery of several Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicles - Light from what is believed to be the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) batch of the 4×4 vehicles. The 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) based in Townsville,

  • Czech Republic to begin work on 23 Pandur II IFVs for Indonesian Army

    Czech companies Excalibur Army and Tatra Defence Vehicles, both of which are members of the Czechoslovak Group (CSG), are set to begin work on 23 8×8 Pandur II amphibious infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD). The

  • Saab markets new ARTHUR Mod D radar, showcases Boxer-mounted concept

    Saab has completed the development and is now awaiting contracts for its latest generation ARTHUR (ARTillery HUnting Radar) Mod D weapon locating radar (WLR), which the company established using internal funding. In a statement, Saab said ARTHUR Mod D was its “answer to the requirements for a

  • Brazilian Army releases requirements for its new MBT project

    The Brazilian Army has recently published two documents, one outlining operational requirements and the other technical, logistical, and industrial requirements, that will lead to the potential future acquisition of a new main battle tank (MBT). Project ‘Viatura Blindada de Combate-Carro de

  • IrvinGQ develops airdrop cage for THeMIS UGV

    UK-based aerial delivery equipment and parachute developer IrvinGQ has developed ATAX, an airdrop system that can deliver Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), Estonia’s Milrem Robotics announced on 26 March. The ATAX is a modular, rapid-rig/de-rig,

  • USMC solicits industry to provide mobile air-defence system for JLTV vehicles

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has formally begun its search for a ground-based air-defence system (GBADS) for integration aboard its Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs). A request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 26 March called for the means to effectively defeat

  • Covid-19: Czech IFV contract threatened by budget cuts

    The Czech Republic is preparing big cuts in defence spending and strategic contracts in its state budget as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I do not think we need the new tracked infantry fighting vehicles [IFVs] immediately but we need other items for this war [against Covid-19],”

  • US reportedly to deploy Patriot to protect Ayn al-Asad in Iraq

    The US military intends to establish a new base for a Patriot air-defence system near Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, Al-Ahad News cited a security source in Al-Anbar province as saying on 23 March. The source said the new base would be at Umm Samij, north of Al-Baghdadi, a town on the

  • Turkish army receives six Kaplan weapon carriers

    The Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) received six Kaplan tracked anti-tank vehicles from FNSS, marking the beginning of the serial production phase of the Weapon Carrier Vehicle (STA) programme, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 23 March. The first two Kaplan

  • Norinco’s VP22 armoured transport vehicle possibly in PLA service

    Chinese state-owned media have released images showing the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) VP22 armoured transport vehicle being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), suggesting that the 6×6 vehicle is either being trialled by

  • UAE’s new Rabdan IFV participates in Exercise ‘Native Fury’

    The first images of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces’ new Rabdan 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) participating in a military exercise were released by the country’s WAM news agency on 18 March. A photograph and associated video showed the vehicle crossing the canal

  • Indian Army awaiting responses to RFI for 198 8×8 armoured fighting vehicles

    The Indian Army (IA) is preparing to evaluate responses from indigenous and foreign vendors to its request for information (RFI) on the intended procurement of 198 8×8 armoured fighting reconnaissance and support vehicles for deployment along India’s border with Pakistan. The RFI, which

  • Pearson Engineering reveals route-clearance multi-tool system

    The United Kingdom’s Pearson Engineering has developed a route proving and clearance (RP&C) multi-tool system that it is offering for export. The company said that its RP&C multi-tool system, which was developed using internal research and development funding, is currently at

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